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 he doesn’t give out a present. In Japan, “Finland” is used most frequently to describe a Santa from Lapland or the North Pole. Where it is not specified whether the Santa is one from Finland or North Pole there is a chance he will be a Japanese representative of Santa.
As of the 28th of November 2017 very few places have come back to me to confirm whether they have Santa this year or not. This is much slower than last year when I already had 33 places confirmed by the same date. So this year I have decided to make this a “live” feed as such. I am releasing this information now with the confirmed Santa listed first and below the heading “Confirmed in December” I will post additional Santa locations as they confirm.
Most of the locations that have Santa visiting do state that as Santa is a busy man there maybe changes to the event’s time and location, and even availability of Santa, so please do always ring ahead or check with the official site before heading out the door. 「中止」will indicate that an event has been cancelled, while 「変更」may indicate a change in time, date or even the conditions involved in meeting Santa.
TOKYO SANTA MEET AND GREETS
CONFIRMED BY NOVEMBER 30TH
🎅Haneda Royal Park Hotel Tailwind
A public Santa will visit Tailwind on December 2nd from noon. For the first 50 customers to book lunch there for the day Santa visits there will also be a gift from Finnair of a 2018 calendar. They have a special “Finland” lunch set for 2000 yen for the occasion. Lunch starts from 11 am. The phone number to book is 03-6830-1101.
Official event webpage: https://www.rph-the.co.jp/haneda/information/details.php?id=93
🎅St Clair, Ochanimizu
🎅Toysrus and Babiesrus
The Toysrus Santa will start visiting stores around the country from December 2nd. This Santa is often Japanese. You will need to check with the store whether it will be a Japanese Santa or not. Each place he is available five times: at 11.30 am, 1 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm and 5 pm – each time for 30 minutes.
In Tokyo, the first store to have Santa visit is the Ikebukuro Sunshine City branch on December 2nd.
On the 3rd he will be in Odaiba.
You can visit him in Toshimaen, Musashi Murayama and Akishima (See Mori Town below also) on the 9th.
The 10th, he will be in the Tama branch.
The branch in front of Fuchu station will host him on the 16th.
December 17th he is in Machida Tamasaki branch.
He is scheduled to visit the Fuchu Babies-r-us on the 23rd of December.
The official page with Santa Schedule: https://www.toysrus.co.jp/event/CSfChristmassanta.jsp
Green Santa from Denmark is visiting Kidzania on December 14th and December 22nd this year. He will be there for two sessions each day: the first at 1.30 pm, the second at 5.30 pm. There are no specifics yet as to whether you can get a photo with him and/or if conditions apply.
Official site: http://www.kidzania.jp/koshien/news/detail/post-408.html
🎅LaQua, Tokyo Dome City
This year Santa is only coming to LaQua in Tokyo Dome City for four days. Half of the amount of days he visited last year. The dates are December 16th, 17th, 23rd and 24th. The times are the same though: 3 pm on the third floor, 4 pm on the fourth floor, 5 pm and 6 pm in La Qua Garden. Like previous year, he walks around and you can approach him. Each session he will be around for about 30 minutes. This year they don’t have any mention of a photo opportunity with him on their official site, but other event sites have said you can get your photo with him.
Official Website: https://www.laqua.jp/feature/xmas2017
Kids International have Christmas parties in many of their branches. The events are open to the public. The event requires booking in advance and costs money; it is cheaper for members than non-members. They already have information on their website, which is bilingual. Branches hosting parties on December 9th include Shirokanedai, Shinagawa, Gotanda, Himonya, Musashikosugi. On December 16th the parties will be in Hibarigaoka, Tsukuba, Nishikasai and Makuhari.
Official bilingual site: (click on the location to bring up further information) http://www.kids-int.co.jp/special/xmas17/
🎅Royal Park Hotel (Nihonbashi)
Just like last year, the hotel is offering the public two chances to meet Santa in their dining hall Symphony. The first is their “Meet the Santa Dessert Set” option, which is on December 20th to 22nd from 3 pm to 4.30 pm. The second is the “Meet the Santa Dinner Buffet” on December 22nd only. There are two sittings for the dinner option; at 5 pm and from 7 pm. They also have opportunities for guests of the hotel to meet Santa.
Official Event Page: https://www.rph.co.jp/restaurants/plan/ds15us000000nyvr.html
Santa is scheduled to visit Roppongi Hills between December 22nd to the 24th this year. There are three sessions; from 1 to 3 pm at the Mominoki Shop, from 4.30 to 6 pm and again from 7 pm to 8 pm on the second floor West Walk area.
Official event page: http://www.roppongihills.com/sp/christmas/2017/event/santa.html
Santa is scheduled to visit Mori Town in Akishima on December 23rd and Christmas Eve. There is currently only one meet and greet session scheduled on each day, making it a lot less than last year when he visited 9 times in total. However, there will also be two sessions when he will be walking around and you can approach him.
The meet and greet session is at 3 pm each day in the Hikari No Hiroba. The “Find Santa” times are 11.30 am and 1.30 pm. Both events are free.
As written in the Toysrus list, he is also visiting the Toysrus in Mori Town on the 9th of December, although its not yet known if it is a Finland Santa or not.
🎅Gate City Plaza Ohsaki
Santa will be at the 1st floor Atrium of Gate City on December 23rd. Santa Claus will visit from 1 pm and participate in an interactive show on stage from 1.30 pm and 4 pm, both times for an hour.
