Christmas markets in Tokyo

Ditch the department stores and head to these Christmas markets for your gift shopping and festive food

By Time Out Tokyo Editors |
Tokyo Christmas Market
Yebisu Garden Place Christmas Illumination
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The Christmas market at Roppongi Hills

Christmas in Tokyo is a mind-boggling mashup of traditions, with strawberry shortcakesKFC chicken buckets (yes, really) and romantic dinners on Christmas Eve, which is considered the Japanese Valentine's Day.

Continental-style markets, however, still play a prominent role in the lead-up to the big day. The German influence is the most pronounced, probably due to the year-round popularity of beer, which often appears to be the main attraction at many of these bazaars.

It's all very convenient though: shopping for gifts while wielding a hot cup of glühwein (mulled wine) or a glass of weissbier makes it all far less stressful. Nonetheless, do take care: the dreaded cliché overdose may strike even the most ardent of Christmas lovers.

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