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The annual winter cherry blossom festival “Fuyuzakura Matsuri” in Jomine Park, Kamikawa (Kodama district, Saitama) is scheduled to go ahead as normal despite the Coronavirus. Some trees already have blooms, others have buds and are currently showing signs of coming into bloom. It is expected the cherry blossoms will bloomRead More →

New Year Races 2020

New Year Races – It is very common in my homeland of Ireland, for people to attend horse races during the winter holidays. Around where I lived it is the Leopardstown Races on St Stephen’s Day. Here in Japan, Christmas is not a main event, but New Years is like ourRead 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 →

white santa

White clad Santa Ikspiari Christmas Town 2020 – this post was initially updated at the end of December 2019 before the pandemic began. In November 2020 Ikspiari confirmed there will be no Santa visit in 2020. Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus outbreak there are only a handful of Santa visitsRead More →

santa kazo laqua christmas laqua santa 2019 santa ikea Shinmisato

Laqua Christmas and Santa Claus in 2020. Once again this year, 2020, Santa Claus is visiting LaQua in Tokyo Dome City on the Marunouchi, Namboku, Oedo, Mita Subway Lines and JR Chuo and Sobu Lines. And they will have various events for their seasonal Laqua Christmas celebration. Christmas Laqua 2020 The Christmas period inRead More →

tokorozawa santa parade santa takashimaya Kichijoji santa

Five years ago when I wrote about the unusual “only in Japan” places you could meet Santa, there were really only three. One of which was the “Find Santa” event in Tokorozawa. That event thankfully still exists, but since then dozens of other unique Santa events have emerged. Once uponRead More →

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Places you can meet Santa Claus in Kanagawa – A selection of places you can meet and greet Santa in Kanagawa during December 2018. All information was, to the best of my knowledge, accurate at the time of publishing. The official sources stress that Santa Claus visits (and events inRead More →

Santa Redbrick Warehouse Santa 2019

Santa Redbrick Warehouse – The landmark Redbrick Warehouses in Yokohama (akarenga 赤レンガ), Kanagawa Prefecture, usually run a number of Christmas events during the holiday season. One of the highlights for families with small children is the chance to meet Santa Claus. However, in 2020 on account of the pandemic thingsRead More →

Premium Outlets Santa and Santa Ikea Kohoku cover picture

Premium Outlets Santa  – It is too early to tell yet if Santa will be able to travel around the Premium Outlets again during the month of December in 2021. In 2020, he was unable to visit the Premium outlets on account of the Coronavirus. In a normal, non-pandemic year,Read More →

Santa Japan 2017 Guide for the Greater Tokyo Area St Clair Santa

Where can I visit Santa in Tokyo? This list is specifically for places you can visit Santa in TOKYO in December 2017.  Please be aware that Santa meet and greets are not like what you might be used to in your home country. There is generally no grotto and heRead More →