This post was for New Year’s Eve 2015 New Year’s Day 2016, you can find New Year’s Eve 2016, New Year’s 2017 here:
New Year Countdown Events Japan 2016/7 | Tokyo
There have been a number of queries on Japan Travel Friendly Discussion Group, a Facebook group I help administer, about things to do in Tokyo for the New Year. Bait taken. Hereafter a selection of New Year COUNTDOWN events in the Greater Tokyo Area. A separate post for NEW YEAR’S DAY will follow soon.
Most of this information is EXCLUSIVE and not available mainstream yet This information is now publicly available on the official websites and other webpages. (*The Johnny’s countdown party in Tokyo Dome is near impossible to get tickets for, so there is no information for that popular event on this page.)
ASAKUSA, Countdown event in Hanayashiki Amusement Park.
Information about the event is not on their website yet, but they will add it soon. You heard it here first! The park will open for this special event from 9pm on the 31st to 2am on the 1st. It will cost 1000 yen per person from 2 years old up. Not all of the park will be open, but there will be certain areas open and stage events. The ticket includes unlimited access to 9 rides, which include the merry-go-round, Little Star and Helicopter rides.
URL: Hanayashiki Countdown official webpage (Japanese only)
IKEBUKURO, Nanja Countdown Party 2016
for this event is also not mainstream yet, but it will be added to the official website soon was added on December 7th. The event will take place from opening hours on the 31st and Namja Town will remain open until 5am on the 1st. They will have a special New Year’s menu available. Entry is 500 yen for adults, 300 yen for children 4 years old or over. http://www.namco.co.jp/tp/namja/news/000682.html You can also get live updates from their Twitter, if you read Japanese: Namja Town Twitter feed.
JOYPOLIS, Countdown Party 2016
This lively event runs from 11pm on New Year’s Eve to 5am on New Year’s Day. They start the New Year off with bingo. Entry into Joypolis is 800 yen for adults and 300 yen for children of school going age. This includes access to some of the main stage events on New Year’s Eve. However, for the countdown parties you have to pay extra. A ticket bought in advance can be used from 8pm on New Year’s Eve. Those tickets are already on sale and can be bought in any Lawson – the code is 33417. A ticket bought on New Year’s eve can be used from 10pm. Both cost 2,400 yen for adults and 1,900 yen for children.
URL: Joypolis Countdown Event
EDOGAWA, Kasai Rinkai Park Ferris Wheel Countdown
The event is free, but you have to pay 700 yen to ride the ferris wheel. There will be live entertainment. It opens from 23.30 to 0.30 on the 1st. There is no official information on the website yet.
This park is also running another event for New Year’s – on the 2nd and 3rd the first 200 customers will receive a special mini “Lucky Bag”.
URL: Kasai Ferris Wheel homepage
**For REGULAR business days (NOT valid for New Years special event) there is a coupon on their website for a discounted price of 630 yen. This coupon can be used up until March 31st 2016. It has to be printed off, you cannot just show on your mobile. http://www.senyo.co.jp/kasai/coupon.html
SUMIDA, 2016 Countdown at Higashi Shirahige Park
The riverside area has a long running year-end event and more recently illumination, too. It is a free event. It starts 15 minutes before midnight. Illumination starts at 5pm and on New Years is on until 6am on New Year’s day. Queries to 03-3619-8888.
TOKYO BAY, Countdown Cruising, New Year’s Eve 2015
For adults, there are two different cruises you can enjoy on New Year’s eve in Tokyo Bay. Both provide a meal, a glass of champagne plus another free drink and music. The buffet course cruise costs 13,500 yen per person and leaves Tokyo Bay at 22.50 returning to land at 1.20am. The symphony cruise costs 14,500 yen and leaves at 22.30, returning at 1.10am New Year’s Day. You can book from 10am to 7.30pm on 03-3798-8101. You can find more information in Japanese on their website.
