December 9, 2010
JapanTOKYO INTERNATIONAL FORUM MARCHE DE NOEL DE STRASBOURG (Tokyo): Dec. 10-25, 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. weekdays, 11:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. weekends; illuminations and Christmas goods, linen and ceramics of Strasbourg; two-minute walk from JR Yurakucho Station or a five-minute walk From JR Tokyo Station; 03-5221-9006.
ROPPONGI HILLS ARTELLIGENT CHRISTMAS 2010 (Tokyo): Ends Dec. 25, 5-11 p.m.; “Snow & Blue” LED lights line Keyaki Street; Subway Hibiya Line to Roppongi Station; 03-6406-6000; www.roppongihills.com/feature/christmas2010/02.html (Japanese only).
YOKOHAMA LANDMARK PLAZA WINTER ILLUMINATION (Kanagawa prefecture): Ends Dec. 25, 5-10 p.m.; decorated with 13,000 LEDs and ornaments at Dog Yard Garden; Yokohama Landmark Plaza, three-minute walk from Minato Mirai Line Mitato Mirai Station; 045-222-5015; www.landyou.jp/event/plaza/index.html?lmp07 (Japanese only).
DECKS TOKYO BEACH ODAIBA MEMORIAL TREE (Tokyo): Ends Dec. 25, 5 p.m.-midnight; 65-foot tree with 200,000 LED lights blinking in sync with music; two-minute walk from Odaiba Kaihinkoen Station on the Yurikamome Line; 03-3599-6500.
MIKIMOTO (Tokyo): Ends Dec. 25; 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; includes a 32.8-foot tree from Tsumagoi village of Gunma prefecture, decorated with 3,000 pink and white LEDs and ornaments of mushrooms; one-minute walk from Ginza Station on Metro or a two-minute walk from JR Yurakucho Station; 03-5550-5678; www.mikimoto.com/jp/events/events_089.html (Japanese only).
YOKOHAMA BAY SIDE MARINA (Kanagawa prefecture): Until Dec. 25, 4 p.m.-midnight; tree, garden square, restaurants and lighthouse are decorated with marine-blue LED lights; five-minute walk from Torihama Station on Sea Side-Line; 045-776-7599; www.ybmarina.com (Japanese only).
YOKOHAMA COSMO WORLD (Kanagawa prefecture): Until Dec. 25, sunset-midnight; features 82-foot tree decorated with 270,000 LEDs and Cosmo Clock Ferris wheel decorated with pink-red lights; three-minute walk from Minato Mirai Line Mitato Mirai Station; www.senyo.co.jp/cosmo/ (Japanese only); 045-641-6591.
TOKYO OPERA CITY CHRISTMAS ILLUMINATION 2010 (Tokyo): Until Dec. 25, 11:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m.; a 39.37-foot tree with 100,000 lights along with mini-concerts, street performances; at Tokyo City Opera City; www.tokyooperacity.co.jp; 03-5353-0700.
OMOTE SANDO HILLS HEARTY CHRISTMAS 2010 (Tokyo): Until Dec. 25, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; a 26.246-foot tree with 250,000 LEDs featuring the theme of Sweet & Happy in collaboration with Swarovski; two-minute walk from Omote Sando Station on Ginza and Chiyoda-Lines or a seven-minute walk from JR Harajuku Station; www.omotesandohills.com/event/index.php#e228 (Japanese only); 03-3497-0292.
MACHIDA GRANDBERRY MALL CHRISTMAS ILLUMINATION 2010 (Tokyo): Until Dec. 25, sunset-10 p.m.; 22.965-foot tree with 100,000 LED lights that blink in sync with music and flower-scented aroma oil; at Grandberry Mall outlet shops; Minami Machida Station on Tokyu Den-en Toshi-Line; 042-795-0109.
