Glitzy Christmas

Tokyo Midtown, Minato, Tokyo, Japan.

Its elaborate Xmas illuminations made of millions of LEDs give Tokyo a unique sparkle during wintertime.

One of the city’s most popular installations is Shibuya Blue Cave. As soon as it is lit by its hundreds of thousands of blue LEDs, the place will fill up with people instantly. If your prefer your Christmas Eve stroll in more serene surroundings, the cherry blossom-like installation along Meguro River will suit you better. A little off the beaten track, it is still easy to reach: between Gotanda and Osaki stations, just a few hops from Shibuya on the Yamanote Line.

Christmas Fun Holiday

Powering up millions of LEDs does not mean the Japanese have abandoned their Shintoist and Buddhist belief and converted to Christianity. For them, Christmas is a fun holiday, best likened to Valentine’s Day or Halloween in the West. 

Meguro-gawa, Naka-Meguro, Tokyo, Japan

Shibuya Blue Cave, Tokyo, Japan.