Our kids love holiday lights as much as we do so we`re posting our favorite Tokyo Area 2018 Illuminations picks. Most have started this past week so head on out to get in an early holiday mood. We love biking around after dinner to get family photos. Some of the illuminations stay up in the New Year so you can enjoy for months to come. The following are in alphabetical order.
Tokyo Area 2018-2019 Illuminations – Quick Reference Guide
1. Decks Tokyo Beach (Odaiba, Tokyo) – now until December 25, 2018
This year Decks collaboration with Sanrio characters “Cinnamoroll” The park and beach area in from of Decks is lit with over 220,000 lights. Bright colored lights to bring joy to all ages. A brilliant view from both the deck of the shopping center as well as from the bay if you are lucky to be on a boat shuttle.
Time of illumination: November 16 – December 25, 2018; daily 17:00 – 24:00
Address: 1-6-1 Odaiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo
2. Grand Hyatt Tokyo (Roppongi) – now until December 25th
Visit the lobby of the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Rooppongi to get great photo shots of your kids.
Time of illumination: now until December 25th; 24 hours
Address: Main lobby of the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Roppongi Hills
3. Marunouchi Illuminations 2018 (Marunouchi, Tokyo) now until February 17, 2019
One of the longest illuminations which is trying very hard to be eco-friendly with low-energy bulbs. The lights are as beautiful as ever in their magnificent champagne color. Enjoy some high-end shopping after work or play.
Time of illumination: Everyday 17:30 – 23:00; December 1 – December 28 17:00 – 24:00
Address: Marunocuhi Naka Dori, Marunouchi, Tokyo
4. Mothers Bokujo Farm (Chiba) – now until February 24, 2019
Combine a fun day at Mother Farm in Chiba to enjoy the open space, farm animals, and small amusement rides, with illuminations that begin at 16:00. 800,000 lights are twinkling to get you into the holiday spirit. It is also dog-friendly so bring pooch along. The farm is located about a 60-90 min drive from central Tokyo via the Aqua Line. You can also take a train and then bus to the farm which takes about 90 mins.
Time of illuminations: October 27, 2018 – February 24, 2019; 16:00 – 20:00
Address: 940-3 Tagura Futtsu Chiba Pref. (千葉県富津市田倉940-3)
5. Omotesando Dori (Omotesando, Tokyo) – November 29 – December 25, 2018
One of my favorite illuminations is the light-up of over 100 zelkova trees between Jingumae and Omotesando crossing. Approximately 900,000 lights are used over 500m. The champagne and orange lights warm many hearts for the holiday season.
Time of illumination: November 29 – December 25, 2018; sunset – 21:00
Address: JinguMae, Shibuya, Tokyo
6. Omotesando Hills (Omotesando, Tokyo) – now until December 25, 2018
This indoor illumination is quite brilliant with over 300,000 lights. The theme this year is “Aurora appearing in the city.” On display is a “light curtain” consisting of about 6,000 icicles and a 7m high Christmas tree. Definitely gets you in the holiday mood to buy presents. I would combine a late afternoon visit to Omotesando Hills to make sure you catch the illuminations outside from sunset.
Time of illumination: now until – December 25, 2018; daily 11:00 – 23:00
Address: 4-12-10 Jingu Mae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
7. Rainbow Bridge 2018 Illuminations (Minato-ku, T0kyo) – December 1, 2018 – January 6, 2019
The Rainbow Bridge will be adorned with rainbow colors for this holiday season. Makes driving over the bridge to Odaiba even more fun!
Time of illumination: December 1, 2018 – January 6, 2018; daily sunset – sunrise
Website: http://www.shutoko.jp/fun/lightup/rainbowbridge/lightup/ (Japanese only)
8. Roppongi Hills (Roppongi, Tokyo) – now until December 25, 2018
Walking or driving through Roppongi Hills is always very magical with all the beautiful blue and white lights. This year some heat is added with the lights changing to orange every 20 mins or so. There will also be a 7m tree with flickering lights located at the entrance of “66 Plaza”.
