The Santa Round-up 2016 | CHIBA

Where can I visit Santa in CHIBA?

Santa Claus arrived into Narita airport this morning, November 25th, by plane to attend all the different Santa meet and greet events around Kanto. Please do note that Santa visits here are a lot more simple than in other countries. There is generally no grotto, no presents and no professional photographer.  You can take a photo, but with your own camera.

Below is some of the places where you can find Santa in CHIBA prefecture. Where you see the mention of a “Finnish / Finland Santa” means that it is the Santa that flew into Japan today (or a variation of him).  🙂  If you are looking for where you can visit Santa in Tokyo, that is also featured on this blog: The Santa Round-up 2016 | TOKYO

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FROM NOVEMBER

Ikspiari Town

White Santa is currently on his annual visit to Ikspiari Town, he arrived on NOVEMBER 8TH. You can only meet him if you have receipts for over 3000 yen. They also have another Santa meet and greet opportunity this year, if you take part in a campaign between November 8th and 30th, you will be put in a draw for dinner with Santa between December 22nd and 24th.
Official site: http://www.ikspiari.com/ent/event/christmas2016/
More information in English for this year:
http://insaitama.com/santa-ikspiari/

 

**DISNEY** You can no longer meet and greet Santa in Tokyo Disney Land and Sea. He does feature in the Christmas parades, but is not available for a close up!

DECEMBER

Ario, Ichihara

The Ichihara branch of Ario have a Lapland Santa visiting on December 3rd between 2 and 4 pm. This is a free event and will take place in the indoor part of Sunshine Court.
URL: http://www.ario-ichihara.jp/web/event/4aba9f15-db0c-42de-9222-87432602f902.html

Premium Outlets

Premium Outlets at SHISUI offer the chance to get your photo taken with Santa (bring your own camera!) on December 4th at the stage area in front of the food court. There will be four time slots at 10 am, 12.30 pm, 2 pm and 3.30 pm. Each time slot they will allow the first 50 families to visit with him. He will also visit the premium outlets in Ibaraki, Tochigi and Shizuoka on different dates.
Event URL: http://www.premiumoutlets.co.jp/sp/wsr_santa2016/

Toys R Us, Babies R Us

Santa will be visiting a number of Toysrus and Babiesrus around Chiba. Please note that some of these Santa are Japanese. You can check with your local branch to see which type of Santa is visiting. On December 3rd you can meet him at the Shin-Urayasu and Makuhari Shintoshin branches.  On the 4th he will be at the Shin Kamagaya and Funabashi branches. On the 10th he is at the Matsudo and Chiba New Town branches. On the 11th he is at Narita and Noda city branches. On the 17th at Chiba Naganuma branch. On the 18th and Soga and Ichikawa branches.  Times are 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 4pm and 5pm.  URL: https://www.toysrus-cp.jp/xmas/#scroll-SantaSchedule

Kashiwa Takashimaya Station Mall

Santa will visit Kashiwa Takashimaya Station Mall on December 17th at three different times. Between 10.30 and 11 am he will be in the 6th floor kids room, from noon to 1 pm he will be in specialty store at the 5th floor plaza and from 1.30 to 2 pm he will be at the Sanrio Gift gate on the 5th floor.  All of these are in the S Wing. More information in Japanese on the official site:
http://www.takashimaya.co.jp/kashiwa/topics/others.html#os19987

Sheraton (Tokyo Bay) Hotel

For patrons of the hotel or even just of the eateries in the hotel, there will be opportunities to meet Santa on both December 23rd and 24th.  He will visit between 6 and 8 pm on both evenings.
Official Site: http://www.sheratongrandetokyobay.com/jp/christmas2016

 

Ario,  Soga

The Soga branch of Ario have a Finland Santa visiting on December 24th at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm. This event is limited to the first 50 families for each time slot. They require that you have at least one child under school age, i.e under 7 years old. The event will take place at the 1st floor Sun Court.
Event URL: http://www.ario-soga.jp/web/event/d323c23e-f901-4be0-ac9c-66ea11254233.html

NEW Funabashi Andersen Park

GREEN Santa, an eco-friendly Santa from Denmark, will visit Funabashi Andersen Park on December 23rd at 11.20 am and 2.20 pm. Website: http://www.park-funabashi.or.jp/and/aevnts.htm

Narita Airport

This year Narita Airport is celebrating 25 years of Santa visiting.  As I said above, he arrived into Japan via Narita airport today, but he usually visits on Christmas Eve too. I will post more information here when it is released.

