Wasn’t there a song about the 12 Days of Christmas?
What a backlog from my travels!
But I want to share the memories of the beautiful things I had the chance to witness in Tokyo before the New Year.
Christmas lights in Tokyo are spectacular. In Singapore, we have nice lightups lining the roads overhead in town along the Orchard Road and Tanglin Stretch. But we are definitely still outdone in terms of atmosphere and details.
If you are intending to visit Tokyo for Christmas, here’s a few things that I had noted during the Winter/Christmas line ups leading to the actual day in December or after in January.
You could plan your shopping locations around these areas too if you like.
- Tokyo Midtown (Ice Skating after December)
- Roppongi Hills
- Akasaka Sacas (Only for Ice Skating)
- Decks Tokyo Beach
- Venus Fort
- Palette Town
If you are in the Roppongi area,
Tokyo Midtown’s Midtown Christmas 2011 (The Earth) Light Show
Is a must see, located behind the building. Exit on the second floor, towards the back entrance.
I fought the freezing cold by having my bento outside on the opposite deck to enjoy the view as I ate. Picnic with a view in the cold!
The lights that lit up the surrounding trees in the area, were really good too. Which made for a really nice walk out of the area back to the main streets in Roppongi.
In January, an Ice Skating Rink will be build on the same spot. Continuing to give Winter Revellers a space to share joy and fun during the weeks. Isn’t that fantastic?
Imagine after working hours, meeting up with friends after for a few rounds of gliding on the slippery ice. A nice way to destress isn’t it? Winter can’t be all that bad.
I love how the Blue lights contrasts against the Snow White Ice, making it all seem like a Happy Winter wonderland.
Another posh shopping mall nearby would be Roppongi Hills, you will be able to recognize the mall from the gigantic installation named Maman the Spider at the outdoor area of the mall.
Roppongi Christmas Market 2011 selling German Brews, Stews, Sausages and all sorts of other seasonal related products.
This was also the day when I pieced my imagination from a Novel I had read and begin an appreciation of Automatons. There were a few on display, and for some reason, one really does get fascinated by the automated clockworks as it moves about their wooden abode.
So good in the cold weather. Momentarily transporting me to Europe.
Fresh Poinsettias lined the mall too when I was there, which I really appreciated. Fresh blooms makes a whole lot of difference.
The last place I would recommend to view Christmas Lights would be in Odaiba (お台場).
An shopping and entertainment area on a man made island in Tokyo Bay.
The entire experience which made it all worthwhile, was travelling out to the island in the setting sun on the train. The view of the bay in a orange and blue hued backdrop (The skies looked different here with a more vibrant sunset).
And whilst there, the 17th Annual Daiba Memorial Tree was up in Decks (Shopping Mall), set against the back drop of the popular iconic landmark – The Rainbow Bridge nearby. Gorgeous.
Here’s a mini virtual tour from the outdoor Sea Deck from Decks Tokyo Beach, facing the Odaiba Kaihin Park where the Memorial tree and rainbow Bridge is clearly visible.
My camera died on me when i was at Venus Fort.
This is the next best illumination in my opinion after the Starlight Garden in Tokyo Midtown.
If you have never been to Las Vegas, Venus Fort is as close as you get.
A relatively small mall, but the day to night effects indoors and the Christmas Illumination at the Fountain area is breathtaking.
Imagine a Italian Replica in a Crystalline White and Blue Effect setting.
The Gigantic Ferris Wheel in Palette Town, would make for a very romantic sight and evening out.