Omohara Beer Forest Illuminations in Omotesando to Begin on November 15

20.October.2018 | SPOT

The Omohara Beer Forest―located on the sixth floor rooftop of Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku―is hosting an illumination event from November 15 to February 28 next year.

 

The Omohara illuminations will bring a mix of natural light and gentle fairy lights to central Harajuku. A space surrounded by trees will give rise to 16,000 illuminations with warm light, evoking a sense of nostalgia from somewhere and makes you relax.

The illuminations can be enjoyed through Christmas and the New Year’s Holidays. Opening hours will be extended to 11:00pm from the usual 9:00pm for people to gaze at.

 

Tokyu Plaza will also be decked out with plenty of Christmas gifts up until December 25 including clothes, cosmetics and other miscellaneous items, so head there this holiday season to feel that nostalgia Christmas feeling.

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  • Tokyo Winter Illuminations 2018 – Shinjuku Minamilumi Illuminations to Return to Shinjuku Station South Exit

    04.September.2018 | SPOT

    The Shinjuku Minamilumi illuminations are making their sixth return to the south exit of Shinjuku Station again this year from November 14.

    “Minamilumi” is a portmanteau of minami no illumination (‘south illuminations’) and minna de miru illumination (‘illuminations to watch with everyone’).

    Each pedestrian area around the south exit will be decorated with different illuminations. Full details for each illumination exhibition will be available from October.

    Each location is within walking distance from the other, so you can spend a nice relaxing time strolling and seeing the different lights that will welcome the winter. Mark it in your diary and be sure to see them all.

     

    ■Information

    Shinjuku Minamilumi Illuminations

    Areas: Shinjuku Southern Terrace / Takashiyama Times Square / Shinjuku Maynds Tower / JR South Shinjuku Bldg. / JR Shinjuku Miraina Tower / Suica’s Penguin Park

    Closest Stations: Shinjuku Station (JR Line, Odakyu Line, Keio Line, Toei Shinjuku Line, Oedo Line) / Shinjuku-Sanchome Station (Fukutoshin Line)

    Running: November 14, 2018 – January 14, 2019

    Illumination Times: 5:00pm-12:00am

    *4:30pm-12:00am in December.

    *Illumination areas, content and details subject to change.

  • Roppongi Hills Christmas 2018: Keyakizaka Illuminations, 10m Tall Christmas Tree & More!

    20.September.2018 | SPOT

    Christmas at Roppongi Hills is a bustling time having brought together 7 million people last year. There will be lots happening this year, starting with Keyakizaka street being lit up from early November up to Christmas Day. Illuminations will be held in 3 places and there will be numerous events including a Christmas market and concerts.

    Around 700,000 LED lights will decorate the trees of Keyakizaka street, bringing to light that charming feeling of Tokyo wintertime. This marks the 15th year of the street’s illuminations, and this year’s theme is “LIVE veil.” Passersby will be greeted with the glow of crisp blue and snow white LED lights. The bridge located in the centre of Keyakizaka street will make for a great photo with Tokyo Tower in the background.

     

    Date: Early November 2018 – December 25, 2018
    Time: 17:00-23:00

    Location: Roppongi Keyakizaka-dori

    A Christmas market will take place at 66 Plaza which will be overlooked by a towering 10m tall Christmas tree. The tree will light up during the event making for a must-visit spot with that special someone.

     

    Date: Early November 2018 – December 25, 2018
    Time: 17:00-24:00

    Location: 66 Plaza

    If you take a stroll along West Walk you’ll also see a very unique looking “knitted” Christmas tree. This specially made tree is made of a knitted material that will feel soft to touch. You’ll even be able to lie down at the base of it. The material the tree is made of will also run through the corridor of West Walk, embracing the area with warmth.

     

    Running: November 16, 2018 – December 25, 2018 (subject to change)

    Location: 2F West Walk South Side and Corridor

    As well as the Christmas market and concert, the restaurants and cafes will also sell Christmas cakes, and there will be plenty of opportunities for Christmas shopping.

