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Japan: Tokyo (Tokyo Tower Christmas Illumination)

Not to be outdone by the winter illumination event at the Tokyo Skytree, the folks at the Tokyo Tower host an annual Christmas Illumination display which begins in early November and usually concludes on Christmas. The winter spectacle is not over the top as some illumination displays in and around Tokyo tend to be this time of year. Rather, it is tastefully done and definitely worth viewing given that the theme of the display changes annually.

The Christmas Illumination display utilizes thousands of lights both outside and inside the tower. The lights are switched on at 4:00 PM and remain lit until 10:00 PM. Both levels of the Tokyo Tower observatory are transformed into an adult fantasy land with brilliant lights hung from the ceiling which combined with the glow of lights from the city below create a romantic atmosphere. Couples stroll hand in hand on the observatory levels taking in the beautiful views of Tokyo. A stunningly decorated and illuminated Christmas tree is the focal point of the display outside of the tower. Every half hour beginning at 4:00 PM, a Christmas tree light show takes place, synchronized to music befitting the theme.

The event is a unique way to glimpse a bird’s eye view of Tokyo City during the festive holiday season. Tokyo Tower is merely 5 minutes on foot from the Akabanebashi Station on the Metropolitan Subway/ Oedo Line. You can also take the Tokyo Metropolitan/ Hibiya Line to Kamiyacho Station. The tower is 7 minutes on foot from that point.

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Address:        4-2-8 Shiba-Koen, Minato, Tokyo

Web page:      http://www.tokyotower.co.jp/hot_topics/index.cgi?tno=2287

 

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