3 Beautiful Illuminations to Check Out in Tokyo This Winter 2017-2018

  • As December descends upon us and the end of 2017 quickly approaches, various winter illuminations around Tokyo have begun. Here is a list of three illumination events that you may want to check out this winter. These illuminations, in particular, will be on display until the beginning of 2018 so you have ample of time to visit and admire them.

    1. Caretta Illumination 2017: A Story of True Love

    The Shiodome shopping complex, also known as Caretta Shiodome, is putting on their annual illumination event for the 12th time this 2017. To emphasize its theme, “A story of true love,” the entire light-up is based on the story of Beauty and the Beast. The candle-like decorations will remind you of the iconic Beauty and the Beast scene where the tableware characters led by Lumière are singing “Be Our Guest.”

    The Caretta Illumination will be up until Valentine’s Day 2018 and the lights will be on from 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM, except on days when the shopping complex is closed.

    Every 15 minutes, there will be an illumination show taking place. There are two different shows that rotate every hour: the first is based on Belle and the Beast’s dance scene in the ballroom accompanied by the famous song, “Beauty and the Beast,” and the second one is based on Celine Dion’s rendition of “How Does A Moment Last Forever.” These two shows will also be joined by another show, starting in January, called “Evermore” which is an insight into the Beast’s heart and his newly discovered feelings towards Belle.

    Caretta Illumination Website *Japanese only

    2. Yebisu Garden Place Winter Illuminations 2017

    Yebisu Garden Place’s Central Square will, for the 18th time, be the location of their annual winter illumination. The theme this 2017 is “Baccarat ETERNAL LIGHTS: The Shape of Happiness.” The main focus of this event is the enormous Baccarat chandelier that is five meters high and three meters wide, featuring 8,472 crystal parts and 250 lights. This chandelier will be accompanied by a 10-meter-high Christmas tree located at the Clock Tower Square.

    The Entrance Pavilion of Yebisu Garden Place will also be lit with 100,000 lights – a sight that you definitely would not want to miss this winter. These decorations will be up and available for you to view until January 8, 2018.

    Great places to visit near Yebisu Garden Place include the Museum of YEBISU BEER where you can enjoy a beer tasting. The surrounding area also has a myriad of restaurants and shops that you can enjoy along with the winter decorations.

    Yebisu Garden Place Winter Illuminations 2017 Website *Japanese only

    3. Marunouchi Illumination 2017

    The streets of Marunouchi, Tokyo will be lit for the 16th time this 2017. The 1.2-kilometer main street, Marunouchi Naka-Dori, is lined with over 200 trees, all illuminated in a gorgeous champagne gold which has become emblematic of Marunouchi. The number of LED lights used totals up to 930,000, creating a fantastic winter scene unlike any other.

    The lights used this 2017 may look extravagant, but they are actually environment-friendly. They use a significantly smaller amount of electricity per light bulb, and the electricity used to power them are generated from solar and wind energy.

    The lights along Marunouchi will be lit from around 5:30 PM to 11:00 PM every day, except in December when they will be lit from 5:00 PM to 12:00 AM. This illumination will be up until February 18, 2018, so if you are in the area shopping, why not stay until it gets dark to enjoy the beautiful champagne gold lights of Marunouchi?

    Marunouchi Illumination 2017 Website *Japanese only

    As the holiday season is just around the corner, these illuminations are the perfect spots to add to your date nights, night outs with friends, dinners with family members, you name it. Since these illuminations go on into the new year, you can still visit them through the beginning of 2018. I highly recommend visiting these breathtaking light-up events this winter if you are in Japan!

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