Santa is visiting the Babies R Us in Minami Furuya on December 18th. On researching this event I learnt that the Babies R Us in Minami Furuya is now also a Toys R Us! He will be available at 5 different time slots: 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm and 5 pm. This is a free event. It is not yet known if it will be a Lapland Santa or a Japanese Santa.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Throughout the lead up to Christmas Disney’s official hotel Sunroute Plaza Tokyo have a number of Christmas events on as well as Winter illumination. They have a great Christmas package for an overnight stay. Please see their website for more information.
From the 23rd to the 25th from the Sunroute Plaza Hotel they have a particularly special Christmas event, for both guests and the general public. They are offering an opportunity to get a photo with Santa Claus, for free. Santa Claus will be available for photos in front of the “sweet house”, pictured below, in the lounge area of the ground floor (1st floor in Japanese/American) from 6 to 7pm and again from 8 to 9pm. Santa will have sweets for children of kindergarten / preschool age and younger. Don’t forget your camera!
All images on this blog post where taken from the official website of Sunroute Plaza Hotel. There is more information on this and all their Christmas events, in Japanese on the official website: http://www.sunroute-plaza-tokyo.co.jp/fun-fun-christmas/?page=event#event . They also have a website in English: http://www.sunroute-plaza-tokyo.com/en/
SUNROUTE PLAZA TOKYO
- 1-6, Maihama, Urayasu-shi, Chiba-ken
- TEL. 047-355-1111
Please see the English website linked for information on access. For more SANTA events in the greater Tokyo area and Kanto plain: –
Don’t forget your camera!
From December 6th to 23rd Santa is travelling around the Premium Outlets for a rare photo opportunity. There will be four sessions daily. Each time the first fifty families will be able to get their photo taken with Santa free of charge.
Locations include the Premium Outlets in Shissui in Chiba, Ami, Ibaraki, Gotemba, Shizuoka, Sendai in Miyagi prefecture.
Shisui in Chiba, in front of the food court
Tosu in Saga, in front of Lego
Izumi in Sendai, in front of Rope
Ami in Ibaraki, in front of the food gallery
Toki in Gifu, in front of Unite Arrows
Sano in Tochigi, near New Balance
Gotemba in Shizuoka, in the West Zone near Gap
Rinkuu in Osaka, in front of Gap
Sanda in Kobe, in front of the food gallery.
Times: 10.30, 13.00, 14.30 and 16.00.
They are all free events.
PHOTO from WalkerPlus Magazine. Information fron the official website at http://www.premiumoutlets.co.jp/wsr_santa2015/
Grandberry Mall is fantastic for free events and displays around all the big seasonal holidays. Christmas is no exception. The Mall is already lit up at night with wonderful winter illumination, they have Christmas decorations and are offering a variety of workshops and events. One of the events is a visit with Santa.
Santa Claus will be at Grandberry Mall on the 19th, 20th and 23rd of December at 1pm, 3pm and 5pm for 30 minutes each time. The first 100 customers will get to meet Santa and receive a gift of candy. This is a free event. More information in Japanese on their website: http://www.grandberrymall.com/event/#106
Grandberry Mall is in Minami Machida, Tokyo. Phone: 042-795-0109 Web: details below. Address: 3 Chome-3-4-1 Tsuruma, Machida, Tokyo 194-0004
Images from the official event webpage on Grandberry Mall’s official website: http://www.grandberrymall.com/
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There are a number of special events being held in the Greater Tokyo Area to celebrate Christmas. Among them, you can find some choir group performances and Christmas concerts. Below is a selection of some of the Christmas choir and concerts available this year.
