Japanese people usually celebrate Christmas and like to have Christmas party although most of them are not Christian. Besides that, there are many illumination in certain places every year during the Christmas time. The illuminations are very beautiful, so I went to several places for illumination hunting in Tokyo.
The first illumination that I saw was in Shinjuku. It was at the Shinjuku Southern Terrace. I had made a post about my travel to Shinjuku, so if you want to read about it in detail, please visit my post “8 km on boots“.
After that, on December 22nd, I went to Tokyo Tower (東京タワー) and Roppongi (六本木) to see the illumination with my friend. But because the illumination would start at about 5 pm, we didn’t want to waste our time to wait until that time. So we decided that we would also go to Yurakucho (有楽町) and Ginza (銀座).We decided to go to Yurakucho first and then walk around.
My friend was in her lab, while I was in my dorm, so we decided that we would meet at Ookayama Station and took a train from Ookayama Station. But when I arrived at Fujigaoka Station, there was an announcement that there was some accident for Keihin-Tohoku Line, so we changed our route and took the train from Jiyugaoka by another line. We were lucky because we got the Limited Express train at Jiyugaoka, so our trip was quite fast.
We arrived at Yurakucho at about 3 pm. It was quite beautiful and seemed to be an elite place. Maybe because it was near Ginza. There were also illumination in Yurakucho, but it would start at 5 pm. But considering that we also wanted to go to Ginza, Tokyo Tower and Roppongi, we didn’t wait until 5 pm. There was Bic Camera in Yurakucho, so we just went inside to take a look of notebook PCs. We left Yurakucho at 4 pm and headed to Ginza. We only got some photos of a Christmas tree in Yurakucho.
From Yurakucho we went to Ginza on foot. We walked to the Chuo Street which was a very famous street. In Ginza there were so many international famous brands, and everything was also very expensive. There were not any specifically made Christmas illumination in Ginza, there were just light on the trees along the street. While we were walking at Ginza, we accidentally found a shop which had a Christmas tree in front of it. There were also many little snowmen under the Christmas tree.
From Ginza Chuo Street we walked to the kabuki-za (歌舞伎座) which was near Higashi Ginza Station. It was a kabuki theater. We only wanted to take a picture of the kabuki theater, we didn’t want to go inside because it was quite expensive. So after taking some pictures we went to Tsukiji Station (築地駅) and took a train to Hamamatsucho Station. From Hamamatsucho Station we walked to Tokyo Tower. Actually we also wanted to visit the Zojoji Temple (増上寺) but it was already dark in the afternoon. It is better to visit a temple during daytime because we can see all the temple and its surroundings clearly. So we just skipped it and directly went to Tokyo Tower. There were Christmas trees and other illuminations at Tokyo Tower. There was also dancing light at the Tokyo Tower where the light would change according to the songs.
From Tokyo Tower we walked to Roppongi. We headed to the Tokyo Midtown where there was very beautiful illumination in it. There were indoor illumination and outdoor illumination. Inside the Tokyo Midtown building, there was a tree shaped collection of Santa. While the outdoor illumination provided lights on trees and grass.
Next time I will go to see the illumination at Odaiba where there will be an image of Swan projected on the water. Actually most illumination will end at December 25, but luckily this Odaiba illumination will last till January, so I will still have time to see it.