There are a few other places I am waiting to confirm whether they will have Santa visiting again this year, I will add them if they are confirmed. If you do know of any, please do share so that everyone can find a Santa near them. 🙂

 

 

 

 

Lapland Santa at Ito-Yokado | TOKYO

You will often hear Santa in Japan being referred to as a フィンランドのサンタ i.e. Finnish or Finland Santa. This is what we call a Lapland Santa at home. Basically, in Japan this is code for a non-Japanese Santa that is usually a native or 2nd language English speaker.  There has been a big increase in the number of “real” Santa in Japan in the last few years.

The Kasai branch of Ito-Yokado have a Finnish / Lapland Santa visiting 3 times on the 18th of December.  The sessions are at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm.  There will be an opportunity for a quick chat and photo with Santa on the 1st floor mall stage.

Event URL: http://blog.itoyokado.co.jp/shop/195/event.html

Access

Address: 9 Chome-3-3 Higashikasai, Edogawa-ku, Tōkyō-to 134-0084

Tel: 03-5675-1011

Hours: 10 am to 9 pm

Parking for 1850 cars

Nearest station is Kasai Station on the Tozai line.  Kasai Rinkai Station on the Keiyo Line is also close although its at least a 30 minute walk.

Santa is coming to Haneda Airport International Terminal Station | TOKYO

A Finnish Santa will visit the Haneda Airport International Terminal Station this Saturday November 26th.  They are giving out 25 tickets to families with young children to meet him inside the styles on the 2nd floor. You must have a valid train ticket for that station.  There are two sessions, one at 4.15 pm and one at 4.50 pm. He will be there for about 20 minutes each time. Tickets will be distributed from 2 pm on the 3rd floor.

Haneda Airport International Terminal Station is a railway station at Tokyo International Airport in Ota, Tokyo, Japan. The station is operated by Keikyu, a private railway operator, and Tokyo Monorail.

This particular event is not on the official train station website:
http://www.haneda-access.com/international/guide.html

 

Access

 

 

 

Santa is coming to Keikyu Department Store | YOKOHAMA

クリスマスシーンを演出する商品が充実

A Finnish Santa will visit the Yokohama Keikyu Department Store this Saturday November 26th.  They are giving 30 tickets to families with young children to meet him in the Hagu Kumi Park on the 5th floor, which is the kids floor of this Keikyu Department store.  There are two sessions, one at 1.30 pm and one at 2.10 pm. He will be there for about 20 minutes each time. Tickets will be distributed from 10 am in the Hagu Kumi Park on that day.

This particular event is not on the Keikyu Department Store’s website, but they have other Christmas events listed in Japanese:
http://www.keikyu-depart.com/kqdep/index.html

 

Access

In Kamio-Oka Station, Keikyu and Blue Train lines.

1 Chome−6, Kamiookanishi, Kōnan-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken, 233-8556

Phone: 045-848-1111

Hours: 10 am to 8 pm

Source: ハグ・クミ・パーク | 各ショッピング店舗情報ページ | 京急百貨店

The Santa Round-up 2016 | TOKYO

Where can I visit Santa in Tokyo?

This list is specifically for places you can visit Santa in TOKYO. Please be aware that Santa meet and greets are not like what you might be used to in your home country. There is generally no grotto and he doesn’t give out a present. A “Finland” Santa generally refers to the real Santa from Lapland.  As of the 27th of November 2016 there are 33 Santa Claus locations on this list, more will be added if new information comes to light.  You can find 18 Santa locations in CHIBA here: The Santa Round-up 2016 | CHIBA. And 23 locations for SAITAMA here: The 2016 Santa Round up for SAITAMA.

Most of the locations that have Santa visiting do state that as Santa is a busy man there maybe changes to the event’s time and location, and even availability of Santa, so please do always ring ahead or check with the official site before heading out the door.

