Buy Tickets from ¥800
Oct 15
~
Jan 9 2023

Tokyo Mega Illumination

4:30pm – 9:00pm
¥800 – ¥1,500

This seasonal light-up event at Oi Racecourse lives up to its name. Occupying the central area of the racecourse, Tokyo Mega Illumination has everything you would want from a light-up event, with added horses.

View of Tokyo Mega Illumination
The stands are a great place to take a rest or have food and drink. | Photo by Gregory Lane

Tickets

Unlike a lot of other illumination events based around shopping areas and malls, Tokyo Mega Illumination is not free and prices change depending on the day and month.

  • In October, If you book in advance, tickets are ¥800 for adults and ¥400 for children. On the door: ¥1,000 for adults and ¥500 for children.
  • In November, tickets are the same as October during weekdays, but advanced tickets are ¥1,000 for adults and ¥500 for children on the weekend and holidays. On the door on weekends: ¥1,200 for adults and ¥600 for children.
  • In December, weekdays are the same price as Oct and Nov, but advanced tickets are ¥1,200 for adults and ¥600 for children on the weekend and holidays. On the door on weekends: ¥1,500 for adults and ¥800 for children.
  • Water fireworks at Tokyo Mega Illumination
    There are regularly scheduled “water fireworks” set to music | Photo by Gregory Lane

    Spread over a huge area, with multiple themes and zones, Tokyo Mega Illumination is a better option during the COVID-19 pandemic as it’s all outdoors, there is ample room, and it’s relatively easy to avoid close contact with others.

    The Genfukei Tokyo Mega Illumination
    The “Genfukei” is an installation resembling rice fields | Photo by Gregory Lane

    Aside from the illuminations, there is plenty of food and other entertainment depending on the day. Behind the stands, there are plenty of food trucks, and the food outlets within the stands are also open. Being a place where they race horses (you can tell from the pungent aroma of horse poo), there is horse-based entertainment on most nights as well — from photos with small horses, through to giant Clydesdale horses.

    Meiji Surprise at Tokyo Mega Illumination
    A multimedia installation with art works from the Meiji period | Photo by Gregory Lane

    Closed days

    Check the calendar before you visit as there are plenty of days when the illuminations are closed.

  • In October, the illuminations are only open on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • For November, the show is open to the public every day apart from racing days, which are Oct 31 to Nov 4 and Nov 14 to 18.
  • For December, the closing dates are Dec 5 to 9 and Dec 26 to Jan 1. In January, illuminations will be open every day from Jan 2.
  • Aurora Forest Tokyo Mega Illumination
    The Aurora Forest at Tokyo Mega Illumination | Photo by Gregory Lane

    How to get there

    If you’re coming from the Omori or Oimachi side, don’t follow Google Maps as it will send you to the main entrance. Instead, make sure you head to the north entrance, which is on the north-east corner of the racecourse.

    Tokyo Mega Illumination entrance
    Tokyo Mega Illumination entrance—hard to miss | Photo by Gregory Lane
    To prevent the spread of COVID-19, many events have been canceled. Always check official sites before heading to an event.

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