The hot spots
In addition to a spectacular arrangement of holiday lights, the Shinjuku Terrace City Illumination includes a variety of festive displays, including towering Christmas trees and photo spots for taking that perfect Christmas (or New Year) card picture with your special someone. You can find a map of all the locations here. If you are short on time, just head straight to the main event—the illumination of the entire Southern Terrace, the newest part of the world’s busiest train station.
Whether you are souvenir or Christmas shopping (or doing a little of both), the holiday lights of Shinjuku Southern Terrace will put you in the holiday mood without fail. Shop to your heart’s content with easy access to three of Tokyo’s major department stores, including Takashimaya and Odakyu. Additionally a visit to the massive Tokyu Hands, eight-floors of shopping goodness, will ensure that you don’t leave Tokyo without the perfect gift or souvenir—even if you are simply treating yourself.
When you finish shopping, be sure to take in all of the glistening holiday lights in a cozy café or a stylish diner nearby. Takashimaya is filled with local dining options on its upper floors. And, don’t fret if you feel a little homesick—the Southern Terrace Starbucks is in a prime location for viewing the holiday lights from the comfort of the great indoors.
Just the beginning
Still haven’t gotten your fill of holiday lights? Even more illumination displays are just a train ride away. Ticket gates for the Odakyu, Keio, and JR train lines as well as the Toei and Tokyo Metro subway lines are just minutes away from the Southern Terrace, granting you easy access to famous winter illumination displays in Roppongi, Omotesando, and Shiodome. See where the holiday spirit takes you, and have a blast exploring an illuminated Tokyo.