Christmas Decorations In Japan are pretty amazing. Seasonal Tokyo Christmas illuminations before and during Christmas are nothing short of spectacular. Don’t expect anything subtle here. Christmas in Tokyo is celebrated very glamorously.

Tokyo Christmas lighting and displays start at the end of October. Some of them are kept up until Valentine’s Day in February.

Tokyo sightseeing in the evenings becomes a very romantic experience.

Christmas Illuminations In Tokyo: Our Favorites

marunouchi winter illumination

Tokyo is particularly famous for the light displays around Christmas. Although most residents practice different religions, like Shinto and Buddhism, the people are happy to celebrate Christmas traditions. You can see brilliant lighting displays no matter where you’re walking. However, some displays stand out and you should check them out while you’re in Tokyo:

The chic and elegant nightlife district of Ginza offers big department stores and small boutiques for your shopping needs. You’ll find the traditional shopping experience with the perfect amount of Christmas decorations. Trees and designer label stores along Chuo Dori are illuminated especially for Christmas, which makes the area even more spectacular than it usually is.

Tokyo Sky Tree – The tallest tower building in the world


The observation deck at Roppongi Hills for the best skyline views of Japanese Christmas decorations and Tokyo Midtown (same subway station). The Roppongi district offers a great shopping experience, but it tends to get a little pricey. If you’re trying to enjoy yourself on a budget, you’ll want to head to one of the other options suggested here.


marunouchi winter illumination

The Christmas tree at the Marunouchi shopping mall. The elm Trees along Marunouchi street are lit up with “champagne gold” lights, enhancing all the more sophisticated and Romantic atmosphere of Marunouchi.


Rainbow bridge winter lights

For the decorated tree in Odaiba Kaihin Park in front of the Decks shopping center. Venus Fort is also illuminated beautifully. And Rainbow bridge illuminations are a spectacular view as always.

Tokyo Tower


Sky Tree winter lichts

Christmas Tree is one of Japan’s biggest and most impressive Christmas trees.

Omotesando Hills

The Most Elegant mall in the city will never fail to present Magical illuminations. Not to be Missed!


Gyoko-dori Street has a large lighting display as well, also known by the name Michi-Terasu


Sibuya winte lights

If you’re looking to hit a more trendy area, try heading to Shibuya. While these shops are crammed together and typically crowded, it’s still a unique Japanese Christmas experience.

Tokyo Station is great for watching the festive lights. This destination puts you right next to the Imperial Palace as well.

Best Romantic Hotels in Tokyo!

If you’re planning to spend the holidays in Tokyo, make sure you’re booking the hotel in advance. Many Japanese couples enjoy spending the holidays in a hotel. This adds a dash of romance to the season. Because of this, it’s hard to get rooms. Especially last minute.

If you’re interested in the Ginza shopping district, the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo and the Peninsula Tokyo are both within walking distance.

See Where to stay in Tokyo for the Best hotel areas.

Christmas Dining in Tokyo

Christmas lights lane dining

As you might imagine, dining can be difficult during the holiday season. Many couples enjoy a date night during this time. This is particularly true on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

As a result of this, it’s common to see a price increase for menu items in most Western eateries. If you want to avoid high prices and crowded dining, you’ll want to head to traditional Japanese restaurants. Just make sure to reserve ahead of time so you won’t have to wait.

Alternatively, you can buy Christmas packages at most stores. Many department stores offer great packaged meals. If you don’t want to go back to your hotel, try heading to eat at a buffet instead. It offers you the option of different types of food while providing you the chance for companionship.

If you really want the traditional Tokyo Christmas meal, you’ll want to head to the nearest KFC. Seriously, this is a uniquely Japanese tradition. Unfortunately, you’ll also have to expect long lines.

See More: What Is Christmas Like In Japan And What Is There To Do?
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Tokyo Trip Checklist

  • To make sure you have all the important things covered see my first-time-in-Tokyo guide
  • Get your 1,2 or 3-day Tokyo Unlimited Subway Pass to easily get around Tokyo
  • If you want to travel on bullet trains you can save big with a Japan Rail Pass. Here’s why is worth it.
  • You’ll need a prepaid sim or Portable WIFI to stay connected in Tokyo.
  • Check out my detailed Tokyo packing list to make sure you’re prepared.
  • The best site to book hotels in Tokyo is almost always And remember to book early, especially during busy times.
  • For travel insurance (which you need) Word Nomads offer great coverage in Japan and are highly recommended.

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