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    How To Find A Christmas Tree In Japan

    By thomas | December 10, 2007

    Christmas is almost here! Do you have a bunch of presents but nothing to put them under? Finding a Christmas tree in Japan isn’t too difficult. Read on.

    Artificial Trees

    Fake trees are easy to find. They are everywhere clearly the most popular choice for Christmas trees in Japan. I’ve seen them at large grocery stores like Jusco, holiday/craft stores like Tokyu Hands and “Home Center” stores. A search for クリスマス ツリー on google brings up many hits for ordering them online. If you want a fake tree, you won’t have to look far.

    Real Tree

    If you want a real tree, you may need to dig around. Most of the ones I’ve seen sold are Charlie Brown Christmas Trees. While these sad trees may rack up kawaii points, they don’t quite capture Christmas for me. Solution? Buy the biggest small tree they have.

    Christmas in Japan - Charlie Brown Christmas Tree
    We got our tree at the local “Home Center”, which has a nursery/plant section. For Christmas they seemed to be pushing a variety of tree called “Golden Crest” (ゴルデン・クレスト). Most were tiny, but I managed to find this one that was almost as tall as me. It cost about 7000 yen. We weren’t sure if it would fit in the Vitz, but we managed by sticking the top bit out of the window. The decorations were also found at the home center.

    Golden Crest Christmas Tree In Japan
    I haven’t seen any great firs for sale. If you know where to find one, please let me know!

    Did you buy a tree or other Christmas decorations this year? Write about it in the comments.

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    14 Responses to “How To Find A Christmas Tree In Japan”

    1. PK Says:
      December 10th, 2007 at 12:38 pm

      On the American military bases they have full size trees shipped in. Sometimes you can find someone who will hook you up.

    2. Nick Ramsay Says:
      December 10th, 2007 at 2:23 pm

      That tree looks nice! This is Noah’s first Christmas, isn’t it? I might have to follow your lead and head down to the local home center to see what I can find for Rikuto.

    3. toratora Says:
      December 11th, 2007 at 2:58 am

      friends and I simply went out into the woods and dug up on of the little fellers out there…. we always have Christmas together so was an easy fix with one for us all… dug her up and wraped it in burlap to ease in replanting and now we have one every year….till it gets too big to dig out that is….helps being in Hokkaido though i think….

    4. Natalie Says:
      December 11th, 2007 at 3:42 am

      Ikea in Chiba has real trees for 1990yen. They are about 130cm tall and if you return them by Jan 14, you will receive a credit for the same amount. So the tree is FREE! You will need to buy a stand for a mere 490yen.
      They leave a wonderful smell in the house!

    5. Rob Says:
      December 11th, 2007 at 12:08 pm

      Costco’s got ‘em. Down in Fukuoka leastways. They were sold outta the artificial ones last weekend but they still had Japanese sized real ones.

    6. NPC Says:
      December 12th, 2007 at 8:07 am

      I prefer fake trees. I can’t imagine even going back to a real tree, the hassle isn’t worth it.

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    8. thomas Says:
      December 15th, 2007 at 12:27 pm

      @PK: That’s a great tip! I’ll mention it in a followup post.

      @Nick Ramsey: Yes, it will be Noah’s first Christmas! My mom sent us a little “Baby’s First Christmas” outfit with candy canes on it. It’s too bad the little guy doesn’t have enough manual dexterity to open his own presents :) Can Rikuto shred paper yet?

      @toratora: That’s hilarious! I don’t think that would fly where I am. My area is rural, but the forested area is a bit away from my house. A hundred people or so would catch me in the act.

      @Natalie: Thanks for the tip! I’ll add that to the follow up post too. A free Christmas tree!

      @Rob: I figured Costco would have something – they seem to have everything else. I don’t have one near me though so I couldn’t check to make sure. Thanks for the tip.

      @NPC: 十人十色 :). Real trees are a big hassle, and much more expensive in the long run – but it’s what my family has done since before I was born. Christmas just isn’t the same without one. It smells really nice too.

    9. Nick Ramsay Says:
      December 16th, 2007 at 12:43 pm

      “Can Rikuto shred paper yet?”

      No, but he can pull tissues apart and put them in his mouth! ;-)

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    12. JJ Says:
      December 9th, 2008 at 8:34 am

      New reader starting today! And very nice post, this. I had never even given any thought to trying to get a real tree, just assumed that was right out. But now we might have to make a family outing of it!

    13. Anchorman Says:
      December 9th, 2008 at 2:24 pm

      You can get them at National Azabu for 20-50,000 yen plus a “disposal fee” payable up front. We opted for the real but very “Charlie Brown” looking Christmas tree from Ikea for 1,990 yen.

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