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Christmas and “Illumination” in Tokyo

Every year, Tokyo and other areas around Japan light up in celebration of Christmas.

This season is generally viewed as a time for couples to check out the beautiful light displays in the area. Moreover, it’s a time to reserve buckets of chicken from KFC and order Christmas cake to celebrate over; not as romantic as most western countries, but a fun experience nonetheless.

Here are some areas around Tokyo that are doing the light up thing right this year:

Tokyo Midtown

Tokyo Midtown Xmas Illumination

Roppongi Hills Keyakizaka

Roppongi Hills Keyakizaka Illuminated White Roppongi Hills Keyakizaka Illuminated Red Roppongi Hills Keyakizaka Illuminated From Below

Tokyo Sky Tree Solamachi (Oshiage)

Solamachi Animated Snowflake Stairs Solamachi Animated Snowflake Stairs Close-up Solamachi Wheelchair Ramp Path Solamachi blanket of lights

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If you’d like to see some more photos, here are some more I took a few years back. You can also go to these sites yourself.

Some other great places to check out the Christmas lights or “Illumination” as the Japanese call it are:

  • Ebisu Garden Place
  • Shinjuku Southern Terrace
  • Shiodome/Caretta