Cheapo Weekend for December 8/9: Illuminations in Omotesando and Roppongi

Greg Lane

Photo by Maaco used under a Creative Commons License.

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, you should really just ignore these suggestions and have a look at 101 Cheap and Free Things to do in Tokyo instead.  If you do 4 of these each weekend you won’t need to come back here until June 2013.  However, if you wish to engage in events concordant with the season, read on.

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One of the major seasonal illuminations which we have yet to cover is the light-up of the Omotesando avenue between Omotesando and Harajuku stations.  As one of the grandest promenades in Tokyo, taking a stroll under bulb-strewn  gingko trees on a crisp winter evening is quite pleasant.  This year, there are various installations along the strip coinciding with the 110th anniversary of Disney. I’m not sure why 110 is a number worth celebrating but when it comes to Disney in Japan, any excuse will do.  You can worship the evil mouse at free installations at Omotesando Hills, Tokyu Plaza (the place on the corner of Omotesando and Meiji Dori) and at La Foret.  The illuminations (link in Japanese) run until the 25th of December. Closest stations are Omotesando on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda, Ginza and Hanzomon Lines and Harajuku/Meijijingumae on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda and Fukutoshin Lines as well as the JR Yamanote Line.

While we’re rounding off the remaining illuminations that we haven’t covered, the last one worthy of mention is Roppongi Hills (link in Japanese). The trees along Keyakizaka Dori that runs behind Roppongi Hills have been decorated with thousands of blue LEDs. The added bonus with the Roppongi Hills light-up is that the romantic apparition of Tokyo Tower is clearly visible.  The area up top near Manon (the giant spider) is also illuminated with what appears to be a giant egg nearby.  The closest station is Roppongi on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line. The illumination finishes on December 25th.

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