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Ice skating in Tokyo! The best place for skating both day and night!

Ice ice baby!

Winter in Tokyo is just beautiful. There is hardly a day in which a cloud can be seen in the sky. That said, it is still winter and – with that – pretty cold. You feel like staying inside, but then you slowly realize that you don’t exercise enough. Exercising in winter and getting fresh air? That of course ice-skating!

New York’s ice rink in front of the Rockefeller Center is world-famous – in Tokyo, the place to go to is the “Akasaka Sacas” ice skating rink in Akasaka. It’s the biggest outdoor rink in Tokyo. Right now, the anime “Yuri!!! on Ice” is tremendously popular – I just had to go to Akasaka!^^

Stairs

Futuristic stairway at the subway exit

“Akasaka Sacas” is the area in front of the Japanese TV station called “TBS”. Every winter, an ice rink appears in this square just in front of the TV station building.

TBS

Big city atmosphere!

This year’s ice rink is open from 23rd November until 14th February 2017…yes, you can go ice-skating on Valentine’s Day!

Before you step onto the ice you have to buy an admission ticket as well as a ticket for rental ice skates – then of course you need to pick up your ice skates.

Ticktes

Buy a ticket at the ticket vending machine near the entrance and exchange it for ice skates at the counter

There are various types and discounts on the tickets, but the normal charge is 1200 yen, the rental ice skates are an extra 500yen (at daytime only, at night-time skates are free!). One important thing to know is that for their own their safety skaters are required to wear five-finger gloves. You can of course bring your own, or, if you don’t have any, just buy a pair for 300 yen. Also, 100 yen to 300 yen are required for the locker fee (= not refundable).

(Japanese shoe sizes = link)

Skates

I wonder how many years have passed since I wore ice skates… What I learned today: never tie too long shoelaces around your legs – that actually dangerous.

Once I stepped inside the rink it was “Marei!!! On ice”. To be honest I hadn’t been on the ice for over 10 years. But I guess it’s like riding a bike: once you learned, it’s never forgotten. Or is it?

Ice-skating is great!

Ice-skating is great!

Once on the ice, I had a hard time keeping my balance, but I started to slide telling myself “I can do it!” The trick is … ‘You must not move your legs as if you want to walk.’ Slide one foot forward to move forward. Since there are railings attached to the rink, you can always hold on to these. And after 4 to 5 laps, my body remembered what it needed to do.

Skating rink

At daytime, the skating rink was relatively empty

Ice-skating

After getting used to skating again, I tried to do dome tricks

Oh, ice-skating was such fun! But still quite tiring! At the “Akasaka Sacas” you can skate the whole day with little breaks – you can enter and leave the rink for as many times you like (as long as you have your ticket).

professionals

There were some professionals among the skating people. They were practicing jumps in the middle of the rink

In the evening, the number of couples increased. The rink was beautiful lit up and romantic music started to play. So if you’re with your date, nighttime is the time to go ice-skating. ^^

Nighttime

The color of the lights gradually change

Skating rink

Nighttime is more crowded than daytime…

The Akasaka ice rink is big and beautiful, and it was a lot of fun to skate there. If you want your space and try some tricks, I would recommend daytime. And if you want to skate in a romantic atmosphere, nighttime is the time to go there.

Ice-skating is not only great to get some exercise (it’s cold yes, but it’ll have you sweating!), but also as an activity with children, and for a date or just hanging out with your friends.

My next article will be about all the other things you can do around the ice skating rink. See you next week!


Akasaka Sacas Skating Rink

Date: November 23, 2016 (Wed) – February 14, 2017 (Tue)
Address: 3-6 Akasaka Minato-ku, Tokyo, TBS Tower
Price: One-day ticket 1200 yen (adult), 600 yen (child),
Rental skates 500 yen, gloves 300 yen, lockers from 100 yen

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I was born and raised in Kiel/Germany. When I was 16 I came to Japan for the first time. I fell in love with this beautiful country, so I returned after my university graduation. Since then, I have been living in Tokyo - and I don't plan to change anything about that ;-) My hobbies are taking a stroll around the city, taking photos and drinking coffee.

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