Get your Skates on Again

By on December 15, 2014

By now we are all used to the ice rinks that appear around town over the winter months but that doesn’t mean they are any less appealing.What better way to spend an afternoon sliding around trying to catch your balance?The original Art Rink at Aka Renga in Minato Mirai is still the best, offering a great combination of skating and art lighting in the festive surroundings of Aka renga all in the shadow of Cosmoland.The skate hire is the cheapest your are likely to find and there is a cafe for those who chose the wrong size skates. Early morning skating lessons are available once a week for those in need of perfecting their triple axel.Remember Chinatown is  just a hobble Away if you fancy replacing the turkey with something more exotic.

Art Rink ‘narrative’
Aka Renga Yokohama

Citizen Ice Skate Rink
Open all season, 60m — 30m rink authentic
hockey by international standards.
Discount available
for group bookings
Skating classes offered.
Hours (open year-round)
Mon-Sat 12-7:45pm
Holidays 10am-6:30pm
General sliding fee (per day) adults ¥1,300; children ¥800
Shoe rental fees (16cm~32cm) ¥500
Admission ¥400
Nearest station: Takadanobaba (Tozai and JR lines)

Citi Ice Rink in Tokyo Midtown
This vast outdoor skating rink can accommodate as much as 25,000 people. It is located in Roppongi Midtown. Rink size 20m x 40m. Open
to adults and children.
Adults (Junior high school students and older) ¥1,500; children ¥1,000
Shoe, gloves rental available
11am-10pm (admission until 9pm)
Opens Dec 5
Nearest station: Roppongi (Hibiya, Toei-Oedo lines), Nogizaka station

Meiji Jingu Ice Skating Rink
Open to beginners and professionals and open all seasons. Ideal for figure skating, curling and basic ice skating.
Shoe rental ¥500 per day
Adults (high school students and older) ¥1,300 per day
Children (Junior high school students and younger) ¥900 per day
Admission fee after 3pm: Adults ¥1,000; children: ¥700; observers: ¥300
Nearest station: Meijingumae (Chiyoda line) Harajuku (JR lines)
White Sacas (Sacas Akasaka) Skating Rink
Now, on its third year, Sacas Akasaka “White Sacas” is an outdoor ice-skating rink that has expanded significantly since its opening in 2008. It is by far the largest rink in Tokyo, complete with illuminations and regular events like skate lessons and competitions.
Operating hours vary according to day. Check calendar online.
Adults ¥1,000 per day; children ¥500 per day (elementary students and younger)
Shoe rental: ¥500 per day; gloves ¥500 per day
Nearest station: Akasaka (Chiyoda line)

Shin Yokohama Skate Center
Open all season, the skate complex is an ideal practice site for figure skating and ice hockey.
Adults ¥1,200
Children ¥700
Shoe rental: Adults ¥600; children ¥400
Nearest station: Shin Yokohama (JR Yokohama line)

Kodomo no Kuni Ice Skate Rink
Famous Children’s Park
Admission until 3pm
Frequented by families in winter.
Adults ¥400
Children ¥150
Nearest station: Nagatsuta (Denentoshi line)

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