This year there were a lot of different Christmas Markets around Tokyo. I had been to a few but most of them were small and not very interesting. I decided to go to Hibiya Park because they hold Oktoberfest twice a year so I assumed they would have some good German beers.
When I got there, the entrance was busy and it felt as if I had to pay to get in. Everything was free and I was happy to just walk around. The entire shopping area is located around the central fountain. Most of the food shops are on the north side near the main stage. You can buy almost everything from a regular Christmas Market such as sausages, hot wine, and even hot beer. I just got a regular beer.
If you are checking out the area around the south side of the fountain, you’ll find a few shops selling souvenirs and other Christmas decorations. They also have a tall Christmas Pyramid which I believe they imported from Germany.
Overall, the Christmas Market in Hibiya is really nice. I went on a warm December evening so it wasn’t very cold. Most of the seats are enclosed to help keep you warm, and some of the standing tables have heaters so you don’t freeze to death. I was happy to visit but I’m not sure I will go again. Make sure you go quickly as it will end on Christmas day!
- Tokyo Christmas Market (Official Site – Japanese Only)
- Christmas Pyramid (Wikipedia)