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19 best Christmas trees in Tokyo

Tokyo's Christmas trees range from traditional installations to themed displays – here are our top picks

Tabea Greuner
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Tabea Greuner

There's no doubt that Tokyo is home to some of the best illuminations during winter, and more than a few lean into the festive season with colourful Christmas trees as well. If you're looking for the most majestic displays, we've done the work for you with this list of the best Christmas trees in and around Tokyo this year, ranging from traditional installations to interactive pieces.

Drop by after some Christmas cake shopping or before your Christmas dinner, and enjoy these towering trees without having to worry about fitting them into your Tokyo apartment.

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Modern Christmas trees

Wa-Yo Fusion Christmas Tree
Photo: itu'; Andaz Tokyo

Wa-Yo Fusion Christmas Tree

Find this unique Christmas tree in the lobby of the Andaz Tokyo hotel on the 51st floor. The installation is designed by Paris-based Japanese artist itu’

The tree design is a fusion of Japanese (wa) and Western (yo) culture, hence the installation’s name. The pine tree itself, a symbol of Japan forms the wa part of the work. The cone of cords around the Christmas tree is based on yuki-tsuri, a method of protecting branches from breaking in heavy snow by placing ropes around the tree from top to bottom. Yo, on the other hand, refers to the custom of putting up a Christmas tree.

Have a look at the colourful tree ornaments up close to see their motifs of different facial expressions. They’re intended to reflect the increasing value of diversity in society.

The tree is on display until December 25.

Traditional Christmas trees

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  • Futako-Tamagawa

Futako-Tamagawa’s Rise shopping mall, conveniently connected to the station, boasts a massive Christmas tree based on The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. The tree is decorated with Christmas baubles and ornaments that look like apples, oranges and pears from the storybook. If you look closely, you’ll spot the caterpillar himself hiding among the fruit.

The Christmas tree is on display until December 25.

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  • Shibuya

This beautifully lit Christmas tree stands outside of Shibuya Cast, located at the beginning (or end) of Harajuku’s famous Cat Street. You’ll also find illuminations set up in front of the building, near benches and in other places around its garden area.

The tree is lit from 4pm daily and is up until January 30.

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  • Tama-Center

Until February 28, Tama city centre in western Tokyo is bathed in Christmas lights after dark. With real trees from Nagano prefecture all decked out in LED lights, the city’s central Parthenon Boulevard has become a nighttime attraction. The highlight, however, is the luminescent blue Christmas tree at the end of the road. 

The blue tree will be on display until December 25.

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