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


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. Tickets can be purchased online in advance of your visit.

  • November (weekend and holidays): Advance tickets are ¥1,000 for adults and ¥500 for children. On-the-door tickets are ¥1,200 for adults and ¥600 for children.
  • November and December (weekdays): Advance tickets cost ¥800 for adults and ¥400. On-the-door tickets are ¥1,000 for adults and ¥500 for children.
  • December (weekend and holidays): Advance tickets are ¥1,200 for adults and ¥600 for children. On-the-door tickets are ¥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

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

  • In November, it is closed from Nov 13 to Nov 17.
  • For December, the closing dates are Dec 4 to 8 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.

    Organizers may cancel events, alter schedules, or change admission requirements without notice. Always check official sites before heading to an event.

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