5 Christmas markets to visit when in Tokyo this festive season

Christmas is just around the corner and while Japan may seem like an unlikely place to check out some festive markets, there are actually a number worth your time. Hit up one of these Christmas markets in Tokyo and expect to be caught off guard by dazzling fairy lights, handmade ornaments, and delicious warm wine best taken during chilly nights. Here’s what to expect from each of them.

1. Roppongi Hills Christmas Market

Being the oldest Christmas market in Tokyo, the Roppongi Hills set-up is a European-inspired one that guarantees a jolly good time through the sheer variety of products available, including handmade baskets, keychains, festive toys and more. There’s lots of eating and drinking to be had too.

Opening Hours: 11am–9pm
Dates: Nov 23–Dec 25
Location: Roppongi Hills O-Yane Plaza, 6-11-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Best for: Those who love European food and German-style meats

2. Tokyo Christmas Market

This is one heck of a market. Despite being a highly popular and kinda crowded place, the Hibiya Park location, festive carolling, gigantic Christmas pyramid, and an outdoor ambiance reminiscent of Europe are all reasons enough to warrent a visit.

Opening Hours: 11am–10pm
Dates: Dec 14–25
Location: Hibiya Park, Hibiya Koen, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Best for: Instagram perfectionists

3. Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse Market

Yokohama’s red brick market is a must-visit sightseeing spot for people who need to get themselves into the holiday mood. There are a bunch of drink stalls, craft workshops and a real-life Santa to find out if you’re naughty or nice. Plus there’s even an ice rink for you to get your skates on.

Opening Hours: 11am–8pm
Dates: Nov 25–Dec 25
Location: Yokohama Akarenga, 1-1, Shin-Minato, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa
Best for: Arts and craft enthusiasts

4. Solamachi Christmas Market

Have a cup of gluhwein, stollen waffles, and chocolate fudge at this (yet another) European-styled market. But combine that with their best attraction—a light show that twinkles and spreads throughout Tokyo—and you’re all set for a good time.

Opening Hours: 11am–10pm
Dates: Nov 9–Dec 25
Location: Tokyo Skytree Solamachi, Sky Arena 4F, 1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
Best for: Those who love to gaze at lights

5. Setagaya Boroichi Flea Market

Budget travelers, this one is for you. Head here for an enormous display of bargainable booths that are excellent for last-minute shopping needs. Looking for cheap yet exotic home decor? Pick up Japanese kick knacks (like Kokeshi dolls), homeware, and more, or simply bask among the lively crowd.

Opening Hours: 9am–9pm
Dates: Dec 15–16 and Jan 15–16, 2019
Location: Setagaya, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, 154-0017, Japan
Best for: Frugal travelers

A version of this story first appeared on KKday as Increase Your Holiday Cheer by Visiting Christmas Markets in Tokyo!