Marunouchi Illumination 2019 – Admire Sophisticated Atmosphere of Tokyo



Illumination is one of the most popular winter attractions in Japan. Many people especially young people enjoy going out and seeing beautiful illuminations across Japan every winter. Marunouchi illumination is one of the well-known events in Tokyo, where you can see very beautiful lights on many trees in the center of Tokyo. If you are in Tokyo during winter and want to spend a special moment with an important person, this is the place you cannot miss!

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What is Marunouchi illumination?

Marunouchi illumination is the most popular and well-known attraction in the Marunouchi area, in the center of Tokyo. Marunouchi Naka street, which is about 1.2 km long, is a popular place for shopping. Many luxury brand shops line the street. In winter, over 200 trees along the street are boasted over 1 million LED lights. This light up is special, and the original color of Marunouchi is “champagne gold.” This creates a very calm and sophisticated atmosphere indeed.

The Marunouchi illumination event features 17 years of history and boasts attractions in 2018. On the 8th of November, a huge commercial building – Nijubashi Square opened. The light up display started exactly on the same day with the opening of NIjubashi Square, which attracted even more visitors.
Also, you will see “the gate of light” in Yurakucho area. Moreover, you can see the illumination even on Otemachi Naka Street. The illumination area is expanded so you can enjoy looking at the beautiful scene even longer while you enjoy shopping during the Marunouchi illumination event.

The Theme of 2018/2019

The theme of Marunouchi illumination 2018 is “Northern Europe.” The decorations and illuminations were created according to the image of Northern European Christmas. Across the Marunouchi area, you will enjoy the natural beauty of lights and snow as well as the unique decorations, which makes you feel as if you are in Northern Europe.

Special Attractions of 2018/2019

At the main venue on the first floor of Maru building, you can see a particular Christmas tree with the collaboration with songs of Yumi Matsutoya, a famous Japanese singer. You can also enjoy shopping at the Northern European style Christmas market in the Marunouchi area.
Moreover, a Christmas parade will take place on Marunouchi Naka Street on the 21st of December 2018. Many people in Santa Claus clothes will sing and dance on the street to boost the Christmas mood.

On Gyoko Street, please enjoy movie event – “Light Gateway.” It creates a magical atmosphere with special lights and movies that makes you feel so special.
“Writing Object” – a light art open exhibition will take place at Tokyo Building TOKIA to expand the messages of “Protecting the Earth from the global warming” and “Supporting the victims of the unprecedented Tohoku earthquake and tsunami of 2011.”

Details and Access

Date and Time: from 8th of November 2018 to the 17th of February 2019
Place: Marunouchi Naka Street, around Tokyo station and Otemaenaka Street
Address: Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Official Website:
Access: 1 minute on foot from JR Tokyo station.
3 minutes on foot from Otemachi station on Toei Mita line.

Closing Remarks

If you are in Tokyo during Christmas, the Marunouchi illumination is the event you cannot miss! Not only you can see the beautiful light upon the trees, but also enjoy Christmas shopping. Marunouchi is in the central part of the city, and there are many places where you can enjoy shopping. This is the best place to share a special moment with your friends or family. The theme of this event changes every year, so it is also a good idea to visit again next year!

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