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Winter Illuminations and Celebrations

If you are lucky enough to be in Japan in the holiday season, there are some stunning illuminations and displays in Osaka and Kyoto. While not quite as numerous or as crazy as in Tokyo, they are definitely worth checking them out...
Tokyo, while not really a religious city in comparison to many, has some really good 'illuminations' and 'light-up' displays around Christmas and New Year's. What makes Tokyo so great is that all the main shopping centers, malls and department stores...
Shinjuku, in central Tokyo, has some great Christmas lights this year.  Stunning winter illuminations line the Southern Terrace, near the Takashimaya department store and Tokyu Hands (great for a bit of cheap Christmas shopping). Access: Take the Southern Terrace exit from Shinjuku station. In...
The Tokai area of Japan, which is a sub-region of the Chubu area, and includes Shizuoka, Aichi, Gifu and Mie Prefectures, is a famous spot for winter illuminations. The winter illuminations seem to get bigger and more elaborate every...