Three heartwarming winter lights spots in central Tokyo

It’s the holiday season! This year – like every year – the winter lights, called illuminations in Japan, lighten and brighten up the city with gentle a gentle glow. Let us introduce three locations with beautiful winter lights in central Tokyo!

Tokyo Garden Terrace Kioicho

“Tokyo Garden Terrace Kioicho” is a commercial facility consisting of offices, a hotel, shops, and rental condominiums. Although it is a new facility that only opened in 2016, the annual illuminations are already very popular.

The theme of this year’s winter lights is: “Have a warm and special wintertime and talk about the future with loved ones while thanking them for always being there.” A long theme, but true.

What makes “Tokyo Garden Terrace Kioicho” special, is the fact that you can actually take a walk around and see different types of winter lights on the premises. Perfect for a winter walk!

A nice way to appreciate the winter lights at the “Hana no Hiroba” (Japanese for “Flower Square”) is with a cup of hot tea or coffee on the terrace of a cafe!
Winter lights along Benkei moat
This historic building was originally a hotel. It is now used as a wedding venue and restaurant.
“White Deer”, one of Kohei Nawa’s masterpieces.
Can you spot Tokyo Tower?

Winter Lights: November 20, 2020 (Friday) – December 25, 2020 (Friday)
Time: 16:00-24:00
1-2 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Google Maps:
Nearest stations: Nagatacho Station, Akasaka-mitsuke Station

Marunouchi-Naka-Dori Street

Marunouchi-Naka-Dori Street decorated with “Champagne Gold” winter lights.

This year, more than 220 trees decorated with about 1.2 million LEDs are lining Marunouchi-Naka-Dori Street, which is a famous luxury brand shopping street close to Tokyo Station.

Marunouchi-Naka-Dori Street

The lights are colored in “Champagne Gold”, an original color created for the Marunouchi area. The warm lights are somehow reminiscent of winter in Scandinavia. The traditional coloring is a pleasant sight. Walking up and down Marunouchi-Naka-Dori Street, which stretches for about 1.2km, is a lot of fun!

You can also see the lit-up Tokyo Station from Gyoko-Dori Street, which intersects Marunouchi-Naka-Dori Street.
Romantic winter lights at the “Marunouchi Brick Square” in front of the MITSUBISHI ICHIGOKAN MUSEUM, TOKYO

Winter Lights: Thursday, November 5, 2020 (Thursday) – February 14, 2021 (Sunday)
Time: 15:00 – 23:00 (* 15:00 – 24:00 in December)
Google Maps:
Nearest stations: Tokyo Station, Yurakucho Station, Hibiya Station, Nijubashimae Station, Otemachi Station, Ginza Station

Tokyo Midtown Hibiya

If you want to see a winter lights show, head to “Hibiya Step Plaza” near the entrance of “Tokyo Midtown Hibiya”. Here, real Christmas trees and benches have been installed for a limited time. The beautiful light show starts once every 10 minutes.

Hibiya Step Plaza
Under the theme of “Expanding Hope,” the winter lights of the plaza gradually spread out radially toward the outer periphery of the square.
The winter lights of the surrounding trees are colored in “champagne gold,” “gold,” and “amber.” These candle colors stand for “hope” and “peace” – just what we need in these crazy times.

Winter Lights: November 17, 2020 (Tuesday) – February 14, 2021 (Sunday)
Time: 17:00-23:00
First show 17:00 / Final show 22:50 (once every 10 minutes)
1-2 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Google Maps:
Nearest stations: Yurakucho Station, Hibiya Station, Nijubashimae Station

Why don’t you take a leisurely stroll around the beautiful winter lights? There is nothing more relaxing than enjoying the traditional illuminations in central Tokyo!