5 Best Ice Skating Spots in Tokyo 2019-2020
Best Open-Air Ice Skating Rinks in Tokyo 2019-2020 Winter
One of most popular activities during winter is ice skating. And here in Tokyo, there are several spots where outdoor ice skating rinks are open temporarily during winter. Today, I have picked 5 best ice skating spots in the heart of Tokyo for the best fun time 🙂 Enjoy ice skating with romantic light-ups and hot food and drinks!
1. Urban Dock Lalaport Toyosu
The large shopping complex building, Urban Dock Lalaport Toyosu (アーバンドック ららぽーと豊洲) opens an outdoor ice skate rink “Sea Side Ice Skating Rink” on its seaside deck from early December to mid February this winter. The large skate rink (about 360 square meters) is set by the ocean, and visitors can enjoy ice skating with the view of the sea. After the sunset, the the deck will be illuminated with a romantic atmosphere. Toyosu is known as the place where the wholesale market has been relocated from Tsukiji in 2018. Urban Dock Lalaport Toyosu is not very far from Toyosu Market.
Access: short walk from Toyosu Station (Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line)
Date: 6 December 2019 to 16 February 2020
Ice Skating Hours:14:00 ~ 21:00 (weekdays), 11:00 ~ 21:00 (weekends)
Fee: 1,000 yen (+ rental shoes fee)
Official Website: https://mitsui-shopping-park.com/lalaport/toyosu/en/
2. Tokyo Midtown
Tokyo Midtown (東京ミッドタウン) is a mixed-use development located in Roppongi area, and attracts visitors in Christmas season with one of most spectacular winter illuminations in Tokyo, which ends on 25 Dec 2019. But more exciting event is still to come at Tokyo Midtown in 2019 cos the large ice skating rink in town is opening at their Grass Square from early January till March.
Access: direct access available from Roppongi Station 8 Exit
Date: 7 January to 1 March 2020
Ice Skating Hours: 11:00~22:00
Fee:2,000 yen (including rental shoes and a cafe ticket)
Official Website: http://www.tokyo-midtown.com/en/
3. Akasaka Sacas
Akasaka Sacas (赤坂サカス) is Tokyo’s newest mixed-use development such as Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Midtown. The winter event “White Sacas” is held annually, and the main attraction is a large ice skating rink at Sacas Square along with several other attractions such as food vendors, light ups and a small aquarium. Ice skating classes are also available for beginners and kids with an additional charge.
Access: direct access available from Akasaka Station
Date: TBA (23 Nov 2018 to 14 Jan 2019)
Ice Skating Hours: 12:00~21:00 (weekdays)/ 11:00~21:00 (weekends & holidays)
Fee: 1,200 yen (+ rental shoes fee)
Official Website: http://sacas.net/ws_common/2018-19/index.html (Japanese)
4. TOKYO SKYTREE TOWN ICE SKATING PARK 2020
Tokyo Skytree (東京スカイツリー) is undoubtedly a top attraction of the city, but what a better time to visit there when the scenic ice skating can be enjoyed at the foot of the iconic tower. TOKYO SKYTREE TOWN ICE SKATING PARK 2020 is held at Sky Arena, 4F of Tokyo Skytree Town right after New Year from 4th January 2020. Highly recommended at night when the tower is lightened up.
Access: short walk from Tokyo Skytree Station or Oshiage Station
Date: 4 Jan to 8 Mar 2020
Ice Skating Hours: 11:00～20:00 (Mon to Thurs)/11:00～21:00 (Fri to Sun&Holidays)
Fee: 1,600 yen (including rental shoes)
Official Website: http://www.tokyo-skytreetown.jp/english/
5. Futako Tamagawa RISE
Located along Tamagawa River in Setagaya Ward, Futako Tamagawa RISE (二子玉川ライズ) is a complex facility consists of numbers of shops, restaurants, offices, residence, cinema, hotel, and so on. The site holds a special winter event including spectacular illumination and the 390㎡ large ice skating rink at the Central Square.
Access: short walk from Futako Tamagawa Station
Date: 14 Dec 2019 to 1 March 2020
Ice Skating Hours: 13:00～20:00 (weekdays)/ 11:00～20:00 (weekends&holidays)
Fee: 1,500 yen (including rental shoes)
Official Website: http://www.rise.sc.e.rv.hp.transer.com/
+ Art Rink in Red Brick Warehouse Yokohama
This one is not exactly in Tokyo, but in Yokohama City in Kanagawa Prefecture, which is only 30 mins away from the central Tokyo. Art Rink in Red Brick Warehouse Yokohama (アートリンクin横浜赤レンガ倉庫 2019-2020) is a winter event held in Minatomirai area in Yokohama since 2005. Every year, a selected Artist will use this ice skate link as a canvas, turning it into the one and only “Art Rink”. Also till 25th December, there is a large Christmas Market held next to the skate rink where you can enjoy authentic European style Christmas food and drinks to warm you up 🙂
Access: 6 mins walk from Bashamichi station or Nihon Odori station/ 12 mins from Sakuragicho station
Date: 30 November 2019 to 16 February 2020
Hours: December 13:00～22:00 (Weekdays), 11:00～22:00 (Weekends & Holidays) /January & February 13:00～21:00 (Weekdays), 11:00～21:00 (Weekends & Holidays)
Fee: 700 yen (rental shoes excluded)
Official Website: http://akarenga-artrink.yafjp.org/
For more information about special winter events in Tokyo, please check out these articles listed below, too!
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