Winter Fantasy, the lighting of Tokyo Tower, has started again in 2016! I’d like to share the beautiful photos, write reviews and summarize visitor information in this article.
Tokyo Tower’s lighting in 2016 – 2017 is titled, “Winter Fantasy – One Piece Snow Dome Illumination”. It is featuring One Piece, which is one of the most popular mangas in the world. (Sorry if it’s common sense for you, but many people visit Tokyo Direct Diary.) There is a theme park of One Piece inside Tokyo Tower, so this collaboration realized. One Piece is a story about the adventure of pirates, so the lights are blue on the contrary to “Orange Illumination” of last year.
The icon is the big snow dome. Remember that there are 5-minute snow dome shows at every 13 to 22 o’clock. They realize “cherry blossoms in winter”, the moving scene of Chopper departing from him home.
When night falls, the lights become more beautiful than in twilight.
Just in case, the red frame behind the snow dome is the foot of Tokyo Tower. At first, I thought the blue lights were a little quiet, but the combination of blue and red was brilliant.
In conclusion, I’d like to point out something important.
Honestly, this year is not the best time to visit Tokyo Tower because the Special Observatory is closed for its renovation. We can go up to the Main Observatory, which I believe is enjoyable enough, but we can’t have the full experience of Tokyo Tower…
However, I don’t think it is disappointing to go to Tokyo Tower.
Seeing Tokyo Tower from this angle is possible only when you walk to its foot! I must say Tokyo Tower is so spectacle when I look up. The blue lights make a great contrast with the orange lights of the tower.
In late November and early December, leaves in the Maple Valley just next to Tokyo Tower will turn red. (Personally, it will be December in 2016 because the peak of autumn leaves is forecast to be relatively late.)
Do you want to go to the icon of Tokyo this winter?
Visitor Information & Helpful Links
Tokyo Tower Winter Fantasy – One Piece Snow Dome Illumination
3 November, 2016 – 28 February, 2017
Lighting: 16:00 – 23:00 every day
Snow Dome Show: Starting 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00, 18:00, 19:00, 20:00, 21:00 and 22:00
Observatory Opening Hours
Main Observatory (150 meters high): 9:00 – 23:00 (Entrance: by 22:30)
Special Observatory (250 meters high): CLOSED until summer in 2017
Main Observatory (150 meters high): 900 yen for adult, 500 yen for elementary and junior high school students, 400 yen for child older than 3 years, free for 0 – 3 years old children
Tip: If you are visiting One Piece Tower as well as the main observatory, there are combined tickets available at the tower’s ticket counter and One Piece Tower entrance.
How to Get to Tokyo Tower
See How to Get to Tokyo Tower by train – the simplest explanations & maps
Tokyo Tower Official Website (English, Chinese, Korean and Japanese)
Accommodation near Tokyo Tower
Actually, the district around Tokyo Tower is one of the best places to stay in Tokyo that I recommend – That’s the specialty of Tokyo Direct Guide. For details and reasons, please read A Guide to Hamamatsucho – All About its Attractions, Hotels and Transportation