Heads up! We’re working hard to be accurate – but these are unusual times, so please always check before heading out.
Update, January 29 2021: All illumination events now end at 8pm daily for the time being. Check the respective event listings for the latest opening hours before heading out.
Update, December 22 2020: The Tokyo Metropolitan Government urged organisers to close or reduce the operating hours of illumination events due to the high number of Covid-19 cases in Tokyo. Most of the illuminations now end at 8pm daily until January 11 2021. Check the respective event listings for the latest opening hours before heading out.
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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