Romantic moments at popular Christmas Eve dating spots in Tokyo!!
Do you know that after Halloween on 31 October, Japanese stores change their theme to Christmas the very next day? Many Japanese people now pay attention to Western festivals – including Christmas!
While Christmas is an important religious day for Christians across the globe, the celebration in Japan is quite different and has nothing to do with religion. Japanese have their own way of celebrating Christmas, which is dating and eating KFC chicken and cakes. The Halloween celebrations at Shibuya are also unique, with people in cosplay costumes coming out to walk, take photos and hang out, without the Western tradition of “Trick or Treat”.
Japan focuses more on Christmas Eve than Christmas Day. Why you might ask? Because Christmas Eve is a day when young people usually have a date. It is the second most important day for couples in Japan, after Valentine’s Day. Many people plan to take leave or ask permission from their department head to not work overtime on Christmas Eve.
As Christmas Eve is such an important night for couples, fine dining, flowers and gifts may not be enough to make it memorable. Most couples try to find a beautiful place with a romantic atmosphere and illumination where they can stroll together.
Let’s see where couples in Tokyo love to go for their Christmas Eve dates.
Theme: Artelligent Christmas 2017
Event dates: 7 November – 25 December 2017
Time: 17:00 - 23:00 hours
This is one of the most popular illuminated spots in Tokyo, with more than 7 million people visiting Illumination at Roppongi each year. Over 1.2 million LED lights decorate and brighten the area, with Keyakizaka Road a particularly photogenic spot. From the bridge, you can look down at the tree-lined road beautifully illuminated in pink lights, with the bright red Tokyo Tower in the background. Such a stunning image!
Access: Tokyo Metro train to Roppongi Station and take Exit 1C if using Hibiya Line or Exit 3 if using Oedo Line
Yebisu Garden Place
Theme: Timeless - eternal value beyond the ages
Event dates: 3 November 2017 - 8 January 2018
Time: 16:00 - 24:00 hours
Yebisu Garden Place was originally home to the Ebisu Beer Museum (a famous beer from Sapporo), with its beautiful scenery used as a filming location for many Japanese movies and dramas. A highlight of this setting is its five-meter-high crystal chandelier, which is decorated with 8,472 crystals and 250 lights. At the entrance to the area is Clock Square where a ten-meter-tall beautifully decorated Christmas tree stands and the Chateau plazas are decorated with more 100,000 lights.
Access: JR Yamanote Line train to Ebisu Station. Use Yebisu Skywalk and walk for five minutes.
Theme: Midtown Christmas 2017
Event dates: 15 November – 25 December 2017
Time: 17:00 - 23:00 hours
Tokyo Midtown is usually associated with spectacular blue lights and has long been a popular place for locals to come on Christmas Eve. Midtown Garden has now been transformed with around 100,000 round domes illuminated by LED lights and boasts a light show featuring shooting stars moving in harmony with the rhythm of the music.
Tokyo Metro Oedo Line or Hibiya Line train to Roppongi Station using Exit 8
Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line train to Nogizaka Station using Exit 3
Theme: Yomiuriland Jewellumination
Event dates: 12 October 2017 – 18 February 2018
Yomiuri Land theme park is another popular romantic spot for dating on Christmas Eve and is best avoided by those who are single as it becomes filled with couples.
The entire place is dazzlingly decorated with more than 5.5 million lights, with the highlight being the 100-meter-long tree-tunnel road, which is decorated with over 400,000 colorful lights. There is also a light and sound show that features blinking lights in harmony to the rhythm of the music.
Time: 16.00 – 20.30 hours. On 16 - 25 Dec it is open until 21.00 hours
Admission fee: Adults 1,800 yen / Junior high school students and elderly people 600 yen / Primary school students 300 yen
From Shinjuku Station, take Keio Line train to Keio Yomiuriland Station then take Odakyu Bus or Gondora for about 5-10 minutes
From Shinjuku Station, take Odakyu Odawara Line train to Yomiuriland-mae Station then take Odakyu Bus for about 10 minutes