Check out the lights at Tokyo Midtown Christmas Illumination during a previous year. This year the event is now through Dec. 25 from 5 p.m.-midnight. It features art using 280,000 LEDs. www.tokyo-midtown.com/en.
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TONAMI WINTER FANTASY (Aomori prefecture): Dec 8-25; 4-6 p.m.; illuminations and Dec. 7, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. opening events include live performance, food booths, lighting ceremony at 4:45 p.m. and more at Michi-no Eki Misawa Tonamihan Kinen Kanko-mura, 22-minute drive from Misawa Airport; 0176-59-2311.
TOKYO MICHITERACE STARLIGHT WALK 2013: Dec. 24-29; illuminations with the theme lightning railways at Marunouchi area near Tokyo Station; JR Tokyo Station; 0180-993-771.
KURIHAMA FLOWER PARK WINTER ILLUMINATION (Kanagawa prefecture): Through Dec. 25, 5-8 p.m.; decorated with 120,000 LEDs; 15-minute walk from JR Kurihama Station on Yokosuka Line or Keikyu Kurihama Station; free; 046-833-8282.
MIKIMOTO (Tokyo): Through Dec. 25; 11 a.m.-10 p.m., decorations at this pearl jewelry shop in the popular Ginza district include a 32-foot tree from Hokkaido, decorated with multi-colored ornaments in the theme jewel box; one-minute walk from Ginza Station on Metro; 03-5550-5678.
TOKYO TOWER: Through Dec. 25, 4-10 p.m.; 39-foot tree decorated with 20,000 white, red, green and orange LEDs, and 40,000 LED ornaments at the first floor main gate and 492-foot high observation desk; five-minute walk from Toei Oedo Line Akabanebashi Station; 03-3433-5111; www.tokyotower.co.jp/eng/lightup.
TOKYO OPERA CITY CHRISTMAS ILLUMINATION 2013: Through Dec. 25, 4-11 p.m.; a 39-foot tree decorated with 120,000 LED lights in the theme of “Ice Crystal,” as well as mini concerts at Tokyo City Opera City; 03-5353-0700; www.tokyooperacity.co.jp.
ROPPONGI HILLS ARTELLIGENT CHRISTMAS 2013 (Tokyo): Through Dec. 25, 5-11 p.m.; “Snow & Blue” LED lights line Keyaki Street; Subway Hibiya Line to Roppongi Station; 03-6406-6000.
TOKYO MIDTOWN CHRISTMAS ILLUMINATION 2013: Through Dec. 25, 5 p.m.-midnight; blue-based “Starlight Garden” art using 280,000 LEDs; from Roppongi Station on Metro Hibiya and Chiyoda Lines, and Roppongi Station on Oedo-Line; 03-3475-3100; www.tokyo-midtown.com/en.
SHOWA KINEN PARK WINTER VISTA ILLUMINATION (western Tokyo): Through Dec. 25, 5-9 p.m.; illuminated trees and pyramid-shaped decorations made with Champagne glasses and fireworks 8:10 p.m. Dec. 22 & 23; five-minute walk from north exit of JR Tachikawa Station; 400 yen adults, 80 yen kids; 042-528-1751; www.showakinenpark.go.jp/english/index.htm.
CARETTA SHIODOME ILLUMINATION (Tokyo): Through Dec. 25, 5-10:30 p.m., until 11 p.m. Dec. 21-25; 3-D illumination with the theme of “White Christmas in the Sea” along with LED lights and music and five-minute laser beam performance every 20 minutes, located next to Shiodome City Center, one-minute walk from Shiodome Station on Nampoku-Line or a four-minute walk from JR Shimbashi Station; 03-6218-2100; www.caretta.jp/english.
MISAWA CHRISTMAS ILLUMINATION 2013 (Aomori prefecture): Through Dec. 25, sunset-10 p.m.; featuring illumination at a shopping arcade in Misawa city and the front gate at Misawa AB; five-minute drive from JR Misawa Station; 0176-53-2175.
MACHIDA GRANDBERRY MALL CHRISTMAS ILLUMINATION 2013 (Tokyo): Through Dec. 25, sunset-10 p.m.; 22.965-foot tree with lights that blink with the theme of “Berry Star Christmas” every 30 minutes; Minami Machida Station on Tokyu Den-en Toshi-Line; 042-795-0109.
OMOTESANDO CHRISTMAS ILLUMINATION 2013 (Tokyo): Through Jan. 5, sunset-9 p.m.; decorated Keyaki trees along Omotesando main street between Meiji Shrine entrance and Aoyama Street; JR Harajuku Station or Omotesando Station on Chiyoda and Ginza-Lines; 03-6418-4248.
YAMANAKAKO ART ILLUMINATION FANTASEUM (Yamanashi prefecture): Through Jan. 5, 5-9 p.m.; illuminations at Hana-no Miyako Koen with fireworks Saturdays; 1650 Yamanaka, Yamanakako village, eight-minute drive from Yamanakako I.C. on Higashi Fujigoko Express; 300 yen parking; 0555-62-5587; www.yamanashi-kankou.jp/foreign/english/english139.html.
