Whether you’re visiting or you live here, December is a hectic month in town. Check out these fun things to do in Tokyo during the Holidays.
Tokyo has an amazing Christmas light display you can’t miss! Some places where you can check the lights: Ebisu Garden Place, Tokyo Midtown, Roppongi Hills Keyakizaka, Nakameguro (right along the river), The Grand Roof (near Tokyo Station’s Yaesu exit)
Why not learn something new before the year is over? Flower arranging can be a fun and sometimes profitable hobby. Try Nicolai Bergman International School of Floristry (Aoyama) or maybe looking for something more traditional? Try the Ohara School of Ikebana (Aoyama).
Be a chef in one week…well, maybe not that good but you can take ABC Cooking lessons in Tokyo Midtown. If you take their 1 Day lesson, ABC Cooking Studio donates a portion of their proceeds to the UNHCR (Office of the United High Commissioner for Refugees) to help promote better eating for refugees around the World.
Probably my favourite activity during the Holidays… Have a taste of the iconic chocolate pizza by famous Max Brenner Chocolate. They just opened a new Chocolate Bar in Hiroo Plaza (Hiroo) or head down to their flagship Cafe in Omotesando Hills. Can’t get enough? Visit Magnolia Bakery a few blocks away and enjoy their Christmas cupcakes, pies and cookies.
Two lovely markets in town this year, one in Roppongi Hills and the other one in Omotesando Hills. Enjoy shopping for Christmas ornaments and other goods from Germany and enjoy delicious food and drinks.
Welcome 2015 in a Japanese Temple. If you’re brave enough to face the crowds, the most popular places are Meiji Shrine (Omotesando) and Sensoji Temple (Asakusa). (BTW… I know, hardly any people in the photos below, but trust me… it gets really crowded!)
Go ice Skating! Visit Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse has this spacious ice skating rink and it’s holding a variety of events with live music and much more
Donate, take part or collaborate with this non-profit organisations in town:
LIVING DREAMS is an organisation that enables children through experiential learning, professional development and the use of technology to discover and live their dreams.
HANDS ON Tokyo collaborates with many local organizations to encourage senior citizens, revitalize playgrounds, deliver food to the hungry, support people with visual impairment, inspire children in children’s homes, and the list goes on.
SECOND HARVEST is Japan’s largest food bank. They receive donations from manufacturer, retailers, farmers and individuals and then distribute them to welfare agencies, orphanage, women shelters and other in need.
ARK (Animal Refugee Kansai) help reduce the suffering of animals in Japan. Donate , become a sponsor or even better, adopt a dog or a cat!
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