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Christmas Church Services

(We highly recommend a phone call to confirm these dates, times and which services will be held in English, since we noted some discrepancies between our various sources for this information. This is an incomplete list. There many, many services held in English and other languages!)


International Christian Fellowship Church (011-669-3038) will have a bi-lingual service on Dec. 23 at 17:00 with Christmas Party (and buffet), Gospel music, etc. For more information about the church and how to access along with a map please see their homepage.


Franciscan Chapel Center (Catholic: 03-3401-2141, fax: 03-3401-2142), near Roppongi subway station, offers a Christmas Eve service including children's Mass in English at 16:00, a Japanese Mass at 18:00, Christmas carols in English at 20:30, and Christmas Eve Mass in English at 21:00. There are also Christmas Day Masses at 7:00 in Japanese, with English Masses at 8:00, 10:00, noon and 18:00.

Friends Meeting
4-18-19 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108
Every Sunday at 10:30. Map.

St. Alban's Anglican Episcopal Church (03-3431-8534), near Kamiyacho subway station, offers a Christmas sermon, choir service and children's play at 6p.m., 9 p.m. & 11 p.m. Dec. 24, and 10 a.m. Dec. 25.

St. Ignatius Catholic Church (03-3263-4584, fax: 03-3263-4585), near JR Yotsuya Station, offers candlelight service at 19:00 (service in Japanese with sign language) on Dec. 24. Everyone is welcome to Christmas Mass at 16:40, 17:45, 19:00, 20:30, 21:45, and 23:00.
The English Choir will sing at the 23:00 mass on Dec. 24. The 23:00 mass is the only one in English. There will be no midnight mass this year. On Dec. 25 Christmas Mass will be held at 6:00, 7:30, 9:00, 10:30, 12:00noon (English), 13:30 (Spanish) & 18:00.

St. Paul International Lutheran Church (03-3261-3740) near Idabashi and Kudanshita metro stations. Dec. 24, 16:30 Candlelight service (English), Dec. 25, 10:30.

Tokyo Union Church (Protestant [Ecumenical = all are welcome] 03-3400-0047, fax: 03- 3400-1942), near Omotesando subway station, offers a Christmas family concert at 3:30 p.m. this Sunday Dec 12, with caroling on Omotesando Street at 5 p.m.; morning worship with holy communion and a handbell choir at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Dec. 19; a handbell choir concert at 6 p.m. Dec. 22 (Japanese); services on Dec 24 at 4 p.m.(specially for children), candlelight service of lessons and carols with choir at 7:30 p.m., and candlelight communion service with choir at 9:30 p.m.; and finally on Dec. 25 festive worship at 11 a.m. (one service only).

Jesus Lifehouse in Tameikesano (near US Embassy).

Tokyo Baptist Church (03-3461-8425, fax: 03-3461-8463) 24 December Christmas service is at 6 pm (no service on Christmas day, all services are in English) Access: Tokyu Toyoko Line to Daikanyama Sta.(Taken from Japan Travel Updates Dec Calendar of Events) They are famous for the Singing Christmas Tree, but they may not do it every year.


Yokohama Christ Church (045-628-3319) In the past, December 25th (Sun) Joint Choirs Union Church/Sacred Heart and Christ Church - performance at the Union Church starting at 14:00. Free admission.

Sacred Heart Cathedral (045-641-0735), near JR Ishikawacho Station, offers Japanese Mass at Futaba Gakuen School Gymnasium at 8 p.m. Dec. 24, an English Mass at 9:30 p.m. and a Japanese Mass at midnight at the church. On Christmas Day the 8:15 a.m. service is in Japanese and that at 10:00 is in English. The church also offers special worship for the beginning of the new millennium at noon on Christmas Day, in Japanese. The Sacred Heart Foreign Choir joins with the Anglican Choir for Easter and Christmas concerts. Performance times to be announced.

Yokohama Union Church (045-651-5177)

Yokohama International Baptist Church (045-621-5858), near JR Yamate Station, offers a Christmas cantata by its adult choir. Ministries in English, German, Tagalog, Korean and Japanese.


Osaka International Church (06-6768-4385), near JR Tamatsukuri Station, offers Christmas service at 10:15, caroling on Shinsaibashisuji Street in the late afternoon; candlelight service at 19:00 Dec. 24.

Japan Evangelical Lutheran Church, Osaka (06-6941-3067), near Tanimachi-yonchome subway station, offers a Christmas sermon at 19:00 Dec. 24.


Kumamoto International Church CLOSED? (096-371-0679)
2-2-44 Kuhonji, Kumamoto-shi, 862-0976
23 December from 5:00 pm
Place: Kumamoto Shirakawa Church near the Daiei on Densha Doori
Email for more information.

Kumamoto Harvest Church (096-354-8855) Originated in Singapore. Charismatic and Pentecostal Protestant.

Kumamoto Lutheran Church at Suidocho (096-352-1772), Dec 24 - Christmas eve service 11:00 pm (English)

Kuwamizu Lutheran Church (096-381-3989), Pastor Nathan Bowman, Dec 24 - Christmas eve service 6:30 pm (Japanese) 1-14-1 Kuwamizu Kumamoto City 862-0954

Tedori Catholic Church (tel 096-352-3030 or 096-352-1515), Dec 24 - Christmas eve mass 3:00 pm (English) Kamitori 3-34, Kumamoto City

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