Candle Night Cocoon City

Cocoon City Christmas Candle Night 2020 Candle Night 2020 The Saitama Shintoshin area, including Cocoon city, is one of the most Christmassy areas I know of in Saitama prefecture. Between winter illumination, Christmas decorations, Christmas markets, Christmas concerts and this candle night, it is easy to get in the ChristmasRead More →

green center ice rink

The Kawaguchi Green Center Ice Rink. In Winter, Kawaguchi Green Center’s summer pools are transformed into a seasonal ice rink. Kawaguchi Green Center is an excellent family friendly complex with various attractions, activities and crafts, and beautiful gardens. Kawaguchi Green Center Ice Rink Every year the skate rink opens fromRead More →

Laketown Skate rink

Numakage Ice Rink – The 50 metre pool in Numakage park, Minami Ward, is transformed into an ice rink during the winter months. The rink opens late on weekends. If you just want to observe people skating you can enter the rink area for free.  There are other facilities ofRead More →

starlight illumination

Starlight Illumination Shinrin park – is the last of the three annual night illumination displays held in the central gate area of the vast park. This year, 2020, it will run from Saturday December 5th. It used to run until January, but for the last couple of years it has beenRead More →

winter wonderland moominvalley park

Winter Wonderland Moominvalley Park and Adventure Walk 2020 – 2021 In 2018 when Metsa Village was only newly opened it created a name for itself with its highly successful Digitized Lakeside and Forest in collaboration with TeamLab. In 2019 they introduced the equally magical and just as successful Winter WonderlandRead More →

Hamley's Santa Yokohama Japan

Hamley’s Santa – To be perfectly honest, I really didn’t think anywhere would have a Santa Claus meet and greet this year, so I haven’t really been looking for updates. But by pure luck, while perusing some news articles, I saw that he is scheduled to visit both the YokohamaRead More →

Metsa Village Christmas

Metsa Village Christmas in 2020 ~ Metsa village will run a  Christmas town “Metsa Village Christmas” from Saturday October 31st to Christmas Day, Friday December 25th, 2020. During the period of this event, the Winter Wonderland and Adventure Walk event is on at Moominvalley. The Metsa Village in Hanno opened inRead More →

Santa House Santa Hills Nasu Tochigi

Santa House, Santa Hills, Tochigi – December 2019 For the last few years I have tried unsuccessfully to book a coveted spot in the Santa House in Santa Hills, Tochigi Prefecture. I have been determined, since discovering it while researching Santastic Tochigi in 2015, to stay in the Santa HouseRead More →

Sunshine City Christmas

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. The event is currently scheduled to go ahead in spite of the pandemic. However,Read More →

Santa Ochanomizu Cocoon City Santa Santa Stellar town Kanagawa santa

The Ochanomizu Santa Claus Visit at St Clair has been cancelled in 2020 on account of the coronavirus. Official notification of cancellation here. The only places with a confirmed Santa Claus visit at the moment, is Hamley’s in Yokohama and LaQua in Tokyo Dome City. Ochanomizu Santa, Tokyo – WhetherRead More →