     

    Take your family, friends or special someone to Roppongi Hills for Christmas this year!

     

    ■Information

    Roppongi Hills Christmas 2018
    Location: Roppongi Hills (Roppongi Keyakizaka-dori, 66 Plaza, West Walk, Roppongi Hills Arena, Oyane Plaza, and elsewhere)

     

    Christmas Market 2018

    Date: November 23, 2018 – December 15, 2018

    Time: 11:00-21:00

    *On the first day (November 23) the market will open in the evening.

    *Opening times extended to 22:00 on Fridays, the weekend and December 24.

    Location: Oyane Plaza

     

  • Autumn Colour Illuminations to Take Place at Kurodani Temple―Home to the Afro Buddha

    28.September.2018 | SPOT

    Veltra, a website that offers hundreds of tours and activities for travellers across the world, is now taking bookings to go and see the autumn colour light-up of Konkaikōmyō-ji, also known as Kurodani Temple.

    The plan offers the chance to see the Afro Buddha―which has made headlines on TV in Japan and on the internet―as well as the temple gardens and elsewhere lit up in gorgeous hues of reds, yellows and oranges. The autumnal colours reflected on the water surface beside the temple will provide for a gorgeous setting.

     

    There’s also an additional plan that can get you in 30-minutes earlier than regular guests and offers a tour of the area by the official gardener or a garden concierge. Guests who book with Veltra will also receive a bill with the Afro Buddha printed on it.

    Kurodani Temple was founded in 1175. It incldues the site where Honen, the founder of Jodo Buddhism, stayed. It’s also famous as the site where the Japanese official Kondō Isami and samurai Matsudaira Katamori held talks.

     

    While gazing at the beautiful colours of autumn guests can also enjoy a koto performance.

     

    Veltra also has an English page and takes bookings from inbound travellers. Book your plan to see the spectacle yourself.

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  • Japanese Illustrator Mai Yoneyama Releases Limited-Edition T-Shirts

    09.April.2021 | FASHION

    To commemorate her exhibition “EGO” exhibition currently taking place at Anicoremix Gallery in Harajuku, Japanese illustrator Mai Yoneyama has released a collection of limited-edition t-shirts in collaboration with the sneaker brand atmos. The exhibition, which is showcasing many of Yoneyama’s works, is running until April 14.

    Wear Mai Yoneyama’s iconic pop style wherever you go with these limited-edition tees.

  • Disney x MOUSSY Release Retro Clothing Collection

    01.March.2021 | FASHION

    High-casual brand MOUSSY has collaborated with Disney to release the “Disney SERIES CREATED by MOUSSY.” The Spring/Summer 2021 collection dropped in Japan on Wednesday (February 24).

    PALS TAPESTRY SH JKT | ¥34,980 (Tax Included)

    PALS TAPESTRY SK | ¥19,910 (Tax Included)

    MATCHING OUTFITS POJ | ¥8,250 (Tax Included)

    ALWAYS COOL TSJ | ¥6,600 (Tax Included)

    The collection combines 70s-80s vintage taste with a 90s street style to create a special retro fusion design. The items are crafted by Japanese artisans from the gobelin-stich fabric series PALS TAPESTRY and feature Minnie and Mickey Mouse in different attire including cute matching outfits.

     

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  • Valentine’s Themed Menu Now Serving at FENDI CAFFE by ANNIVERSAIRE in Omotesando

    30.January.2021 | FOOD

    Luxury Italian brand FENDI is currently teamed up with the iconic Aoyama-based ANNIVERSAIRE CAFÉ OMOTESANDO to serve up a special Valentine’s Day themed menu at the cafe which it’s calling “FENDI CAFFE by ANNIVERSAIRE.”

    Cake Set | ¥2,800 (Before Tax)


    Tart Saison | ¥1,000 (Before Tax)

    The cake set and tart saison are revamps of current menu items, now topped with in-season strawberries. The cafe has also been adorned with romantic red roses and multi-coloured decorations for this year’s Valentine’s Day.

