Ongoing & Upcoming Events in Tokyo


Happy New Year from Japan!

Winter Peony Garden


Winter Peony Garden is open at Toshogu Shrine in Ueno!


1 January - 24 February, 2020
Opening Hours: 9:30 -16:30
Admission Fee: 700 yen for adult, free for children under 13.


If traveling in Tokyo in this season, I strongly recommend the beautiful Japanese garden that is full of peony flowers with straw snow fences. The shrine is inside Ueno Park.


See more photos


Winter Peony Garden in Ueno (2014)


Winter Peony Garden in Ueno - photo selection (2015)


Winter Lights


Winter Lighting starts in November lasts until February!

Top Places to View Winter Lighting in Tokyo



The big Christmas tree & Rainbow Bridge in Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan.

In Chrismas season, the beautiful Christmas tree becomes a great addition to the views of Tokyo Bay, Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo Tower.
From November, 2019 (depending on the shopping center, building, hotel, etc.)


See how beautiful the views are on Why I Push Odaiba Rainbow Fireworks in Winter!



Blue Fantasy at Caretta Shiodome, Tokyo, Japan

Shiodome is a very popular place in Tokyo for winter lights. It is a walking distance from Shimbashi and Hamamatsucho.


17:00 - 23:00, 14 November, 2019 - 14 February, 2020 in Caretta Shiodome
(18:00 - on 3 January - 14 February)
Blue Fantasy at Caretta Shiodome & Travel Planning Tips


Tokyo Tower

Tokyo Tower in winter.

Tokyo Tower features warm lights and the big living Chrismas tree.
Tokyo Tower Winter Fantasy - Orange Illumination: 12:00 - 23:00 (Lighting Shows: 16:00 - 22:45, 4 times an hour), 1 November, 2019 - 5 January, 2020


See Report of Tokyo Tower Winter Fantasy 2016



The Baccarat chandelier & lighting in Ebisu Garden Place, Tokyo, Japan.

World's biggest Baccarat chandelier is displayed with lights.
Baccarat Chandelier Light Up: 2 November, 2019, - 13 January, 2020
Winter Illumination: 2 November, 2019 - 24 February, 2020


Go to Report of Ebisu Winter Lights


Tokyo Station

Tokyo Station with Christmas lighting.

Christmas lights at the very central station of Tokyo are famous for being modern and artistic.
From November, 2019, - February, 2020 (Depending on the street, building, etc.)



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



Roppongi Hills, the streets and Tokyo Mid Town are filled with lights in winter.
From November, 2019
Tokyo City View in Roppongi Hills & How to Get to Roppongi


4 Seasons in Tokyo

Explore 1 year in Tokyo on Event Calendar!


Open Tokyo Event Calendar.


Cherry Blossoms (Sakura)



Cherry Blossom (Sakura) Forecast & Report 2019
The season of cherry blossoms is late March to early April in Tokyo.


Cherry Blossom Forecast for 2020 will come in late January, 2020.
Trip Planning Advice for Cherry Blossom (Sakura) Festival Visitors to Japan by a Local

Autumn Leaves



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

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The Easiest Tokyo Maps by a Local

If you want a shortcut to understand Tokyo, or you are about to give up to plan a trip to Tokyo with throwing away a thick travel guidebook, or you are lost in the city at this moment (I hope not!), here are the simplest resolutions.


The Easiest JR Train Map of Tokyo - You'll understand the outline of Tokyo and airport transport with only 1 page!

link to the easiest JR train map in Tokyo, Japan

The Easiest Subway Maps of Tokyo - You won't get lost anymore. Tourist attractions are all covered with these maps and instructions.

link to the easiest subway maps in Tokyo, Japan

The Quickest Hotel Booking

If you don't want any explanations and just want to book a good hotel now, the following are the quickest way to reach.


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

Go to the list of luxury hotels in Tokyo.


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.

Go to the list of cheap hostels in Tokyo.


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