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8 Illuminations in Tokyo & around Tokyo to visit in 2021

8 Illuminations in Tokyo & around Tokyo to visit in 2021

Visiting illuminations is one of the best ways to enjoy the winter season in Japan. A lot of illuminations got canceled last year, but with the state of emergency being lifted, there is no time better than now to go out and enjoy the illuminations around town. With all the options available to you, here are the top 8 illuminations in Tokyo you should visit. 


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Illuminations in Tokyo

1. NAKED STAR AQUARIUM (Shinagawa)

8 Illuminations in Tokyo NAKED STAR AQUARIUM

Date: November 3rd- December 25th, 2021 

Since it was first held in 2016, NAKED STAR AQUARIUM creates a beautiful fantasy world every year with the theme of “the sea of ​​the starry sky”. Images of stars and Christmas ornaments are produced by the creative company NAKED INC. 

As you walk through the entrance with project mapping of white trees lined up, the area invites you to a gorgeous view of illuminations. Dolphin Performances held at night take place on the stage with 360-degree stardust pouring overhead. There are illuminations at the water tank exhibitions, the cafe and bar decorated with red ribbons and Christmas ornaments set up like present boxes. 

2. Marunouchi Bright Christmas 2021 (Marunouchi)

8 Illuminations in Tokyo Marunouchi Bright Christmas

Date: November 11th-December 25th 

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Marunouchi Building in 2022 and to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the release of the “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” movie, Marunouchi is collaborating with the Harry Potter Wizarding World to create a magical world. 

Marunouchi Bright Christmas 2021 will colour the Christmas season. The world of the story of the “Harry Potter” and “Fantastic Beasts” series is seen in different parts of the Marunouchi area. Decorated with magical Christmas decorations, it brings the charm of the Harry Potter Wizarding World to those who visit the city, as well as a fantastic, heartwarming, and magical moment.

The main tree “Tree of Hogwarts Magic” is about 9 meters and it is set up on the first floor of the Marunouchi Building. Using the 3D hologram display, you can enjoy a lighting show that reproduces the magical creatures that appear in the story and the famous scenes of the movie. On top of that, at Tokyo Torch Park, the largest tree-shaped illumination “Tree of Owl Post” at about 30 meters is set up. 

3. Marunouchi Illumination 2021 (Marunouchi)

8 Illuminations in Tokyo Marunouchi Illumination

Date: November 11th- February 20th 

Over 340 roadside trees will shimmer in champagne gold here in Marunouchi. 

A winter tradition that colors the city of the Marunouchi area of ​​Tokyo is celebrating its 20th year. You can find more than 240 roadside trees decorated with about 1.2 million elegantly shining champagne gold-colored LEDs. The New Eco Illuminations was recognised as a Japanese night view heritage in 2016. This illumination will also be adopted to illuminate the streets brightly.

Illuminations will be held around Marunouchi Naka-dori and Tokyo Station. There will also be lighting ceremonies for Christmas decorations and different small events happening in the Marunouchi area.

4. WHITE KITTE

8 Illuminations in Tokyo WHITE KITTE

Date: November 24th- December 25th, 2021 

White Kitte is known as a new Christmas tree using Japanese traditional crafts and Japanese paper. This year’s White Kitte expresses Japanese Christmas is based on the concept of Nippon-ness and newness. At the atrium on the first floor, the snow, trees, objects and photo spots made of about 12,000 pieces of Japanese paper pouring down from the ceiling create a white world. You can experience the snowy world throughout the building.

In addition to the white world expressed with Japanese paper, you can experience stepping on snow. On the first floor of the atrium, snowflake-shaped objects are installed in the snowy landscape. You can experience walking among the snowy world here. Every 20 minutes, the atrium space shines beautifully along with the original song of the Kitte Snow and Light Production Program.

5. HIBIYA Magic Time Illumination 2021

8 Illuminations in Tokyo HIBIYA Magic Time Illumination

Date: November 18th-February 14th 

Hibiya Magic Time Illumination 2021 is a magical illumination you can experience from afar while social distancing.This year’s theme is “Tomorrow- A new curtain opens”. This year’s Illuminations are also implementing new sustainable initiatives, Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.

Hibiya Area Illumination makes the Hibiya area look like Christmas all at once with the illumination. The image of a new dawn is recreated this year, with different colour changes. Hibiya Winter Square is set up in the Hibiya Step Plaza, with a design that can be viewed while maintaining a sense of distance from people around you.

The park view garden on the 6th floor, which overlooks the night view of Hibiya Park, Kokyo Gaien, and Hibiya Dori, is a seasonal night view spot. For the first time this year, the lawn plaza will be decorated with gradation colors, just like the Hibiya step plaza, to create a gorgeous space. It is a beautiful place to enjoy the illuminations with the night view of Hibiya away from the hustle and bustle of the ground.

6. Roppongi Hills Christmas 2021  & Roppongi Midtown Winter Lights

8 Illuminations in Tokyo Roppongi Hills Christmas

Roppongi Hills illumination date: November 10th- December 25th, 2021 
Midtown illumination date: November 18th- December 25th, 2021

Roppongi Hills will hold a Christmas event Roppongi Hills Christmas 2021 starting with the illuminations on Roppongi Keyakizaka Dori. The urban and sophisticated white and blue colours, under the theme Snow & Blue with about 700,000 lights will color the zelkova trees. 

The bridge located in the center of the street is a popular shooting location where you can take gorgeous photos with the Tokyo Tower. In front of Escada on Keyakizaka Dori and near Tsutaya Tokyo Roppongi, you can take a picture of the entire illumination from above and below the slope.

7. Tokyo Sky Tree Magical Christmas 2021

8 Illuminations in Tokyo Tokyo Sky Tree Magical Christmas

Date: November 1st- December 25th, 2021 

For this year, Skytree will be surrounded by the warm light of about 400,000 balls. As if the entire Tokyo Skytree Town is magically enchanted, a fantastic and gorgeous illumination is lit up, along with a Christmas tree of 8 meters is displayed here. There is also lighting that shows images of Christmas elements like Christmas trees and candles.

Ice Skating Park will also be opened for the first time in two years. At night, you can enjoy skating at the authentic ice skating rink using real ice, while watching the illuminations and the lighting of Tokyo Sky Tree.

8. Omotesando illumination 2021 & Omotesando Hills Christmas Tree 2021

8 Illuminations in Tokyo Illuminations Illumionation

Omotesando Illumination: December 1st- December 26th, 2021 
Omotesando Hills: November 11th- December 25th, 2021 

Omotesando illumination is known for its beautiful row of zelkova trees that shine in champagne gold. About 150 zelkova trees, which are the symbol of Omotesando, are colored with the gentle light of champagne gold. Illuminations are also lit in different areas in Omotesando to create a fantastic space of light.

A 7 meters Christmas tree is set up on the large stairwell at Omotesando Hills. The tree is decorated with 100 reused wind instruments, cloud-shaped glowing balls, metallic ball ornaments, ribbon ornaments, and LED illuminations. A special production of sound and light takes place every 20 minutes. A cloud-like glowing ball attached to the instruments change in time with the music.

These are the top illuminations in Tokyo this year and I hope you get to visit one or more of these beautiful places. Some of the illuminations are only available for a short period of time, so make sure to check the schedule listed above and plan your visits accordingly. 

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