If you wish to have Santa visit your home, Guy Totaro can put you in touch with the real Santa with his “In Home Santa” service:
http://www.supagaijin.com/services/santa-claus/

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**Sincerest apologies: Coca Cola in Odaiba City was listed in error before I confirmed that Santa was visiting this year, and has been removed from the list. And regrettably it seems Santa is NOT scheduled for the Ritz Carlton this year.**

サンタが東京にやってくる!東京で25所にサンタさんが会えるの紹介です。

DECEMBER MEET AND GREETS

UPDATED LaQua, Tokyo Dome City

Santa will be walking around LaQua in Tokyo Dome City at 3 pm, 4 pm, 5 pm and 6 pm on December 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 24th and 25th. Each session he will be around for about 30 minutes. This year they don’t have any mention of a photo opportunity with him on their official site, but according to Tokyo Dome City newsletter “say hello and get your photo taken with him”.
Japanese webpage: LaQua’s Christmas Information 2016

Toysrus and Babiesrus

The Toysrus Santa will start visiting stores around the country from December 3rd. This Santa is often Japanese. In Tokyo, the first store to have him visit is the Ikebukuro Sunshine City branch. On the 4th he will be in Odaiba and Machida Tamasaki branches.  On the 10th in Toshimaen and Musashi Murayama (See MORI TOWN below also). On the 11th in the Tama branch. On the 17th in TOYS R US Fuchu. In BABIES R US Fuchu on the 24th. He will visit for 30 minutes five times in each place. The full list by date is here (Japanese): https://www.toysrus-cp.jp/xmas/#

Grandberry Mall

Grandberry Mall is a popular place to visit Santa in Machida, Tokyo. This year the dates have been set for the 23rd, the 24th and the 25th. They have increased the number of Santa Greetings from three to four, at 11 am, 1, 3 and 5 pm. The 1st 100 lined up will get to meet Santa and receive a sweet treat from him.
http://www.grandberrymall.com/event/#424

Ario Nishi Arai

The real Santa (Finnish) will visit Ario in Nishi Arai on December 23rd at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm. The location within the store will be revealed at 9 am on that day.
http://www.ario-nishiarai.jp/web/event/3ba0eee3-ce26-4d29-891e-6409949d8407.html

 

UPDATED Gate City Plaza

The official website has now been updated. Santa will be at Gate City on December 23rd.  Santa will visit from 1 pm and participate in an interactive show on stage. You can get photos taken with Santa from 1.30 to 2.30 pm or from 4 to 5 pm.  Each time they will afford 150 families the opportunity to get a photo with Santa. Tickets for this event will be distributed from 9 am. The official website (Japanese) is: http://www.gatecity.jp/plaza/event/  

NEW Lumine Ogikubo

(Added 24/11). Santa is visiting the Ogikubo branch of Lumine on December 23rd. They don’t specify if he is a Finland / Lapland Santa or not. He will meet and greet and give out candy three times during the day at midday, 2 pm and 5 pm.  Official site: http://www.lumine.ne.jp/ogikubo/topics/topics_details.php?article_no=3045

NEW Lumine Kitasenju

(Added 27/11) Santa Claus will visit the 10th floor of Lumine in Kitasenju three times on December 23rd, at 1 pm, 3 pm and 5 pm. Each time he will be there for 30 minutes.  The official website does not have the details online yet, but Tokyo event websites are reporting his planned visit. Lumine Kitasenju website: http://www.lumine.ne.jp/kitasenju/

Royal Park Hotel

The hotel offers 2 ways to meet Santa for patrons of their coffee shop Symphony. You can book online already to participate in a Santa dessert in the late afternoon or a Santa buffet in the early evening on December 21st and 22nd.  More information in Japanese: http://www.rph.co.jp/restaurants/plan/ds15us000000hsmu.html

NEW Lalaport Toyosu

(Added 25/11) There are news articles in Japanese that Santa is visiting Lalaport in Toyasu, but the official site does not support that information yet. It is reported that he will visit on December 24th at 11.30 am, 1 pm, 2.30 pm and 4 pm for 30 minutes each time. 50 families will get the chance to meet him each session and you can take a photo with him (with your own camera). This is a free event.
Lalaport Toyosu URL: http://toyosu.lalaport.jp/

