Christmas In Tokyo: 12 Enchanting Suggestions

Christmas In Tokyo: {{trip101_paragraph_count}} Enchanting Suggestions
Rachel
Rachel
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Celebrating the holiday season in Tokyo is a fascinating experience that you will remember for a long time. The entire city is beautifully illuminated with lots of festive lights to get you into the magical holiday mood and also warms your heart in the chilly winter. This is one of the best times to visit the capital of Japan to enjoy the enchanting landscapes and great holiday spirit. Start your trip by booking the best hostels and affordable Airbnbs in the city. Here are some interesting spots where you can enjoy an enchanting Christmas in Tokyo!

1. Yomiuriland Jewellumination

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Yomiuriland is one of the quirkiest theme parks in Tokyo. Its best feature, and one of the most anticipated events in the city, is Jewellumination. This gemstone-inspired LED illumination lights up several areas of the park with the grandest display and decorations, exuding a wonderful feeling that you get upon witnessing a fireworks display, except this one doesn’t end! Head to Yomiuriland Jewellumination this holiday season, and lose yourself under these beautiful displays! Your trip to Tokyo is surely going to be one for the books.

Yomiuriland Jewellumination

Address: 4015-1 Yanokuchi, Inagi, Tokyo 206-8566, Japan

Website: Yomiuriland Jewellumination

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 11am - 8:30pm; Sat: 10am - 8:30pm; Sun: 9:30am - 8:30pm

2. Sea side ice skating at Urban Dock Lalaport Toyosu

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From December to January, the waterfront retail complex LaLaport Toyosu turns its sea side deck into a sleek ice skating rink. You’ll have one of the most enlivening experiences once the rink lights up with beautiful colors at night. Gliding under the stars and overlooking the calm waters, ice skating at LaLaport could be your romantic holiday activity with your loved one. If you’re coming to Tokyo with your little ones, make sure to bring them by the rink for a once-in-a-lifetime experience too!

Urban Dock Lalaport Toyosu

Address: Japan, 〒135-8614 Tokyo, Koto City, Toyosu, 2 Chome−4−9

Website: Urban Dock Lalaport Toyosu

3. Christmas Sweets Buffet at Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo

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What’s a holiday without sinking your teeth into sugary goodness? Drop the candy shops for now, and instead, head down to Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo to indulge yourself in some sweet treats at their Christmas Sweets Buffet. The dessert buffet is Keio Plaza’s collaboration with L’Occitane. Fair warning, you’re coming to an all-you-can-eat sweets buffet. The sugar high is going to get real after. If you have some serious sweet tooth, this is your chance to experience heaven on earth.

Keio Plaza Hotel

Address: 2 Chome-2-1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 160-8330, Japan

Website: Keio Plaza Hotel

Opening period: 02 October to 27 December (open from 3pm to 5pm on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays)

4. Bright Christmas Party at Maxell Aqua Park

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With all the activities that you can do during the holidays in Tokyo, it’s hard not to get overwhelmed. You have to know what you’re looking for to make the most out of your trip. If an extremely delightful and colorful dolphin show sounds like something you can get behind, then Bright Christmas Party at Maxell Aqua Park should be on top of your list! This evening-only show wows spectators with beautifully illuminated surroundings and a heartwarming performance from the dolphins.

Maxell Aqua Park

Address: Japan, 〒108-8611 Tokyo, Minato City, Takanawa, 4 Chome−10−30

Website: Maxell Aqua Park

Opening Period: 07 November to 25 December 2020, refer to official website for operation hours.

5. Tokyo Michi Terrace

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Another holiday event that brings all of Tokyo together is Tokyo Michi Terrace, a fairground and Christmas illumination on the Marunouchi Building of Tokyo Station. The bright and colorful LED display brings out the holiday spirit and allows visitors to slow down in this otherwise busy part of the city. A German-inspired Christmas market fills the streets, and Tokyo Station is filled to the brim with festive decorations.