Time of illumination: now – December 25, 2018; daily 17:00 – 23:00
Address: 6-1-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
9. Sagamiko Resort Pleasure Forest (Sagamiko, Kanagawa-ken) – now until April 7, 2019
If you want to see the largest illumination show in the Kanto area head to the Sagamiko Resort in Kanagawa-ken. There will be over 6 million lights making this one of the biggest illuminations in the Kanto Area. Enjoy the day at Sagamiko Resort ending with the illuminations.
Time of illumination: now until April 7, 2019; daily 16:00 – 21:30
Address: 1634 Wakayanagi, Midori-ku, Sagamihara,Kanagawa 252-0175
10. Shibuya Hikarie (Shibuya, Tokyo) – now until December 25, 2018
This year`s theme is “COLOR THE WORLD ~ with your own Christmas color”. A smaller indoor illumination with a christmas tree in the Shibuya Hikarie Building Hall. Shop and enjoy a meal in the Hikarie building.
Time of illumination: now until December 25, 2018; daily 11:00 – 22:00
Address: 2-21-1 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
11. Tokyo Dome City (Suidobashi, Tokyo) – now until February 17, 2019
Combine a fun day of indoor rollerblading, outdoor amusement rides, Space Museum TenQ or onsen while viewing the brilliant annual illumination festival at Tokyo Dome. This years’ illuminations theme is “Edo elegance ～Japanese beauty” so you can enjoy sophisticated Japanese illumination that embodies the Japanese style of living, and showcases motifs of traditional crafts.
Time of illumination: November 7 – February 17th, 2019; daily 16:00 – 24:00
Address: 1-3-61 Korakuen, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
12. Tokyo Midtown (Roppongi, Tokyo) November 13 – December 25, 2018
This is a “must see” light show. Raising the bar on last year’s illumination this year is said to be even more exciting. It should be magnificent. Great locations to watch from outside are at the base of the Starlight Garden or on the overwalk to the Mid-Town buildings.
Time of illumination: now until – December 25, 2018; 17:00 to 23:00
Address: 9-7-1 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
13. Tokyo Sky Tree Town (Sumida, Tokyo) – now until December 25, 2018
The Tokyo Sky Tree will be lit with over 40,000 lights from mid-November to get one in the holiday spirit. This year`s theme is Dream Christmas. They`ll have a Christmas market and projection mapping which illuminates the tower. If you have not been to the Sky Tree, this will be a fun time to visit.
Time of illumination: now until December 25, 2018; daily 16:00 to 24:00
Address: 1 -1-2 Oshiage, Sumida, Tokyo 131-0045
14. VenusFort (Odaiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo) – Now until – March 3, 2019
Pretty cool projection mapping taking place at the Venus Fort Shopping Center this winter. This year`s theme is “Thankful Heart”. The projection mapping and will definitely thrill the entire family.
Time of illumination: now – March 3, 2019 ; daily 11:00 – 23:00
Address: 1-3-15 Aomi, Kōtō-ku, Tōkyō 135-0064
15. Yebisu Garden Place (Ebisu, Tokyo) – now until January 14, 2019
After grabbing a dinner at Shack Shack in Ebisu or Shopping at the new Muji store check out the beautiful illuminations at Yebisu Garden Place. The main feature is the massive Baccarat crystal chandelier surrounded by illuminations. While you`re there visit our Ebisu with Kids One Day Itinerary.
Time of illumination: Now until January 14th, 2019; Everyday 16:00 to 24:00
Address: 4-20 Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
16. Tokyo Station Illuminations – The Tokyo Miti Terrace 2018 illuminations “Hikari no Gateway” will light up December 24th – 28th. The lights are on from 17:00 – 20:30 nightly.
Time of illumination: December 24-28, 2018; 19:00 to 24:00
Address: Tokyo Station Marunouchi Street Area
17. Yokohama Landmark Tower (Minato Mirai, Yokohama) – now until December 25, 2018
This year`s theme is “Christmas Falling Snow”. Illuminations will shine at Yokohama Station, Minato Mirai Station and in the Yokohama Landmark Tower dockyard garden. Visit the Pokemon Store, Orbi Wildlife and Digital World, Mark IS Mall and other Yokohama favorites while you`re in the area.
Time of illumination: now until December 25, 2018; 19:00 to 24:00
Address: 2-2-1 Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama-shi
Tokyo Area 2018-2019 Illuminations – Quick Reference Guide
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