Winter Holidays 2016

Featured Events, Tours & Illuminations

Holiday Tours

Discover the delights of northern Japan this winter

From ¥34,500 Yamagata

Ginzan Onsen

Time travel to a 19th century onsen town

From ¥33,500 Fukushima

Skiiing & Hot Springs

Hit the slopes at the Grandeco resort

From ¥27,900

Zao Winter Wonderland

Alpine views during a snowmobile ride

From ¥30,500 Fukushima

Snow Rafting Tour

Go snow rafting

#illumination2016 Photo/Video Contest

Use #illumination2016 and add location to get reposted on Twitter/Instagram. Tag us (@japantravelcom) on Facebook. The photo/video should be your own, be current and from somewhere in Japan.

Contest ends Tuesday, Jan. 31.

2016-17 Japan Winter Illuminations

Light up your holiday season by visiting one of Japan's impressive winter illuminations. Here are some of our favorites displays from around Japan.


Tokyo Midtown

Midtown Christmas includes a “Starlight Garden” filled with twinkling illuminations.

Roppongi Hills and Artelligent Illumination

Please come and visit this great area with your family/friends for the holidays. This year’s theme is “Twinkle, Twinkle.” There are also lights displays around the base of Mori Tower as well as along Keyakizaka Street.

Tokyo Dome City Illumination

Located in Tokyo Dome City, this winter’s illumination features the theme “Love Italy,” because it is the 150th anniversary of Japanese and Italian relations.

Yebisu Garden Palace

See lights and a giant Chandelier and grab a drink at Yebisu Beer Hall afterwards. See the main illuminations until Dec. 25.

Shiodome Winter Illumination

Featuring a vast ocean of multi-colored LED lights, along with regular musical performances, this modern skyscraper district provides the perfect place to lose yourself in a fantasy.

Other Prefectures

Sendai Illumination

Sendai Hikari no Pajinto is Sendai’s main illumination. It’s held in Kotodai Park, Shimin Hiroba (the square for the citizens) and Jozenji Avenue.