White Santa, a Santa Claus dressed in a stunning white Christmas Santa outfit, is the regular Santa Claus of Ikspiari Christmas Town in the public part of Chiba’s Tokyo Disney Resort. The Ikspiari White Santa in Chiba is one of the longest running Santa greetings in Japan.
Thankfully nowadays there are a lot more places you can meet or see Santa in the Greater Tokyo area. Once upon a time it was one of only a handful of places you could meet Santa in Japan. But I think the Tokyo Disney Resort’s Ikspiari is still the only location of offer a “white santa”.
I am glad to see White Santa is still going strong, because some of the earlier Santa didn’t stand the test of time. There are several places that paved the way in Christmas celebrations in Japan that dropped their Santa meet and greets for one reason or another. The Ikspiari Santa continues to draw thousands each year as it is one of the few locations that has multiple dates you can see Santa annually.
Typically, White Santa comes to Ikspiari Tokyo Disney Resort from mid November. You can meet him on weekends, public holidays and Christmas Eve and Day. You don’t have to be a guest of the Tokyo Disney Resort or visiting Tokyo Disney Land / Disney Sea: Ikspiari is a regular shopping mall that is open to the public. There is no cost to enter and peruse the mall. However, there is a cost involved in visiting Santa…
Ikspiari have changed the system to how you can meet this Santa many times over the years. For example, once upon a time the White Santa was free to see. But in 2015 they introduced a charge of sorts. You now have to spend over 3,000 yen in Ikspiari to qualify to meet with Santa Claus.
This type of condition while rare, is something you see from time to time. However, in Ikspiari, you get to take a commemorative photo with Santa in return. You need to have your own camera though.
In the case of a family, you don’t need to have receipts for each child, just one set of receipts for over 3,000 gives access to the whole family (so long as they haven’t reached their maximum numbers for the day).
Ikspiari is quite well known in the Greater Tokyo area for its “Christmas Town“, and in October its Halloween town. Each year they have a theme for their Christmas Town which includes winter illumination and many special events, such as a Christmas stamp rally and craft workshops, and most importantly: the meet and greet with Santa.
Ikspiari Santa Information
It is way too soon for the confirmed 2020 information (December 2019), but generally, going on the pattern for the last few years, Santa is at the Celebration Plaza unless there is bad weather in which case the event is moved to the 2nd floor’s B’way.
There are usually four meet & greet sessions at 13.00, 14.30, 16:00 and 17.30 on weekends and public holidays only. They limit the number to 30 people / families each session, and request that you arrive 30 minutes before your allotted time. You get a photo with the man in white in front of the illuminated tree. The staff take the photo for you, but you need to have your own camera.
The official website is here (click). The English site:
White Santa Access
Ikspiari is close to the South exit of JR Keiyo Line Maihama station. By car the mall is only a five minute drive from the Urayasu exit of the Bayshore Route from Shuto Expressway Route 9.
First published in 2014, updated annually and republished in December 2018, last republish: October 2nd 2019, last update December 26th 2019. The information was up-to-date and accurate to the best of my knowledge at the time of publishing.