11 Best Events in Tokyo in January 2024

List of Seasonal Events in Tokyo in January

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Tokyo is Japan’s most exciting city, where you can have a pleasant time whenever you visit. It offers a huge variety of things to do in the middle of winter. You can see gorgeous illuminations and ice skating rinks around the city in January.

Some people celebrate the New Year staying and relaxing at home with their family while others go to a shrine and temple during the first three days of the New Year. There are a large number of small and large shrines and temples perfect for New Year first visits around Tokyo.

Lots of department stores and other popular shops are close on New Year’s holidays, but some of them hold special sales offering Fukubukuro lucky bags from the beginning of the year.

Here is the list of best events held in Tokyo in January from hotel desert buffets and afternoon tea plans to various themed exhibitions.

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1. Hatsumode (New Year’s visit to a shrine or temple)

Chureito Pagoda and Mt. Fuji

The New Year’s Day visit or Hatsumode in Japanese is a local Japanese tradition to visit shrines or temples to ask for good luck throughout the year.

Genre: Shrine/Temple
Dates: Many people visit shrines and temples on the first three days of the New Year

For more information about Hatsumode in Tokyo, check out the following article!

▶︎Hatsumode in Tokyo

2. Illuminations

Tokyo Illumination

A variety of colorful winter lights can be seen in various areas of Tokyo to match the cold weather that brings the city to life. Come and take a walk in the city of Tokyo and enjoy the beautiful and colorful illumination.

Genre: Illumination
Dates: During the winter

For more information about the Illumination event in Tokyo, check out the following article!

▶︎Tokyo Winter Illumination Guide 2023-2024

3. Tokyo Grand SUMO Tournament

Tokyo Grand SUMO Tournament
Copyright © Nihon Sumo Kyokai

Sumo (相撲) was originated in Japan; it’s a Japanese style of wrestling and considered Japan’s National Sport. Japan is the only country where it is practiced professionally and even at present, the Sumo sport has ritual elements included such as the use of salt purification from Shinto.

Genre: Tournament
Location: Ryogoku Kokugikan
Dates: January 14 to 28, 2024
Website: https://www.sumo.or.jp/En/

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4. New Year’s at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea (Chiba)

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New Year’s in Disney is an annual event at Tokyo Disney Resort in celebration of the holiday season. Every year there are unique activities and events prepared by Disney friends and characters and colorful winter decorations around the theme parks that make the place shine even more.

Genre: Theme Park
Location: Tokyo Disney Resort
Dates: January 1 to 8, 2024
Website: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/dream/event/newyear2024.html

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For more travel tips about Tokyo Disney Resort, Check out the following articles.

▶︎Tokyo Disneyland Guide: Best Things to Do

▶︎Tokyo DisneySea Guide: Best Things to Do

5. Best Strawberry Buffets in Tokyo

Strawberry Sweets Buffet with Kuppy Ramune-min
© Keio Plaza Hotel Co., Ltd.

The strawberry is a well-known fruit in Japan, especially during winter and spring. Many hotels and restaurants offer buffets of various strawberry desserts and some drinks.

Genre: Buffet and Afternoon Tea
Dates: During Winter and Spring

For more information about the strawberry buffets in Tokyo, Check out the following articles.

▶︎ Best Strawberry Buffets in Tokyo 2024

6. Oden and Local Sake Festival 2024

Oden and Local Sake Festival 2024-min
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Is a food festival where the main dishes are the local food in Japan, Oden, and Sake. Other foods can be tasted here such as grilled foods and many more.

Genre: Festival
Location: Ueno Park Fountain Square
Dates: January 18-19 /20-21, 2024
Website: https://oden-jizakefes.com/#

7. Van Gogh Alive

Van Gogh Alive-min

This is an immersive exhibition of Van Gogh’s world-class masterpiece here you can experience the exhibition with all the senses with nearly 3000 Van Gogh’s pictures projected everywhere.

Genre: Exhibition
Location: Terada Warehouse G1 Building
Dates: January 6 to March 31, 2024
Website: https://goghalivejp.com/tokyo/

8. Sunshine Aquarium New Year 2024

Sunshine Aquarium New Year 2024-min
© SunshineCity Corporation

Sunshine Aquarium will hold an event this New Year with the theme of “Light” for the brighter year and featuring special creatures known that bring wealth and good fortune.

Genre: New Year Event
Location: Sunshine City
Dates: January 1 to 8, 2024
Website: https://sunshinecity.jp/en/aquarium/event_performance/event/entry-26855.html

9. Daikoku Matsuri 2024

Daikoku Matsuri 2024-min
Copyright Kandamyoujin

The Daikoku matsuri is an annual festival that celebrates the god of fortune held every mid-January. It is believed to bring good luck which is visited and attended by many Japanese people.

Genre: Japanese Festival
Location: Kanda Myojin Shrine
Dates: January 14 and 15, 2024
Website: https://www.kandamyoujin.or.jp/

10. Winter Festival Local Sake and Dishes 2024

Winter Festival Local Sake and Dishes 2024-min
© 2023, 冬祭!地酒&地肴2023 in 代々木

Is a food and sake festival where you can taste different types of local Japanese sake and gourmets. There are other activities to enjoy such as performances and vendors.

Genre: Festival
Location: Yoyogi Park
Dates: January 26 to 28, 2024
Website: https://fuyumatsuri-japan.com/



One of the popular activities this winter in Tokyo that starts this January is Ice Skating and Tokyo Skytree is one of the places in Tokyo that offers this activity.

Genre: Sports
Location: Tokyo Skytree Town 4th Floor Sky Arena
Dates: January 4 to March 10, 2024
Website: https://www.tokyo-skytree.jp/

For more information about the Ice Skating Spot in Tokyo, check out the following article!

▶︎Best Ice Skating Spot in Tokyo 2023-2024

In addition to those seasonal events, there are more things to do in Tokyo in January. Check more details in these articles below.

▶Tokyo in January: Best Things to Do

▶Best Things to Do in Tokyo in Winter

Also, be sure to check other things to do in Tokyo in 2024 from the following article!

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