Japan's Christmas Lights for 2016 (Photo Gallery)
Japan has had Christmas light displays for over a century. The first retailer to add some sparkle to the season was Meidi-Ya, a purveyor of high-end imported goods; its lights simultaneously commemorated the 1900 opening of its Ginza store. The primitive miniature bulbs used then have given way to LED displays that transform dark winter streets into shining dream landscapes. As the year draws to its close, what better way to appreciate the festive mood than to stroll through a radiant, romantic display with someone you love?
Tokyo Midtown (Roppongi, Tokyo)
At Tokyo Midtown’s main venue in Roppongi, 180,000 LED bulbs form a vast expanse of light.
Sagamiko Illumillion (Samagihara, Kanagawa Prefecture)
The Sagamiko Illumillion takes place each year in Sagamihara to the west of Tokyo. This attraction within the Sagamiko Resort Pleasure Forest amusement park outshines Tokyo Midtown with 6 million LED lights. There are ten themed displays across the 30,000 square meters of the venue, created around concepts including a field of flowers, a waterfall, and the ocean.
Keyakizaka (Roppongi Hills, Tokyo)
The 65 zelkova trees (keyaki) that line the street of Keyakizaka are festooned with 1.2 million light bulbs. They change color at different times, creating a variety of magical atmospheres.