Tobu Zoo Winter Illuminations 2019-2020: A Fusion Of Lights & Music

03.October.2019 | SPOT

Tobu Zoo is set to turn on 3 million LED lights for its winter illumination event that will run from October 26 to February 11 next year.

Tobu Zoo has lots of surprises lined up for this year’s event, including an illumination installation made in collaboration with male Japanese singer Amatsuki, which will bring together lights and music. This will include a giant LED display showing music videos from Amatsuki in addition to exclusive and original videos, a 50 meter long light tunnel with Amatsuki-inspired decorations and his music playing, and more. Full details are to be announced in the coming weeks.

“Illumination Show” Giant LED Display (Location: In front of Heartful Garden)

The “Illumination Show” will make use of the biggest LED display in Japan’s Kanto region, combining music with CG visuals, and illuminated decorations will twinkle in front of it. This year, the display will also feature new full-colour lasers. Three magical and dynamic shows will light up the area, including the Amatsuki Live Illumination show.

Heartful Garden (Location: Heartful Garden)

The zoo’s Heartful Garden spans 8,000 m², and it’s here that bright and beautiful flower topiary installations will be set up.

Theatrical Projection Mapping (Location: Tobu Zoo HOLA! Event Stage) *Running from November 30, 2019

The zoo’s 1,300 capacity event stage HOLA! will make use of breathtaking ‘theatrical projection mapping’ which will be projected onto the stage and the ceiling

 

The theme of this year’s projection mapping event is an animal musical which will serve up an incredible entertainment show for the audience. Various animals will make an appearance in the form of projection mapping to tell a story with dance and music.

Cherry Blossom Illuminations (Location: East Gate, Swan Pond)

Gorgeous cherry blossom-coloured lights will be strung on the Yoshino cherry trees lining the Swan Pond, creating a pink panorama right before your eyes.

Amusement Park Illuminations (Location: Around the amusement park)

Lights will also twinkle around the attractions in the amusement park, creating a different atmosphere than daytime, and there will also be various photo areas themed on fairy tale worlds including Cinderella, Princess Kaguya, The Little Mermaid and more.

Enjoy a romantic evening with the warm, cosy lights at Tobu Zoo.

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     Tobu Zoo is collaborating with Tama and Friends – a popular anime series which premiered on January 9, 2020 on a number of channels including Fuji TV’s programming block Noitamina. The collaboration includes a limited event which will run from February 1 to April 5, 2020.

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    The collaboration includes a number of original illustrations of adorable chibi versions of the characters with animals created specifically for the collaboration project. The illustrations will be fixed into area panels across the zoo.

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    Collaboration Game: Candy Toss 

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    Tama and Friends Tsubu Tsubu Float: ¥600 

    Sold At: Snack Stations around the Leisure Park

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    ①All areas around the park

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    Character: Tama Okamoto

    Announcement Times: During operation (Plays once per ride.)

    Ride Price: ¥600 per person/6 ride tokens/ One-Day Ride Passes accepted

    For safety reasons, the ride will be closed temporarily from time to time for maintenance checks and during strong winds. 

     

    Enjoy a thrilling day out at with Tama and Friends at Tobu Zoo.

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    Shinagawa Season Terrace Illumination 2019 is set to run from December 1 to 25.

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    Entry is free, and visitors will be able enjoy an unbroken view of the structural spectacle that is Tokyo Tower too. If you’re in Tokyo this December, be sure to mark Shinagawa Season Terrace Illumination 2019 in your calendar for the holiday season.

     

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  • 4 Best Winter Illumination Events in Japan | 2019 Edition

    04.November.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Winter is almost here, which means the wintertime illuminations are set to warm the streets of Japan once again this year with their radiance. Here are 4 must-visit illuminations taking place in and around Tokyo this year.

     

    Meguro River Minna no Illumination 2019 in Nakameguro

    This year, Meguro River will be decorated with an unmissable illumination display to warm the heart. What’s more is that 100% of the energy for the illumination will be produced by recycled oil.

     

    As Shinagawa will also be lit up at the same time, visitors will be able to treat themselves to a glorious view of 410,000 cherry blossom-coloured lights. The beautiful illuminations along the riverbank of Meguro River will also be the largest illumination project along the Yamanote Line with a total length of 2.2km of riverbanks covered (counting both sides of the river).

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/266636

     

    ▼Meguro River Minna no Illumination 2019

    Locations: Gotanda Fureai Mizube Hiroba (2 Chome-9-11 Higashigotanda, Shinagawa City, Tokyo)

    Gotanda Minami Park and Meguro Riverside (2 Chome-8-8 Higashigotanda, Shinagawa City, Tokyo)

    Running: November 8, 2019 – January 1, 2020

    Times: 17:00 – 22:00 

    *The illumination project will still run in rainy weather but will be postponed in stormy weather.

    Website: http://www.minna-no-illumi.com/ 

     

     

    Tobu Zoo Winter Illuminations 2019-2020

    The “Illumination Show” will make use of the biggest LED display in Japan’s Kanto region, combining music with CG visuals, and illuminated decorations will twinkle in front of it. This year, the display will also feature new full-colour lasers. Three magical and dynamic shows will light up the area, including the Amatsuki Live Illumination show.

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/260368

     

    Tobu Zoo Winter Illuminations 2019-2020

    Running: October 26, 2019 – February 11, 2020

    *Open on weekends and public holidays in November including Saitama Day on November 14, 2019

    *Open every day from December 1, 2019 to January 5, 2020

    *Open on weekends and public holidays only from January 6, 2020

    Opening Hours: 17:00-20:00 (Until 21:00 on December 24-25, 2019)

    Location: Throughout Tobu Zoo (110 Suka, Miyashiro, Minamisaitama-gun, Saitama)

    Price: Please check the official website or at the zoo

    Event Page: http://www.tobuzoo.com/event/teiki/illumination/

     

     

    Roof Star Garden at GINZA SIX

    Ginza’s biggest shopping centre GINZA SIX is set set to light up its rooftop garden with an enchanting illumination event titled Rooftop Star Garden. Standing at 56 meters high, the rooftop garden is the “closest place to the stars” in Ginza. This will be GINZA SIX’s first ever illumination event and it will shine a bright spotlight against the nightscape of Ginza’s streets.

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/259779

     

    Rooftop Star Garden

    Location: GINZA SIX Garden (Building Rooftop)

    Address: 6-10-1 Ginza, Chuo Ward, Tokyo

    Running: November 26, 2019 – February 24, 2019

    *Will close during bad weather or during invitation-only events

    Time: Sunset to 23:00

    Entry: Free

    GINZA SIX Official Website: https://ginza6.tokyo/

     

     

    Omotesando Hills Christmas 2019

    This winter’s lights at Omotesando Hills will be provided with contemporary design studio we+.The illuminations at the main large staircase of the atrium will take on the theme “Christmastime seduced by water magic.” “The water-based illuminations will constantly change colour and appearance.

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/255660

     

    Omotesando Hills Christmas 2019

    Running: November 13, 2019 – December 25, 2019

    Illumination Time: 11:00-23:00

    Omotesando Hills Official Website: https://www.omotesandohills.com/en/

     

     

    Did you enjoy our picks? Seeing the illuminations is a must when travelling to Japan during wintertime. Choose your location and take your friends, family and loved ones.

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