Admire Tokyo’s Holiday Spirit on a Winter Illuminations Walking Tour

The LED illuminations that pepper Tokyo every winter conjure festive – and not so festive – imagery as they wash across the capital’s night-time skyline. Some of the most vivid displays feature in a relatively compact area of downtown Tokyo.
This walking itinerary will guide you past and through some of the most iconic cityscapes to be seen during winter nights in Tokyo, punctuated by a heady toast and festive cheer in the Yebisu Garden Place Christmas Market. If you want to avoid the roaming herds of camera-wielding nuisances on your leisurely stroll – and let’s be honest, who doesn’t? – early on weeknights is prime time for illumination viewing.

Kickstart the tour after dark at Ao no Dokutsu (“blue cavern”) leading from Shibuya’s backstreets to Yoyogi Park. The devil is in the detail here, as a tunnel of 600,000 crystal blue lights envelops the barren trees of koen-dori, creating a fantastical cavernous effect on the pedestrian-only walkway. The LED…

This is only a snippet of a Tokyo Travel Article written by David McElhinney

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