  • Valentine’s Dessert Sets Served Up at Harajuku’s Tea Latte Shop CHAVATY

    22.January.2021 | FOOD

    CHAVATY, a cafe in Harajuku that serves tea lattes made with high quality tea leaves, is getting ready for Valentine’s Day early with the release of some tasty new desserts which they began serving up on Thursday (January 14).


    Valentine’s Set | ¥1,100 (Before Tax)


    Valentine’s Scone Set (6 Included) | ¥2,480 (Tax Included)


    Raspberry Chocolate | ¥970 (Tax Included)

    The Valentine’s Set comes with a cute scone as well as fondant chocolate made with rich, high-grade chocolate from the French chocolate brand Cacao Barry. It also comes with a tea latte of your choice. There’s also a scone set which comes with two each of three different scones for a total of six including the Berry & Cocoa Pink Chocolate, Orange & Chocolate Chip Double Chocolate, and Dried Fruits & Nuts White Chocolate. CHAVATY has also made their own seasonal homemade spread: the Raspberry Chocolate.

  • Hoshino Resorts BANTA CAFE Releases Video of Magical Beachside Illuminations

    19.January.2021 | SPOT

    The incredible beachside Hoshino Resorts BANTA CAFE, which offers guests a breathtaking ocean view along the Okinawan coast, released a video on the official Hoshino Resorts YouTube page showcasing the cafe’s ongoing illumination event, “Illumi Banta,” which is running until February 28, 2021. Guests can enjoy some limited-time menu options and then take a romantic stroll along the beach with a warm lantern in hand.

    Okinawa is known for its warm climate, rarely dipping below 15°C in the chilly season of winter. There are many celebratory days enjoyed every year around Christmas and New Years, and so BANTA CAFE decided to get in on the action with Illumi Banta, which has been running since December 1 last year—while following the necessary precautions against COVID-19 to ensure everyone stays safe. The spacious cafe is mostly outdoors so visitors can enjoy their time without worry.

     

    A seat at the cafe in on a clear evening guarantees a front row seat to a beautiful orange sunset that sinks into the horizon. Normally, the cafe closes as sunset arrives, but for this event, opening hour have been extended into the night.

     

    BANTA CAFE is located in the village of Yomitan where the beautiful ocean is surrounded by coral reef, enormous rocks, and a rich natural environment. It’s a must-visit if travelling to Okinawa.

  • Kyoto’s Shinto Shrine Iwashimizu Hachimangu Announces Light-Up Event

    16.January.2021 | SPOT

    Iwashimizu Hachimangu, a Shinto Shrine in Yawata, Kyoto, has announced that a 5-day light-up event will take place from February 10 to 14 at the site’s main shrine which is listed as a national treasure of Japan.

    Following government guidelines in response to COVID-19, the event will feature LED illuminations, glowing exhibits from craftsmen, lights made by locals from materials such as bamboo, and more, all in the hopes of creating a bit of evening-time sightseeing in the area. The event will also be streamed live online for those unable to attend where viewers can also enjoy watching ceremonial dance by shrine maidens.

  • 2021 New Year’s in Japan: 5 Must-Visit Illumination Spots

    27.December.2020 | SPOT

    Illumination and light-up events are a huge part of winter and the holiday season in Japan, but when Christmas ends, many of them are turned off until next year. But there are still some that run through the New Year holidays and into early spring, so we’ve compiled a list of 5 must-visit illumination and light-up spots to visit over the next couple of months.

    Please note that the times and dates of these events are subject to change depending on the COVID-19 situation.

     

    Tochigi: The Garden of Illuminated Flowers ~Flower Fantasy 2020~

    Ashikaga Flower Park in Ashikaga, Tochigi, is holding an illumination event for winter called “The Garden of Illuminated Flowers ~Flower Fantasy 2020~” until February 7, 2021. Held for the 19th time this year, the event was ranked among the Top 3 biggest light-up events in Japan in 2017 alongside Sapporo White Illuminations and Huis Ten Bosch Illuminations. It was also ranked top by night view critics in Japan as the best illumination event for four consecutive years.

