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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