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Christmas in Tokyo, Christmas Illuminations

Continuing the previous Christmas Tokyo report.

On December 24th, on the Christmas eve we decided to go to Tokyo Lalaport shopping complex looking for yet another VOLKS shop.

JApanese street toilet
On the way to the subway we noticed this interesting public toilet. Looks like Japanese people are not very concerned about privacy.

Origami tree
Origami Christmas tree.

Kimono and xmas hat
This display caught our eye due to mismatch between top and bottom parts.

Anime RC car
In the Volks shop - RC cars with anime characters display.

Then we went to Shiodome - place famous for it's many Christmas illuminations. We arrived already after dark.

Shiodome Christmas tree
The main Christmas tree.

Monument near Media tower
Across the square from the Christmas tree was this photo opportunity.

Blue Forest
Also nearby was a "Blue Forest (Ao Mori)" installation.

Blue Forest

Blue Forest
People in the Starbucks probably had the best view of everything.

Blue Forest
Photo opportunity inside and about every 30 minutes there was also a music performance.

Origami
In yet another spot there we saw origami craze.

Making origami

Making origami

Christmas tree full of origami
Another tree full of origami submitted by the visitors.

Christmas tree full of origami

Photo spot
Plenty of spots for pictures.

Light tunnel

Fantasy train

Fantasy train
On the other side of the building there was this musical train.

Hina-chan and Christmas Illuminations
Hina-chan used the nice wall of lights too.

Face detecting camera
Some face detecting camera and display near Nihon TV entrance, we arrived there just a minute before they stopped admitting people wishing to compete for prizes inside.

Face detecting camera
The camera apparently also detects gender, because it used girly masks for Ksusha.

The place was very crowded and we totally failed at getting a set at any of the restaurants sadly, so we returned to our hotel hungry and ate at some fast-food place nearby.

On the Christmas day in the morning it was a huge problem to find a place that was open to have a breakfast, so we ended up going to some McDonalds clone called MosBurger. Cannot say we were very impressed with the food, certainly it was ok, but expensive.

For the evening we went to Tokyo Midtown for their Christmas Illumination display and also to see the shops.

In a shop
Shop display.

Huge crowds were present around just like the day before. We spent over an hour in line to get to some restaurant.

A bunch of Santa Clauses
Pack of Santa Clauses passed by surprising everybody.

Tokyo Midtown illuminations

Having checked out the yard we headed to the illumination place, where HUGE crowds were heading too.

Tokyo Midtown illuminations

Tokyo Midtown illuminations
This is the crowd to see the Illumination.

And here's the video of the Starlight Garden show:

After illumination we headed to the nearest exit which turned out to be a big mistake - should we follow the majority of people we would end up on a bridge from which you can see the illumination too, but from above.

Crowds at Tokyo Midtown illuminations
A lot of people gathered.

Tokyo Midtown illuminations

From there we headed to Roppongi Hills to see if there is anything interesting there. It was nearby, so just 10 or so minutes walk.

Roppongi Hills spider sculpture
A big spider statue.

Roppongi Hills illumination

Tokyo Tower
And a sight of the Tokyo Tower.

Roppongi Hills illumination

Roppongi Hills illumination

Roppongi Hills illumination

Roppongi Hills illumination
Glittering wall of lights in a pond.

Roppongi Hills illumination

Roppongi Hills illumination

Roppongi Hills illumination

Roppongi Hills illumination

Roppongi Hills auto tunnel
Roppongi Hills tunnel.

Roppongi road at night
Traffic near Roppongi station.

On December 26th we decided to go to Seibu Yuuenchi park that Ksusha heard about on Internet as a big place with a lot of lights. It took quite a bit of time to find how to get there and even though we found the website, the directions here did not help much other than inform us that the place is also known as Star Kingdom park.

The park itself is located about in 1 hour train ride from Shinjuku station.

Seibu Yuuenchi station
We arrived there pretty late and the station itself looked pretty deserted.

Seibu Yuuenchi Star Kingdom illuminations

We followed the music and arrived at the park where we have found that it's actually a park with attractions that also happened to be lit. Even to just see the lights you need to pay the entrance fee of 500 yen.

Seibu Yuuenchi Star Kingdom illuminations

Seibu Yuuenchi Star Kingdom illuminations

Seibu Yuuenchi Star Kingdom illuminations

Seibu Yuuenchi Star Kingdom illuminations

The place was positively pretty big.

Seibu Yuuenchi Star Kingdom illuminations

Seibu Yuuenchi Star Kingdom illuminations

Seibu Yuuenchi Star Kingdom illuminations

Seibu Yuuenchi Star Kingdom illuminations

Seibu Yuuenchi Star Kingdom illuminations

All vendors have already closed for the day, but the attractions still mostly worked.

They also had a musical performance every 30 minutes or so and here's a bit of a video from that.

It was getting colder and colder by every minute and we were positively frozen when we decided to go back.

This happened to be our last full day in Tokyo too, next day we hopped on a plane and went home.

This concluded our winter trip to Tokyo.

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