BACCARAT ETERNAL LIGHTS (Tokyo): Through Jan. 13, 4-11 p.m., until midnight Dec. 20-25; illumination of 250 Baccarat chandeliers at Yebisu Garden Place, five-minute walk from JR Ebisu Station East Exit; 03-5423-7111.
SHIODOME CITY CENTER ILLUMINATION (Tokyo): Through Jan. 13, 5 p.m.-midnight; Galaxy Platform illumination synced with music; two-minute walk from JR Shimbashi Station; 03-3572-1872; www.shiodome-cc.com/english.
TOKYO STATION GRAND ROOF CRYSTAL ILLUMINATION: Through Jan. 13, 5-11 p.m.; a newly-opened landmark this autumn at second floor of JR Tokyo Station’s Yaesu Exit, decorated with white LEDs in the theme of “Bridge Over Lightning”; JR Tokyo Station; 03-5299-2211.
ILLUMINATION GARDEN AT ASHIKAGA FLOWER PARK (Tochigi prefecture): Through Jan. 26, 3:30-9 p.m. weekdays, 3:30-9:30 p.m. weekends & holidays; garden is decorated with 2.1 million LEDs; 15-minute drive from Sano Fujioka I.C. on Tohoku Express; 600 yen adults, 300 yen children; 0284-91-4939; www.ashikaga.co.jp.
TOKYO SKYTREE DREAM CHRISTMAS 2013: Through Jan. 31, 4:45-11 p.m.; the world’s tallest tower is illuminated with a half-million LEDs in the theme Dream Christmas; Tokyo SkyTree Station on Tobu-Line or Oshiage Station on metro; 0570-55-0634; www.tokyo-skytree.jp/en.
ATSUGI BRILLIANT STORY 2013 (Kanagawa prefecture): Through Feb. 2, 5-11 p.m., until 1 a.m. Dec. 23-25; more than 80,000 lights decorated in the theme of “Brilliant Stars and Starlit Sky” at Hon Atsugi Station North Square, Hon Atsugi Station on Odakyu-Line; 046-225-2840.
ENOSHIMA SHONAN-NO HOSEKI (JEWEL) (Kanagawa prefecture): Through Feb. 16, 5-8 p.m.; featuring tunnel decorated with 40,0000 Swarovski lights, live concerts and more at Enoshima Sea Candle, along with Enoshima Station on Eno-den, Enoshima Winter Tulip and Valentine Island Enoshima, 20-minute walk from Katase Enoshima on Odakyu Line or 25-minute walk from Enoshima Station on Eno-den; 200 admission for Enoshima Sea Candle, plus 300 yen for observation deck; 0466-23-2444.
MARUNOUICHI ILLUMINATION (Tokyo): Through Feb. 16, 5-11 p.m., until midnight during the month of Dec.; 231 trees with 1,040,000 Champagne gold LEDs are lit on the streets on Marunouch area (Otemachi and Yurakucho); JR Tokyo Station; 03-5218-5100.
SHINJUKU TERRACE CITY ILLUMINATION (Tokyo): Through Feb. 16, 5 p.m.-midnight; decorated with 370,000 gold and white LED lights; Shinjuku Terrace City Event Park, one-minute walk from JR Shinjuku South exit; 03-3346-3420; www.odakyu.jp/terrace-city/english.
TOKYO DOME CITY WINTER ILLUMINATION: Through Feb. 16, 5 p.m.-1 a.m.; commemorating 25th anniversary of the founding of Tokyo Dome, Tokyo Dome City is lit with 2 million LED lights, colorful lights on Tokyo Dome and more; JR Suidobashi Station on Sobu Line Suidobashi Station or Korakuen Station on Marunouchi Line; 03-5800-9999.
YOMIURILAND JEWELLUMINATION (Tokyo): Through Feb. 16, 4-8 p.m., until 9 p.m., Dec. 15-25, art with 2 million lights, 4015-1, Yanokuchi, Inagi City; 5 km from Chofu I.C., Chuo Expressway; 700 yen adults, 500 yen junior and senior high school students, 1,200 yen for admission and free rides, except Ferris wheel & gondola; 044-966-1111; www.yomiuriland.com/english.
FUJIKAWAGUCHI NIAGARA FALLS & WAVE ILLUMINATION (Yamanashi prefecture): Through Feb. 23, 5-8 p.m.; 40,000 LEDs at Ohishi Koen, northern shore of Lake Kawaguchi, 5.5 miles from Kawaguchiko I.C. on Chuo Express; free; 0555-76-8230; www.fujisan.ne.jp/event/info_e.php?if_id=739&ca_id=3&page=&sum_count=&kensuu=.
HIROSAKI ELECTRONIC FANTASY (Aomori prefecture): Through Feb. 28, sunset-11 p.m.; featuring 130,000 LEDs at Outemon Hiroba and neighboring areas; 15-minute bus ride from JR Hirosaki Station or from City Hall-mae bus stop; 0172-37-5501; www.en-hirosaki.com/page/event_winter_06.html.
