Ice skating

Friday, February 19, 2016 Category : SIGHTS, TOKYO
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One of the best activities to do in winter in Tokyo is visit an ice-skating rink. For both beginners and professionals alike, winter is the season to get in to the festive spirit and improve your ice-skating skills.

We went to five of the most popular and easy-to-reach ice skating rinks in Tokyo:

 

Meiji Jingu (Gaien) Ice Skating Rink

 

Meiji Jingu Gaien Ice Skating Rink is a popular and convenient ice-skating rink in central Tokyo.

Advantages:

-          Indoor, open all year round

-          Great for professionals

-          Hot drinks and warm seating area available

-          English language version of the guidelines available

Disadvantages:

-          Can get quite crowded

-          Not always open to public (check their web-site calendar for special events before going)

Entrance fee: 1,340 yen (1,030 yen after 3pm) for adults (930 yen (720 yen) for children); 310 yen for observer

Rental shoes: 510 yen

Opening hours: weekdays 12:00-18:00, weekends 10:00-18:00

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Access: 1 minute walk from Kokuritsu-Kyogijyo station (Toei Subway Oedo line); 5 min walk from Sendagaya and Shinanomachi Stations (JR Chuo/Sobu line)

Web-site: http://www.meijijingugaien.jp/english/ice-skating.html

 

Dydo Drinco Ice Arena

 

Dydo Drinco Ice Arena is a spacious rink with a great area for observers, due to its large arena.

Advantages:

-          The largest out of the five we visited

-          Great for professionals

-          Very convenient for observers as well, has a great arena for 3,500 people

-          Indoor, doesn’t get particularly crowded

Disadvantages:

-          Limited English language support provided

-          Not always open to public (check their web-site calendar for special events before going)

Entrance fee: 1,300 yen for adults (700 yen for kids), 300 yen for observers

Rental shoes: 500 yen for adults (300 yen for children). Also a push chair for small children can be rented for 500 yen for 30 mins

Opening hours: from 10:00, 12:00 or 14:00 to 16:00, 17:30 or 18:00 depending on the day (check calendar on their website)

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Access: 1 minute walk from Higashi-Fushimi station of Seibu-Shinjuku line (look out for Dydo signs for directions)

Web-site: http://www.seibu-group.co.jp/railways/enjoy/rec/fushimi/index.html (Japanese only)

 

Citizen Plaza Ice Skating rink

 

Citizen Plaza Ice Skating rink is one of the most popular among beginners and is located in a lively area close to the universities.

Advantages:

-          Very convenient location

-          Benches for visitors in the warm seating area

-          Good for both professionals and beginners

Disadvantages:

-          Limited English support provided

-          Can get crowded

Entrance fee: 1,340 yen (1,030 yen after 17:00) for adults, 820 yen (620 yen) for children, 400 yen for observers

Rental shoes: 520 yen

Opening hours: 12:00-19:45 on weekdays and Saturdays; 12:00 – 18:30 on Sundays and holidays

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Access: 7 min walk from Takadanobaba station

Web-site: http://www.citizen-plaza.co.jp/service/skate/ (Japanese only)

 

Akasaka Sakas and Tokyo Midtown Ice-skating rinks

 

Both of these venues are outdoor skating rinks and open only during certain seasons.

Advantages:

-          Outdoors, so it is decorated with pretty illuminations

-          Good dating spot for couples

-          Good for beginners

-          Open until late evening

Disadvantages:

-          Opening hours are often subject to weather conditions

Akasaka Sakas entrance fee: 1,200 yen (adults), 600 yen (children); rental shoes 500 yen

Midtown Entrance fee including rental shoes: 1,500 yen (adults), 1,000 yen (children), 200 yen for observers

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Akasaka Sakas web-site: http://sacas.net/

Tokyo Midtown web-site: http://www.tokyo-midtown.com/jp/event/feature2016/icerink/

There are also two other ice rinks that are  relatively popular, but not as easy to book tickets for, as they are very popular:

-          Toshimaen Outdoor Ice Rink (outdoor) http://www.toshimaen.co.jp/event_iceskate/index.html

-          Edogawa Sportsland (indoor) http://www.edogawa-sportsland.com/skate/skate1.html

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