Exciting of Tokyo winter? Snow and ice and all the delicious winter food of Tokyo absolutely will not disappoint you! Every winter in Tokyo, lots of ice rink are opened temporarily, as well as other all-year-round ice rinks in town welcome citizens and visitors come to enjoy the winter’s pleasure. Of course, you should not miss below ice-skating spots! Spreading around Tokyo area and near by prefectures, your ice-skating experience will be better than ever!
1. White Sacas
Open from December 10 to February 14 annually, this temporary outdoor rink resides in the TBS complex, which also holds a rock club, a playhouse, and a few floors of shopping and dining.
1min walk from Akasaka Station
5 Akasaka, Minato-ku
Adults 1,000yen, Children 500yen
2. Omotesando Walk Theater
Inside Omotesando Hills shopping complex is hosting a temporary rink from December 10 until January 10 annually! A café and bar sits alongside the rink, and a DJ is spinning tunes from R&B to Christmas music on weekend nights. Also it is fun because the rink is not made of ice, it’s made of “xtra ice”, which doesn’t need water or electricity to make a skate rink. It isn’t cold at all. Kids’ figure skating costumes are also available for rental for photo options for families.
2mins walk from Omotesando station
Omotesando Hills B3
4-12-10 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
Monday-Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sundays 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Free admission. Skate rentals: Adults 1,000yen, children 500yen
3. Tokyo Midtown Ice-rink
Families with small children, as well as office workers on lunch, can enjoy skating in the daytime, while visitors in the evening will be fascinated by the glittering illuminations surrounding the rink. There is a rink-side rest area where skaters can relax without removing their skates.
7mins walk from Roppongi Station
9-7-1 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
From January 6 to March 6, 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
1,500yen for admission and rental skate gear for Adults. 1,000yen for junior high school students and younger
4. Art Rink in Akarenga
This rink gets our pick for most atmospheric; the old Red Brick Warehouse sits on Yokohama Bay with all the delights of gorgeous harbor view Yokohama. I especially recommend it at night; it’s a magical experience watching the Illumination of Red brick Warehouse!
– 5mins by train via · JR · Subway Sakuragi-cho Station
– 15mins walk from the subway of Kannai Station
Monday to Friday 3:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday and Holidays 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
admission 500yen, Skate gear rental 500yen
5. Meiji Jingu Ice-skating Rink
This rink has a great location, but hours are limited and entrance after 3 pm gives you a cheaper admission discount. The rink conforms to international competition standards, so it’s a good place for serious skaters.
5mins walk from Sendagaya or Kokuritsu Kyogijo Station
11-1 Kasumigaoka-cho, Shinjuku-ku
Weekdays 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Weekends 10:00 a.m. -6:00 p.m. Last entry at 5:00 p.m.
Adults 1,300yen, Children 900yen (1,000yen for adults and 700yen after 3:00 p.m.)
6. Edogawa Ward Sportland
Although you have to catch a bus or take a quite a road to get here, but the Sportland has competition sized, and they even provide a free 30-minute skating lesson, every Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Because it is run by Edogawa Ward, the fees are also very cheap comparing to other skate rinks.
From Toei Shinjuku Line Shinozaki station, take bus no.71 and get off at Edogawa Sportsland
1-8-1 Higashi Shinozaki-cho, Edogawa-ku
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sundays and holidays 10:00 a.m. -6:00 p.m.
Admission Adults 500yen, Children 200yen.
Skate rental Adults 300yen, children 200yen.
7. Citizen Plaza
This bright modern rink is housed in a complex that also includes a bowling alley and a putter golf course. It includes a small snack shop and there’s a skate shop outside with hockey and figure skating gear.
7mins walk from Takadanobaba station
4-29-27 Takadanobaba, Shinjuku-ku
Monday-Saturday 12:00 p.m. -7:45 p.m.
Sundays and holidays 10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Admission Adults 1,300yen, Children 800yen (1,000yen for adults and 600yen for children after 5:00 p.m. )
Skate rental 500yen
Thumbnail image is from Flickr