Christmas in Tokyo   東京のクリスマス

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Caretta Shiodome in Tokyo

A Traditional Japanese Christmas

Illuminations, Christmas markets, KFC and Santa bikers: happy holidays in Tokyo!

We have selected some unmissable activities to enjoy during the holidays in Tokyo.


From the beginning of November Japanese cities, primarily Tokyo, celebrate the season with some truly spectacular illuminations. More than simple decorations, Japanese illuminations are true works of art created using small LED that adorn lawns, trees, and form tunnels and luminous landscapes.

Shopping at Tokyo Dome City and Tokyo Midtown street Omotesando, the upscale Ginza, Shinjuku or Marunouchi ... All are popular places in the capital that have amazing illuminations that can be enjoyed from 5pm.

One of our two favorite spots remains the Caret Shiodome Canyon d'Azur shopping center (stop: Shiodome (Oedo Line), exits 5 and 6). The Canyon d'Azur is a vast array of LED lights forming tunnels and passages where you can wander around and get lost.

Another one not to miss is the tree in Odaiba, the park is reached by taking a monorail that passes over the Rainbow Bridge.

Christmas Markets

Christmas markets have become popular in Japan, the most popular in Tokyo is held at the Tokyo Skytree, on the esplanade of Solamachi Mall (stop: Oeshiage). This Christmas market recreates the charm of a traditional German market while still feeling like Christmas in Japan.

Where to eat?

Be careful if you plan to eat at a restaurant on Christmas Eve, as they are literally packed with couples who want to celebrate Christmas together romantically, as is the Japanese tradition. 

The most widespread custom in Japan is to eat a bucket of chicken wings at a KFC, however be warned, there will be a very long queue to get your hands on this traditional feast! 

Also, do not miss the Christmas cake, which is made with cream and strawberries (the colors of Santa Claus). You can find this seasonal treat in any supermarket or pâtisserie.

Where to go?

If you're looking for a more unique Japanese-style Christmas, travel to Shibuya where you can catch Santas bikers, who parade around the district of Shibuya throughout the night. If this isn't your cup of tea, then there are always many other Christmas themed events and activities on offer.

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