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Christmas Illuminations

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Keyakizaka Street in Roppongi Hills

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 5-16, 2013) 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 15, 2013 to December 25, 2013
17:00 to 22:30 (until 23:00 on December 20 to 23)
This year Caretta Shiodome hosts the "White X'mas in the Sea" featuring a vast ocean of LED lights and a project mapping display that illuminates and animates the walls of the shopping center. Nearby Shiodome City Center puts on its own illuminations.

Shinjuku (more details)
Terrace City:
November 13, 2013 to February 16, 2014
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 16, 2013 to December 25, 2013
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 5, 2013 to December 25, 2013
17:00 to 23:00 (until 24:00 at 66 Plaza)
This year Roppongi Hills celebrates their 10th year anniversary with the "Roppongi Hills 10th Anniversary Christmas" illumination event featuring light up displays in three areas: along Keyakizaka Street, in the Mori Garden and on 66 Plaza, the main plaza in front of the Mori Tower.

Tokyo Midtown (more details)
November 14, 2013 to December 25, 2013
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 16, 2013 to March 16, 2014
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 7, 2013 to February 16, 2014
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.

Marunouchi (more details)
October 1, 2013 to February 16, 2014
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)
November 28, 2013 to January 5, 2014
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 8, 2013 to March 2, 2014
16:00 to 24:00
Skating Rink (paid):
November 11, 2013 to March 2, 2014
12:00 to 21:00 (from 11:00 on weekends), 1000 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 2, 2013 to January 13, 2014
16:00 to 23:00
Yebisu Garden Place features an illumination event called "Baccarat Eternal Lights" with a huge chrystal chandelier, decorated trees and illuminated areas.

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English Links
Tokyo Dome City
Official English website.
Marunouchi
Official English website.
Caretta Shiodome
Official English website.
Shiodome City Center
Official English website.
Roppongi Hills
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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