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Seasonal Illuminations

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Keyakizaka Street in Roppongi Hills

12/18 - Report from the Sagamiko Illumination
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12/15 - Report from the Kobe Luminarie 2014
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12/09 - Report from Tokyo

Seasonal illuminations around Christmas have become a popular attraction in cities across Japan. Illuminations are typically displayed from around November to around Christmas or New Year, while a few are kept up until Valentine's Day in February.

Among Japan's first and most spectacular light shows is Kobe's Luminarie. Started after the disastrous earthquake in 1995, the Kobe Luminarie (December 4-15, 2014) is an Italian designed tunnel consisting of millions of lights.

Below are some of Tokyo's popular seasonal illumination spots:
(Photos are from previous years)

Shiodome (more details)
Caretta Illumination:
November 13, 2014 to January 12, 2015 (except January 1-2)
From 17:00 to 23:00
This year Caretta Shiodome hosts the "Canyon d'Azur" featuring a vast ocean of LED lights. Nearby Shiodome City Center puts on its own illuminations.

Shinjuku (more details)
Terrace City:
November 12, 2014 to February 25, 2015
17:00 to 24:00
Illumination displays are found spread around the Shinjuku Terrace City, but especially on the Shinjuku Southern Terrace, south of JR Shinjuku Station. Some illuminations will be held through Valentine's Day.

Ginza (more details)
Mikimoto Jumbo Tree:
November 15, 2014 to December 25, 2014
11:00 to 22:00
Christmas trees along Chuo Street and illuminations by many individual stores, including the "Mikimoto Jumbo Christmas Tree", make the popular shopping and entertainment district even more colorful than it usually is.

Roppongi Hills (more details)
November 4, 2014 to December 25, 2014
17:00 to 23:00 (until 24:00 at 66 Plaza)
The theme for this year is "Artelligent Christmas". Keyakizaka Street will have a Galaxy illumination: "Snow&Blue" and "Candle&Red", projecting two completely different atmospheres. 66 Plaza, the main plaza in front of the Mori Tower will also have an eight meter tall symbol tree with LED lights within and the West Walk area will display a huge chandelier made of glittering feathers.

Tokyo Midtown (more details)
November 13, 2014 to December 25, 2014
17:00 to 23:00
Tokyo Midtown's "Midtown Christmas" involves multiple illumination areas around the Midtown complex. The "Starlight Garden" is a particularly popular and attractive display located in the park behind the main tower.

Odaiba (more details)
Daiba Memorial Tree:
November 13, 2014 to March 15 2015
17:00 to 24:00 (until 29:00 on December 31)
"Daiba Memorial Tree" is a large, decorated tree in Odaiba Kaihin Park in front the of Decks shopping center. Several other places on Odaiba, such as Venusfort and Diver City, also have illumination events.

Tokyo Dome City (more details)
November 6, 2014 to February 15, 2015
17:00 to 25:00
Tokyo Dome City's winter illumination features an impressive collection of light up displays and events that can be enjoyed around Tokyo Dome and the adjacent amusement park. One of the longest illuminations in the city, the event lasts for over one hundred days and ends after Valentine's Day.

Nakameguro Ao no Dokutsu
November 23 to December 25, 2014 (except weekends and national holidays)
17:00 to 21:00
The Nakameguro River near Nakameguro Station is covered by thousands of blue LED lights over a distance of 500 meters, making the river appear like a blue cave ("Ao no Dokutsu"). Because too many people showed up to see this illumination display on weekends, the light-up had to be cancelled on weekends for safety reasons and is only held on weekdays.

Marunouchi (more details)
November 13, 2014 to February 15, 2015
17:00 to 23:00 (until 24:00 in December)
The entire district lights up for the Maranouchi's holiday events. Illuminations and displays will take place especially along Nakadori Street, and at several of the buildings in the district.

Omotesando (more details)
December 1, 2014 to January 4, 2015
Sunset to 21:00
The zelkova trees and shrubs lining Omotesando are decorated with five million LED light bulbs along most of the street's length between Harajuku and Omotesando stations.

Akasaka Sacas (more details)
Illumination:
November 7, 2014 to March 6, 2015
16:00 to 24:00
Skating Rink (paid):
November 14, 2014 to March 6, 2015
12:00 to 21:00 (from 11:00 on weekends), 1200 yen (rental: 500 yen)
The Akasaka Sacas complex features an illumination event called "White Sacas" whose highlight is an outdoor skating rink.

Yebisu Garden Place (more details)
November 8, 2014 to January 12, 2015
16:00 to 24:00
Yebisu Garden Place features an illumination event called "Baccarat Eternal Lights" with a huge crystal chandelier, decorated trees and illuminated areas.

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English Links
Winter Lights in Japan
Nationwide directory.
Tokyo Dome City
Official English website.
Marunouchi
Official English website.
Caretta Shiodome
Official English website.
Shiodome City Center
Official English website.
Tokyo Midtown
Official English website.

Japanese Links
Kobe Luminarie
Official website.
Odaiba Decks
Official website.
Tokyo Dome City
Official website.
Marunouchi
Official website.
Yebisu Garden Place
Official website.
Shiodome City Center
Official website.
Caretta Shiodome
Official website.
Roppongi Hills
Official website.
Tokyo Midtown
Official website.
Akasaka Sacas
Official website.
Shinjuku Southern Terrace
Official website.

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