Best places to go ice-skating in Tokyo and Yokohama

Lace up your skates and glide around the capital's frosty selection of indoor and outdoor ice rinks
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Mitsui Fudosan Ice Rink in Tokyo Midtown
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Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse Art Rink - PR shot
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By Time Out Tokyo Editors |
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Winter's no excuse to stay inside. In fact, when the cold starts to creep through the wafer-thin walls and shoddy window frames of Tokyo houses and apartments, rather than trying to hide under a mountain of blankets, one might actually be better off engaging in some healthy outdoor activities. Ice skating's obviously something best experienced out in the open, and quality rinks have been popping up all around the city in recent years.

Here's our quick guide to the best skating spots out there, including both winter-only rinks and year-round, indoor facilities that are also great places for serious figure skating or ice hockey training. First-timer or seasoned veteran, family with kids or couple looking for a date spot – everyone's welcome, and gear rentals are available at most of these places as well.

Also recommended for winter: the city's best illuminations

Festive rinks

Things to do, Ice skating

Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse Art Rink

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Located at the Red Brick Warehouse's event plaza, this popular and spacious ice skating rink is back for its 14th run this year and again hosts a variety of performers who'll be entertaining you with music, skating shows and more. The surroundings have been designed by artist Mirocomachiko, and coupled with the iconic warehouses as the backdrop, this is easily one of the most atmospheric ice skating rinks around... 

Things to do, Ice skating

Mitsui Fudosan Ice Rink in Tokyo Midtown

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Tokyo Midtown hosts this grand-scale outdoor skating rink, which can accommodate about 200 skaters and gets lit up beautifully by lights lining the entire perimeter from 5pm until 10pm every day. The best thing is that you don’t even need to take off your skates to take a break in the heated ‘rest area’...

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Things to do, Ice skating

Toshimaen Skate Rink

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Adjacent to both the Toshimaen amusement park and its neighbouring cinema complex, this is an outdoor, old-school skating rink where the ice is still built up gradually from thin layers of frozen water sprayed down every night. Re-entry is free for the same day, so it makes for a fun family outing as you can combine your skating experience with a quick trip to the rides or lunch at one of the nearby restaurants. Adding to the atmosphere are the Christmas lights and the cheery background music...

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Futako-Tamagawa Rise Skate Garden

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The 390sq m 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 light-up show turns it into a romantic playground for local couples. Still, it's reasonably priced and well worth checking out during the day...

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Tokyo Skytree Town Ice Skating Park

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Glide under the bright lights at the foot of Tokyo Skytree, where this rink opens up right after New Year's. A children's rink and a play area have been added, making the comfy Ice Skating Park even more family-friendly than before, while the experienced staff offer daily lessons for beginners...

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Fuji-Q Highland's Crystal Lagoon Rink

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The large-scale amusement park Fuji-Q Highland may not be in Tokyo (it's closer to Mt Fuji), but its easy accessibility from the capital makes it a great day-trip destination. During winter, the park opens its expansive ice skating rink, covering a total of 3,800 square metres. Glide over the ice while taking in the great views of Mt Fuji, and at night you can look forward to sparkling colourful illuminations...

Year-round rinks

Sport and fitness, Ice hockey

Citizen Plaza Ice Skating Rink

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At 60m by 30m, this is a full-scale, international competition-sized rink that can accommodate ice hockey and other sports. Situated inside the Citizen Plaza entertainment complex in Takadanobaba, the rink is open to the public except for early morning and evening hours...

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Meiji Jingu Ice Skating Rink

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This competition-standard rink operates year-round, and is always open to the public. Catch a glimpse of aspiring professional skaters during training sessions.

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DyDo Drinco Ice Arena

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Formerly known as the Higashi-Fushimi Ice Arena, this sizable rink is capable of accommodating 3,500 visitors, and offers figure skating classes, Sunday skating classes and more. The rink is only open to the public at specified times...

Sport and fitness

Big Box Higashiyamato Skate Centre

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This indoor rink is generally open to the public, and is also available for ice hockey (at specified times only). Everyone is welcome to play during the ice hockey hours, provided that you're wearing all the protective gear required...

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Kosé Shin-Yokohama Skate Centre

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This sports complex offers facilities for a variety of purposes, including an international standard-sized skating rink, which is open for skating year-round. The centre is also used as a venue for ice hockey and figure skating, and offers spectator seating for up to 2,500 people...

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