sunshine city christmas city

Sunshine City Christmas ~ an annual winter event at Sunshine City in Ikebukuro, Tokyo. This is not a Santa greeting / visit, but you can see Santa every year in the Sunshine Aquarium from mid November.

Sunshine City Christmas

sunshine city christmas

“Sunshine City 2019 Welcome to Christmas City “

From mid November until Christmas Day annually Sunshine City in Ikebukuro have a Christmas City. Each year there are various events planned for the city, including the ever popular Santa Dive, an alternative way to see Santa in Japan. The Santa Dive takes place at the Sunshine aquarium within Sunshine City:

Sunshine Aquarium Christmas

The Sunshine Aquarium in Ikebukuro are running a number of Christmas events. Some are covered by the regular cost of the entrance into Sunshine Aquarium, but some require an additional fee. During the Christmas period they have illumination and a flying penguin Christmas tree!

Santa Dive

from the official website

One of the special events covered by the standard admission price to the aquarium is the Santa Dive. This is a special show with Santa and his reindeers, where you can see Santa in the aquarium. It is held daily at 11.30am, 1 pm and 4 pm for 10 minutes each time. From the 21st to the 25th they have an additional showing at 6.30 pm.

Twilight Lagoon Performance

Also, covered by the general admission is a special “twilight lagoon” on December 1st, 6th to 8th, 13th to 15th (dates for 2020 yet to be confirmed) and from the 20th to 25th. A mermaid performs to music and a light show. Each day from 5.30 pm for about ten minutes.

Pingu photo spot

There is a Christmas version pingu photo spot available during the christmas season in the aquarium.

Otter greeting

Meet a performing otter in his santa sleigh at 2.45 pm daily!

Aquarium Entry Fees and Times

Hours: Winter hours – 10 am to 6 pm. (Till 9 pm from December 21st to 25th).
Price: 2200 yen for adults, 1200 yen for students, 700 yen for preschoolers, free for under 3.
Tickets can be bought in advance in most convenience stores.

URL: Sunshine City Aquarium Website

Even more confirmed Santa Spots for 2019

Locations that were already confirmed by the first week of October 2019:

First published in 2015, updated annually and republished on October 3rd 2019. The information was accurate and up-to-date to the best of my knowledge at the time of publishing.


    1. Author

      Thank you so much for commenting. I know its very early for Santa, but its nice to know these things in advance. 🙂

      1. Hi Elle, considering the crowds that often occur at these events? It’s better to plan ahead to be able to avoid them.

        It is a good event recommendation, thanks.

        1. Hi Ozburger, The closer it gets to Christmas I think the busier it gets. And its usually busier in the afternoon than morning – but there’s more to see in the afternoon.
          Thanks again for commenting 💞

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