22 places to meet Santa in Japan 2022

More than 22 places you can meet Santa Claus in Tokyo and surrounding areas in 2022. There are 22 on the 2022 list and then further suggestions within the post. In order to get the post out in a timely fashion, several of the locations just have the pertinent details listed. Update December 12th: a couple more added as “bonus” content.

⚠This is the 2022 list. The 2023 list🔗 for December 23rd to 25th.⚠

Santa Claus arrived into Narita Airport on December 3rd. This is the first time in three years that he has been here on a public visit. He did come privately in 2021 and visited a handful of places around the Kanto Plain (Greater Tokyo area). This year, as he is here in an official capacity, he has a lot more visits scheduled than in 2021. However, even though the situation with the pandemic has improved, things are still not quite back to normal. As such, in 2022 Santa Claus will still not be able to visit as many places as he did before the pandemic. Moreover, he requests you wear a mask and respect social distancing.

Places you can meet Santa Claus in 2022

This article contains a selection of twenty places you can meet and greet Santa in 2022 and / or get your photo taken with him, around the Kanto Plain. Below the main twenty, there are also further suggestions of how to meet or see Santa Claus this year. The Kanto Plain / Greater Tokyo area incorporates Tokyo, Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa, Gunma, Ibaraki and Tochigi. However, I was not able to find a Santa Claus meet and greet in Gunma in 2022, in time for this post.

For those who are new to this blog and / or new to Japan, please note that Santa visits in Japan are very different to how it is done in many other countries. For one, Santa Claus rarely gives a present in Japan. When he does, it is generally just a candy! There are some places, generally hotels or campsites, where you can organize for Santa to give your child a present, but you need to bring it yourself. The only place we’ve ever received a present for free from Santa is Santa Hills. It is just a small present, but a very nice one. Another difference is that generally Santa isn’t in a grotto, just in front of a tree, or even more randomly, walking around a mall! There are exceptions, which are outlined in this list below.

Tokyo

Santa Claus will be visiting some, but unfortunately not all, of his regular spots in Tokyo this Christmas. However, some of them required advanced booking and are already sold out. For example, Matsuya Ginza which always has a professional photographer on hand (for a nominal fee) to capture that special Santa photo. He will visit there on December 10th, but the tickets were sold out within hours of going online. However, there are several places that don’t require advance booking, including:

1. Santa in the heart of Tokyo

Santa Claus was able to visit Tokyo Dome City in 2021 as well, but he had to skip his visit in 2020 due to the pandemic. In 2022, Santa Claus will visit Tokyo Dome City on December 17th, 18th, Christmas eve and Christmas day. There are two ways you can meet him – 1) participate in a parade with him, 2) get your photo taken with him. There are three different time schedules for the latter. Meanwhile, there is one parade at 6 pm each of the four days. In addition, on both the 17th and Christmas Day a marching band will participate in the parade.

Location: Tokyo Dome City – Meets Port Garden & LaQua
Dates: December 17th, 18th, 24th and 25th.
Times: the photo opportunity with Santa times are: 1 pm to 2.30 pm, 4 pm to 5 pm at Meets Port Garden and 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm at LaQua Garden.
Conditions: currently none specified.

Official website. If you are visiting, be sure to check out these places of interest to kids.

2. Atre Kameido

The official North Pole Santa Claus will visit Atre in Kameido this year for the first time in three years. It is a free event, but it is limited to 60 people over two time slots (30 each time). First come, first served. Moreover, you have to be a “friend” of the Atre account on LINE (app) to participate.

Location: Atre Kameido
Dates: Saturday December 10th 2022
Times: 1.30 pm and 3 pm
Conditions: You need to follow the official Atre on LINE in order to participate.

Official event page

3. Atre Shinagawa

Santa Claus is coming to hang out at the Atre in Shinagawa! Please note that this is not a sit down meet and greet. Santa Claus will be walking around the mall in the afternoon of Saturday December 17th.

Location: Atre Shinagawa
Dates: Saturday December 17th 2022
Times: 1 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm
Conditions: non specified

Official event page

4. Atre Meguro

Location: Atre Meguro
Dates: Sunday December 18th 2022
Times: 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm
Conditions: You need to spend at least 300 yen at Atre Meguro on the day to get a participation ticket.

