How this year’s Marunouchi winter lights are an “ART WALK”, too!

The elegant champagne gold winter lights around Marunouchi Naka-Dori Street are a Tokyo winter tradition. Celebrating its 21st year, “Marunouchi Illumination 2022” has started on November 10th! A special way to enjoy the beautiful sight is by walking through the tunnel of lights while having a look at the artworks installed along the street.

Marunouchi Illumination 2022

Marunouchi Illumination

About 1.2 million champagne gold LED lights light up over 340 trees lining Marunouchi Naka-Dori Street, the main street that stretches about 1.2 km from Yurakucho Station to Otemachi Station.

Marunouchi Naka-Dori Street, colored in champagne gold.

All of the electricity used for powering the Marunouchi winter lights is green energy generated from renewable energy such as solar and wind power. “Marunouchi Illumination” has been certified as a “Japan Night View Heritage” because of this initiative. These are the most eco-friendly winter lights in Tokyo!

In addition to Marunouchi Naka-Dori Street, the large-scale outdoor plaza “TOKYO TORCH Park” in front of Tokiwabashi Tower, which opened in July 2021, will also light up at the same time.

Marunouchi Street Gallery

“The 43rd Marunouchi Street Gallery” logo and lineup of works.

When visiting “Marunouchi Illumination 2022”, we would like you to also pay attention to “Marunouchi Street Gallery” because Marunouchi Naka-Dori Street is an art gallery! Since 1972, the Chokoku-no-Mori Art and Culture Foundation, which operates the “Hakone Open-Air Museum”, has cooperated in exhibiting public artworks by contemporary artists.

German-born Renate Hoffleit “KONVEX /KONKAV” (1989)

This year, for the first time in four years, new works have been installed, and some of the works have just been replaced. Even people who have been to Marunouchi Street Gallery before will be able to see new works!

Kohei Nawa’s “Trans” series object “Trans-Double Yana (Mirror)” (2012), whose works are based on the concept of cells.

At the Marunouchi Street Gallery, you can come across interesting, cute, and exciting works one after another just by walking along Marunouchi Naka-Dori Street. Have a look at carefully selected works by contemporary artists from inside and outside Japan!

Atsuhiko Misawa’s popular series “Animal 2017-01-B2” (produced in 2017-2019)

Have fun with the artworks illuminated by the winter lights!

Marunouchi Street Gallery map of works
Marunouchi Illumination 2022
Period: November 10, 2022 (Thursday) to February 19, 2023 (Sunday)
Time: 15:00-23:00 / 15:00-24:00 from December 1st (Thursday) to 31st (Saturday) (tentative)
Venue: Marunouchi Naka-Dori Street, around Tokyo Station, TOKYO TORCH Park, etc.
Nearest stations: Tokyo Station, Otemachi Station, Mitsukoshimae Station, Nijubashimae Station, Nihonbashi Station, Yurakucho Station

Marunouchi Street Gallery
Exhibition period: June 2022 to May 2025 (planned)
Location: Marunouchi Naka-Dori Street
(*Artwork image courtesy of the Marunouchi Street Gallery: Mitsubishi Estate Group)

There are other wonderful illuminations in the Marunouchi area, so please visit them.

“WHITE KITTE” with the scent of real fir trees

The tallest tree is 12 meters! (Image provided by Japan Post Co., Ltd.)

This year’s winter display features a real fir Christmas tree with a total height of 12 meters (40 feet)!
The theme of this year’s “WHITE KITTE” is “KITTE’s Winter Forest Christmas ~Gifts from Nature~”. There will be nine Christmas trees at different heights with all displays made of 100% recycled paper from thinned wood and milk cartons. Don’t miss the 3 meters (10 feet) diameter snow globe photo spot!


Period: November 24th (Thursday) to December 25th (Sunday), 2022
Venue: KITTE Marunouchi, 2-7-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
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HIBIYA Magic Time Illumination 2022

This year’s theme is “Exciting Moments”. A fantastic gradation of blue and green winter lights inspired by auroras shine their light on Christmas trees set up at Hibiya Step Square. Here, “HIBIYA WINTER SQUARE” features music from masterpiece movies. Don’t forget to go up to the Tokyo Midtown Hibiya rooftop. The “PARK VIEW WINTER GARDEN” set up there is pure white, inspired by the Milky Way!

HIBIYA Magic Time Illumination 2022

Period: November 17, 2022 (Thursday) to February 14, 2023 (Tuesday)
(Please see the official website for details)
Venue: Hibiya Naka-Dori Street / Tokyo Midtown Hibiya
1-1 Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
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(※The video was shot in 2021)