Where can I visit Santa in Tokyo?
This list is specifically for places you can visit Santa in TOKYO in December 2018. For first timers in Japan, please note that Santa meet and greets may not be like what you might be used to in your home country. There is generally no grotto and he doesn’t give out a present. In Japan, “Finland” is used most frequently to describe a Santa from Lapland or the North Pole. Where it is not specified whether the Santa is one from Finland or North Pole there is a chance he will be a Japanese representative of Santa.
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. 「中止」will indicate that an event has been cancelled, while 「変更」may indicate a change in time, date or even the conditions involved in meeting Santa.
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TOKYO SANTA MEET AND GREETS 2018
🎅Santa at St Clair December 8th
This is the only public Santa meet and greet location that I know of that has a professional photographer. It costs 500 yen per family of up to 5 people. They are already accepting applications online for the meet and greet date which is Saturday the 8th. At the time of this there are only two time slots still available: 11 am and 2 pm. More details and booking form on the official site ↓
Official site and reservation form for Santa at Matsuya Ginza
A Finland Santa Claus will visit Takashimaya (Tachikawa) on Saturday December 8th. He will be on the 1st floor. You can get your photo taken with him at 11 am, 1 or 3 pm. Bring your own camera. Image from the official site linked below.
A Finland Santa Claus is set to visit Takashimaya in Tamagawa on Sunday the 9th for a meet and greet. So far for 2018 (03.12.2018) they have only confirmed the date he will visit and have not yet provided other details.
Official Event Page: https://www.takashimaya.co.jp/store/special/christmas/photo.html
🎅Toysrus and Babiesrus
The Toysrus Santa will start visiting stores around the country from December 2nd. This Santa is often Japanese. You will need to check with the store whether it will be a Japanese Santa or not. Each place he is available five times: at 11.30 am, 1 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm and 5 pm – each time for 30 minutes.
You can visit him in Musashi Murayama and Machida Tamasaki on the 8th.
On the 9th he will be in the Tama and Toshimaen branches.
The branches in Takao and Fuchu Toysrus will host him on the 15th.
He is scheduled to visit the Fuchu Babies-r-us on the 23rd of December.
The official page with Santa Schedule: https://www.toysrus.co.jp/event/CSfChristmassanta.jsp
Green Santa from Denmark is visiting Kidzania on December 14th and 15th this year. He will be there for two sessions each day: the first at 1.30 pm, the second at 5.30 pm. There are no specifics yet as to whether you can get a photo with him and/or if conditions apply.
Official site: Information in English from the official site
Santa Claus will visit Takashimaya in Shinjuku on December 15th. However, further information is not yet available. They have only confirmed the date he will visit (as of December 3rd 2018).
Official Event Page:https://www.takashimaya.co.jp/store/special/christmas/photo.html
🎅LaQua, Tokyo Dome City
This year the LaQua Santa will be in a yukata! You can get your photo with him on the December 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd and 24th. The times are: 3 pm on the third floor, 4 pm on the fourth floor, 5 pm and 6 pm in La Qua Garden. Usually he walks around and you can approach him. Each session he will be there for about 30 minutes.
Official Website: 2018 LaQua Santa Information
🎅Ario Nishi Arai December 23rd
A North Pole Santa will visit the Nishi Arai Branch of Ario on December 23rd. He will be there for three meet and greet sessions at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm. You can meet him at the first floor event space.
Official event page: Nishi Arai Ario Santa
Santa is visiting the Ogikubo branch of Lumine on December 23rd. They don’t specify if he is a Finland / Lapland Santa or not. Three slots have been scheduled: midday, 2 pm and 5 pm. The official website has not posted the information yet, but they have one line about it on their digital magazine ↓ which have to download.
Official site: https://digitalpr.jp/pdf.php?r=29775
Santa is scheduled to visit Roppongi Hills between December 22nd to the 24th this year. There are three sessions; from 1 to 3 pm at the Hillside Grand Food Hall (B2F), from 4 to 5 pm and again from 6.15 to 8 pm on the second floor West Walk area.
