A temporary skating rink in front of Tokyo Station was officially opened to the public Thursday, marking the first time such an attraction has featured in the iconic district's annual Christmas festivities.

The 7th Marunouchi Street Park, running full steam until Dec. 25, aims to delight local and international visitors alike in the first Christmas since Japan reopened its borders following COVID-19 pandemic-triggered closures.

The environmentally friendly synthetic ice skating rink on Gyoko-dori, an avenue linking Tokyo Station with the Imperial Palace, will operate daily from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. during the event period, with advance reservations available online, according to the organizers.