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 visits in all of Kanto. Those that are currently confirmed are Santa at LaQua in Tokyo Dome City and Santa in Hamley’s Yokohama (and Fukuoka).
White clad Santa Ikspiari
“White Santa”, as he is called in Japanese, is a Santa Claus dressed in a stunning white Christmas Santa outfit. He is the regular Santa Claus of Ikspiari Christmas Town in the public part of Chiba’s Tokyo Disney Resort. The Ikspiari White clad Santa in Chiba is one of the longest running Santa greetings in Japan. (Check out “Green Santa” here!) However, there is NO Santa at Ikspiari in 2020 on account of the Coronavirus.
Thankfully nowadays there is usually a lot more places you can meet or see Santa in the Greater Tokyo area. However, in 2020, there are only a handful (see first paragraph for where). 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 I know of that offer a Santa dressed in white.
I am glad to see Ikspiari 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, Santa comes to Ikspiari Tokyo Disney Resort from mid November in a non pandemic year! You can meet him on weekends, public holidays and Christmas Eve and Day except in 2020 on account of the Coronavirus. 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 changed the system to how you can meet this Santa many times over the years. For example, once upon a time he 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
In a usual year 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. But Santa Claus cannot visit Ikspiari in 2020.
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:
Santa in white 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 November 22nd 2020. The information was up-to-date and accurate to the best of my knowledge at the time of publishing.