SHOWA KINEN PARK WINTER VISTA ILLUMINATION (Tokyo): through Dec. 26, 5-9 p.m.; illuminated trees and fountain, and pyramid-shaped decorations made from champagne glasses; 400 yen adults, 80 yen children; five-minute walk from north exit of JR Tachikawa Station; 042-528-1751; www.showakinenpark.go.jp/event/2010/12.html (Japanese only).
TOKYO TOWER: Ends Dec. 26, 9 a.m.-midnight; 49-foot tree decorated with 110,000 white LEDs and ornaments at the first floor main gate; five-minute walk from Toei Oedo Line Akabanebashi Station; 03-3433-5111; www.tokyotower.co.jp/english/05_info/index.html.
TOKYO MIDTOWN CHRISTMAS ILLUMINATION (Tokyo): Ends Dec. 26, 4 p.m.-midnight; three different illuminations at Midtown, Galleria and Plaza; from Roppongi Station on Metro Hibiya and Chiyoda Lines, and Roppongi Station on Oedo-Line; 03-3475-3100; www.tokyo-midtown.com/jp/xmas/2010/ (Japanese only).
SHIODOME CITY CENTER ILLUMINATION (Tokyo): Ends Jan. 10, 5-11 p.m.; “Galaxy Platform” illumination along with music; two-minute walk from JR Shimbashi Station; 03-3572-1872; www.shiodome-cc.com/ (Japanese only).
CARETTA SHIODOME ILLUMINATION (Tokyo): Ends Jan. 10, 5:30-11 p.m.; illuminations along with 350,000 LED lights, music and laser beams and, and every 30 minutes 12 times daily, a 15-minute performance; 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/event/7th/blueocean.html (Japanese only).
COUNTRY FARM GERMAN VILLAGE WINTER ILLUMINATION (Chiba prefecture): ends Feb. 13, 4-8 p.m.; one of the biggest illuminations in Japan with 2,000,000 LEDs; 1,000 yen for one vehicle, 500 yen for walk-ins; 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; 0438-60-5511.
TOKYO DOME CITY WINTER ILLUMINATION (Tokyo): Ends Feb. 14, 5 p.m.-1 a.m.; Tokyo Dome City is lit with 1,500,000 LED lights; Sobu Line Suidobashi Station; 03-5800- 9999.
SHINJUKU TERRACE CITY ILLUMINATION (Tokyo): Ends Feb. 14, 5 p.m.-midnight; decorated with blue & white lights to the theme of “Light from Terrace City ”; Shinjuku Terrace City Event Park, one-minute walk from JR Shinjuku South exit; www.odakyu.jp/terrace-city/english/.
MARUNOUICHI BUILDING BRIGHT CHRISTMAS (Tokyo): Until Feb. 20, 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; 220 trees with 850,000 champagne gold LED lights; one-minute walk from JR Tokyo Station; 03-5218-5100; www.tokyo-event.jp/details/31443187.html (Japanese only).
OkinawaITOMAN PEACEFUL ILLUMINATION: Dec. 17-Jan. 3, 6-10 p.m.; 243,000 lights designed by Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts students, and includes concerts and live performances Dec. 17-31, fireworks 9 p.m. Dec. 25, and a countdown Dec. 31; at Itoman Kanko Noen; 200 yen adults (includes a crystal glass), children free; Heiwa-no Hikari Committee; 098-840-8135.
A WARM HEART CHRISTMAS 2010-2011 — SOUTHEAST BOTANICAL GARDEN: Dec. 22-26, 5-10 p.m.; different illuminations throughout the garden; 500 yen adults, free ages 11 and younger; 40-minute drive from Naha or a 70-minute drive from Nago; 098-939-2555; www.sebg.co.jp/ (Japanese only).
CHRISTMAS FANTASY 2010: Dec. 23-28, 4-9:30 p.m.; events include laser beams and fireworks along with concerts, dance performances and attractions; Okinawa Children’s Kingdom; 15-minute drive from Okinawa Minami I.C., 50-minute drive from Naha Airport; 2,000 yen adults, 1,200 yen children; 098-933-4190; www.kodomo.city.okinawa.okinawa.jp/ (Japanese only).