The winter season has arrived, but that doesn’t mean you need to stay bundled up indoors. Whether you’re just visiting Tokyo or call this wonderful city home, don’t let the season pass you by. Lace up your skates and head to one of these great Tokyo ice skating rinks.
Tokyo Skytree Town’s seasonal Ice Skating Park is open from New Year’s Eve until March. Skate freestyle under the glow of the iconic Skytree or take lessons from some of the staff on hand. The rink is also family-friendly with a separate play area and children’s skating rink. The entrance fee of ¥1,600 includes skate rental. Kids under 15 get in for ¥900. Tokyo Skytree Town’s Ice Skating Park will be open daily from 11 am to 8 pm.
One of the region’s most popular ice skating rinks is Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse outdoor Art Rink. The Red Brick Warehouse is a restored historic structure that houses a shopping mall and other commercial facilities. There’ll be live entertainment and music. Skate rental is ¥500. This outdoor rink in Yokohama is seasonal, open from the start of winter until mid-February. Hours vary, usually from 11 am to 10 pm daily.
The Yebisu Garden Rink is an outdoor rink made of artificial ice at the Yebisu Garden Place. There is also a Christmas market at the complex and a winter light show on the ice to keep skaters entertained and in the festive spirit. The rink opens in mid-December and runs until the end of February. Admission is ¥1,200 for adults and ¥800 for children under 15 (toddlers under four are free). The Yebisu Garden Rink will be open from 11 am to 8 pm daily.
If you’d like some serious practice time, head to the Citizen Plaza Ice Skating Rink located inside the Citizen Plaza complex in Takadanobaba. Skating lessons are available, and the rink is open year-round. It is closed in the early morning and late evenings for private practice, opening to the public from noon to around 7 pm.
White Sacas Ice Garden is one of Tokyo’s largest seasonal ice skating rinks. It’s located by the Akasaka Sacas, a commercial complex located in Akasaka. Beginner’s lessons are available to get you started. White Sacas Ice Garden opens from mid-December to the end of February. General admission is ¥1,200 and ¥600 for kids; skate rental will run you ¥500. The rink is open from noon to 9 pm daily.
Meiji Jingu Gaien Ice Skating Rink is open year-round. It’s a full-sized rink suitable for professional competitions but is still open to the public for a few hours in the afternoon each day. Admission is ¥1,340 and ¥930 for kids, but there’s a bit of a discount for entry after 3 pm. It’s open from 1 pm to 6 pm on weekdays and 10 am to 6 pm on weekends and holidays.
Toshimaen Skate Rink is another popular seasonal rink, and it is open from mid-December to the end of February. It lies right beside Toshimaen, a highly rated amusement park in Nerima, Tokyo. Admission to the park for adults is ¥2,100 and ¥1,600 for kids, and it includes rink admittance. Again, there’s a discount after 3 pm. It’s open from 10 am to 5 pm during the week and 7:30 pm on weekends.