By Peter Lin
The observatory at Roppongi Hills (Tokyo City View) is one of Tokyo's most popular viewpoints, commanding an impressive view of the entire city. Ride up on a special elevator to the 52nd floor, and you will see Tokyo Tower right under your nose. Especially during the Christmas season, the night view from here is very pretty and colorful. And some Christmas events and live music concerts take place here during this season, as well.
Another great place to see beautiful illumination in Roppongi is Tokyo Midtown. Walk down Gaien-Higashi Street and go into the garden area. A tree-lined road with gorgeous light-up decoration leads you to Starlight Garden. Here, you can enjoy a spectacular 3-minute illumination show for free.
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Japan is a small island nation, but we have a huge number of surprising things to discover here. Many of these delights can be found when you step off the main street onto small side paths. I really enjoy studying about and researching various aspects of traditional Japanese culture, and then sharing this information with visitors to Japan. I hope you will enjoy it, too! ARTICLE INDEX & PHOTOS: An index of most of my Japan Travel articles can be found at the entry page of my blog, and my photos are shown here. 日本はとても小さな国ですが、大通りから一本小道に入ればたくさんの発見があります。日本人が積み重ねてきた歴史を学びながら、古い建物や庭を訪ね、物語の舞台となった景色を眺めて、皆様といっしょに日本文化の奥深さを探求していきたいと思います。