You can get photos taken with Santa at two different time slots. T he times have not been confirmed for this year yet, but last year they were from 1.30 to 2.30 pm or from 4 to 5 pm. Update: this year there is only one meet and greet time; at 1 pm. Tickets for this event will be distributed from 9 am.
The official website (Japanese) is: http://www.gatecity.jp/plaza/event/
🎅Ito Yokado, Ario Nishi Arai
A North Pole Santa will visit the Nishi Arai Branch of Ito Yokado on December 23rd. He will be there for three meet and greet sessions at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm. You can meet him at the first floor event space.
Official event page: http://www.itoyokado.co.jp/event/index.html
A Finland Santa Claus is set to visit Takashimaya in Nihonbashi four times on Christmas Eve for a meet and greet. The times are 11 am, 1, 3 and 5 pm.
Official Event Page: https://www.takashimaya.co.jp/tokyo/topics/other.html#os31001
Santa will take part in a stage event in the planetarium on December 23rd and 24th. There are two stagings each day 10 am and 1 pm. Each slot lasts about 35 minutes. Kids can sing songs with Santa and ask him questions. Reception for this event starts from 9 am on both days. Tickets will be given 170 people each time.
Official Event page: http://www.galaxcity.jp/modules/event/index.php?action=PageView&page_id=9039
Santa is visiting the Ogikubo branch of Lumine on December 23rd. They don’t specify if he is a Finland / Lapland Santa or not. He will meet and greet on the 5th floor and give out candy. YOu can get a photo taken with your own camera. Three slots have been scheduled: midday, 2 pm and 5 pm. The official site has not posted the information yet, but the visit has been confirmed.
Official site: http://www.lumine.ne.jp/ogikubo/
🎅Sunamo Minami Sunamachi
Santa will visit Sunamo for a meet and greet on December 24th. You can take a photo with him at the Christmas tree on the 2nd floor. He will be there at three different times; 11 am, 3 pm and 5 pm. He will see 50 people (groups/families) each time.
CONFIRMED IN DECEMBER
🎅Tokyu Department Store Kichijouji
A Finnish Santa will visit Kichiouji branch of Tokyu Department Store on December 17th. However, you need to secure a ticket on December 10th from 9.15 am at the 1st floor South Entrance. They are giving out tickets to the first 50 families. His visit on the 17th will be on the 6th floor near the esculators, from 11.30 to 12.30.
Official Event Page: https://www.tokyu-dept.co.jp/kichijouji/news/detail.html?id=1381
🎅Tokyu Department Store Tama Plaza branch
Tokyu Department Store Tama Plaza branch on December 17th. However, just like the Kichioji branch, you need to secure a ticket on December 10th to see him. They will distribute tickets to the first 50 families at the 正面口 from 9.15 am. His visit on the 17th will be from 3.30 to 4.30 pm at the 1st floor centre court.
Official Event Page: https://www.tokyu-dept.co.jp/tama-plaza/news/detail.html?id=8
🎅Tokyo East 21
Santa will visit Tokyo East 21 three times on Christmas Eve at the “Fureai Hiroba”. The times are 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm. At the moment (12/8) they have specified no conditions for seeing him and they state that the event is free.
Official Event Page: http://tokyo-east21.co.jp/event/2017/20171224santaclaus.html
🎅Aeon Mall Musashi Murayama
On Christmas Eve Santa will be walking around the Aeon Mall in Musashi Murayama. If you find him you can shake his hand and get a photo. The first session will be from 11.30 am on the 2nd floor and the second, and final, session will be from 3 pm on the third floor.
Official Event Page: http://musashimurayama-aeonmall.com/news/event/1473
🎅Aeon Mall Tamadaira No Mori
Santa Claus will visit the Aeon Mall Tamadaira No Mori on December 23rd. He will be visiting with families at three different times: 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm. Each time he will be around for about 30 minutes.
Official Event page: http://tamadairanomori-aeonmall.com/news/event/1155
NEW Atre Kichijoji
Santa will visit Atre in Kichijoji on December 16th from 1 pm to 2 pm and again from 3 pm to 4 pm. From my understanding he will be walking around the department store during these times. They invite people who find him to “get a photo with Santa, high five him, shake his hand” etc.
Official Event page: https://www.atre.co.jp/store/kichijoji/atret/66632
NEW Atre Meguro
Santa Claus will be walking around the Atre in Meguro on Christmas Eve at three different times; 11 am, 1 pm and 2.30 pm. Each time Santa will be there for about 30 minutes. If you find him you can get your photo taken with him!
Official Event Page: http://event.atre.co.jp/meguro/christmas17/topics_detail?cd=003527
Other ways you can see Santa:
Hotel New Otani
This year, Sunshine Aquarium ‘s theme is “Make a Christmas Wish”. They have their famous Santa dive where Santa is in the aquarium in full Santa attire. The penguins don Santa hats and they have a number of events running during the period.
Official Event Page: http://www.sunshinecity.co.jp/event/e1760.html?from=aqua
On December 23rd and 24th Tama Zoo have a number of Christmas events including an opportunity to learn more about reindeer. During these two days a zoo keeper will dress up as Santa and will drop presents to some of the animal keepers. You might see him on his journey! They ask that while he is cycling between locations that you don’t call out to him! But you can approach him when he is at a particular enclosure.
Official Event Page: http://www.tokyo-zoo.net/topic/topics_detail?kind=event&inst=tama&link_num=24499