Tokyo Michi Terrace

Address: 1 Chome-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 100-0005, Japan

Website: Tokyo Michi Terrace

Opening period: 10 December to 15 December (3pm to 9pm)

6. Sanrio Puroland

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Do you have a little one who’s Hello Kitty-obsessed? Maybe you yourself are fond of the Sanrio characters! Either way, Sanrio Puroland welcomes you this Christmas season! Let these cute and fluffy characters bring more joy to your holiday. Take a peek at Lady Kitty’s house, ride the train with My Melody, and get to know everyone from Sanrio by joining the board ride tour. Commemorate your visit to Puroland by visiting their specialty shops and taking home some goodies with you!

Sanrio Puroland

Address: Japan, 〒206-8588 Tokyo, Tama, Ochiai, 1−31

Website: Sanrio Puroland

7. Tokyo Disney Resort Christmas 2016


Disneyland is probably the world’s most popular theme park that is loved by people of all ages. Naturally, the 115-acre (47 hectare) Tokyo Disney Resort is one of the must-visit destinations for visitors to Tokyo, and it is definitely not to be missed during Christmas season. Enter the kingdom of dreams and fantasy and fulfil all your Christmas fantasies in the magical world of Disney. Try to set aside at least 2 days to wander around in both Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Disney Sea theme parks as there are plenty to see and experience during this special season.

At Tokyo Disneyland, the “Disney Christmas Stories” parade is a showcase of pop-up storybooks of Disney characters having fun during Christmas. You will also be able to experience being part of the Disney story at the pop-up storybook photo location. Celebrate Christmas together with the festive decor around the park. Over at Tokyo DisneySea, in conjunction with the park’s 15th anniversary, watch the amazing “Colors of Christmas: Nighttime Wishes” parade after dark, presented on the Mediterranean Harbour waters. Dressed in new costumes to match the sparkling Crystals of Wishes, make your wish along with the Disney Friends. Light up the central Christmas tree on the harbour and soak in the mesmerising atmosphere that you will never forget

Tokyo Disney Resort Christmas 2016

Address: 1-1 Maihama, Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture

Price: 7,400 JPY (67.70 USD) for a 1-day passport. Refer to official website for more details.

Opening Period: 8 November to 25 December 2016, refer to official website for operation hours.

Access: 5-minute walk from from JR Maihama Station.

Contact: +81 45-330-5211

Tokyo Disney Resort

8. Shiodome Caretta Illumination 2016

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Every year around mid-November, the Caretta Shiodome will be crowded with people hoping to catch a glimpse of the captivating light show. In fact, it has proven to be such a hit with both the locals and tourists since it started in 2005 that the Shiodome Caretta Illumination is known as one of the best winter illuminations in Tokyo. This year, the theme is Canyon d'Azur, featuring eight pillars of light that can be activated with the ring of a bell. Witness the plaza transform into a glittery rainbow-coloured building with the six-minute light show. Best part of this winter illumination is, it lasts all the way till Valentine’s Day. Enjoy the prolonged holiday mood!

Shiodome Caretta Illumination 2016

Address: 1-6 Tokyo Hibiya Parki, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo

Price: free admission.

Opening Period: 17 November to 14 February 2017, open from 5pm to 11pm (open from 6pm in January and February).

Access: 4-minute walk from Shimbashi Station.

Contact: +81 3-6821-5730

Shiodome Caretta Illumination 2016, Japanese only

9. Marunouchi Bright Christmas 2016


Christmas arrives early in the Western-style Marunouchi shopping area from 10 November, where the annual Christmas Festival will be held. This year, the festival is based on the magical story of The Nutcracker. On the first floor of the Marunouchi Building, a buzzing Christmas Market will be available from 1 December till Christmas Day, selling Christmas-related items such as snow globes, ornaments and stockings.

Lining the street are pretty Christmas ornaments as well as huge Christmas trees which are beautifully illuminated in the evenings. Enjoy the visual feast while sipping an aromatic cup of coffee in a cool cafe along the street. In addition, check out the many mini-concerts to get you into the festive mood, and the mystical 5-minute optical illusion theatre from 6.30pm daily. It certainly makes you feel like you are in a Christmas Wonderland with a candylicious Christmas Tree!

Marunouchi Bright Christmas 2016

Address: 2-4-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo

Price: free admission.

Opening Period: 10 November 2016 to 19 February 2017, open from 11am to 9pm. Illumination starts from 5pm to 11pm.

Access: in front of Tokyo Station.

