5 Merriest 2021 Christmas Markets in Tokyo You Need to Visit

Last Updated on 23.12.2021 by Coto Japanese Language School

メリークリスマス Merīkurisumasu! With Christmas just around the corner, it is no surprise to see Christmas markets in Japan popping up everywhere. Despite not celebrating Christmas as a religious holiday, Japan has been influenced by European and Western countries.

Today, the Japanese are celebrating Christmas as an occasion of happiness. Aside from their own Christmas traditions, such as eating Kentucky Fried Chicken, it is also a day popular among couples. Japanese treat Christmas eve, December 24, similar to Valentine’s day. Friends also get together and exchange gifts during this season of gifting. Don’t miss out on this jolly season and read on to find out more about the Christmas market in Japan!

Want to know how else to enjoy Christmas in Japan? Check out our article for the 10 best winter illuminations in Tokyo!

Tokyo Christmas Market

True to its name, Tokyo Christmas Market is not to be missed out on. Held annually since 2015, it is currently the largest Christmas market in Tokyo with a huge variety of stalls.  Backed up by the German Tourism Association and German Embassy, it is highly influenced by the European way of Christmas celebrations. Aside from the many European-style decorations and festival treats one is bound to find there, Tokyo Christmas Market also features a 14 meters tall Christmas pyramid originating from Germany. Live musical performances can also be found on the site, adding to the festive atmosphere. Of course, when shopping at such a place, you will definitely be spoiled for choice with many stalls offering decorations and gifts. It is the perfect place to do some Christmas shopping and soak up the holiday spirit. The admission fee costs 1,000 yen per person and comes with a complimentary novelty mug.

Date: December 10–25

Hours: 11am – 10pm (last order at 9:30pm)

Location: Hibiya Park 1, Hibiyakoen, Chiyoda-ku

Yokohama Red Brick House Christmas Market

Another vastly popular Christmas Market in Japan, the Yokohama Red Brick House Christmas Market has been around since 2009. A traditional German-style market, it brings you straight to Europe with the ten-meter Christmas tree and decorative ornaments. It is recommended to visit after 4 pm so as to watch the whole place light up and feel the magic of Christmas time. Some dates require an entrance fee of 300 yen, so do make sure to check beforehand and make your relevant reservations. It is also conveniently located right beside an ice rink, perfect for those who want to engage in fun activities.

Date: November 26 – December 25

Hours: 11am – 9pm

Location: Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, 1-1 Shinko, Naka-ku

Roppongi Hills Christmas Market

Dating back to 2006, Roppongi Hills Christmas Market is the oldest one in Tokyo. Representing the Christmas market in Stuttgart, Germany, it carries the German tradition and boasts a huge wooden pyramid display with dolls and animals rotating on it. There is no place better than to shop here in this shopping complex that even offers a Christmas tree shop, located on the first floor. It is your one-stop-shop for all your Christmas shopping needs with the market offering wreaths, ornaments, and any other decorations you could possibly need. Behind Roppongi Hills is a 400-meter stretch known as Keyakizaka Street, famous for its illumination that lights up from November 10 starting from 5 pm onwards. Admission to both locations is free. Be sure to check out the breathtaking sight and enjoy the festivals by taking a stroll after your Christmas shopping for an unforgettable experience.

Date: November 27 – December 25

Hours: 11am – 9pm 

Location: O-Yane Plaza, Roppongi Hills, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku

Akasaka Ark Hills Christmas

For those who feel passionately about the environment, Art Hills Christmas in Akasaka is for you. As their goal is to let visitors learn to appreciate nature more, this year’s theme is “Connection with the forest”. Because they are focused on sustainability and recycling, decorations are mindfully and sustainably sourced. Environmental friendly workshops are also held, aimed to educate kids through fun activities. The Christmas concert at Karajan Square and their very own Christmas Hamper event are also ongoing celebratory events. During this period, the Hills Marche Market held on Saturdays will be transformed into a Christmas market, where you can find seasonal treats and decorations available. No entry fee is required, but it is recommended to go after 8 pm as you do not want to miss out on the illuminations.

Date: November 19 – December 25

Hours: 8pm – 11pm (light-up period)

Location: Ark Hills, 1-12-32 Akasaka, Minato-ku

Winter Cast

A towering icon at Harajuku’s Cat Street, the Shibuya Cast has decked its garden area with illuminations. Expect a lineup of events and markets for winter fun: local garage sale, followed by a live jazzy Christmas carol by singer Laura Yokozawa and a Shibuya Designer Market. Three days before Christmas (December 22–24), there’s also a shadow puppet workshop for kids.

Date: until January 30, 2022

Hours: 4pm – 12pm (light-up period)

Location: Shibuya Cast, 1-23-21 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku