Japan Winter Illuminations 2018!

The holiday season is just as busy and festive in Japan as in other countries around the world. Winter is one of the best times to visit the country with a number of special events lined up for the season.

Marunouch Japan Winter Illuminations. | Toshihiro Oimatsu

From festivals to breathtaking winter illuminations. Check out some of the best places to witness the dazzling winter illuminations 2018 in Japan!

Yebisu Garden Place Winter Illuminations (3 November to 14 January 2019)

Yebisu Garden Place Winter Illuminations  this year will feature the theme called “Baccarat Eternal Lights. The event will feature a huge chandelier, lit trees and other illuminated areas that will surely dazzle your senses!

Shinjuku Winter Illuminations (14 November 2018 to 14 February 2019)

Shinjuku Minami Lumi are in several venues around south exit area of Shinjuku Station among other places.

Shinjuku, Japan. | jpellgen (@1179_jp)


There are various kinds of illuminations and Christmas trees that truly makes you feel the wondrous holiday spirit!

Marunouchi Illuminations (28 November 2018 to 17 February 2019)

Marunouchi illuminations marks its 17th year this 2018. Over 200 trees that line the 1.2 kilometer stretch of Marunouchi-dori Avenue are covered with about a million LED lights. Its trademark champagne gold colored lights decorate the trees. This year will also celebrate the opening of Nijubashi Square. Most of the lights used are part of the “New Eco-Illumination” trend, providing the same brightness and sparkle, but at a lower energy cost.

Roppongi Hills Christmas Illuminations (5 November to 25 December 2018)

Roppongi Hills Christmas Illuminations is one of the most anticipated events in the area. The illuminations run along Keyakizaka Street, one of the biggest Christmas Markets in Tokyo, and Christmas Tree and decorations with this year’s theme being “Snow and Blue”.  About 700,000 LED lights light up the streets making it a popular place to take pictures for that perfect Instagram post!

Roppongi Hills Christmas Illumination, Japan. | Hideya HAMANO

Caretta Shiodome Winter Illuminations (15 November 2018 to 14 Feb 2019)

Caretta Shiodome Winter Illuminations attracts numerous visitors each year. This year’s theme is Disney Princesses and each week will alternate between Frozen and Tangled with performances every 15 minutes. A dream come true for all aspiring little princesses!