Winter Illuminations in Tokyo 2017: Take your date to Shibuya, Omotesando or Meguro to see the romantic lights

26.November.2017 | SPOT

Let’s take a look at some of the popular illumination events happening in Tokyo this year – in Shibuya, Omotesando and Meguro.

 

Shibuya – “Blue Grotto”

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The “Blue Grotto” (Ao no Dokotsu) illuminations will stretch from Shibuya Koen-dori all the way to Yoyogi Park Keyaki-Namaki. Running from November 22nd to December 31st, the Blue Grotto display will adopt a multitude of different changing lights for the very first time from this year onward. The romantic illuminations will feature lights changing at random, lights flickering and blinking, and lights that turn sequentially starting from the back of Keyaki-michi. The twinkling lights will shine onto a reflection mat laid on floor to recreate the famous “Blue Grotto” sea cave located in Italy.

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And in collaboration with Yoyogi Park, “Ao no Dokotsu Blue Parks” will open for a limited period of time where you can enjoy an array of drinks including coffee and hot wine for the cold night, as well as a special “Ao no Dokotsu” pasta bolognaise.

 

■Information

 

“Ao no Dokotsu Shibuya”

Location: Runs approx. 800m from Shibuya Koen-dori to Yoyogi Park Keyaki-Namaki

Access:

2-minutes by foot from Shibuya Station (via JR, Tokyo Metro, Keio Inokashira Line, Tōkyū Tōyoko Line)

Also accessible from Harajuku Station via JR, Meiji-Jingumae Staion and Yoyogi Park Station via Tokyo Metro, Yoyogi-Hachiman Station via Odakyu Line

 

Illumination Time: 17:00-22:00 *subject to change

Running: November 22, 2017 to December 31, 2017

Approximately 600,000 lights to be used.

Website: http://shibuya-aonodokutsu.jp *more info to be released soon

 

Ao no Dokotsu Blue Parks

Running: November 22, 2017 to December 31, 2017

Open: Mon-Thurs – 5pm-8pm / Fri-Sun – 5pm-9pm

*Opening hours are subject to change

Location: Yoyogi Park Keyaki-Namaki, 2-Chome Jinnan, Shibuya, Tokyo

 

 

Omotesando – “Epson presents Omotesando Illumination 2017”

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This year’s Omotesando Illumination will run from November 30th to December 25th. Champagne gold lamps will be lit across 150 zelkova trees from Jingu Bashi crossing to Omotesando crossing. It’s been 7 years since the whole 1.1km of Omotesando was illuminated, and it will be even bigger this year – last year saw 500,000 lights radiate the streets but this year will see a dazzling 900,000. There will also be an Epson pop-up shop selling Epson brand watches for the duration of the event.

 

■Information

 

“Epson presents Omotesando Illumination 2017”

Location: Runs from Jingu Bashi crossing to Omotesando crossing

Getting There: Accessible from Omotesando Station via Tokyo Metro / Harajuku Station via JR / Meiji Jingumae Station via Tokyo Metro

Illumination Time: Sunset to 10pm *subject to change

Running: November 30, 2017 to December 25, 2017

*Trees will be lit up until January 8, 2018

Approximately 900,000 LED lights to be used.

Website: http://omotesando.or.jp/illumi/ *more info to be released soon

Contact: Omotesando Illumination Office – 03-3406-0988

 

Epson Brand Watch Pop-Up Shop

Open: 11:00-20:00

Running: December 1, 2017 to January 8, 2018

*Shop will close at 17:00 on December 31st

*Shop will be closed from January 1st-January 3rd

Location: Q’s spot OMOHARA (6-30-3 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo)

Products: TRUME, ORIENT STAR, ORIENT, WristableGPS, Smart Canvas

*Customers who purchase from the shop will receive a novelty gift (first-come, first-served)

 

Nakameguro – “Nakameguro Jewel Dome 2017”

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“Nakameguro Jewel Dome 2017” will run along Meguro River. This will be the second time the event has been held, continuing from last year, and will fall between December 15th to December 24th. This year’s event will see an upgrade from a shimmering 200,000 lights to a spellbinding 500,000 which will light up approximately 100 cherry blossom trees that line the Meguro River. 2 different coloured illuminations will grace the surroundings of the river – a warm orange gold and a snowy white. You will be invited to a fantastical world inside the bright jeweled dome where white snow will dance.

 

■Information

 

“Nakameguro Jewel Dome 2017”
Running: December 15, 2017 to December 24, 2017

Illumination Time: 16:00-21:00 (subject to change)

Location: Runs approx. 1km from Nakameguro Station and along Meguro River (Hourai Bridge-Asahi Bridge)

Approximately 500,000 lights to be used.

Contact: 03-5778-3335 (10am-7pm on weekdays, closed weekends and national holidays)

Official Homepage: http://jewel-dome.com/

 

So, which of these events will you be taking your date to? Whether it’s with that special someone, friends or family, you’re sure to have a bright night. Be sure to use this list as reference if you’re in Tokyo!

