Tis’ the season to be jolly, and tis’ the season Tokyo starts to become filled with glimmering lights of illumination. Tokyo bustles with holiday illuminations during Christmas season. Many of these illuminations start to light around this time of the year, until as late as Valentine’s Day.
Here are some of the beautiful seasonal lightings around Tokyo:
Instead of the red and green lights, Caretta Shiodome centers on the theme of “ocean” for the holiday lighting. Splendid fields of blue illuminations will surround you and amaze you this winter.
Displayed from: Dec. 1 – 25, 2009
Shinjuku Southern Terrace is one of the longest running illuminations, which is held until Valentine’s Day. Here, they have two sides to walk and two themes, one for couples, one for family. The main Southern Terrace side where there are many cafes that have more romantic lightings of blue, white and gold lights. And when you cross the bridge to the other side at the Times Square area, red and green lights spark, welcoming you to the world of classic Christmas.
Displayed from: Nov. 11 – Feb. 14, 2010
In Roppongi, the business town, the illuminations are also more blue and white, targeting a more mature audience. "Artelligent" at Roppongi Hills consists of several illumination areas, and a Christmas market. Roppongi also offers free illuminations on the ground level, to the Tokyo City View observation deck, which costs 1500 yen for admission. If you are looking for family-friendly Christmas lightings, there will be more Christmas-y decorations and lightings here at the observation deck.
Displayed from: mainly Nov. 4 – Dec. 25, 2009
Observation deck from, Nov. 21
Tokyo Midtown's "Midtown Christmas" involves three areas around the Midtown complex. The blue-lit "Starlight Garden" is the most popular, located in the park behind the main tower. The other two, “Prism Avenue” with green lighting located in Canopy Square and the golden-lit trees at “Champs-Élysée Illumination” in the Sakura Street are also very popular and have their own “color” that is distinct from the others.
Displayed from: Nov. 12 – Dec. 25, 2009