– The real Santa Claus from Lapland (Finland) is visiting the 5th floor of Maruhiro in Higashimatsuyama on December 16th from 11 am.
Maruhiro Santa 2017
In previous years it cost 300 yen to get a ticket to meet and greet Santa Claus and get a present of sweets from him, but this year the event is free. However, there is no sweet treat. It is limited to the first 100 customers. They will distribute tickets to meet Santa from about 30 minutes before the event is due to start.
You can get a photo with Santa so make sure to bring your camera.
Access Maruhiro Higashimatsuyama
Nearest train station is Higashimatsuyama station on the Tobu Tojo Line. It takes about ten minutes on foot from the station.
By car: parking is available. THe nearest highway interchange is Higashimatsuyama on the Kanetsu Expressway.
Map, address and official website in the details section, grey box, below.
The event is not yet on their website, but it is in their December 4th flyer.
The information is now on their website, link in the grey details box at the bottom of the post ↓.
You will find even more Santa locations in the main Saitama events calendar
Play centres in Higashimatsuyama
Free play area in Aruzo Net for children under seven years old:
Aruzo Land: Free play center in a Real Estate Agency | HIGASHIMATSUYAMA
Sole Children’s Community Center:
Sole ソーレ children’s play centre | HIGASHIMATSUYAMA
Botanen park with relatively new playground equipment
New Playground at Higashimatsuyama Botanen | HIGASHIMATSUYAMA
First published December 2016, republished December 2017 and December 4th 2018