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5 Best Places for Christmas Illumination 2016


It's winter now, Tokyo & area around has been illuminated in the crowded place. It's a romantic time for couple, joyful time for friends & warm happiness time for families. Let's go through our 5 Christmas Illumination Destinations. Decided where would you like to grab someone you love tonight.

SHIODOME STATION OR SHIMBASHI STATION / NOV 17 - FEB 14

1.CARETTA ILLUMINATION 2016

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#SomethingHidingInIllumination Not only 250,000 LED lights decoration makes Caretta Shiodome is one of the popular illumination this year but what make this place fantastic is the concept that aligns with its own department store identity.

If you noticed, This Caretta Shiodome has the concept of the Sea Creatures this year which get along with the Giant Turtle Fountain. Also, the White Christmas Tree is made from Sea Creatures that swim overlap each other. This makes the blue illumination around looks more likely the wave.

Bell of Spirit stands in front of the white Christmas Tree which waiting for you to make a wish. This place is definitely romantic for lovers who wants to spend time together.

Moreover, not only you can have a great time here during Christmas period but it lasts long until Valentine's day. Just only New Year that it will be closed. The music & dancing lights play along together every 20 minutes and lights off at 11pm at night. 

It's just 6 min. walk from Shiodome Station on Oedo Line or 8 min. walk from Shimbashi Station on JR Line so let's get around to spend a night here.

Info. & Direction
Illumination Period:Nov 17, 2016 – Feb 14, 2017
Closed:Jan 1-2, 2017 (New Year)
Lights On/Off: 5pm - 11pm
Access:6 min. walk from Shiodome Station on Oedo Line or 8 min. walk from Shimbashi Station on JR Line
Ticket Info:Free Admission
TOKYO STATION / NOV 10 - FEB 19

2.Marunouchi Illumination 2016-17

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For 15th years that Marunouchi area light up the Christmas Townscape for Tokyo. This year 2016, 1 million LED Lights with Original Champagne Gold Color are decorated on around 250 Tress along the road between Yurakucho & Otemachi

Surprisingly with this Eco-Illumination Concept, Marunouchi reduces electric power usage per ball by 65% than standard. Moreover, all energy used during the illumination period is generated by natural energy such as sunlight & wind power.

This made Marunouchi Illumination 2016 becomes the most gentle illumination on earth.

It's just 2 min walk from Nijubashi-Mae Station on Chiyoda Line or 6 min walk from Tokyo Station on JR Line. Lighting time is from 17:30 until 23:00 (and until 24:00 during the month of December)

Info. & Direction
Illumination Period: Nov 10, 2016 – Feb 19, 2017
Lights On/Off:5:30pm - 11pm (until 12am in Dec)
Access:2 min walk from Nijubashi-Mae Station on Chiyoda Line or 6 min walk from Tokyo Station on JR Line
Best place to spot: Marunouchi-Naka-dori Building
Ticket Info:Free Admission
SHIBUYA STATION / NOV 16 - JAN 9

3.AO NO DOKUTSU SHIBUYA 2016-17

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Ao no Dokutsu SHIBUYA means SHIBUYA Blue Cave. This famous Blue Illumination was introduced first time during late 2014 at Naka-Meguro Street. It was very well-known that time and right now the Blue Cave Illumination 2016 come back in Shibuya.

The 750m long Illumination is held between Yoyogi Park & Shibuya Koen-dori. around 5,500 blue LED lights are lightened up on the Zelkova trees.

Do you know why the staffs stick the plastic along the walking way of the park? Of course, it’s for beautiful reflection lights. But if I guess, it has concept & inspiration behind.

Ao no Dokutsu was inspired by the Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzurra) in Capri Island, Italy. the Blue Crystal Cave in the Mediterranean Sea which this effect happen when sunlight hit the water surface in the cave then beautiful blue reflection wave is brightened up surround. This might be the good reason why Ao no Dokutsu need reflection from the ground.

If you head to Shibuya this evening, don’t forget to visit this legendary blue cave. Just 10 min. walk from Shibuya Station (Hachiko Exit) & you will found the awesome night, trust me!

Info. & Direction
Illumination Period:Nov 16, 2016 – Jan 09, 2017
Lights On/Off:5pm - 11pm (until 12am in Dec)
New Year Walk:5pm - 5am (Dec 31, 2016 - Jan 01, 2017)
Access:10 min. walk from Shibuya Station (Hachiko Exit)
Ticket Info:Free Admission
EBISU STATION / NOV 5 - JAN 9

4.Yebisu Garden Place Illumination 2016-17

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Just 10 min. walk from Ebisu Station, you will find 17th Yebisu Garden Place Illumination 2016, it was introduced since 1999 and remains one of the most romantic places at this moment of the year. A magnificent 10-meter-tall red & gold Christmas tree stands at the entrance. Golden lights are shining along the red carpet which leading to huge crystal chandelier “Baccarat Eternal Lights”.

In 2014, Baccarat, a French Crystal Manufacturer which found in 1764, was celebrating its 250th anniversary together with the Yebisu Garden Place. Both of them collaborated with Mr.Morita Yasumichi, Japanese Designer from GLAMOROUS co., Ltd. to modernize the chandelier with “Session of Sparkle” concept.

The chandelier was enlarged from 5m tall & 3m wide to the height of 8.4m, the width of 4.6m & the weight of 1.8t with 26,471 crystal parts & 410 candle lights in total. It costs 410 million yen. This made Baccarat Eternal Lights become the largest crystal chandelier in Baccarat’s history.

Make sure your couple is free, so you can have a romantic date of the year at Yebisu Garden Place Illumination.

Info. & Direction
Illumination Period:Nov 5, 2016 – Jan 09, 2017
Baccarat Chanderlier:12pm - 12am
Illumination On/Off:4pm - 12am
Access:10 min. walk from Ebisu Station on JR Line / Hibiya Line
Ticket Info:Free Admission
Nihon-Odori or Sakuragicho Station / NOV 26 - DEC 25

5.Red Brick Warehouse Christmas Market 2016

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Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse Illumination 2016 is not only light & Christmas tree illuminated but also where Christmas Market for families & couple located. Since 2010 that the event started, made time is 7th Red Brick Warehouse Christmas Market.

All shops in the area are decorated as German-style Hutte which offering the snacks, german sausages, beer, coffee & teas. “Warm Fruit Beer” with “Criss-Cut fries” is recommended, I would say it’s Perfect Match! You will easily find many of Santa Clause on the roof also next to the vendor.

Big Christmas Tree is at the end of the line, illuminated with light blue, also ball & bell. This is the most important part & it’s a must for lovers because, in front of the Christmas Tree, there is Couple Spiritual Bell which waiting for both of you to ring & make a wish.

It’s just only 10 min. walk from Nihon-Odori Station on Minato Mirai Line. So let’s plan a short trip to Yokohama & spend a night in Christmas Market here.

Info. & Direction
Illumination Period:Nov 26, 2016 – Dec 25, 2016
Lights On/Off:4pm - 11pm
Access:10 min. walk from Nihon-Odori Station on Minato Mirai Line or 15 min walk from Sakuragicho Station on JR Line
Ticket Info:Free Admission
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