UPDATED Mori Town

Rumour has it that Santa will visit Mori Town between December 23rd and 25th, three times a day, for a find Santa event.  Santa will be hiding somewhere in Mori Town, find him to get a sweet from him and a photo taken with him. The times are 11.30 am, 1.30 pm and 3 pm. It is a free event. The information has not yet been updated on their website, which is:
http://www.moritown.com/event/detail/?id=304
He is visiting the Toysrus in Mori Town on the 10th of December, although its not yet known if it is a Finland Santa or not.

UPDATED Nihonbashiya Takashimaya

The real Santa from the North Pole is set to visit Takashimaya in Nihonbashi four times on Christmas Eve for a meet and greet. The times are 11 am, 1, 3 and 5 pm. Information has not yet been added to their website.
https://www.takashimaya.co.jp/tokyo/christmas/index.html

There is also an event on December 10th and 11th at 2 and 4 pm on the 5th floor where Santa will make balloon animals.

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NEW Kidzania

Green Santa is visiting Kidzania in December. They have released the information on their website where you can get details on how to participate in this event.
Official site: Kidzania Christmas Information 2016

UPDATED Haneda Airport

Again the information for 2016 is not yet available, but The real Santa from Finland (formerly Lapland) has been confirmed on Haneda Airport ‘s website. He will visit 4 times a day between December 23rd and December 25th at 10.30 am, 12.30, 3 and 5 pm.

OTHER WAYS YOU CAN SEE SANTA

Hotel New Otani

You can see Santa in his Grotto everyday at the Hotel New Otani. However, he is not necessarily available for photos and the times are not provided. If you are lucky you can spot him at work or even better get a photo opportunity.  Official website (Japanese only):  http://www.newotani.co.jp/tokyo/xmas/events/02_house.html
On this blog in English:
http://insaitama.com/santa-claus-house-hotel-new-otani/

Sunshine Aquarium

This year, Sunshine Aquarium ‘s theme is “Colourful Christmas”. They have their famous Santa dive where Santa is in the aquarium in full Santa attire. The penguins don Santa hats and they have a number of events running during the period.
http://www.sunshinecity.co.jp/event/e1325.html?from=aqua


There is a Shibuya Santa Festival from December 1st to 25th, but no details are provided on whether you can meet Santa Claus or not. Also, times and dates are not provided for when he is on site.

 There may still be some Santa Claus locations to unearth in Tokyo, but I know that a lot of people are waiting for this list. I thank you for your patience and support. Santa information in English is still sorely lacking, I couldn’t find anywhere else with more than 5 places listed so I’ve worked hard to bring you as many as possible. PLEASE if you do know of somewhere else I can add, do let me know so we can help everyone find a Santa near them. 🙂 


FINISHED EVENTS

OVER Hibarigaoka Parco Santa

Said to be the first Santa visit of the year in Tokyo, Santa Claus visited Parco in Hibarigaoka on November 11th.
https://twitter.com/maedadayo0426/status/797349263130755072?lang=ja

OVER  Haneda Airport International Terminal STATION

(Added 24/11). A Finnish Santa will visit the Haneda Airport International Terminal train station on November 26th. Only 25 families will receive tickets to meet him, which will be distributed on the 3rd floor from 2 pm that day. The Santa visits are scheduled for 4.15 pm and 4.50 pm. There are 2 conditions; you must have a preschooler or younger in your party AND you must have a valid ticket for the train station. They don’t have the information on their offical website. Information in English on this blog:
Santa is coming to Haneda Airport International Terminal Station | TOKYO

OVER Saint Clair

Santa will visit at Ochanomizu for the 10th year in a row, from 11 am on December 3rd. This event is limited to the first 120 families.
Official Poster:
http://saint-clair.jp/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/57c43e02d7d100450b19a122cb0deffe.pdf
On this blog in English:
http://insaitama.com/santa-claus-in-tokyo-ochanomizu-2016/

