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Hotel Chinzanso Aurora Light Show

Posted in Places by tokyobling on December 5, 2014

If you are in Tokyo until December 28th I can really recommend going to see the absolutely stunning Japanese garden and laser light show at Hotel Chinzanso in Tokyo’s Bunkyo ward. From 1800 to 2230 it runs for 10 minutes every half hour and there’s no charge to seeing it or entering one of the best traditional gardens in Tokyo.

The garden itself is worth a visit at this time of the year with the stunning foliage of red and yellow leaves, but the light show just makes it so much more interesting. It is a ten minute long set of light playing on smoke over the largest hotel garden pond, set to music. Photos really do not make it justice and even though I saw the show three times due to wind speed it changed slightly every time. In my photos it looks tiny and boring but in real life it is far better. A fun thing I discovered back at home was the weird photos you get when the light hits the camera directly. It looks like some sort of psychadelic sixties art.

To get to the hotel you can use the Mejiro station on the Yamanote line, but from the station to the hotel it is quite a walk, so some people take the bus from the station. A much better choice is the Edogawabashi station of the Yurakucho line, Exit 1a which is also much closer to the garden itself so you don’t have to walk through the main hotel lobby.

This event is not very advertised so there were very few people when I was there. Go before it get too popular!







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  1. Lilichan06 said, on December 5, 2014 at 8:06 am

    Oh! It’s really amazing!
    Thanks ! 🙂


  2. Jonelle Patrick said, on December 9, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    Who knew?! This is on my list for next year, for sure! I never dreamed they’d do something like this at an old skool place like Chinzanso. Have you been there for the summer firefly event?


    • tokyobling said, on December 10, 2014 at 4:14 am

      Yes, I usually go several times a year since it is free and so amazingly tourist free. (^-^)


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