Winter Illuminations in Tokyo 2017: Take your date to Shibuya, Omotesando or Meguro to see the romantic lights
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”
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.
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.
Omotesando – “Epson presents Omotesando Illumination 2017”
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.
Nakameguro – “Nakameguro Jewel Dome 2017”
“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.
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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