Tokyo illuminations 2019-2020

Enjoy the city at its most sparkly – when Tokyo switches on its festive lights and illuminations come autumn and winter

Shinjuku Terrace City Illumination
丸の内イルミネーション Marunouchi Illumination
表参道イルミネーション Omotesando Illumination
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Shibuya Ao no Dokutsu
By Time Out Tokyo Editors |

The days may be getting shorter and colder, but even so, Tokyo doesn't turn into a dark and desolate place at this less than cheery time of year. In fact, as the city transitions from autumn into winter, millions of colourful LED lights are displayed in trees as well as on and around buildings, turning Tokyo into a sparkling wonderland. 

We've listed our top picks of where to admire these illuminations, which are, of course, best enjoyed in good company. So layer up, grab your scarves and head out to see Tokyo at its brightest and festive best. It’s gonna be lit.

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Yomiuri Land Jewellumination

Yomiuri Land, Tama area

Yomiuri Land's annual winter illuminations tend to bedazzle even the most jaded traveller. As the name suggests, jewels are the focus here: literally millions of colourful LEDs are set up throughout the vast area, which is split into 12 areas. You can also expect a 25-metre tall dazzling mountain inspired by the Matterhorn and lit-up roller coasters. If you're looking for the most OTT illumination experience in Tokyo, this should be it.

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