White Santa is once again coming back to Ikspiari Christmas Town in Chiba’s Disney Resort.
When I began to share Santa locations on my blog a few years ago, the Ikspiari White Santa in Chiba was one of the very first Santa meet and greet locations I found. And it was one of only a handful available at that time.
Thankfully nowadays there are a lot more places you can meet or see Santa in the Greater Tokyo area. But I think the Tokyo Disney Resort’s Ikspiari is still the only location of offer a “white santa”.
I am glad to see White Santa is still going strong, because some of the earlier Santa didn’t stand the test of time. There are several places that paved the way in Christmas celebrations in Japan that dropped their Santa meet and greets for one reason or another.
Ikspiari have changed the system to how you can meet this Santa many times over the years. For example, once upon a time the White Santa was free to see. But in 2015 they introduced a charge of sorts. You now have to spend over 3,000 yen in Ikspiari to qualify to meet with Santa Claus.
This type of condition while rare, is something you see from time to time. However, in Ikspiari, you get to take a commemorative photo with Santa in return.
In the case of a family, you don’t need to have receipts for each child, just one set of receipts for over 3,000 gives access to the whole family (so long as they haven’t reached their maximum numbers for the day).
Ikspiari is the free area beside the Disney resort. It has featured on my blog a few times in the past, but not so much in recent years. Ikspiari is quite well known in the Greater Tokyo area for its “Christmas Town“, and in October its Halloween town. The Christmas town for 2019 will open this year from Friday November 8th.
The theme this year is “Sound Forest Christmas”. Christmas Town includes winter illumination and many special events, such as a Christmas stamp rally and craft workshops, and most importantly: the meet and greet with Santa.
The “White Santa Greeting” will run during this period on weekends and public holidays leading up to Christmas. And also on December 24th and even the 25th. You will find him at the Celebration Plaza unless there is bad weather in which case the event is moved to the 2nd floor’s B’way.
There are four meet & greet sessions at 13.00, 14.30, 16:00 and 17.30 on weekends and public holidays only. They limit the number to 30 people / families each session, and request that you arrive 30 minutes before your allotted time. You get a photo with the man in white in front of the illuminated tree. The staff take the photo for you, but you need to have your own camera.
Each year they set up a Christmas web page, but as of today (October 6th 2019) they have not yet opened the Christmas page for 2019. The official website is here (click). The English site: http://www.ikspiari.com/en/
White Santa Access
Ikspiari is close to the South exit of JR Keiyo Line Maihama station. By car the mall is only a five minute drive from the Urayasu exit of the Bayshore Route from Shuto Expressway Route 9.
First published in 2014, updated annually and republished in December 2018, last update and republish: October 2nd 2019. The information was up-to-date and accurate to the best of my knowledge at the time of publishing.