Late
Oct
~
Early
Jan
 2022

Tokyo Mega Illumination

4:30pm – 9:30pm
¥800 (advance sales)¥1,000 (on the door)

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. If you book in advance, tickets are ¥800 for adults and ¥400 for children. If you lack the ability or interest to plan ahead, the cost is ¥1,000 for adults and ¥500.

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

Check the calendar before you visit as there are plenty of days when the illuminations are closed. In December, the illuminations are closed from the 7th to the 11th, on the 24th and 25th, and from the 28th to the 31st. In January, the no-go day is new year’s day.

Aurora Forest Tokyo Mega Illumination
The Aurora Forest at Tokyo Mega Illumination | Photo by Gregory Lane

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

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