It’s coming to the end of the year, and we all know what that means…Christmas is right around the corner! Although Japanese people don’t celebrate Christmas the way westerners do (they often go out with friends/partners on Christmas day and eat KFC), Tokyo is still extremely pretty during the Christmas months and there are tons of activities to do! In this post, we’ll run you through some of the BEST and most PRETTY places to go in Tokyo during Christmas!
Every year, from mid-November to the end of December, Roppongi Hills holds it’s annual Christmas market! The market is full of stalls selling Christmas gifts, food and drinks. The atmosphere around the market is amazing and it’s guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit! After walking around the market, why not go Christmas shopping in Roppongi Hills! Roppongi Hills is full of shops for you to find the perfect gifts for your loved ones.
It’s not just the market that makes Roppongi Hills a great place to go at Christmas. Around the surrounding areas of the building there are illuminations put up in all the trees and in the nearby park. The night view is absolutely beautiful and a great place to get an amazing photo! You can even see Tokyo Tower from some angles! If you’re in Tokyo during the Christmas months you have to go and check out Roppongi Hills!
6 Chome-10-1 Roppongi, Minato City, Tokyo 106-6108
Omotesando is famous for it’s many designer shops and cute cafes. But during the Christmas months it also becomes famous for it’s amazing illuminations which are wrapped around all the trees and line each side of the road. These illuminations are absolutely gorgeous and really make you feel like it’s Christmas! As soon as it starts dropping cold and the Christmas illuminations are turned on I love going straight to Omotesando to do some Christmas shopping and grabbing a Christmas themed drink from one of the many cute cafes. All whilst enjoying the beautiful illuminations.
4 Chome-12-10 Jingumae, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-0001
I’m sure you’ve all heard of the Meguro River which is EXTREMELY famous for it’s cherry blossoms during the spring months. But not many people know that it is also very beautiful at christmas time! Illuminations are places in all the trees surrounding the river, it really is a winter wonderland! In some trees there are even pink lights to imitate cherry blossoms, so if you can’t make it to Tokyo during the spring, you can see the christmas version of the sakura!
This river is truly a beautiful place to go and walk along with loved ones. There are also many shops along the river and food stands! If you’re looking for somewhere to sit and enjoy the illuminations, why not visit the worlds LARGEST starbucks, which is located right next to the river!
Meguro River is a must go place for those traveling to Tokyo this christmas!
2 Chome-19-23 Aobadai, Meguro City, Tokyo 153-0042
If you want to experience some amazing christmas illuminations and get into the festive mood, you HAVE to check out Sagamiko Illumillion! Sagamiko Illumillion is a theme park that is dedicated to showing you the best illuminations ever! The park is made up of multiple sections, each with a different theme! It is also full of rides such as a chairlift and a huge ferris wheel, all of which show amazing views of the lights! Unfortunately this does come at a cost as the entry ticket costs 1000yen! For more information on access and prices, check out our blog post that takes you through some of the best illuminations in Tokyo!
In Tokyo, there is both Disneyland and Disneysea. Many say that Disneyland is more for kids and young people whereas Disneysea is more for adults and teenagers, but I personally love both! When it comes to christmas, both are amazing! If you have the time and funds, you have to get down to Tokyo Disneyland or Disneysea at christmas. There are illuminations everywhere, characters in special costumes and special shows…it really is amazing! In Japan, many people go to Disneyland in matching clothes with their friends or boyfriend/girlfriend which is something you should try out if you go! For more information on ticket prices, check out the official website.
Hibiya Christmas Market is said to be one of the largest German style Christmas Markets in Tokyo. It is located in Hibiya Park and is full of stalls selling christmas food and drink and small presents. There is also a large christmas tree and monument that is put up which is great to take photos with! The atmosphere of the market is very festive and it’s sure to get you in the christmas mood!
This is also a great place to buy some christmas themed souvenirs for people back home!
Ao no Dokutsu, meaning ‘blue cave’ is a winter illumination event which is FREE and is located in Yoyogi Park and so it’s super easy to get to! The illuminations are wrapped around tons of trees along a road that leads up to the park. On the floor a sheet has been placed which is said to create the image of it being water, hence the name ‘blue cave’.
This event really is amazing and its a great place to go with friends, family or on a date! You can also get some super cool pictures here, so for any of you instagram fanatics or photographers out there, this is the place for you! The illuminations are located on the road leading up to the park from Shibuya.
2-1 Yoyogikamizonocho, Shibuya City, Tokyo 151-0052
Take the Yamanote Line to Shibuya station and walk to the park.
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