Tokyo is one of the busiest capital of Japan that offers incredible decor & exhilarating adventures during Christmas. After facing the pandemic last year many incredible shows got canceled in the city. Yet, here is the list of updated 12 famous things to try in Tokyo for Christmas 2021 that cater to all the Covid guidelines for your personal security. You might get skeptical about the Covid safety guidelines. But I have collated this collection keeping all the security measures into account. Let’s see which one is your favorite. Scrolling begins.
List of 12 Must-Try Things To do in Tokyo for Christmas
1. Visit Tokyo Michi Terrace
One of the best highlights of Christmas celebrations in Tokyo comprises mesmerizing lighting decorations across the city. Out of these Tokyo Michi Terrace is a famous light-up event that is held at Tokyo Station Marunouchi Exit every year. It features amazing art installations adorned with creative work of lights & infinite Christmas drama. It is one of the popular things to do in Tokyo for Christmas which you mustn’t miss.
In fact, this occasion has also been honored with the “Ministry of Display Industry” Excellence Award at the 40th Display Industry Award Ceremony (2021). Despite all the splendor, visiting this event is completely free of cost.
Where: At Tokyo Station Marunouchi Station Building, near Gyoko-Dori Tokyo.
When: From 14 to 25 December 2021
2. Enjoy Puro-Themed Christmas
Sanrio is a famed company that is responsible for bringing some of the top Japanese characters such as Hello Kitty, My Melody, Gudetama, Pompompurin, etc. into the market of animation. Dedicated to these iconic characters, the Sanrio Puroland theme park celebrates Christmas in Tokyo with the utmost excitement. The event is titled Puro Christmas featuring snow domes, winter decorations, colorful illumination, photo spots, & much more.
Enjoying this festive season along with Sanrio characters dressed in special Christmas costumes is a euphoric adventure, you mustn’t miss.
Where: At Tama area, Tokyo, (about 30mins away by train from Shinjuku Station)
When: From 5 November to 26 December 2021
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3. Ice Skating
Adding a dash of adventure to your Christmas celebrations in Tokyo 2021 doesn’t sound that bad right? Especially if you wish to enjoy a holiday with your kids, ice skating is one of the best things to do in Tokyo, during Christmas. There are several places to register yourself for ice skating. Some even offer limited-time outdoor ice skating rinks that open only during winter, offering rental facilities as well.
Famous ice skating rinks include Urban Dock Lalaport Toyosu & Tokyo Midtown. It is a mixed-use development ice skating rink located in the Roppongi area attracting tonnes of visitors during Christmas. The skating charges range between 1,500- 2,500 yen.
Where: 2 Chome-4-9 Toyosu, Koto City, Tokyo 135-0061, Japan(Urban Dock Lalaport Toyosu)
When: From early December to mid-February
4. Marunouchi Bright Christmas
Marunouchi Bright Christmas is a popular Christmas event that is organized every year from early November in Tokyo, Japan. They feature gorgeous Christmas illuminations at several sites within the area. This year, they are collaborating with the well-known fiction of the Harry Potter universe to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of the first movie series “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”.
The event runs on a fabulous Harry Potter-themed Christmas party in Tokyo. Whether they are trees or illuminations everything seems like a wonderous world captured from Hogwarts. Moreover, a digital stamp rally and limited merchandise are also available for the Potterheads to cheer up their favorite characters.
Where: Near Tokyo Station
When: From early November until Christmas day
5. Christmas Dessert Buffets
Christmas comes with a lot of festivities & traditions. Out of which one of the best offerings involves delicious dessert buffets with a lot of Japanese wine in Tokyo. Intercontinental Tokyo Bay is one of the popular Christmas Buffets that you must try in Tokyo at least once. This year they are organizing the event over a wonderful fiction story “Alice in The Wonderland”. The delightful, traditional chocolate desserts & mind-blowing Christmas treats based on Alice’s adventurous journey keep make this buffet a must-try adventure for celebrating Christmas in Tokyo 2021.
You can choose your personal favorite desserts or take them as a souvenir gift for your loved ones. It is definitely one of the top things to do for Christmas in Tokyo that any foodie must not miss.
Where: Chome-16-2 Kaigan, Minato City, Tokyo, Japan
When: from 17 November to 25 December (for 22 days )
6. Explore Tokyo Christmas Market
Christmas markets in Tokyo are some of the best hotspots for exploring the authentic culture & souvenirs of the city. During Christmas, a lot of delicious goodies including seasoned hot wine, Christmas trees, and decorations fill the entire market with utmost glory. Adorned with unique European-style Christmas markets it is one of the best ways to celebrate Christmas in Tokyo. You’ll receive a nice novelty mug after providing 1,000 yen as admission charges of the market.
There’s another incredible market named Roppongi Hills which you can explore with your friends or family. It is also considered one of the oldest Christmas markets in Tokyo, Japan.