Official website

5. Ariake Garden

Location: Villa Fontaine Grand Tokyo Ariake Lobby, Ariake Garden, Sumitomo Fudosan Shopping City, 2 Chome-1-8 Ariake, Koto City, Tokyo 135-0063
Dates: Christmas Eve, Saturday December 24th
Times: 11 – noon, 1 to 2 pm, 3 to 4 pm and 5 to 6 pm
Conditions: You need to have receipts of purchases in the mall on the day.
Official event brochure.

6. Aeon Mall Tamadaira no Mori

Location: Aeon Mall Tamadaira no Mori
Dates: Christmas Eve, Saturday December 24th
Times: 11 am, noon, 1.30 pm, 2.30 pm and 3.30 pm
Conditions: they require that you are a member on the Aeon app on your phone
Official event page

7. Galaxcity

Location: Galaxcity, 1-chōme-3-1 Kurihara, Adachi City, Tokyo 123-0842
Dates: December 24th and 25th
Times: Several times during opening hours, generally once in every two hours
Conditions: none specified, but they also don’t specify that its okay to take a photo, just that he will be at Galaxcity on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Official event web page.

Bonus:

Santa Claus will also be visiting Sunshine City on Christmas Eve from 3 pm and again from 5 pm. He will be at the fountain square (Arupa B1). He will give a sweet to small children, but anyone can line up to get a photo taken with him. The number of families he will meet with is limited, but unfortunately they don’t specify what the limit is. It is a free event. Official event page.

Kanagawa

8. Lalaport

Father Christmas often visits various branches of Lalaport, but unfortunately this year he will only be able to manage a handful of them. One of them is in the Kanto plain, at the Ebina branch of Lalaport. He also visited Ebina Lalaport last year. He will see a total of 100 kids over four time slots (25 per slot) on Christmas Eve 2022. Santa Claus usually gives participants a sweet, but there is no mention of that this year. You can get a quick photo taken with Santa Claus. This is a free event.

Location: 4th floor of Ebina Lalaport at Ebicen Flatto.
Dates:
Saturday December 24th at 11 am, 12.15 pm, 2 pm and 3.15 pm
Conditions:
Restricted to Lalaport Kids Club App members only. It is very easy to become a Lalaport Kids Club member. Moreover, its free to join. Tickets distributed from 9.45 am at the 1st floor entrance.
Official event page.

9. Housquare

Santa Claus will also be stopping off at Housquare in Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture, while he’s on his rounds of the Greater Tokyo Area. Its one of his usual stop off points when he is in Japan! Housquare is a housing exhibition park. It is one of the larger ones with several annual events, including other Christmas events. Santa arrives in an unusual mode of transport! He gives the kids a sweet and you can get your photo with him. There is also a Christmas bingo with prizes.

Location: Housquare in Yokohama, Kanagawa
Dates:
Christmas Eve, Saturday December 24th
Times: 10.30 am, 11.30 am, 1 pm and 3 pm. Each time he visits for about 30 minutes. Bingo is at 2 pm.
Conditions:
This is a free event, but you are required to fill out a questionnaire to participate. They have also said that there is a possibility of last minute changes or even a cancellation depending on the situation with the pandemic. You can check their official website (below) for the most up-to-date information.

Official website.

10. Tama Plaza

Location: Tama Plaza Terrace, Yokohama
Date: Christmas Day, Sunday December 25th
Times: 10.30 am, 1.30 pm and 4 pm (Participation tickets distributed from 10 am)
Conditions: Must have receipts for more than 3000 yen of purchases on the day at Gate Plaza. Limit of 5 members per group.
Official event page

Bonus:

Santa Claus will also visit Shonan Fill on Christmas Day at 11 am, 12.30 pm, 2 pm and 3.30 pm. He will be at the Christmas tree in the center of the mall on the 1st (ground) floor. Each time he will meet with 20 families. Participation tickets will be distributed from 10.30 am on the day. You need to be a “friend” of Shonan Fill on LINE to participate. Official event page.

Chiba

11. Atre Matsudo

Santa Claus will be able to visit seven branches of Atre this year, including the branch in Matsudo. However, it is limited to people who follow the official Atre account on LINE. He will only be able to visit with 90 people (/families) in total. They start distributing tickets from 10 am on the day.

Location: The third floor Irodori Stage of Atre in Matsudo, Chiba.
Dates:
Saturday December 17th
Times: 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm.
Conditions:
You need to be “friends” with Atre on LINE. In addition, you need proof of more than a 1000 yen of purchases at Atre Matsudo on the day.

Official event page.

