Although Japan doesn’t strictly celebrate Christmas, come winter it’s become a steadfast tradition for various districts of Tokyo to furiously attempt to outdo each other, with dazzling LED light displays.
The Best Illuminations in Tokyo This Winter
These are the capital’s major players in the wintery battle for seasonal supremacy.
The area around Shinjuku station’s new south exit will become a twinkling, flower themed spectacle and the walkway between the west exit and south exit will have multicoloured lights that express the motif of flower fairies.
Dates: 14th November – 14th February 2019
Nearest Station: Shinjuku or Shinjuku Sanchome
The theme of Omotesando Hills’ event this year is aurora in the city. There are icicle illuminations forming a ‘curtain of light’, complemented by various heart and diamond motifs. Then outside the shopping mall, Omotesando’s stylish main road has been Christmas-ified by filling the trees with fairy lights.
Dates: 7th November (Omotesando Hills) and 29th November (outdoor lights) – 25th December 2018
Nearest Station: Omotesando, Meiji Jingu-mae or Harajuku
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