 

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    AKIRA ART OF WALL Otomo Katsuhiro × Kosuke Kawamura AKIRA ART EXHIBITION

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    GALLERY X (Shibuya PARCO B1F) November 22, 2019 – December 18, 2019 @ 10:00-21:00

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    Exhibition Website: https://art.parco.jp/

     

     

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    The store stocks lots of exclusive goods you won’t find anywhere else. If you love games, and you love Nintendo, then this place is a must-visit if in Tokyo.

     

    Nintendo TOKYO Official Website: https://www.nintendo.co.jp/officialstore/index.html

     

     

    Pokémon Center Shibuya (Floor 6F)

    Pokémon fans won’t be able to resist stepping into the Pokémon Center, where they can pick up countless Pokémon merch. Upon entry they’ll walk past a 2-meter tall Mewtwo.

    From plush toys to bags, kitchenware, stationary, Shibuya-exclusives and moreーstock up on all the Pokémon gear you could ever want. There’s even some items made in collaboration with Nintendo TOKYO which is just next door!

     

    Pokémon Center Official Website: https://www.pokemon.co.jp/gp/pokecen/

     

     

    いかがでしたか?いろいろなジャンルのお店が大集結している渋谷PARCOにぜひ足を運んでみてくださいね。

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    27.November.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD / SPOT

    Christmas is almost here, and at Q-pot CAFE. in Omotesando, the festivities have already begun as they begin serving a selection of special Christmas-exclusive menu items. These will be available until December 25.

     

    Q-pot. is known for its accessory brand, which features jewellery made to look like sweets and desserts. It is also known for the Q-pot CAFE. which flips that concept, instead making sweets and desserts that look just like real accessories.

     

    I visited Q-pot CAFE. to treat myself to their exciting Christmas afternoon tea.

    Q-pot. Omotesando is a 7-minute walk from Omotesando Station’s A2 exit. You’ll spot the entrance by its sparkly illuminations as pictured above.

    The cafe is split into seven concept rooms, such as Melt, Chocolate, BisQuit, SAKURA, and so onーso you can pick which sounds good to you and sit there. It also gives a reason to go back more than once!

    The Story of Sweet Kingdom Afternoon Tea Set ¥2,400 (Tax Included/Drink Included)

    The afternoon tea set: an indulgence any cafe-lover craves for at least once. And since Christmastime is coming, you want to enjoy a little treat too, right? Well, this two-tiered set comes with desserts, sweets, and some light food too.

    The top plate includes gingerbread man pops, cupcakes, vanilla panna cotta, and macarons.

     

    The gingerbread man pops are filled with caramel ganache, while the red velvet cupcakes topped with pistachio cream and made to look like a Christmas tree. The panna cotta is also sprinkled with dragees to look like stardust.

     

    The macarons are strawberry and melon flavoured. The melon one has a particularly rich flavour and contains red melon pieces. This macaron is so popular that there are people who go to Q-pot CAFE. just to sink their teeth into one of them.

    The bottom plate contains some hearty and crunchy  croissants filled with roast beef, mini tomatoes, and broccoli. It also comes with a side of rich cheese soup with onions and potatoes inside.  It’s a great palate cleanser after the desserts.

    Pistachio Cream Tea Latte ¥750 (Tax Included) *Also sold separately

    The drink that’s served with the afternoon tea set is a Christmas-only pistachio cream tea latte.  It’s a latte made with one of the cafe’s original flavoured tea brews called “Flower Garden.” The tea ensures the drink isn’t overly-sweet and leaves it with a mild flavour. It also comes with a holly-shaped cookie. This drink is also available to order separately from the drinks menu.

    The set comes with a special fairy tale-like Christmas lunch mat.

    CHRISTMAS CAKE ~The Story of Sweet Kingdom~ ¥3,800 (Tax Included)

    The cafe is also selling a cake that looks like something out of a children’s picture book. It’s topped with a coconut meringue snowman, gingerbread man, and strawberry Santa. This would make a great addition to a home party.

    Saku Saku Meringue ¥600 (Tax Included)

    Take away some crunchy snow-white meringues too, so addictive you won’t be able to stop after just one!

     

    The cafe is also selling a Christmas collection of their dessert-like accessories too.

    Christmas Tree Cupcake: Necklace ¥10,000/Bag Charm ¥8,000 (Before Tax)

    The Christmas tree cupcake features a chocolate cookie-like base topped with a realistic pistachio cream adorned with pearls.

    Strawberry Santa Claus: Necklace ¥10,000/Bag Charm ¥8,000 (Before Tax)

    Check out these adorable bright-red strawberry Santas too!

     

     

    Q-pot CAFE. has lots of other Christmas food and accessories in addition to these too, so if you’re in Tokyo anytime from now up to Christmas Day, then be sure to visit.

     

    Writer: Ellie (MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON)

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

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