Tokyo Now NewsLetter from Tokyo to you

Vol.141 December 2022

【From Editor】

Welcome to the Tokyo Now Newsletter.

Our goal is to help you enjoy the high-tech urban atmosphere of Tokyo combined with ancient shrines, festivals and old-fashioned manners.

Prepare to discover Tokyo you have never seen before!


December in Tokyo is a magical time as the city is dipped in the sparkling lights of winter illuminations.
The weather can be surprisingly cold towards the end of the year, so put on your winter coat and take yourself on a Christmas date through the city.

  • News & Topics


    Tokyo Tourism Connection has been renewed!

    Tokyo Tourism Connection (TTC) is an online platform provided by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) and the Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau aimed at matching businesses for the development and sales of travel products for Tokyo.

    The site offers various features, including searching and contacting business partners; participating in online seminars and business meetings hosted by TMG; and viewing videos of past seminars. All services TTC offers are available for use upon member registration. We invite you to expand your business opportunities by registering with us.
  • PEOPLE - Mizuki Tanaka: Preserving art, culture of Tokyo's public baths


    Mizuki Tanaka: Preserving art, culture of Tokyo's public baths

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    Wall paintings used to be a big part of the charm of Japanese sentō (neighborhood public baths) . However, just as many other traditions, the art of the sento wall painting has fallen out of favor in modern sentos.
    The Osaka born artist Mizuki Tanaka has dedicated her life to keeping this charming tradition alive and restores old sento bath art, as well as creating her own. She studied art history at Meiji Gakuin University and discovered her passion for traditional bathhouse paintigs as she started working as an apprentice to master painter Nakajima Morio in 2004. In 2013, she started her own business with her husband, handyman Komamura Yoshikazu. They focus on bathhouses and building renovation and she spreads the attractions of the traditional sentō culture through her blog and various activities.
    Her paintings can be seen in various public bathhouses, such as Misuji-Yu(Taito-ku), Hagino-Yu(Taito-ku). As the weather is getting colder, it is the perfect time to explore Tokyo’s sento variety yourself.
  • EXPERIENCE - Edomaekisen Edomae Steamship


    Edomaekisen Edomae Steamship

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    Edomaekisen Edomae Steamship is a restaurant ship that lets you see Tokyo from the different perspective as you cruise past famous sights enjoying delicious food. The courses offer an all-you-can-eat original monjayaki menu. Monjayaki (often called simply "monja") is a dish similar to okonomiyaki popular in Tokyo. It is similar in taste but different in texture and a must try when in the Kanto area.

    Currently there are three different courses: a Sumidagawa Course and two different Odaiba Courses. Day and night courses are available and each course has its unique charm with Sumidagawa Course showcasing the Asakusa area including the Sky Tree and the odaiba tour present the charms of the outskirts of Tokyo seen from a unique angle.
  • PAST - Japanese advertising history


    Japanese advertising history

    The Ad Museum Tokyo is the only museum in Japan dedicated to the promotion of studies in, and popular understanding of, advertising and marketing. Here you can explore approximately 330,000 advertising materials dating back from the Edo period until today.
    Advertisement is very different and unique to every country as it is targeted towards the country's locals and their unique character points to make an article as attractive as possible to them. Exploring the history of advertisement is not only a fun and interesting endevor in itself but can also open one's eyes to some of Japan's unique traits.
    As a measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Ad Museum Tokyo will be open by reservation only. Reservations can be made up through the Ad Museum Tokyo website. The museum is open from Tuesday to Saturday between 12:00-18:00. Would you like to learn about the history of Japan from advertisements?
  • TREND - Meguro River Illumination


    Meguro River Illumination

    For this event, held from November 11th 2022 until January 8th 2023, the famous Meguro River cherry trees are wrapped in pink lights to create “Fuyu no Sakura” or “Winter Cherry Blossoms”. The river reflects the pink lights, creating a charming atmosphere for a stroll alone or with a loved one.

    The trees will be illuminated every day between 17:00-22:00 and it is the first large-scale illumination event in Tokyo to use locally generated energy from recycled cooking oil, collected from families and restaurants to support a more sustainable energy source.
  • TOKYO DIVERSITY - Roppongi Hills Christmas Market


    Roppongi Hills Christmas Market

    The Roppongi Hills Christmas Market is the oldest christmas Market in Tokyo, taking inspiration from the famous German Stuttgart Christmas Market which is known as the biggest and most elaborate Christmas Market in the world.

    It is great for everyone who wants to experience a little bit of a traditional Christmas atmosphere with over 1500 Christmas inspired crafts to see and buy as well as German food and beverages to enjoy. The market will be held every day from November 10th to Dec 25th 2022 between 17:00 and 23:00.

    If you visit the market, you can also enjoy the Roppongi Hills Illuminations held during the same period. It includes a big Christmas tree and the popular Keyakizaka Street illumination.


Finally, on October 11th, 2022, the ban on entry from abroad, including FIT, has been fully lifted.
To make it easier for you to find exciting places to visit during your stay, we have prepared a variety of movies to help you to enjoy this magical country to the fullest!
Tokyo Winter Illuminations Compilation
A glimpse of my Online Mochi Making Class

Information (update: 2022 October 21)

In order to offer travelers a safe and fun experience in Tokyo, do not forget to check the information on COVID-19 provided by the Japanese government and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government here.


Check out these annual festivals and events held in Tokyo.
You can see the list of all major festivals, fireworks, parades, religious events, and other events in Greater Tokyo

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Coming up on the "TOKYO NOW" newsletter next month:
The foreign traveler ban to Japan has been fully lifted as of October 11th, 2022. Finally, you can freely come to Tokyo again and enjoy this sparkling city to its fullest!
Looking for places to spend time in Tokyo during 2023? We’ve got lots of suggestions for you, so stay tuned and look forward to your visit to Tokyo! If you missed last month's letter, you can catch up here. If you have not subscribed to the newsletter yet, please do so here. See you in Tokyo next year!

Issue by: Tokyo Convention & Visitor Bureau
Support by: Tourism Division, Bureau of
Industry and Labor Affairs, Tokyo
Metropolitan Government
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