OVER NEW LOWP Kitchen

(Added 27/11) For children aged between 7 and 15 years old Santa’s Craftech Workshop is on December 4th from 1 to 5pm.   The 3000 yen fee for one adult and one child includes; “Visit and Photo Time with Santa, Crafts, Cookies and Drinks (hot chocolate or juice for kids coffee or hot chocolate for adults). Photos and video will shot during Craftech Kids to be used on the Lowp website and social media.” This event **requires booking**.  LOWP webpage: http://lowp.jp/event/008.html For more about Santa: http://www.supagaijin.com/services/santa-claus/

OVER NishiKasai Center

(Added 27/11) Santa visit (10 am or 1 pm) AND Christmas Dinner Party (4 pm) with Santa, with activities, games and photo with Santa on December 10th. The 3rd session from 4 pm is for children 4 and up. This one **requires booking** soon and costs money.  It costs 6,500 yen for one adult and one child for non-members and 5,500 yen for Kids International members. An additional adult is 1,200 yen, an additional child is 3,700 yen. You can get a list of prices and full details in English on the event’s official webpage:
http://www.kids-int.co.jp/special/xmas16/nk.html 

OVER Tokyu Hyakkaten Honten

(Added 27/11) Santa Claus from Finland will visit between 2 and 3 pm on the 17th of December. The first 50 families will be able to meet and greet Santa. The event is restricted to families with children under 7 years old. Tickets for the event will be distributed at 9.40 am on the 17th.
URL: http://www.tokyu-dept.co.jp/honten/news/detail.html/?id=746
In English on this blog: http://insaitama.com/santa-in-tokyu-hyakkaten-honten-shibuya/

OVER Ito Yokado

(Added 24/11) A Lapland Santa will visit the Kasai Branch of Ito Yokado on December 18th at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm. Event webpage: http://blog.itoyokado.co.jp/shop/195/event.html More information in English on this blog: Lapland Santa at Ito-Yokado | TOKYO

For Other Christmas information for Tokyo, please see Best Living Japan’s 2016 Holiday Guide. It includes information on:

  • Where you can buy a Christmas Tree,
  • Top Tokyo Christmas Decoration Stores,
  • Tokyo Area 2016 Illuminations
  • Tokyo English Christmas Church Services

 

Iwamuro Kannon | YOSHIMI

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When I first came to Japan it was as an exchange student with 6 of my friends from my University in Ireland. One of my friends famously said “If you’ve seen one temple, you’ve seen them all” and there is a truth in that. The magnificence of a temple doesn’t always lie in its appearance, but rather in the history and meaning behind a particular temple.  Many temples do look very like others and / or some are very plain and, frankly, quite disappointing to the naked eye, but on the flip side there are many that are both aesthetically pleasing and have a fascinating back story.  Then there are those that are different; that stand out for either their background or their architecture or both.  Iwamuro Kannon is, in my experience, one of those temples.

Located on the side of a cliff right by the side of the road, the temple is intricately positioned between two rock fronts. The ground floor of the temple is actually part of the cliff and the 88 stone statues, which are one appeal of the temple, are housed in caves within the rock. The stone statues are images of Kannon, the Bodhisattva of compassion. The temple is dedicated to this “Goddess of Mercy”. The building of the temple is a beautiful wooden structure positioned on stilts. There is no door on the temple and you are free to climb the steep stairs to the first floor where you can look out over the Ichino River on the North End.  In Spring the Cherry blossoms along that river are stunning and draw quite a large amount of tourists.  On the South end you see the steep trail that leads to the site of Matsuyama Castle. The only remnant of the castle is the moat, but you can view a diorama of the castle in one of the museums in the nearby 100 Caves of Yoshimi. You can exit the temple onto the trail at the back of the temple.  On your right you will see a ladder leading to another Kannon. On the left a staircase has been dug into the incline, with a chain rope for support, so that you can climb up to and pass under the naturally formed passage that is shaped like a heart.

