Aeon in Hanyu are offering the chance for 600 families to meet Santa and get a sweet from him on Christmas day. In order to participate in this event you need to take part in their campaign which is running between December 9th and 24th. If you do not receive a ticket to meet him by the 24th, you cannot participate on the day.
Between the 9th and 24th if you spend a 1000 yen in participating shops in the Senmon Tengai 専門店街, speciality store street, Hanyu Aeon Mall you can get one of 600 tickets to see Santa. The tickets are distributed in the 2nd floor information centre. He will visit the 1st floor West Court of that speciality store street on the 25th at 1.30 pm, 3 pm and 4.30 pm. He will be there for 30 minutes each time. You must have a ticket to meet him.
See Details, grey section below, for Address, Map and official website.
The real Santa Claus from Lapland (Finland) is visiting the 5th floor of Maruhiro in Kawagoe on Saturday December 10th from 11 am.
Tickets to meet and greet Santa Claus and get a present of sweets from him will be on sale from 30 minutes before the event. A ticket costs 300 yen and there are only a 100 available.
Access: 5 minute walk from Hon Kawagoe Station on the Seibu Shinjuku Line and about 8 minutes from Kawagoe Station on the Tobu Tojo Line. Map, address and official website in the details section, grey box, below.
Treat the kids to a half hour with cats while you’re there!? About a minute walk from Maruhiro are 2 cat cafes. The first one you see as you walk away from Maruhiro toward the tourist area does not welcome children, but a few doors up, beside the Kaldi is a child friendly cat cafe. Close to it is a diner that does delicious ice-cream sundaes as well as latte art:
Last day of summer food treats, dentist and cat cafe | KAWAGOE
All of the Santa meet and greet spots included in the above map are detailed in the event section of insaitama.com. If you click on a Santa on the map it will open a small window with the location’s details and a link to the event’s details. Click on the link to be brought to specifics for that Santa Claus Meet and Greet event.
For those who are visiting Santa in Saitama for the first time, please note that Santa Claus visits in Japan are not like what you might be used to at home. There is no grotto, no present from Santa and you take a photo with your own camera. Most of the events are free, with the exception of the Maruhiro Santa events, which cost 300 yen.
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