Official event page: English information Santa 2018
A Finland Santa Claus is set to visit Takashimaya in Nihonbashi on December 23rd for a meet and greet. Last year he was available at four different times (11 am, 1, 3 and 5 pm), but so far for 2018 (03.12.2018) they have only confirmed the date he will visit and have not yet provided other details.
Official Event Page: https://www.takashimaya.co.jp/store/special/christmas/photo.html
🎅Sunamo Minami Sunamachi
Santa will visit Sunamo for a meet and greet on December 23rd. You can take a photo with him at the Christmas tree on the 2nd floor. He will be there at three different times; 11 am, 3 pm and 5 pm. He will see 50 people (groups/families) each time. He will also be greeting people (no photo) between 1 and 2 pm in the 4th floor food court.
Official site: https://www.sunamo.jp/event/
🎅Gate City Plaza Ohsaki
Santa will be at the Atrium of Gate City on December 23rd. Santa Claus will visit from 1 pm and will first appear on stage for half an hour. He will meet and greet and be available for a photo (*ticket necessary) at 1 pm and again at 4 pm, each time for about an hour. *Tickets for this event will be distributed from 9 am to about 150 people for each session.
The official website (Japanese) is: http://www.gatecity.jp/plaza/event/
🎅 Atre Meguro
Santa Claus will be walking around the Atre in Meguro on December 23rd at three different times; 1pm, 2 pm and 4 pm. Each time Santa will be there for about 30 minutes. If you find him you can get your photo taken with him!
Official Event Page: https://event.atre.co.jp/sp/meguro/christmas18/topics_detail?cd=007683
🎅Tokyo East 21
Santa will visit Tokyo East 21 three times on Christmas Eve at the “Fureai Hiroba”. The times are 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm. At the moment (12/8) they have specified no conditions for seeing him and they state that the event is free.
Official Event Page: http://tokyo-east21.co.jp/event/2018/20181224christmas.html
🎅Aeon Mall Tamadaira No Mori
Santa Claus will visit the Aeon Mall Tamadaira No Mori on December 24th. He will be accompanied by an accordion player. He will be visiting with families at three different times: 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm. Each time he will be around for about 30 minutes.
Official Event page: http://tamadairanomori-aeonmall.com/news/event/1525
Santa will visit Mori Town in Akishima on December 23rd and Christmas Eve. However, they have not yet released this year’s official information.
Official website: Mori Town
Above are all the Santa Claus Tokyo meet and greets confirmed at the time of publishing, December 3rd 2018. All information was, to the best of my knowledge, accurate at the time of publishing. Any location that is confirmed after today will be linked in the below live update:
2018 Live Update
Updates will be provided in this box. Last update 2018/12/08 20:12
🎅Aeon Mall Musashi Murayama
Santa Claus will visit the Aeon Mall Musashi Murayama on December 23rd. He will be accompanied by an accordion player. He will be visiting with families at three different times: 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm. Each time he will be around for about 30 minutes.
Official event site
🎅Afternoon Tea Atre Oimachi
Santa is visiting Afternoon Tea on Thursday December 6th from 4 to 5 pm. He will be in the central garden on the 3rd floor. You need to have a participation ticket for this event. The participation tickets are distributed from 3 pm.
Other ways to see Santa Claus
This year, Sunshine Aquarium ‘s theme is “Christmas Party”. They have their famous Santa dive where Santa is in the aquarium in full Santa attire. The penguins don Santa hats and they have several other events running during the period.
Official Event Page: http://www.sunshinecity.co.jp/event/e2216.html?from=aqua
Christmas Wonderland at Hikarie Shibuya
If you are attending a performance of the broadway show in Hikaria in Shibuya, Santa will be available for a family photo during the interval.
Official Event Site: http://theatre-orb.com/lineup/18_christmas/top.html
Information for Chiba Santa meet and greet locations:
Santa in Saitama
Santa Claus / Father CHristmas meet and greet locations can be found on the Saitama With Kids event pages.