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To enjoy with someone special! 5 Recommended Christmas Events in Tokyo

If you're going to be in Tokyo for the holiday season, why not participate in a Christmas event? You can gaze at illuminations and enjoy special festivities. Here are 5 recommended events in Japan's capital.

1. Sunshine Aquarium

This is a loved aquarium year round, but during the Christmas season, Sunshine Aquarium has held events annually that have become especially popular. In 2016, there are performances by eared seals and staff decorating trees as well as staff dressed as Santa doing underwater performances. Also, there are trees decorated around the facility, and in the Christmas Aquarium, there are colorful creatures from Australia's Great Barrier Reef! There are plenty of fun things to enjoy.

Will be held between November 10th (Thursday) and December 25th (Sunday), 2016
Entrance fee: 2,000 JPY for adults over high school age, 1,000 JPY for children elementary and middle school age, 700 JPY for children 4 and under, and 1,700 JPY for seniors 65 and over (all incl. tax)

*Photo is from past events.

1. Sunshine Aquarium

World Import Mart Building Sunshine City, 3-1 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo

2. Tokyo Midtown

Tokyo Midtown is a popular area filled with around 130 shops as well as hotels and museums. Its annual Christmas event reached its 10th anniversary in 2016.
The show called Starlight Garden is the main event, and it's a dynamic light and music show representing space. In total, the facility's illumination uses 520,000 lights. You can enjoy a gorgeous, mystical atmosphere. There are plenty of things to see, including a 4m tall tree decorated with around 1,800 small Santa Claus ornaments, free Christmas live music shows featuring classical music, and more.

Event will be held between November 15th (Tuesday) and December 25th (Sunday)

*Photo is from past events.

2. Tokyo Midtown

9-7-1 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo

3. Tokyo Skytree

Tokyo Skytree has completely become the face of Tokyo, and also has an annual event. Tokyo Skytree itself becomes specially lit as a Christmas tree, and there are other events like a magical projection mapping event, an illumination in which trees and ornaments shine along to Christmas songs, and other gorgeous events. They also have various shows planned including live music.

Tokyo Skytree will have the special Christmas lighting between November 10th (Thursday) to December 25th (Sunday), 2016
The illumination will be up between November 10th (Thursday), 2016 and March 5th (Sunday), 2017
The projection mapping event will be held between December 10th (Saturday) and December 25th (Sunday), 2016
The illumination show will be held between November 10th (Thursday) and December 25th (Sunday), 2016

*Photo is from a past event.

3. Tokyo Skytree

1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo

4. Sumida Aquarium

At Sumida Aquarium, a popular spot in Tokyo Skytree Town, there are various events with the theme of “A Christmas to Fall In Love with Jellyfish.” The Tokyo Kurage Tree made of 41 cube-shaped water tanks housing jellyfish stacked in 5 levels to make a Christmas tree of light and water is a must-see. It shines in blue light, and the Aurelia jellyfish inside swim to and fro. The magical sight of the baby jellyfish look like snowflakes. On the 5th floor, at the Penguin Café, you can enjoy the Kurage Cocktail (700 JPY (incl. tax)), a drink made in the image of a magical-looking jellyfish sparkling in the moonlight. This is a spot perfect for people that want a romantic experience.

To be held between December 2nd (Friday) and December 25th (Sunday), 2016

4. Sumida Aquarium

Tokyo Skytree Town Solamachi 5-6F, 1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo

5. Tokyo Dome City Attractions

This popular theme park is in the center of Tokyo. Since 2016 marks the 150th anniversary of Japanese-Italian relations, this event is a collaboration with Italy. There is a 7m tree made with the motif of a witch that appears in traditional Italian folklore named Befana, a monument replicating the Leaning Tower of Pisa made faithfully by Italian craftsmen, an illumination in the image of the city of canals, Venice, and more.

Event will be held between November 10th (Thursday), 2016 and February 19th (Sunday), 2017

5. Tokyo Dome City Attractions

1-3-61 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo

Tokyo becomes painted with a romantic atmosphere during the Christmas season. Please create lovely memories as a couple or with your family and friends.

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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