Are you spending New Year Eve in Tokyo? What do locals do on New Year’s Eve? Typical and traditional way to spend New Year Eve to Japanese is to stay at home, watch the TV Show called “Kohaku Uta Gassen”, which is like a music show popular artists sing songs, and quietly listen to the sound of “Joya no Kane” (bells ringing out the old year) from temples in the neighborhood.
Some people choose to go out and participate in countdown events. If you are in Tokyo at this time of the year, below are things you might consider to participate!
New Years Eve countdown events in Tokyo
WOMB PRESENTS NEW YEAR COUNTDOWN to 2020
WOMB is a famous and popular club in Shibuya, to both locals and tourists. If you decide to spend New Year’s Eve in WOMB, great music and fun atmosphere is promised! Popular DJs, both domestic and international will participate in this event. How about welcoming the new year with great music?
Address: 2-16 Maruyamacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Access: 10 minutes walk from Shibuya Station
COUNTDOWN JAPAN 19/20
COUNTDOWN JAPAN is the annual music festival held at Makuhari Messe in Chiba Prefecture. About 50 some Japanese bands and DJs are performing at this event for four days from 28 Dec. On New Year’s Eve, the event will be held until 4:00 AM on five different stages. If you like Japanese band music, it is a great idea to spend New Year Eve here.
Website: http://countdownjapan.jp/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 2 Chome-1 Nakase Mihama-ku, Chiba-shi, Chiba
Access: 10 minutes walk from Kaihin Makuhari Station.
IKSPIARI Countdown 2020
IKSPIARI is the shopping mall located near Tokyo Disney Land. Every year, they hold the countdown event at the Celebration Plaza on the second floor. The most fun part is after it turned to a new year - the shops will start selling Fukubukuro (lucky bags) from 0:00 AM! You can begin your first shopping of the year right after welcoming the new year.
Address: 1-4 Maihama, Urayasu-City, Chiba Prefecture
Access: 3 minutes walk from Tsukuba Express Asakusa Station and 5 minutes walk from Metro Asakusa Station
Tokyo Kasai Rinkai Park
Tokyo Kasai Rinkai Park has a big Ferris wheel, and countdown event will be operated near this Ferris wheel. The Ferris wheel will be dark for a second at midnight and then will lighten up again. Because the park is close to Tokyo Disney Resort, you will get to see the fireworks of Disney Land. The Ferris wheel is operated until 8:00 AM in the morning every New Year's Day!
Website: http://www.senyo.co.jp/kasai/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 6 Chome-2 Rinkaicho Edogawa-ku, Tokyo
Access: 1-minute walk from Kasai Rinkai Koen Station
Special Countdown Fes GO! 2020 in SKY CIRCUS Sunshine 60 Observation Deck
This event is held at the observation deck of Ikebukuro Sunshine City. So you can start the new year above the sky! Not only you can enjoy the beautiful night view of Tokyo, there will be various shows and concerts. The entry is for limited number of people so make sure to get a ticket in advance if you want to secure the entry.
Address: 3-1-3 Higashiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Access: 10 minutes walk from Ikebukuro Station
Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise Happy Island Countodown 2020
Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise is an amusement park with aquarium and attractions such as roller coaster. The amusement park and aquarium are open all night after midnight. There will be beautiful fireworks at midnight. Because the park is located along the seaside, you will get to see the beautiful “Hatsuhinode”, the first sunrise, at here.
Address: Hakkeijima, Kanazawa Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture
Access: 10 minutes walk from Hakkeijima Station
Visit Temples allow visitors to ring “Joya No Kane”
Joya No Kane is a tradition in Japan where the large bells inside Buddhist temples are struck 108 times on the New Year. 108 times represents the number of “Bonnou”, evil passions or desires of man to bring suffering to lives. By ringing the bell, we make wishes to get rid of these evil desires and welcome the new year with a clean mind.
Since this is part of a religious ceremony, not all temples allow visitors to ring the bell. Below are few of the temples that accept visitors. Participate in ringing the bell and get rid of evil desires before welcoming the new year!
Ikegami Honmonji Temple
Ikegami Honmonji Temple is one of the largest temples in Tokyo. They distribute tickets from 11:00 PM and allows 600 visitors to ring the bell. This place is popular so recommended to be here early!
Address: 1 Chome-1-1 Ikegami Ota-ku, Tokyo
Access: 10 minutes walk from Tokyu Ikegami Line Ikegami Station
Araiyakishi Baishoin Temple
Araiyakushi Baishoin Temple is known for luck relating to the eye. The bell will be struck from 11:45 PM. They sell tickets with lucky charms until 108 times after that is allowed by donation. The line will be cut at 2:00 AM.
Address: 5 Chome-3-5 Arai Nakano-ku, Tokyo
Access: 5 minutes walk from Seibu Shinjuku Line Araiyakushimae Station
The temple bell at Homyoji Temple is designated as Important Cultural Property by Tokyo Government. Visitors are accepted until 0:30 AM and for the first 800 arrivals.
Website: http://www.homyoji.or.jp/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 3 Chome-18-18 Minamiikebukuro Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Access: 15 minutes walk from Ikebukuro Station
Zojoji Temple is the famous temple near Tokyo Tower. The tickets are limited and have already started selling from 1 Dec, so need to ask the temple directly if tickets are still left.
Website: http://www.zojoji.or.jp/event/ev_hatsumoude.html (Japanese Only) http://www.zojoji.or.jp/en/
Address: 4-7-35 Shibakoen Minato-ku, Tokyo
Access: 8 minutes walk from Toei Mita Line Shiba-Koen Station
Please refer to the official announcements for the latest information.