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Once upon a time Iwamuro kannon enjoyed many visitors as the 3rd stop (of 33), and only one in Yoshimi, on a pilgrimage of Kannon statues in the Hiki district. The Kannon are said to have 33 forms they use when helping sentient beings, thus the Hiki West Country pilgrimmage has 33 stops.  Nowadays, however, the temple is virtually abandoned, making it pleasingly tranquil. On the south side you are enveloped by nature, but the temple is quite literally on the side of the road on the North end. That road is mainly used to get to the 100 caves and as such isn’t used much in off season periods. The lack of visitors would imply that in recent years it does not enjoy much appreciation, fame or reverence, but it impressed me greatly. It is well worth a stop, in my personal opinion, if you are in the area.

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INFORMATION

Cost: FREE

Parking: Shared with the 100 caves of Yoshimi. FREE

Access:

By Public Transport

Just over an hour from Tokyo.

  • Bus from Tōbu Tōjō Line Higashimatsuyama station (from Ikebukuro) to “Hyakkuana-Iriguchi” 百穴入口
  • Or Bus from  JR Takasaki Line Konosu station (from Ueno) to “Hyakkuana-Iriguchi” 百穴入口 from Konosu Sta.

By Car
5 km from Higashimatsuyama Interchange of the Kanestsu expressway, in the direction of Konosu.

 


If you are interested in learning more about Kannon, there is a very informative and extensive knowledge based shared on:
http://www.onmarkproductions.com/html/kannon.shtml

Santa in Tokyu Hyakkaten Honten | SHIBUYA

サンタクロース握手&撮影会

The real Santa Claus will visit Tokyu’s flagship store in Shibuya on December 17th between 2 and 3 pm. This is a small event and they will only accommodate the first fifty families to receive a ticket to see Santa. One family receives one ticket.

This event is also restricted to families who have a child that is in preschool or younger.  Don’t be caught out – the tickets will actually be distributed from 9.40 am at the 1st floor entrance.  When you receive the ticket you will receive information of where  you can visit Santa, shake his hand and get your photo taken (with your own camera).  If you don’t get a ticket you can still enjoy a mini Christmas concert the same day from 3.30 to 4 pm on the 1st floor.

Event URL: http://www.tokyu-dept.co.jp/honten/news/detail.html/?id=746

TOKYU INFORMATION

Facilites available for babies such as diaper changing areas and a nursing room.

TEL: 03-3477-311

Address: 2-2-41 Dogenzaka, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0002

URL: tokyu-dept.co.jp

The basement and 1st floor are open from 10 am to 8 pm, 7 days a week.

Parking for 258 cars, free for 3 hours if you spend over 30,000 in Tokyu. Otherwise it is charged at 250 yen for 30 minutes.

Access

7 minute walk from JR Yamanote Line’s Shibuya station.

By car it is approximately 1 kilometre form the Shuto Expressway Shibuya Line Shibuya Exit.

Santa Claus in Tokyo |OCHANOMIZU 2016

This year Saint Clair in Ochanomizu are celebrating 10 years of Santa visits. It is not only one of the longest running Finland Santa’s in Tokyo, but also one of the most popular. People queue for hours for the chance to meet the real Santa.

This year Santa is visiting between 11 am and 3 pm on the 3rd of December. He will do an open address before that. It is a free event, but restricted to the first 120 families. You can meet Santa, shake his hand and get a photo with him. They start giving out the tickets around 11 am and they give a candy with the ticket.  People start to queue from early morning. You can’t meet him without a ticket.

Each year they hold a number of different events in conjunction with Santa’s visit such as live music and workshops. In line with the special anniversary they have a few additional events happening such as a commemorative coaster to the first 2000 customers.

URL: http://saint-clair.jp/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/57c43e02d7d100450b19a122cb0deffe.pdf

Access

Close to JR Chuo Sobu Line Ochanomizu station.

Close to Exit B1 of Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line Shin Ochanomizu station.

4 minute walk from Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line Ochanomizu station.

Cafe Barbapapa @ Lake Town | KOSHIGAYA

【Information Share】

Today, is the year anniversary of the opening of Café Barbapapa in Lake Town Koshigaya. It was the first and remains the only Café Barbapapa themed cafe in all of Japan.  The French character is quite popular in Japan and the cafe has proved to be a huge hit. It can get quite crowded at times, but you can avoid having to queue or, even worse, being turned away, if you book by telephone in advance.

