Looking for a way to get into the holiday spirit in Japan? Try visiting a Christmas market 🤍🎄⛄️

You can experience the warm, merry atmosphere by trying different seasonal foods, shopping for the perfect presents and enjoying all the Christmas lights and festive decorations. Christmas markets first originated from Germany, therefore many Christmas markets in Japan are modelled after European Christmas markets, allowing you to experience a recreation of classic markets from all over Europe! 

We have compiled a list of 9 Christmas markets that we recommend you visit this holiday season. 🌠


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Christmas Markets in Japan

Tokyo Christmas Market in Meiji Jingu Gaien

Tokyo Christmas Market in Meiji Jingu Gaien
Credit:  Tokyo Christmas Market Executive Committee

The main attraction is the 14-metre-high ‘Christmas pyramid’, with six tiers of wooden dolls with different motifs. The roofs of the shop stalls are decorated with Christmas motifs. As well as enjoying hot drinks and soup, you can also get authentic German woodcraft and toys.

Tokyo Christmas Market 2023 in Meiji Jingu Gaien

  • Period: November 23rd (Thurs.) – December 25th (Mon.), 2023
  • Hours: First day 16:00-21:30 (L.O.21:00), All other days 11:00-21:30 (L.O.21:00) *Alcoholic beverages are available until 9:00 pm
  • Venue: Hibiya Park, Fountain Square, Nireki Plaza
  • Admission: Admission fee
  • [11/23-12/22]
    • Adult: 1,000 yen on weekdays, 1,500 yen on weekends (Those who purchase in advance will receive an original mug novelty) *Available only to adults
    • Children: 500 yen (Elementary school students) *Free for children under 5 yrs. old
  • [12/23-12/25]
    • Adults: 2,000 yen (junior high school students and above)
    • Children: 1,000 yen (elementary school students)

Roppongi Hills Christmas Market 

Roppongi Hills Christmas Market 
Credit: Roppongi Hills

A Christmas market where you can enjoy the authentic German Christmas spirit!

This is the 17th edition of the Christmas Market. The market is free to enter. The market is a replica of the world’s largest Christmas market in Stuttgart, Germany, where you can enjoy authentic food, drink and goods.

Roppongi Hills Christmas 2023

  • Period: November 25th (Sat) – December 25th (Mon), 2023
  • Hours: 11:00 – 21:00
  • Venue: Roppongi Hills Arena, O-Yane Plaza, Hills 
  • Admission: Free
  • Address: 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Tokyo Solamachi Christmas Market 2023

Tokyo Solamachi Christmas Market 2023
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The Tokyo Solamachi Christmas Market 2023 will be held again this year at the Sky Arena on 4F. At the venue, snow-decorated huts and illumination will add to the atmosphere, reminiscent of Christmas in Germany.

Tokyo Solamachi Christmas Market 2023

  • Period: November 9th (Thurs) – December 25th (Mon), 2023
  • Hours: 11:00-22:00 (Last Order 21:00)
  • Venue: Tokyo Skytree Town 4th floor Sky Arena
  • Admission: Free
  • Address: 1 Chome-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida City, Tokyo

Christmas Market in Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse

Christmas Market in Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse
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This year marks the 14th edition of the Christmas Market. The highlight of the event is the 10-metre Christmas tree, the symbol of the event, which blends in beautifully with the night view of Minato Mirai.

Christmas Market in Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse 2023

  • Period: November 24th (Fri.) – December 25th (Mon.), 2023
  • Hours: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
  • Venue: Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse
  • Admission: 500 yen *Free for high school students and under until December 8th (Friday)
  • Address: 1-1 Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama

Tamaari Town Christmas Market 2023

Tamaari Town Christmas Market 2023
Credit: Japan Travel

Many events are held here during this period, offering warm food, sweets and sundry goods unique to Christmas. The illumination is another one of the highlights!

Tokyo Skytree Town Dream Christmas 2023

  • Period: December 15th (Fri.) – December 25th (Mon.), 2023
  • Hours: 12:00 – 21:00 *The first day starts from 16:00, and the last day starts from 20:00
  • Venue: Tamaari Town, Saitama
  • Admission: Free
  • Address: 10 Shintoshin, Chuo Ward, Saitama

Nagoya Christmas Market 2023

Nagoya Christmas Market 2023
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The biggest Christmas Market in Nagoya with stalls selling imported European goods line up around a large fir tree Christmas tree.

There is also a wide range of warm gourmet foods such as hot wine and stew!

Nagoya Christmas Market 2023

  • Period: December 9th (Sat.) – December 25th (Mon.), 2023
  • Hours: Weekdays 4:00 – 9:00 pm, Weekends and December 25 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • Venue: Hisaya square, Hisaya Odori Park
  • Admission: Free
  • Address: Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture

Osaka Christmas Market 2023

Osaka Christmas Market 2023
Credit: Osaka Christmas Market

With an atmosphere similar to that of Germany, the home of Christmas markets, this event is a place where you can enjoy the Christmas spirit to the fullest with German food.

Osaka Christmas Market 2023

  • Period: December 1st (Fri.) – December 25th (Mon.), 2023
  • Hours: 11:00 – 21:00
  • Venue: Tennoji Park
  • Admission: Free
  • Address: Chausuyamacho, Tennoji Ward, Osaka

Kobe Christmas Market 2023

Credit: Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens

The theme of the Christmas Market at Kobe Nunobiki Herb Garden is “botanical”! Th park is decorated in a natural way using flowers and leaves. A ropeway takes you to the top of the mountain, where you cna enjoy a panoramic view of the city of Kobe.

Kobe Christmas Market 2023

  • Period: November 11th (Sat.) – December 25th (Mon.), 2023
  • Hours: 11:00 – 16:30 *11:00 – 20:00 on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, and 12/25 (Mon)
  • Venue: Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens
  • Admission: Adults – 2300 yen, Youth – 1150 yen
  • Address: Kitanocho, Chuo Ward, Kobe, Hyogo

Christmas Event Fukuoka 2023

Christmas Event Fukuoka 2023
Credit: Fukuoka City

Over the past ten years, the Fukuoka Christmas Market has expanded to Hakata, Tenjin and Nakasu one after another. From this year, these venues will be collectively known as Christmas Advent and will be expanded to Tenjin Central Park.

Fukuoka Christmas Market 2023

  • Period: November 6th (Mon.) – December 25th (Mon.), 2023
  • Hours: Weekdays 16:00-21:00/ Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays 12:00-21:00
  • Venue: Fukuoka
  • Admission: Free
  • Address: Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture

These 9 Christmas markets in Japan all offer unique experiences that are must-try for the winter season. They are great to visit with your family, friends and loved ones for a magical, fun time!

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