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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

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, you 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 – everyone's welcome, and gear rental is available at most of these places as well.

Some venues currently have reduced hours due to the Covid-19 pandemic, so be sure to check for the latest updates before heading out.

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Festive rinks

Midtown Winter Moments
Photo: Tokyo Midtown

Midtown Ice Rink

Things to do Ice skating Tokyo Midtown, Roppongi

This large ice skating rink in Tokyo Midtown’s garden area is surrounded by greenery, but if you go skating between 5pm and 9pm, you'll also get the added scenery of pretty illuminations and the lit-up Tokyo Tower in the distance. Wearing gloves is mandatory, so if you want to avoid paying extra for a pair (¥300) sold on site, make sure to bring your own. Good news for beginners: Midtown Ice Rink provides 30-minute ice skating lessons on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3pm, 4pm and 5pm for a mere ¥500.

The admission ticket includes skate rental, plus a coupon that you can redeem at one of Tokyo Midtown’s many restaurants and cafés for a hot drink or snack. The ice rink will close if temperatures are too warm, so make sure to check the official website before heading over.

Fuji-Q Highland's Crystal Lagoon Rink
Photo: Fuji-Q Highland

Fuji-Q Highland's Crystal Lagoon Rink

Things to do Fuji-Q Highland,

The large-scale amusement park Fuji-Q Highland is closer to Mt Fuji than it is to Tokyo, 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 illuminations. Note that you’ll have to wear gloves while ice skating.

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Futako Tamagawa Rise Skate Garden
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Futako-Tamagawa Rise Skate Garden

Things to do Futako-Tamagawa Rise, Futako-Tamagawa

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.

However, if you prefer to get trained by a pro, 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 directly at the venue or via phone (080 1337 9575). 

Note that it’s obligatory to wear gloves when ice skating here. Plus, on weekends, holidays and between December 28 and January 8, you’ll have to pick up a numbered ticket at the rink from 10.30am in order to get in.

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Sea Side Ice Skating Rink

Things to do Ice skating Multiple venues

From this 360sqm ice skating rink at LaLaport Toyosu, you’ll have splendid views of Tokyo’s skyline and Rainbow Bridge, both of which light up beautifully come evening. Skate rental is included in the admission fee and gloves, which are a necessity to use the rink, can easily be purchased on site (¥200 per pair). If you bring your own skates, you’ll even get a ¥300 discount and helmets and protective gear for kids can be borrowed for free.

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アートリンク in 横浜赤レンガ倉庫
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Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse Art Rink

Things to do Ice skating Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, Minato Mirai

Located at the Red Brick Warehouse’s event plaza, this popular and spacious ice skating rink is back for its 16th run this year. The theme this season is ‘Slow Dance 1, 2, 3’, with the surroundings designed by Japanese graphic designer Tomomi Nishikawa, who has created a colourful, energetic atmosphere featuring adorable animal characters such as turtles and monkeys. Skate rental is ¥500.

Year-round rinks

Kosé Shin-Yokohama Skate Centre

Sport and fitness Shin-Yokohama

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.

Advance reservation required, for more details see here (in Japanese only).

Citizen Plaza Ice Skating Rink

Sport and fitness Ice hockey Takadanobaba

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.

Note that this ice skating rink is currently closed to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Meiji Jingu Ice Skating Rink

Things to do Shinanomachi

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

Note that this ice skating rink is currently closed to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic.

DyDo Drinco Ice Arena

Sport and fitness Tama area

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.

Note that this ice skating rink is currently closed to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Big Box Higashiyamato Skate Centre

Sport and fitness Tama area

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 required protective gear.

Note that this ice skating rink is currently closed to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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