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.
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.
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.
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.