Where: Hibiyakoen, Chiyoda City, Tokyo, Japan
When: From 10 to 25 December 2021
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7. Enjoy at Tokyo Disney Resort
Who doesn’t wish to explore Tokyo’s Disneyland during Christmas after all? And it becomes more tempting when Tokyo Disney Resort comes up with diverse creative & seasonal adventures during December. Out of many events, “Disney Christmas” is one of the top grand finales of the year that every traveler dreams to attend.
You’ll find the entire park decorated with festive Christmas decorations. Along with that extensive parades, attractions, shows, as well as limited-edition food-n-drinks with custom merchandise collections are also offered to the visitors during Tokyo’s Christmas celebration.
Where: 1-1 Maihama, Urayasu, Chiba 279-0031, Japan
When: Throughout the year
8. Kimetsu no Yaiba Exhibition
Kimetsu no Yiaba is one of the super-hit Japanese anime/manga series, famously known as the Demon Slayer across the world. This year the production is organizing a custom exhibition to celebrate their eternal success throughout the globe as a wonderful Christmas party of Tokyo!
Kimetsu no Yaiba Gotoge Koyoharu Exhibition will focus majorly on the manga series characters & its storylines. This year it will be conducted at Mori Arts Center Gallery, from 26 October to 12 December 2021. Whereas next year Grand Front Osaka will become its exotic venue from 14 July to 4 September 2022.
Where: at Mori Arts Center Gallery & Grand Front Osaka
When: From 26 October to 12 December 2021 & 14 July to 4 September 2022
9. Find out Who Is Banksy?
Well lemme give you some spoilers, Banksy is one of the world’s most famous pseudonymous street artists who is known for his unique gothic art. His creation speaks much louder in contrast to his hidden identity. BANKY’s exhibition titled “WHO IS BANKSY? is going to be organized this year at Terrada Warehouse G1 Building in Tokyo.
Banksy’s personal gems of stencil artworks that were given to private collectors will be lined up, at this exhibition. You can enjoy this mystery writer through the creations displayed. Surely, it is one of the popular ways to celebrate Christmas in Tokyo if you love such mystery & drama in your journeys.
Where: Warehouse TERRADA G1 Building
When: 21 August to 5 December 2021
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10. Usamaru Parlor
Usamaru Parlour is a popular LINE character, which is celebrating its 7th anniversary this year. They are also opening their own cafes in 3 cities of Japan including Nagoya, Tokyo, and Osaka. The menu includes cute and creative dishes, desserts, and drinks inspired by the LINE characters. On account of Christmas, there are many prolific offers & discounts offered to the visitors. Hence don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to celebrate Tokyo’s Christmas.
You can also access the limited merchandise sold at the cafe shop and special novelties under limited offer discounts during Christmas.
Where: THE GUEST cafe&diner Ikebukuro PARCO
When: 3 November to 20 December 2021
11. NAKED Star Aquarium
No, No you won’t have to face naked people out here! Instead, it is an auspicious event organized at Maxell Aqua Park Shinagawa. It is a popular aquarium located in the heart of Tokyo. This year they are hosting an event named “NAKED Star Aquarium” where visitors will witness creatively designed festive comprising sea creatures and Tokyo’s signature digital art tech. Together it will be a perfect wonder to witness with your family.
Don’t forget to witness the dolphin show involving special effects of water, lights, and projection mapping exclusively celebrating Christmas in Tokyo in their own unique ways.
Where: At Shinagawa Prince Hote
When: 3 November to 25 December 2021
12. Comiket 99(Comic Market)
Comiket 99 was originally scheduled for the 2020 winter but due to the pandemic, it got delayed. Now it is postponed to the following winter in Tokyo. Comic Market (Comiket), is Japan’s biggest comic-related event, held twice a year in August and December at Tokyo Big Sight.
The event brings thousands of manga published by professional and amateur artists, and also invites a large number of cosplayers to represent their work in person. Admission charges are free of cost hence make sure you witness this Christmas of Tokyo, Japan 2021 at the famed Comiket events.
Where: 3 Chome-11-1 Ariake, Koto City, Tokyo 135-0063, Japan
When: 30, 31 December 2021
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Phew! Feels like a tonne of information overdose right? But that is the signature feature of Tokyo. You can find tonnes of festivities hidden inside a popular landmark for the city all in one place. Ranging from unique exhibitions based on manga or anime characters to just simple Christmas markets selling all kinds of Christmas decor. Everything desired, can be found in the markets of Tokyo, even your long-lost heart(or Not!). Choose from the aforementioned list of 12 Best Things to do for Christmas in Tokyo & tell us your favorites in the comment section below. Visit Adequate Travel Blogs for more engaging information like these. Till then Sayonara guys!
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