DECKS TOKYO BEACH ODAIBA MEMORIAL TREE (Tokyo): Through March 16, 5 p.m.-midnight; 65-foot tree with 120,000 LED lights; two-minute walk from Odaiba Kaihinkoen Station on Yurikamome (monorail); 03-3599-6500.
COUNTRY FARM GERMAN VILLAGE WINTER ILLUMINATION (Chiba prefecture): Through March 31, 4-8 p.m.; one of the largest illuminations in Japan with 2 million LEDs used to decorate in the theme “deLightful”; five-minute drive from Anesaki Sodegaura I.C. on Tateyama Express or an eight-minute drive from Kisarazu Higashi I.C. on Ken-oh Express; 2,000 yen for one vehicle through Jan. 5, 1,500 yen Jan. 6-March 31, 500 yen for walk-ins; 0438-60-5511.
SAGAMIKO ILLUMINATION (Kanagawa prefecture): 5-9:30 p.m., daily until Jan. 7, weekends in Jan. & Feb. and March 24-April 6; fantasy world created with 4 million LED lights synced with music at Sagamiko Resort Pleasure Forest, 10-minute bus ride from JR Sagamiko Station on Chuo-Line and Hashimoto Station on JR and Keio-Lines; 500 yen adults, 300 yen kids; 042-685-1111.
TOSHIMAEN ILLUMINATION (Tokyo): Through April 6, sunset-8 p.m., until 9 p.m. Dec. 13-Jan. 5 & March 21-April 6; seven illuminations in sync with music; 500 yen after 3 p.m. for admission only or 1,600 yen adults, 1,300 yen for pass that includes admission and rides; 3-25-1 Kouyama, Nerima-ku; Toshima-en Station, Seibu Ikebukuro Line; 03-3990-8800.
ITOMAN PEACEFUL ILLUMINATION: Dec. 14-Jan. 3, 6-10 p.m., until 12:30 a.m. Dec. 31/Jan. 1; 350,000 LED lights at Itoman Kanko Noen, as well as concerts and live performances 7-9 p.m. Dec. 25, fireworks 9 p.m. Dec. 25, and fireworks and a countdown Dec. 31; 250 yen adults, kids free; Heiwa-no Hikari Committee; 098-840-8135.
CHRISTMAS FANTASY 2013: Dec. 22-28, 4-9:30 p.m.; events include laser beams and fireworks along with concerts, dance performances and attractions at Okinawa Children’s Kingdom, 15-minute drive from Okinawa Minami I.C., 50-minute drive from Naha Airport; 2,000 yen adults/1,700 yen in advance, 1,200 yen kids/1,000 yen in advance; 098-933-4190; http://xmas-fantasy.com/top_e.htm.
2013 MARRIOTT CHRISTMAS: Through Dec. 25, 5 p.m.-midnight; 80,000 LED lights at Okinawa Marriott Resort & Spa, 70-minute drive from Naha Airport; free; 098-51-1900; www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/okamc-okinawa-marriott-resort-and-spa.
WINTER ELEGANCE 2013: Through Feb. 14, 5-8:30 p.m.; at Okinawa Outlet Mall Ashibinaa, 15-minute walk from Naha Airport; free; 098-891-6000; www.ashibinaa.com.
GARDEN ILLUMINATION BLUE OCEAN FANTASY: Through Feb. 28, sunset-midnight; 80,000 LED lights on ocean near Renaissance Resort Okinawa, five-minute drive from Ishikawa I.C. on Okinawa Express or a 70-minute drive from Naha Airport; free; 098-965-0707.
KANUCHA RESORT STARDUST FANTASY: Through Feb. 28, 6-11 p.m., 7-11 p.m. Jan. 1-Feb. 28; 1 million LED lights in the theme of Love & Miracles, limited to visitors for a stay or a dinner; 9-minute ride from Naha Airport; 098-869-5566; www.kanucha.jp.
KARIYUSHI OCEANSPA MILLION FANTASY: Through June 30, 6 p.m.-midnight; 1.4 million LED lights illuminating 11 areas of Kariyushi Oceanspa, 90-minute ride from Naha Airport; 098-967-8731; www.kariyushi.co.jp/beach/english.
BOSEONG GREEN TEA PLANTATION LIGHT FESTIVAL: Dec. 13-Feb. 2; illuminations in green tea fields; Bohtjae Dawon, Dahyanggak Pavilion Observatory area, 745-4, Nokcha-ro, Hoecheon-myeon, Boseong-gun, Jeollanam-do; free.
BUSAN CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL 2013: through Jan. 5; festival has light displays, art installations and Christmas trees in the theme of “Love and Healing” and the main Christmas tree is 20 meters tall, and in the middle of Changseon Three-way Intersection (center of Gwangbok-ro); areas around Gwangbok-ro in Jung-gu, Busan-si.