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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

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Time Out Tokyo Editors

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 are popping up all around the city.

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

  • Things to do
  • Ice skating
  • 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 onsite, 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.

  • Things to do
  • Ice skating
  • Toyosu

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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  • Oshiage

Glide at the foot of Tokyo Skytree, where this rink opens up from December until early March. It’s particularly atmospheric after dark when the surrounding illuminations are switched on. There's even a small snow area for the little ones. Skate rental is included in the admission fee and if you forget your gloves, which are a necessity to use the rink, you can buy a pair on site (¥300 per pair).

  • Things to do
  • Ice skating
  • Minato Mirai

Located at the Red Brick Warehouse’s event plaza, this popular and spacious ice skating rink is back for its 17th run this year. The theme this season is ‘Steps in Slippers’, with the area designed by Japanese illustrators Moeno Otsu and Unpis, who have created a colourful, energetic artworks featuring motifs of dancing people. Skate rental is ¥500.

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  • 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.

You're required to wear gloves when skating here. Plus, on weekends, holidays and between December 27 and January 7, you’ll have to make a reservation in advance on the official website (available from December 6), in person or over the phone.

Year-round rinks

  • 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 only open for the public on Mon, Wed and Fri between Dec 1 and 24 from 2.30pm-6pm.

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