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
Address: 9 Chome-3-3 Higashikasai, Edogawa-ku, Tōkyō-to 134-0084
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.
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:
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:
In Kamio-Oka Station, Keikyu and Blue Train lines.
1 Chome−6, Kamiookanishi, Kōnan-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken, 233-8556
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 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
Facilites available for babies such as diaper changing areas and a nursing room.
Address: 2-2-41 Dogenzaka, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0002
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.
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.