What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear of winter time in Japan? Many of you would probably say snow activities like snowboarding and skiing at popular resorts all around the country…and that’s true! This time of the year is the peak season for winter sports enthusiasts and tourists.
But sadly, Tokyo may not be the place for people who are expecting those kinds of activities. Nevertheless, there is one snow activity in which you, your family or even your friends can enjoy this time of the year right in the capital of Japan which is, ice skating!
Starting from the 6th of January up to the 6th of March, visitors to Tokyo are able to enjoy the outdoor skating rink set up at Tokyo Midtown in Roppongi. During this time of the year, Roppongi is one of the popular tourist spots in the city for its beautiful display of illuminations.
This is the 7th time the ice skating rink has been set up and furthermore, it is also one of the largest ice skating rinks in the city as it boasts a capacity of 210 people. Many visitors can get to enjoy ice skating here at both daytime and nighttime as it is open from 11 in the morning until 10 in the evening.
Illuminations in the vicinity of the ice skating rink are lit up at 5 pm in the afternoon until closing time and there is also a resting area at the side of the rink where you can rest while wearing your skates. Admission fee is ￥1500 for High School students and above, and ￥1000 for Middle School students and below. The fee is already inclusive of the skating shoes and there’s a free helmet rental too. Glove and locker rentals come with a fee, though.
Now here’s a way to enjoy winter time in Tokyo! If you’re living near the area or visiting Tokyo during these dates, make sure to drop by and have some fun at Tokyo Midtown!