Fantasy on Ice 2022 in Japan: Preview of Hanyu's figure skating return

With you know who as the headline act, Olympic figure skaters past and present will tour through four locations in Japan starting on Friday (27 May) through June.

By Shintaro Kano
Picture by 2022 Getty Images

Three months on from Beijing 2022, some of the top figure skaters to ever grace the Olympic rinks will pitstop through four Japanese cities in the 27 May-26 June Fantasy on Ice tour.

And it will feature an elite field, one loaded with stars of the now and yesteryears as the ice show season gets under way.

From gold medallists Hanyu Yuzuru and Arakawa Shizuka to the likes of Javier Fernandez and Johnny Weir from abroad, figure skating fans will be in for an early-summer treat while they wait for the new campaign to launch in the autumn.

Here are the who's, when's and where's for Fantasy on Ice, whose curtain for the first show goes up on Friday:

Stars to watch at Fantasy on Ice 2022 - Men

Hanyu Yuzuru

Oda Nobunari

Tanaka Keiji

Miura Kao

Stephane Lambiel

Javier Fernandez

Jeffrey Buttle

Johnny Weir

Jason Brown

Deniss Vasiljevs

Elladj Balde

Turin 2006 gold medallist and former world champion Arakawa Shizuka will appear at all four locations of Fantasy on Ice.
Picture by 2013 Getty Images

Stars to watch at Fantasy on Ice 2022 - Women

Arakawa Shizuka

Sakamoto Kaori

Kawabe Mana

Mihara Mai

Miyahara Satoko

Matsuike Rino

Ice dance

Gabriella Papadakis/Guillaume Cizeron

Anna Cappellini/Luca Lanotte

Beijing 2022 Olympic champions Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron are coming to Japan.
Picture by 2022 Getty Images

Fantasy on Ice 2022 schedule

27-29 May

Makuhari Event Hall, Makuhari, Chiba Prefecture, Japan.

  • 27 May - 17:00
  • 28 May - 14:00
  • 29 May - 13:00

3-5 June

Nippongaishi Hall, Nagoya, Japan.

  • 3 June - 17:00
  • 4 June - 14:00
  • 5 June - 13:00

17-19 June

World Hall, Kobe, Japan.

  • 17 June - 17:00
  • 18 June - 14:00
  • 19 June - 13:00

24-26 June

Ecopa Arena, Fukuroi, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan.

  • 24 June - 17:00
  • 25 June - 14:00
  • 26 June - 13:00

*Show times in JST.

How to watch Fantasy on Ice 2022

For those in Japan who missed out on a ticket, two shows - on 29 May and 5 June - will be shown live at movie theatres nationwide. Details in Japanese can be found here.

The event on 29 May will also be broadcast on television in Japan, on satellite channel CS TV Asahi. It will be replayed on 11 June on BS TV Asahi.

Currently there are no confirmed details for the event to be broadcast live elsewhere, or livestreamed online for a worldwide audience, but fans are hopeful that streams and highlights will be made available to watch. More details on the official social media accounts of the event, here.

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