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/366535 

     

    ▼The Garden of Illuminated Flowers ~Flower Fantasy 2020~

    Address: 607 Hasamacho, Ashikaga, Tochigi
    Running: October 17, 2020 – February 7, 2021
    Official Website: https://www.ashikaga.co.jp/flowerfantasy_special2020/en/index.html

     

    ▼MIDTOWN WINTER MOMENTS

    Tokyo Midtown’s winter season event ‘MIDTOWN WINTER MOMENTS’ is running until February 28, 2021. “ANOTHER WORLD” is the concept for this year’s rendition of the annual event, which is enjoying new winter illuminations, Christmas decorations, an ice rink, and plenty of other fun experiences for people to enjoy throughout the entire day, right into the evening. A highlight of the event is the “MIDTOWN WINTER LIGHTS,” warm illuminations to light fires in hearts during the cold winter season that will create a dazzling spectacle the likes of which cannot be missed.

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/366420

     

    ▼MIDTOWN WINTER MOMENTS
    Running: November 19, 2020 – February 28, 2021
    Official Website: https://www.tokyo-midtown.com

     

    Kanagawa: SAGAMIKO ILLUMILLION’s ‘Pokémon Illuminations’

    Lake Sagami Pleasure Forest’s annual SAGAMIKO ILLUMILLION winter event is taking place until April 4, 2021, and this year, it has brought that a new Pokémon with Pokémon illuminations. Wild Pokémon illuminations roam everywhere and there are plenty of Pokémon photo spots to take your picture with including Pikachu sleeping in the forest, Charmander taking a nap by an open-air, and more.

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/375427

     

    ▼SAGAMIKO ILLUMILLION
    Address: 1634 Wakayanagi, Midori-ku, Sagamihara, Kanagawa
    Running: November 14, 2020 – April 4, 2021
    Illumination Times: 16:00-21:00 (Last Entries 20:30)
    *Illumination times to begin from 17:00 starting in February
    Official Website: https://www.sagamiko-resort.jp/illumillion/

     

    Nagano: Karuizawa Shiraito Falls Midwinter Light Up

    Shiraito Highland Way is holding this year’s Karuizawa Shiraito Falls Midwinter Light Up until February 14, 2021. Karuizawa Shiraito Falls is a 3-meter tall waterfall that spans 70-meters in length. The lights add a warmth to the cool evening and glow under a starry night sky. The event creates a different atmosphere from the summer light-up, allowing visitors to enjoy the enveloping nature in a way that they normally can’t and see beauty they may not have noticed in the area before.

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/379120

     

    ▼Karuizawa Shiraito Falls Midwinter Light Up
    Location: Karuizawa Shiraito Falls
    Running: December 19, 2020 – February 14, 2021
    ・Christmas Session: December 19th-20th, 24th-27th (17:00-19:00)
    ・New Year Session: January 2nd-3rd, 8th-11th (17:00-19:00)
    ・St.Valentine Session: February 11th-14th (17:30-19:30)

    Access: https://karuizawa-shw.com/access/

    *Please see the website for the latest information
    *Entry restrictions may be made depending on the number of visitors

    Official Website: https://karuizawa-shw.com/

     

    Shizuoka: Hikari no Sumika Winter Illuminations

    Toki no Sumika is hosting its 19th annual winter illumination event “Hikari no Sumika” until March 21, 2021. There are many different illumination areas to enjoy at the event, like the Forest of Trees Illuminations, the 370m-long Tunnel of Lights, and more.

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/359381

     

    ▼Hikari no Sumika 2020-2021
    Running: September 18, 2020 – March 21, 2021
    Address: Gotemba Kogen Toki no Sumika, 719 KōyamaGotemba, Shizuoka
    Illumination Times: 17:30-22:00
    Car Park Spaces: 2,000
    Enquiries: 0550-87-3700 (9:00-20:00)

    Official Website: http://www.tokinosumika.com/illuminations2017/renewal/

  • SHIRO’s Omotesando Cosmetic and Beauty Store Gets Museum-Like Makeover

    22.December.2020 | FASHION / SPOT

    The flagship store of cosmetic brand SHIRO, SHIRO Omotesando, received a makeover on Friday last week (December 18). The shop, which has moved to the building’s second floor, has increased in size by 30%, allowing for SHIRO to display its 70 or so skincare and cosmetic products like a museum.

