The illumination of Tokyo Midtown in Minato-ku, Tokyo, is a vast illumination event that will is held from Mid November to December 25 throughout the entire Tokyo Midtown site.

The romantic theme of the illumination begins with the tree illumination at the Midtown entrance along Gaien Higashi Dori Avenue, where visitors will be greeted by a giant three-tiered snowman, the “Midtown Snowman”.

In the center, Canobie Square is home to the “Magical Forest Christmas Tree,” a six-meter tall fir tree. This Christmas tree is a reproduction of a Christmas tree in Finland, the home of Christmas, and is decorated with traditional straw work “Himmeri” (a mobile based on an octahedron made of straw) and natural white light to create a warm atmosphere.

The “Starlight Garden” on the lawn is the most popular illumination in Tokyo Midtown. The “Motion Illumination,” introduced for the first time in Japan this year, creates a spectacular outer space with approximately 280,000 LEDs. The illumination is performed from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

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Facility Name Tokyo Midtown
Facility Address 9-7-1 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Official site MIDTOWN CHRISTMAS 2012
Santa Tree (Galleria 1F) Finnish Hinmeri decoration Magical Forest Christmas Tree
Snowman in Hat (2m tall) Snow Woman (1.7m tall) Snowman with glasses (2.2m tall)
Snowman with white beard (6m tall) Please Snowman with writeable message Christmas tree
Champagne Illumination (Midtown Garden) Illumination spreading along the road You can enjoy various colors of illumination.
Starlight Garden glowing with Tokyo Tower in the background Fantastic light and sound show on the lawn 280,000 colorful illuminations adorn the lawn plaza

Image Credit: Tokyo Navi via archive

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