New Year’s Eve in Tokyo: Best Countdown Events in Tokyo 2023–2024
Best Countdown Parties on New Year’s Eve in Tokyo 2023–2024
It’s already this time of year again! We are about to say goodbye to 2023 and welcome the 2024 New Year very very soon. If you are planning to spend your winter holiday in Japan over the Christmas/New Year period, it maybe a good idea to join one of countdown events which will be held at several locations in Tokyo.
Why don’t you have a special moment on the last day of the year, and celebrate the coming year! In this article, I am going to introduce some of the most exciting events and the best spots for countdown in Tokyo 2023 New Year’s Eve!
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New Year Cruise
The most spectacular and romantic way to celebrate the New Year. Board on a luxury cruise and sail around the Tokyo Bay with exclusive buffet style dinner and live music. You can enjoy amazing views with some Tokyo’s landmarks such as Rainbow bridge, Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Skytree while celebrating New Year. Besides the countdown cruise, a first sunrise cruise is also available, departing in early morning to capture the very first sunrise of the year.
HAPPY NEW YEAR TOKYO
Happy New Year Tokyo is a New Year’s Eve event held at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building’s Tokyo Prefecture Hall Civic Plaza in Shinjuku area. The event will celebrate the New Year with a lantern ceremony, light effects of projection mapping and guest appearance of Piko Taro (remember the Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen guy?) and Hello Kitty.
The oldest amusement park in Japan, Asakusa Hanayashiki is located closed to the famous Sensoji Temple in Asakusa area. The park hosts a countdown event on New Year’s Eve every year. The event kicks off at 9pm after the regular operation hour of the park ends and features nighttime attractions and stage performances of comedians.
Related article: Hanayashiki: An Amusement Park in Asakusa
Luxury hotels have became a popular venue for countdown parties in Tokyo over the past years, and more and more hotels are now hosting countdown parties on New Year’s Eve including Part Hyatt Tokyo, Hilton Tokyo, ANA InterContinental Tokyo, Prince Hotel, Mandarin Oriental Tokyo and more. Each hotel offers different plans, but usually you can celebrate with free flow drinks, food buffet and live music performance in their bars and lounges. Some venues offer spectacular views of Tokyo’s skyline.
Numbers of clubs and bars in Tokyo host New Year’s Eve countdown events including Womb in Shibuya, Liquidroom in Ebisu, Zero Tokyo in Shinjuku and CIRCUS Tokyo in Roppongi. Some clubs features special DJs playing exclusively to celebrate the New Year’s Day. Tickets for many popular clubs are sold in advance and could sell out quickly, but many clubs can be entered on the same day without advanced tickets.
Looking for a traditional way to celebrate the New Year in Japan?? Then join a Hatsumode, the first visit to a shrine or temple in the new year. It’s the most common and traditional custom to celebrate the year new in Japan. Many shrines and temples get crowded from the night of New Year’s Eve by prayers. You can learn more about Hatsumode in Japan and where to go for Hatsumode from the link below.
Check out the best countdown events in Japan!
How would like to celebrate the 2024 New Year?? It’s the most exciting and festive time of the year in Japan, so let’s go big and party all night long at one of these countdown events! For more information about holiday season in Japan, please check out useful links listed below!