12. Colton Plaza

Location: Colton Plaza, Chiba
Dates: Christmas Eve, Saturday December 24th
Times: 11.30 am, 2 pm, 3.30 pm (Participation tickets distributed from 10.30 am)
Conditions: Must be a Colton Club Member. They also require that you have proof of 2000 yen (or more) of purchases at the center on the day.
Official webpage

13. Aeon Marinpia

This is one of the location’s that Santy was able to visit privately last year too. Santa Claus will be visiting the Aeon Marinpia on Christmas Eve 2022. You can get your photo with Santa Claus (bring your own camera) and he will be giving children a sweet each. This event is limited to the 50 families at each of the three time slots. The event will not go ahead if there is stormy weather or if there is any change for the worse in the pandemic.

Location: the outdoor community ‘hiroba’ of Aeon Marinpia in Chiba City.
Dates: Christmas Eve at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm.
Conditions: Last year, 2021, you needed to have a receipt of purchases of more than 500 yen bought in Aeon Marinpia on Christmas Day to participate. I don’t see that information for 2022. BUT, it does specify that you need to get a ticket to participate through LINE (app).
Official event page

14. Aeon Kisarazu

Location: Aeon Kisarazu Chiba
Dates: December 24th
Times: 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm. (Tickets distributed from 10 am)
Conditions
: They require that you have thumbed up Aeon Kisarizu on the Aeon Mall app
Official event web page

Tochigi

15. Finland No Mori

Dates: December 10th, 11th, 18th, 19th, 24th and 25th. All the rest of the details:

16. Aeon Sano

Location: Aeon Mall Sano Shintoshi
Dates: Christmas Eve Saturday December 24th
Times: Between 10 am and 5 pm
Conditions: it costs 200 yen per person, but you can get a 100 yen coupon on the Aeon Mall app.
Official event page

Ibaraki

17. Aeon Mito City

Location: Aeon Mall Mito City Ibaraki
Dates: Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, December 24th and 25th
Times: 1 pm for photo, 3 pm for greeting
Conditions: currently none specified (subject to change)
Official event page

Saitama

Santa Claus will visit Metsa Village in Hanno first on his trip around Saitama. Hopefully you saw the exclusive advance notice In Saitama readers got and were able to get a ticket, because the tickets are now sold out. But if you did miss that opportunity, don’t worry. There are a few other places you can visit Santa Claus in Saitama Prefecture this year. Each of Saitama’s Santa locations have an English post of their own;

18. Ario Kawaguchi

Dates: Sunday December 18th. All the rest of the details:

19. Aeon Urawa Misono

Dates: Christmas Eve. All the rest of the details:

20. Cocoon City

Dates: Christmas Eve Friday December 24th and Christmas Day Saturday December 25th. All the rest of the details:

21. Aeon Lake Town Koshigaya

Dates: Christmas Eve Friday December 24th and Christmas Day Saturday December 25th. All the rest of the details:

22. Mallage Kuki

Dates: Christmas Day. All the rest of the details:

Santa Claus will also visit Benibana Walk in Okegawa on Christmas Eve.

Other

In addition, Santa Claus will also visit the Atre Oimachi branch and the Atre Omori branch on the same day, December 17th. However, the latter (Atre Omori) requires advance booking. In Shizuoka prefecture you can visit Father Christmas at the Aeon Hamamatsu. Meanwhile in Nagoya Takashimaya will have a Santa Claus visit. I have no doubt that Santa Claus will also visit other locations in the Greater Tokyo area and around Japan, but the organizers just haven’t shared the information publicly yet. Keep an eye out for news from your local mall!

The safest way to ensure a Santa visit is to stay in a hotel or campsite with the service. There are plenty of places around the Kanto plain that offer a Santa visit to guests of their accommodation. For example, the real Santa visits Moose Family Camp Resort a couple of times during the season. At Santa Hills it is Christmas all year round, but Santa comes to visit guests of the resort during the month of December. Most of the large four + star hotels in Tokyo also have a Santa visit during the season. For example, the Hotel New Otani have always been great for Santa events. It is much easier to find a hotel with a Santa visit included than it is to find a free public Santa. It is such a magical event for children… I really hope you get to visit Santa this year. Merry Christmas.


Added on December 12th after the post was initially published on December 8th, for my own records. Santa Claus visited Ease Village in Meguro between December 9th and 11th. It cost 2000 yen.

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      Don’t know how he does it… and on his busiest days of the year too XD Must be all that milk he’s drinking!!

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