Contact: +81 3-5218-5100

Marunouchi Bright Christmas 2016

10. Tokyo Christmas Market 2016


You don’t need to fly to Europe to immerse yourself in the romantic Christmas ambience. At the Hibiya Park Fountain Square, relish in the German-style Christmas market atmosphere with about 30 stalls selling European gourmet and Christmas ornaments. Besides, you can also participate in interesting DIY workshops such as making candles and snow dome. There is also a musical band all the way from Germany that will be performing daily at the square and delight you with Christmas carols. Most importantly, feel the warmth and charm of the German Christmas tree standing tall at 14 metres (46 feet) right in the park!

Tokyo Christmas Market 2016

Address: 1-6 Tokyo Hibiya Parki, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo

Price: free admission.

Opening Period: 16 December to 25 December 2016, open from 11am to 8pm.

Access: 1-minute walk from Hibiya Station.

Contact: +81 3-3501-6428

Tokyo Christmas Market 2016, Japanese only

11. Tokyo Sky Tree Town Dream Christmas 2016

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The best of Tokyo’s Christmas lights and decorations come alive at Tokyo Sky Tree. Standing at 634 metres (2080 feet) tall, it is the tallest tower in the world upon completion in March 2011. This iconic broadcasting, restaurant and observation tower can be viewed from Asakusa, the old town of Tokyo. Feel the stark contrast of a traditional district against the modern state-of-the-art architecture as you explore the nostalgic area. This unique fusion of old-meets-new is especially spellbinding from 10 November all the way till Christmas when the Tokyo Sky Tree Town Dream Christmas 2016 is held.

Every evening from 4.30pm to 8pm, the Tokyo Sky Tree will be illuminated for the festive season. A German-influenced Christmas Market at the Solamachi Complex will offer visitors with traditional Christmas confections such as stollen, waffle and chocolate fudge. At the Sumida Aquarium housed on the 5th and 6th floor of Tokyo Sky Town, there is an exquisite Blue Night Aquarium to check out marine creatures such as jellyfish and penguins at night. Open only in the evenings, it is an interesting “cradle of water that nurtures life” with changes to the aquarium lights to create the lovely night effect. The list of fun attractions in this area is so long, you will keep coming back for more!

Tokyo Sky Tree Town Dream Christmas 2016

Address:1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida Ward, Tokyo

Price: depends on attraction.

Opening Period: open from 4.30pm to 9pm for most attractions.

Access: 15-minute walk from Asakusa Station.

Contact: +81 570-55-0634

Tokyo Sky Tree Town Dream Christmas 2016, Japanese only

12. Odaiba Illumination YAKEI


There are many enchanting illuminated lights in Tokyo, but none beats the one-of-a-kind experience you get at Odaiba Illumination YAKEI. This is the only spot in Tokyo that offers a panoramic view of the Tokyo Bay area, including Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo Tower at night. Furthermore, unlike other Christmas spots, this attraction is open all year round. At the seaside deck on the third floor, there are 40 trees and a 20-metre (66 feet) tall memorial tree, enveloped by 220,000 lights with the breathtaking Tokyo Bay as the backdrop. Enjoy the interactive Illusion Dome display that detects human motion, projecting the reflections across its walls, changing colours or animating your movements.

Odaiba Illumination YAKEI

Address: 3rd floor of Decks Tokyo Beach,1-6-1 Daiba, Minato Ward, Tokyo

Price: free admission.

Opening Period: open from sunset to midnight throughout the year.

Access: 2-minute walk from Odaiba Seaside Park Station.

Contact: +81 3-3599-6500

Odaiba Illumination YAKEI

Soak in the joyful Christmas spirit

Christmas is the time to spread joy and happiness all around. Everywhere in Tokyo, you will find plenty of Christmas cheer from November leading up to New Year’s Day. If you have yet to experience the fabulous holiday spirit celebrated throughout Tokyo, it is not too late to make your plans now. Head to the above sites and see for yourself the enthralling atmosphere surrounding this festive season. Japan’s Christmas celebrations will be an experience so impressive you wish you had discovered it earlier!

Editor’s Note: Due to Covid-19, the business hours of these attractions may differ from the stated timings in this article. Please be sure to check the updated hours from the websites.

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