The 390sqm skate rink at Futako-Tamagawa's Rise shopping centre isn't exactly spacious to begin with, and tends to get very crowded – especially at night, when the illumination turns it into a romantic playground for couples. Beginners can opt for a private lesson (¥4,000 per 30 minutes) or join a 10-minute basic lesson for ¥1,000.
Kids can also get trained by a pro and participate in the ice skating class conducted by Emi Watanabe, an eight-time Japanese national champion in figure skating. Each lesson is 90 minutes and costs ¥5,000 (skate rental included). She also provides lessons focusing on figure skating, but only for those with ice skating experience (¥4,000 per 60 minutes; skate rental included). Reservations can be made on the official website from December 6.
Note that it’s obligatory to wear gloves when ice skating here. Plus, on weekends, holidays and between December 27 and January 7, you’ll have to make a reservation in advance either on the official website (from December 6), or directly at the venue or via phone (080 1337 9575) from December 11.