ROYAL PARK HOTEL
From the 19th of December the luxury 5 star hotel in Nihonbashi give us their Christmas present; a week of FREE Christmas concerts for guests and the general public to enjoy. Twice a day they have a public performance, one at 1.30pm and one at 5pm. Each day is a different concert including the Marunouchi Choir on the 19th, Wagner Society female choir on the 20th, the Tokyo Bell Orchestra handbell performance on the 21st, St Paul’s Glee Club on the 22nd and the Japan Women’s University Choir on the 23rd. More information on their Christmas events on their website in Japanese: http://www.rph.co.jp/information/christmas2015.html
The 125 year old hotel located near Hibiya Station offers a variety of Christmas events, some of them open to the general public. Among the many events organised for the month of December is the Tokyo FM Boys Choir performance on December 23rd in the hotel lobby from 3 to 3.30pm. This is a one of the events that is open to the general public. It is also free. More information in Japanese on their official webpage for the event: http://www.imperialhotel-plaza.jp/wp/archives/2847/
The annual Roppongi Hills FREE Christmas concert is being held from December 23rd to 25th. On December 23rd are KRAJA, a Swedish choir group, and LITTLE CAROL, a Japanese choir group are preforming. On the 24th and 25th there will be two performances by KRAJA.Information in English:
クリスマスコンサート | ROPPONGI HILLS ARTELLIGENT CHRISTMAS 2015 Information in Japanese: http://www.roppongihills.com/press_release/pdf/151119.pdf
HOTEL NEW OTANI
On December 23rd the hotel will host two charity concerts of Christmas carols in the Atrium Chapel. The first performance is at 5pm and the 2nd is at 7pm. Both last 40 minutes. Information on their official website in Japanese: http://www.newotani.co.jp/tokyo/xmas/events/05_charity.html The Hotel New Otani also has other Christmas events including a Santa house, on this blog: http://insaitama.com/santa-claus-house-hotel-new-otani/
Marunouchi Symphony orchestra will perform a live FREE Christmas Concert at Megaweb on the afternoon of December 23rd. You can already enjoy Christmas illumination at Megaweb. More information will be available about the full orchestra performance on their website soon. http://www.megaweb.gr.jp/
MIDTOWN CHRISTMAS LIVE
Starting next weekend, November 28th, each weekend leading up to Christmas, there will be a live Christmas concert of classical music held at the Galleria. Each weekend day there will be 3 performances, lasting 30 minutes, between 3pm and 8pm. More information is available in English here: http://www.tokyo-midtown.com/en/events_news/detail.php?id=632. The Japanese page is http://www.tokyo-midtown.com/jp/xmas/2015/event/live.html
Christmas Concert in Keyaki Hiroba
On December 19th, 20th, 23rd, 24th and 25th there are FREE Christmas concerts scheduled from 4pm to 8.30pm in Saitama Shintoshin. The concerts will include gospel choirs, a capella groups, Jazz and other types of music. You can enjoy the magical backdrop of wonderful winter illumination too. The website is in Japanese only: http://www.stib.jp/saitamae/data/index.php?id=10192465
If you have any Christmas concerts you would like to see added to the list, please do not hesitate to comment below.
For a fully comprehensive list of concerts that require advance booking, please see: http://savvytokyo.com/15-festive-christmas-concerts-in-tokyo-this-season/
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Candle events in the Greater Tokyo Area http://insaitama.com/christmas-candle-night/
Santa in Ochanomizu http://insaitama.com/santa-claus-in-tokyo-%ef%bd%9cochanomizu/
Santa in Ikspiari http://insaitama.com/santa-ikspiari/
On Saturday December 5th, for the 9th year in a row, the Ochanomizu Santa Claus will visit from Finland. This very popular event will take place around Ochanomizu train station between 11am and 3pm. There are a number of different events planned for the course of the day, including live music, Santa meet and greet with present and photo opportunities. This event which is FREE to enter, is limited to 120 families. (**Some of the activities may cost money. ) Inquiries to 03-3233-2306 or see their website (linked) for further information. Source: 第9回フィンランドからサンタクロースがやってくる！ | 集う街へ。お茶の水サンクレール
The Wakaba Walk Santa statue is taking his pride of place in the main courtyard again this year. By sitting on Santa’s lap the Christmas tree behind him lights up.
Wakaba Walk is a mall in Sakado, a minutes walk from the Wakaba Station on the Tobu Tojo Line. It is a small mall, with 56 shops. Well known stores include Yaoko, Daiso and Akachan Honpo. There are a few restaurants, a food court, “Halos Garden” amusement / kids centre and a cinema. Parking is free for the first two hours. You can get a ticket validated for a further free hour when you purchase more than 1000 yen in one shop. Cinema goers can enjoy free parking for up to 4 hours. The parking lot is open until 1am.
When I was growing up in Ireland, Santa had a grotto in various shopping centres and department stores that he would visit on the run up to Christmas. In Japan, this is not the case. Usually, Santa visits preschools and/or community centres for a one off event. However, he also visits the most random of places in the strangest of ways. Here are some fun ways you can see/ meet Santa in Japan.
My favourite has to be the Santa that visits Echizen Matsushima Aquarium in Fukui. Not only does Santa and his reindeer deliver a Christmas tree into one of the tanks in November, he also plays janken (rock – paper – scissors) from the tank with spectators the week of Christmas and even helps with the dolphin show the lead up to Christmas.
Santa will deliver the Christmas tree with his reindeer on the 22nd of November this year, 2013. The rock – paper – scissors event takes place December 21st to 25th. The Santa dolphin show runs from December 7th to 25th. For prices, directions, show times and further details please visit the aquarium website at; http://www.echizen-aquarium.com/
Last year, another place you could see scuba diving Santa was at the Osaka aquarium kaiyukan. I am sure due to the popularity of the event and the attention it received they will run it again this year. You could see Santa swimming in one of the tanks and feeding some of the fish.
In my own prefecture of Saitama, the city of Tokorozawa holds a “Find Santa” event. This year it will be on December 14th at the aviation park. 100 Santa gather for the children to meet and then parade around the town. More information for this year will be available in the coming weeks on the Tokorozawa events page http://www.snw.co.jp/~machizou/
I am still on a quest to find more quirky places to see Santa and over the coming weeks I plan to provide more information on places you can meet Santa in the Kanto area of Japan. Stay tuned!
Have you anywhere you can add to the list of fun places to see Santa in Japan? I’d love to hear them.