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Christmas & Winter Lighting starts in November!



World's biggest Baccarat chandelier is displayed with lights.
Baccarat Chandelier Lighting Up: 12:00 - 24:00, 5 November, 2016 - 9 January, 2017
Christmas Illuminations: 16:00 - 24:00, 5 November - 25 December, 2016
Marche de Noel: 12:00 - 20:00, 5 November - 25 December, 2016
Link to Ebisu Winter Lights on the blog



The most fashionable street in Japan is lighted up in Christmas season.
Go to Harajuku Guide



In Chrismas season, the beautiful Christmas tree becomes a great addition to the views of Tokyo Bay, Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo Tower.
From November, 2016 (depending on the shopping center, building, hotel, etc.)
See How to Get to Odaiba!



Roppongi Hills, the streets and Tokyo Mid Town are filled with lights.
From November, 2016 (Depending on the building. In Tokyo City View, 23 November, 2016 - 29 January, 2017.)
Tokyo City View in Roppongi Hills & How to Get to Roppongi



Shiodome is a very popular place in Tokyo for winter lights. It is a walking distance from Shinbashi and Hamamatsucho.
17:00 - 23:00, 17 November, 2016 - 14 February, 2017 in Caretta Shiodome
Blue Fantasy at Caretta Shiodome & Trip Planning Tips


Tokyo Station

The Christmas lights at the very central station of Tokyo.
From November, 2016 (Depending on the street, building, etc.)
Tokyo Michi-Terrace 2014: 24 - 28 December, 2016


Tokyo Tower

In 2016 - 2017, the icon of Tokyo features One Piece, the best-selling manga & anime, for winter lights.
16:00 - 23:00, 3 November, 2016 - 28 February, 2017
See the report of Tokyo Tower Winter Fantasy 2016!



Autumn Colors' peak comes to Tokyo City in late November - early December! View it on Blog!

The Best Spots for Autumn Colors in Tokyo


Rikugien Gardens

The Japanese garden built by samurais is famous for its huge maple tree turned red. There are many beautiful spots in the garden. You can also have a cup of matcha.

The huge, famous maple tree in Rikugien Garden, Tokyo, Japan.

Lighting Up of the maple tree is held on 19 November - 7 December in 2016.
Photos & Reports of Autumn Colors of Leaves in Rikugien Gardens


Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens

This Japanese garden is counted as one of the best autumn leaf spots in Tokyo. There are many maple trees around the pond.

Autumn leaves in Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, Tokyo, Japan.

They hold many events to see Japanese culture from 19 November to 4 December. English matcha ceremonies are on 27 November (Free to join).
The Japanese Garden of Koishikawa Korakuen ? Autumn Colors in Tokyo City


Mt. Takao

Mt. Takao is a 3-Star tourist spot in Western Tokyo, which is popular among anyonw from hikers to casual tourists.
Mt. Takao Maple Leaf Festival is from 1 to 30 November. Middle November is forecast to be the peak here.

Autumn in Yakuoin Temple in Mt. Takao, Tokyo, Japan.


Omotesando Ave. & Yoyogi Park in Harajuku

Go shopping in the beautiful streets lined by yellow maidenhair trees!


The Best Season for Autumn Leaves in Japan


Mt. Fuji Hillside: Early October


Nikko (Lake Chuzenji): Early - Middle October


Hiraizumi (a World Heritage Site in North Japan): Late October - Early November


Lake Kawaguchi Autumn Leaves Festival (at the foot of Mt. Fuji): Middle November


Mt. Takao (a hiking course with unique culture in Western Tokyo): Middle November


Kamakura: Late November - Early December (Same to Tokyo City)




Cherry Blossom (Sakura) Forecast & Diary in 2016 is here!
Cherry Blossom (sakura) Forecast for Japan 2016
The season of cherry blossoms is late March to early April in Tokyo.


Cherry Blossom Forecast for 2017 will come in late January, 2017.
Trip Planning Advice for Cherry Blossom (Sakura) Festival Visitors to Japan by a Local



Autumn Colors' peak is late November to early December in Tokyo.
Links to Blog: Autumn Colors in Tokyo City #01 - Red Maple Leaves & Genuine Matcha in Rikugien Garden and more!


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link to the easiest JR train map in Tokyo, Japan

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link to the easiest subway maps in Tokyo, Japan

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A List of Worldwide Luxury Hotels: All the hotels on this list are convenient because of good airport transport.

link to a list of worldwide 5 star luxury hotels in Tokyo, Japan

A List of Cheap Hostels: Cheap hostels in Tokyo are listed with short comments about their locations to help some backpackers who have the image that it is hard to find accommodation in Tokyo.

link to a list of backpackers' cheap hostel in Tokyo, Japan

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