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.


-          Indoor, open all year round

-          Great for professionals

-          Hot drinks and warm seating area available

-          English language version of the guidelines available


-          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)



Dydo Drinco Ice Arena


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


-          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


-          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: (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.


-          Very convenient location

-          Benches for visitors in the warm seating area

-          Good for both professionals and beginners


-          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: (Japanese only)


Akasaka Sakas and Tokyo Midtown Ice-skating rinks


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


-          Outdoors, so it is decorated with pretty illuminations

-          Good dating spot for couples

-          Good for beginners

-          Open until late evening


-          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:

Tokyo Midtown web-site:

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)

-          Edogawa Sportsland (indoor)

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