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Omotesando Illumination

From the entrance of Meiji Shrine along to Aoyama Street, Shibuya, Tokyo Prefecture
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Living in Tokyo and miss traditional lights?

Basically it's the main street lined with white lines. Very classy affair. There isn't anything... read more

Reviewed 12 January 2016
Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
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The Omotesando Illumination runs from December to January and remains a popular attraction, but is far more restrained than the bells and whistles that competing illuminations in Tokyo are innovating each year (most notably in Tokyo Midtown). That said, the area has so much style and history, that the classy boulevard and stylish, quirky backstreets need no further gimmicks to romance and charm visitors. Omotesando Dori is similar in design to the Champs-Élysées in Paris, but with a distinct Japanese style. The tall zelkova trees – beloved of Haruki Murakami – are festooned with romantic lights, the wide pavements throng with couples and fashionistas there to be seen, and the luxury brand shops are all backed by a long list of world-class contemporary architecture. The boulevard was designed to lead directly to the Meiji Shrine, and in some ways expresses the triumph of the Meiji Emperor's plan to open Japan to the rest of the world.
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11 Jan 2016
“Living in Tokyo and miss traditional lights?”
From the entrance of Meiji Shrine along to Aoyama Street, Shibuya, Tokyo Prefecture
Shibuya, Harajuku, Ebisu
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Reviewed 12 January 2016

Basically it's the main street lined with white lines. Very classy affair. There isn't anything really unique about it. It's just done very well.

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Shibuya / Harajuku / Ebisu
There are countless opportunities to shop in the
Shibuya and Harajuku districts, especially in shops
that focus on Japan's "Kawaii" culture. The trendiest
areas are around Shibuya’s Center district, Harajuku's
Takeshita-dori and in Omotesando. If you need to
recharge from all the shopping, you can easily refresh
yourself in Meiji Jingu or Sasaki Park. In contrast,
Ebisu has a more grown up ambiance of calm and cool.
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