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The cafe has a number of draws, including the Barbapapa motifs and decorations, character goods and a fun menu. The menu is quite decent for a themed cafe. For kids the curry kids plate with dessert is one of the favourites and is reasonable enough at 734 yen. Its not a huge portion so is best suited to smaller children. They have a “vegan meat” burger plate for children too, unfortunately they don’t have details of the ingredients of the burger on their website so I can’t attest to how authentic it is. The maple choco pancakes are a bit more expensive at 1166 yen, but are a popular dish with children. They have some novelty drinks including the original cotton candy soda and their latte art selection: Papa Cafe Latte, Mama Maple Latte and Moja Cafe Moka.

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Information

Phone: 048-961-8407

Address: 4-2-2 Kaze 2F Aeon Lake Town, Koshigaya, Saitama 343-0828

Hours: 9 am to 10 pm, 7 days a week

Parking for 10,400 cars, free for the first 5 hours then charged 100 yen per 30 minutes except for weekends

URL: http://www.acrossring.com/brand/barbapapa.html

Access below photo

 

Source: Cafe Barbapapa

ACCESS

Minutes walk from Musashino Line Koshigaya Lake Town station.

4 kilometres from Gaikan Misato Interchange on the Tokyo Gaikan Expressway.

 

Other posts about Lake Town on this blog:

In the Event Section

Seasonal Outdoor Ice Rink

Lake Town Outlet Skate Rink | KOSHIGAYA

And in Sun City Koshigaya

Winter Illumination

Sun City Illumination Switch On Event | KOSHIGAYA

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Shidax Karaoke with kids | VARIOUS LOCATIONS




The Shidax are a family friendly Karaoke chain that offer many different packages for an affordable few hours of fun with family or friends.  As it is a franchise, each branch is independently run and has its own system. Prices, packages and facilities differ between each branch. Some branches offer a kids room with extra facilities for young children. Other branches have party services. Most branches have reasonably priced  “drink bar” and serve food; those that do, don’t allow you bring in food (other than birthday cake) from outside. The selection of songs also varies by branch, but generally speaking I have found Shidax to have a decent selection of English songs and nursery rhymes for children. Most branches have a large selection of Japanese songs for children.

Karaoke is a great activity to do with young children on a rainy day. It is also a great spot for a children’s party. However, depending on the number of guests you might not be able to secure a kid’s room, you might have to get a regular room. To combat this, I ask parents to drop their kids off and pick them up after the party so that there is only kids and a couple of adults and we can fit in a larger sized kid’s room. The branches I use have food platters and drink bar which I get for the kids and I bring in my own cake. Some branches kid’s rooms have a better capacity than others and some may have even more services for parties. Do ask about deals when you are booking, sometimes we get it as cheap as 100 yen per child with drink bar included!

kids room at karaoke in shidax higashimatsuyama

 

In three of our local branches we are very lucky to have kids rooms.  I have found that the kid’s room size and services differ between branch. Most kids rooms have some extras for kids in them, such as play equipment and / or toys. You can borrow musical instruments from the front desk to add to the fun for the kids.  In any karaoke room it is possible to adjust lighting and sound to make it more suitable for children.  Higashimatsuyama branch, Shingashi branch and the Tsurugashima branches of Shidax have fairly decent sized kids room with a slide and toys in the room.  Each of these branches have an okay collection of children’s English songs, but a much greater selection of Japanese songs.

SHIDAX SAITAMA BRANCHES

Official URL (no English unfortunately): http://www.shidax.co.jp/sc/

Hours vary by branch, but generally speaking they open at 11 am.

A selection of Shidax branches in Saitama mapped on Google:

If you are interested in the Tsurugashima branch, I recently reviewed it on City-cost.com, below is a preview, you can click for more information.  It is just one of many Saitama branches of Shidax:

Review – Shidax Tsurugashima in Japan. Shidax is one of the largest chain karaoke stores in Kanto, but each branch is independently run. You won’t find a price online, because each store charges diff

Source: Place Review: Shidax Tsurugashima, Tsurugashima-shi, Saitama | City-Cost