Tokyo’s Must-see Illuminations【2021-2022 new version】

With November well underway, illumination events celebrating various themes have begun to open throughout Tokyo. Their colorful LED and neon lights give the winter city a romantic air.

Yebisu Garden Place Baccarat ETERNAL LIGHTS: The shape of joy

Marking its 22nd year in 2021, this event is now a winter tradition in Ebisu, illuminating the district with the glow of a chandelier every year. Here, one of the world’s largest Baccarat chandeliers will be displayed in the central square. At 5 meters high, 3 meters wide, and made with a total of 8,500 crystal pieces, the chandelier’s 250 radiant lights will mesmerize visitors. This year, augmented reality content titled “Baccarat ETERNAL LIGHTS and Instagram AR Filter” has been made available so that the Yebisu Garden Place chandelier can be enjoyed on-site, at home, and elsewhere. With AR technology, you can snap a picture from the best angle and appreciate one of the world’s grandest chandeliers in a virtual setting.

Baccarat ETERNAL LIGHTS: The shape of joy Event period: November 13, 2021-January 10, 2022 Nearest station: Ebisu Station


Marunouchi Illumination 2021

This annual event marks its 20th year this season. Over 340 trees grow throughout the Marunouchi area, with the majority lining Marunouchi’s 1.2 kilometer Marunouchi Naka-dori Street, from Tokyo Kotsu Kaikan in front of Yurakucho Station towards Otemachi Naka-dori Street. These trees glow with the light of around 1.2 million champagne gold-colored LEDs. Also bursting into light is “TOKYO TORCH Park,” the expansive outdoor plaza in front of Tokiwabashi Tower. Making its debut in July 2021, it is now known as the new landmark in front of Tokyo Station’s Nihonbashi Exit. In addition to the “TOKYO TORCH Terrace” shopping area, there are many establishments in the Marunouchi area with terrace seating, allowing you to relax and enjoy the illuminations outside. Until December 25, the event’s theme will be “Marunouchi Bright Christmas 2021, Harry Potter: A gift from the wizarding world.” The Christmas trees and lights will help create this beloved world of magic.

Marunouchi Illumination 2021 

Event period: November 11, 2021-February 20, 2022

Illumination: 3:00 PM-11:00 PM (3:00 PM-12:00 AM from December 1-December 31)

Nearest station: Tokyo Station


Tokyo Midtown MIDTOWN CHRISTMAS 2021

This is a popular winter event held in Tokyo Midtown. The concept this year is “VIVID,” with lively installations in each area kindling the Christmas spirit. The popular ice-skating rink is set to open on the same day. You’ll get the chance to glide over the ice during this Christmas season. The 1st-floor plaza and garden area will be the venue for the “Promenade of Lights,” where trees will glow gold with light throughout the town. The elegant but vibrant illumination is sure to capture the hearts of visitors, inviting them into a resplendent world. The “SNOW LIGHT GLOBE” snowdome at 4.5 meters in diameter and 3 meters high is a sight to see, with its special bubble effects mimicking softly falling snow.


Event period: November 18, 2021-December 25, 2021 *Some areas will remain open until February 27, 2022

*“SNOW LIGHT GLOBE” bubbles: November 18, 2021-December 12

Illumination: 5:00 PM-11:00 PM *Subject to change

Nearest station: Roppongi Station


Tokyo Midtown Hibiya HIBIYA Magic Time Illumination 2021

A “magical moment” that can be experienced even amid social distancing is the concept of “HIBIYA Magic Time Illumination 2021.” This year’s theme is “TOMORROW -The start of a new chapter-.” It conveys the wish for “a pleasant tomorrow to shine at the end of today,” an idea expressed with trees glowing with beautifully gradated lights.

HIBIYA Magic Time Illumination 2021 

Event period: November 18, 2021-February 14, 2022

*“HIBIYA WINTER SQUARE”: November 18, 2021-December 26

Illumination: 5:00 PM-11:00 PM

Nearest station: Hibiya Station


Roppongi Hills Christmas 2021

Each year, this illumination event in Keyakizaka announces the arrival of winter to the city of Roppongi. The majestic “SNOW & BLUE” illumination of 700 thousand LED lights will adorn the trees along the 400-meter-long Keyakizaka Street. The West Walk will also feature a Christmas tree utilizing recycled flowers. Each area will help light up the town with unique illuminations. Recommended photo spots are in front of “ESCADA” on Keyakizaka Street and near “Roppongi Tsutaya Books.” You can capture the whole of the illuminations from the top and bottom of the sloping street.

Roppongi Hills Christmas 2021 

Event period: November 10, 2021-December 25

Illumination: “Keyakizaka Illumination” 5:00 PM-11:00 PM

Nearest station: Roppongi Station

Tokyo Dome City Winter Illumination

The theme of this year’s 17th annual “Tokyo Dome City Winter Illumination” is “Photogenic Illuminations.” The photo frame installations situated throughout the five areas of Tokyo Dome City each have features that allow you to get the most dramatic shots of the illuminations. You will find beautiful and impressive views that will “inspire your inner shutterbug” and “instill the joy of photography” at the same time.

Tokyo Dome City Winter Illumination 

Event period: November 5, 2021-February 28, 2022

*Main Tree: November 5, 2021-January 10, 2022

Illumination: 5:00 PM-12:00 AM (scheduled) *Times may change due to social circumstances or sunset times.

Nearest station: Korakuen Station


Oi Racecourse “Tokyo Mega Illumination 2021-2022”

“Tokyo Mega Illumination” is a winter event held on the spacious grounds of Oi Racecourse. This season marks its 4th year. This popular event ranked first as a “must-visit illumination in Japan of 2020-2021.” Exciting features include the “Mega Illumination Show: Twinkle Fountain and Aurora Borealis,” the sparkling 100-meter “Edo Cherry Blossom Tunnel,” and horse events unique to Tokyo Mega Illumination at Oi Racecourse. This year, they’ve collaborated with creative company NAKED, Inc. to create “NAKED BIG BOOK,” a projection show featuring the world of Mega Illumination in a picture-book fashion.

Tokyo Mega Illumination 2021-2022 

Event period: October 16, 2021-April 10, 2022

Entrance fee: 800 yen for adult advance tickets, 1,000 yen for adult same-day tickets

Event schedule: Saturdays and Sundays during October (Excluding October 31)

November 1-January 10: Every day excluding Oi Racecourse business days and January 1

January 11-April 10: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays (Excluding April 1)

October, February, March, April: 5:30 PM-9:00 PM

November, December, January: 4:30 PM-9:00 PM

Latest possible entrance is 8:00 PM on all days

(The event is not held every day. Please check the event schedule in advance.)

Address Tokyo Mega Illumination (Oi Racecourse)
Access 2-minute walk from Oi Keibajo Mae Station (Tokyo Monorail), 12-minute walk from Tachiaigawa Station (Express stop, Keikyu)

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The information herein is as of November 2021
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