     

    Ingredients Showcase

    The many ingredients used in SHIRO’s products are now on display—something which customers don’t normally get to see―such as extract of gagome kombu, tamanu, pot marigold, and more. The line-up is packed solely with high quality ingredients by trusted producers and is a chance for people to get to know about the products they are buying even more.

     

    The Edible Display

    A special display of edibles, which will change depending on the harvesting seasons, can be enjoyed including ginger, yuzu, aloe, and more.

     

    8 Drawers

    Underneath the displayed ingredients are eight drawers which reveal the actual size of the ingredients before they are turned into products. It also reveals when they are produced, information about the producers, and so on.

     

    Store Design

    The store has of course undergone a full revamp, with the walls layered with gravel and soil, further adding to the display of the raw materials and ingredients. The wall design incorporates a traditional Japanese architecture method which results in it looking like something straight out of nature.

     

    Limited Edition Products

    To celebrate the renovations at SHIRO Omotesando, the store will be selling a limited-edition SHIRO PERFUME as well as a selection of products available at only select stores like SHIRO LIFE and SHIRO HOME items.

     

    SHIRO BEAUTY (B1F)

    SHIRO BEAUTY is a salon on floor B1F that manages SHIRO Omotesando. It’s set to close on December 31 and will reopen in mid-February next year to bring in haircut, hair colouring, head spa, and other services as well as facials, body treatments, and more.

     

    SHIRO PERFUME

    SHIRO PERFUME will be sold in limited quantities and is exclusive to SHIRO Omotesando.

    SHIRO PERFUME – WISHING WELL | ¥10,500 (Before Tax)

    SHIRO PERFUME – WISHING WELL Fragrance
    A warm and cosy fragrance with fresh berry notes on top and bitter orange for accent.

     

    TOP: Bitter Orange, Berries, Redcurrants
    MIDDLE: Jasmine, Rose
    LAST: Wood, Cedarwood, Musk

  • Illumination Island Odaiba 2020: Tokyo’s Artificial Island Begins Winter Illuminations Up to Christmas

    13.December.2020 | SPOT

    23 facilities including shopping centres, hotels, parks, and more in Odaiba are participating in Illumination Island Odaiba 2020, a large-scale illumination event that opened on Friday and is set to run up to Christmas Day.

     

    This year’s event is bigger than the last, with only 10 facilities having taken part in 2019. The main park in Odaiba will also be lit up for the first time this year. The event is taking place to express gratitude towards those facing hardship during the pandemic – to connect everyone via gorgeous lights for a brighter tomorrow.

     

    *Please note that illumination dates and times differ for each facility

     

    Participating Facilities (Excerpt)

    DECKS Tokyo Beach

    The third-floor seaside deck faces Odaiba Marine Park and offers a gorgeous view of Tokyo Bay. Winter illuminations will serve cosy vibes around the rest area and plants, and serves as the perfect site to gaze at the lit-up Rainbow Bridge against the backdrop of Tokyo’s nightscape.

    Running: November 14, 2020 – February 14, 2021

     

    DiverCity Tokyo Plaza

    The Festival Hiroba’s staircase will be colourfully lit up from 16:00 every day until January 31, 2021. After that, it will be lit up from 17:00.

     

    VenusFort


    teamLab – “The Tree of Resonating Colors of Life” ©チームラボ

    teamLab’s towering digital art installation The Tree of Resonating Colors of Life is running at Odaiba until February 7, 2021. The 8-meter tall three-dimensional tree is created from an accumulation of light spheres.

     

    Palette Town Daikanransha


    The Daikanransha Ferris wheel is a symbol of Odaiba and offers a panoramic view of famous sights around Tokyo up 115-meters in the sky.

