5 of Tokyo's best skating rinks

5 of Tokyo's best skating rinks

Blade up and skate along on these best Tokyo ice rinks
ice skating, snow in Tokyo
Skaters at Omotesando Skate Theater.

There's a chill in the air and the leaves are dropping in flurries, so why not embrace the season and hit one of the city's ice rinks? Here are some of the coolest spots.

ice skating, snow in TokyoMeiji Jingu is one of the biggest rinks in the city.Go pro

Meiji Jingu Ice Skating Rink

This rink, centrally located in Shibuya ward, conforms to international competition size.

It's a good place to practice if you have professional aspirations, as evidenced by the many wannabe Mao Asadas and Miki Andos gliding across the ice.

The rink is clean and modern with a Yamazaki convenience store and warm up room, and the ice is Zamboni-ed every two hours. There's a decent shop selling clothes and other skating accessories, and they lend out crash helmets at no extra cost.

  • Rink size: 60 meters X 30 meters
  • Hours: 12-6 p.m on weekdays and 10 a.m to 6 p.m on weekends; last entry at 5 p.m.
  • Admission:  ¥1,300 for adults/ ¥900 for children. (¥1,000/ ¥700 after 3 p.m.)
  • Skate rental: ¥500, sizes 15-31 centimeters
  • Station: Sendagaya or Kokuritsu Kyogijo, less than 5 minutes walk
  • Address: 11-1 Kasumigaoka-cho, Shinjuku-ku
  • Tel: +81 (0) 3 3403 3458

 

ice skating, snow in TokyoProtect your neck.

Cheap and cheerful

Edogawa Ward Sportsland

The only municipally run rink in the city, Edogawa Sportsland is open from October until May, and is a great deal at only ¥500 for entry and ¥300 for skates. They offer free 30-minute lessons on Sundays at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The main drawback is in the location -- it's not close to a train station, so taking a bus or a car is necessary. Parking is available, though.

  • Rink size: 60 meters X 30 meters
  • Hours: 9 a.m to 6 p.m Monday, Wednesday, Friday and 10 a.m to 6 p.m Sundays and holidays
  • Admission:  ¥500/¥200
  • Skate rental: ¥300/¥200, sizes 16-31 centimeters
  • Station: Shinogaki station, then take bus 71 or 72 to Edogawa Sportsland
  • Address: 1-8-1 Higashi Shinozaki-cho, Edogawa-ku
  • Tel: +81 (0) 3 3677 1711

 

ice skating, snow in TokyoSkaters at Omotesando Skate Theater.

Ice and ice

Omotesando Skate Theater

This swanky shopping complex is hosting a temporary rink from December 10 until January 10.

A café and bar sits alongside the rink, and a DJ is spinning tunes from R&B to Christmas music on weekend nights. Kids’ figure skating costumes are also available for rental for photo ops.

This is a great place to cut up some ice in between picking out your Jimmy Choo kicks and your Harry Winston rock. 

  • Rink size: 200 sq meters with a cutout in the middle
  • Hours: 11 a.m to 9 p.m M-Sa, 11am to 8 p.m Sundays
  • Admission: Free
  • Skate rental: ¥1,000/¥500, sizes 18-29 centimeters
  • Station: Omotesando station, two-minute walk
  • Address: B3, 4-12-10 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
  • Tel: +81 (0) 3 3497 0310

 

ice skating, snow in TokyoAll laced up and ready to hit the ice.

Skate date

White Sacas The Rink

Skate outside under the stars and the twinkly holiday lights, and don’t forget some mittens and perhaps someone to hold hands with.

This temporary outdoor rink resides in the TBS complex, which also holds a rock club, a playhouse, and a few floors of shopping and dining.

The rink is open from December 10 to February 14.

  • Rink size: 800 sq meters
  • Hours: 11 a.m to 9 p.m
  • Admission:  ¥1,000/¥500
  • Skate rental: ¥500, sizes 15-30 centimeters
  • Station: Akasaka station, one-minute walk
  • Address: 5 Akasaka, Minato-ku
  • Tel: +81 (0) 3 3746 6666

 

ice skating, snow in TokyoYoung girls enjoy skating at Citizen Plaza.

Sporty spice

Citizen Plaza

This bright modern rink is housed in a complex that also includes a bowling alley and a putter golf course.

It includes a small snack shop and there's a skate shop outside with hockey and figure skating gear.

The ice is renewed slightly less frequently than Meiji Jingu, but it’s a popular and convenient venue.  

  • Rink size: 60 meters X 30 meters
  • Hours: 12-7:45 p.m Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m to 6:30 p.m Sundays and holidays
  • Admission:  ¥1,300/¥800 (¥1,000/¥600 after 5 p.m)
  • Skate rental: ¥500, sizes 16 centimeters to 32 centimeters
  • Station: Takadanobaba station, seven minutes walk
  • Address: 4-29-27 Takadanobaba, Shinjuku-ku
  • Tel: +81 (0) 3 3371 0910

 

 

 

Selena Hoy lives in Tokyo. She likes thunderstorms.
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