     

    Winter Illuminations: December 1, 2020 – December 25, 2020

     

    Statue of Liberty


    Odaiba’s Statue of Liberty will be lit up with rainbow colours, changing the atmosphere in the area completely.

    Running: December 11, 2020 – December 25, 2020

     

    ARTBAY HOUSE


    Japanese artist Takahiro Matsuo is also getting in the the action with the prism art at his PRISM/GLOW exhibition.

     

    Running: November 27, 2020 – December 25, 2020

     

    Tokyo International Cruise Terminal Station


    A 5-meter tall Christmas tree is decorating Tokyo International Cruise Terminal Station.

     

    Running: November 27, 2020 – December 25, 2020 (Not running select days)

  • Golden Island Zipang 2020 Illumination Event Lights Up Matsue in Shimane

    03.December.2020 | SPOT

    The splendid Yuushien Garden in Matsue, Shimane, is now hosting a dazzling winter illumination event titled Kogane no Shima Zipang 2020 (Golden Island Zipang 2020) until January 11, 2021.

     

    Golden Island Zipang 2020

    Yuushien Garden is located on the eastern side of Matsue on Daikon Island, a volcanic island in Nakaumi. The garden has been called the most beautiful Japanese-style garden in all of Japan, which makes it the perfect setting for the illumination event. 50 projectors at the garden are using projection mapping to create a flurry of flashy illuminations.

     

    It’s a full pixel illumination display coupled with music that’s sure to dazzle all who visit. this winter.

  • Sanrio’s Little Twin Stars Kiki & Lala Light Up Shinjuku With TWINKLE COLOR CHRISTMAS Illumination Event

    02.December.2020 | FASHION / SPOT

    Sanrio’s beloved character pair Kiki & Lala, also known as the Little Twin Stars, are hosting a special winter event titled “TWINKLE COLOR CHRISTMAS” at Shinjuku Southern Terrace from December 1 to 25, illuminating the area with beautiful Christmas lights, as part of their 45th anniversary.

     

    Kiki & Lala’s twinkling Christmas tree magical in the daytime and night time

    The towering 4-meter tall Christmas Tree is decorated in countless mirror balls which reflect beautifully both during the day from the sun and at night with Kiki & Lala’s illuminations. A special light show is also taking place from 16:30 each day with Christmas songs.

    Decorated around the tree are Kiki & Lala neon signs and pastel-coloured adornments.

     

    Those unable to visit Shinjuku this Christmas can access the “TWINKLE COLOR CHRISTMAS AR TREE” digitally This will have Kiki & Lala’s Christmas tree appear on your phone when taking photos. You can access it here.

     

    Kiki & Lala treats at the Sanrio Cafe Wagon

    Limited time menu

    45th Anniversary Items

    On weekends, as well as from December 19 up to Christmas Day, a food wagon will make an appearance at the event serving Kiki & Lala food and drink like the pink and fruity Ruby Chocolate Latte and fruit-filled Twinkle Crepe.

     

    ©’76,’20 SANRIO 著作(株)サンリオ

  • Karuizawa Shiraito Falls Midwinter Light Up Arrives For 2020-2021

    29.November.2020 | SPOT

    Shiraito Highland Way has announced that this year’s Karuizawa Shiraito Falls Midwinter Light Up will run from December 19, 2020 to February 14, 2021.

     

    The illumination event will take place at Karuizawa Shiraito Falls, a 3-meter tall waterfall that spans 70-meters in length. The lights will add a warmth to the cool evening and glow under a starry night sky.

     

    The event creates a different atmosphere from the summer light-up, allowing visitors to enjoy the enveloping nature in a way that they normally can’t and see beauty they may not have noticed in the area before. The waterfall is located in Jōshin’etsu-kōgen National Park, a protected area which means the lights will be set up in a way that’s considerate to the park.

     

    If you’re in Japan this winter then don’t miss out on this year’s Karuizawa Shiraito Falls Midwinter Light Up which will be split into three sessions: the Christmas Session, New Year Session, and St. Valentine Session. More details below.

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