URL: Countdown Cruising Website
AGEHA, Ageha Countdown 2016
**This one is not suited to children**. Ageha is a famous dance club venue in Shin Kiba. It has a great New Year’s event, from 9m to sunrise. This year’s line up is the EDM superstars W&W as well as DJ Kaori, among others. You need to buy a ticket in advance. Tickets are already on sale and will be until the 29th of December. It is 4,980 yen per person. There’s lot of little events on during the night, including a Ageha shrine and the traditional food of soba. The phone number is 03-5534-2525.
URL: Ageha Countdown 2016
ENYUJI, Night bells and Projection Mapping
Enjoy a mixture of old and new traditions at the Enyuji Temple in Meguro. Colourful images, including pictures drawn by children, are projected onto the temple. There are 5 free showings scheduled for New Year’s eve night at 21.00, 21.30, 22.00, 22.30 and 23.00. From 23.30 they will ring the temple bell 108 times, an age old New Year’s Eve tradition. The bell tolls are to rid us of our 108 worldly desires! The phone number is 03-3712-2098.
URL: Enyuuji (Information in Japanese only)
(The tradition of ringing the temple bell 108 times is practised in many temples all over Japan on New Year’s eve night, I mentioned this one due to the projection mapping shows.)
IKSPIARI, Countdown Live 2016
The free area beside Tokyo Disney resort will host a free live countdown in the Celebration Plaza. The tribute band Queeness are performing live from 11.30pm to 0.15am. A concurrent event is the sale of fukubukuro, lucky bags, from midnight. Restaurants are open until 1am and shops until 3am.
URL: Official Ikspiari Website
OSANBASHI, Yokohama Countdown
Live FREE music concert in the passenger terminal of Osanbashi pier from 8pm to 4am. The line up includes Y.M.G, Good Coming, Star Bell Plus and Lili. From 0.30am until sunrise they are showing movies for free. This event is taking place on the 2nd floor of CIQ Plaza of the International Passenger terminal.
Unfortunately, they haven’t released information publicly yet. WATCH THIS SPACE!
URL: Osanbashi Event page .
Event flyer: http://www.ppit.biz/osanbashi-root/event/151231_CountDown/151231_CountDown.pdf
Information about Osanbashi in English: http://www.osanbashi.com/en/outline/
HAKKEJIMA SEA PARADISE, Happy Island Countdown
Hakkejima Sea Paradise’s New Year celebrations start at 7pm on New Year’s eve and run all night. You can even witness 2016’s first sunrise over Boso Peninsula at around 6.50am. There will be live music and comedian performances throughout the New Year celebrations. Fireworks synchronised to music will see out the old year and welcome in the new one. This popular countdown event has been running since about 2000 and draws crowds. You can already purchase tickets online. The Countdown All Night Pass with special illumination (at 20.30 OR 21.30) included is 3,500 yen per person over 4 years old. Without illumination is 3,000 yen per person.
URL: Happy Island Countdown 2016
Information about Hakkejima Sea Paradise in English: http://www.seaparadise.co.jp/english/
YOKOSUKA Countdown 2016
From 6pm to 1am on New Year’s day you can enjoy the holiday atmosphere of Yokosuka as thousands celebrate in Verny Park, close to Yokosuka station. Two of the highlights of the night are the navy ships covered in lights and the fireworks show at midnight. Queries to the Yokosuka City Tourism Association 046-825-1080. *This event may not take place if there is bad weather.*
FUJIQ HIGHLAND, Countdown live
You can attend the event if you buy an entry ticket for the amusement park on the 31st. If you buy the pass after 5pm, it gives you access until 8pm on the 1st. They have a decent line up of comedians and TV “talents” for the main stage. There are fireworks around midnight. For those attending the FujiQ New Year party you can enjoy ice-skating all through the night for free.
URL: FujiQ Highland Countdown Live
Information about FujiQ in English: FujiQ Official English website
Please note that some of these events will be dependent on weather, so if it is a rainy or stormy day on the 31st please do check the homepages or ring the numbers provided to see if the events will go ahead.
This is just some of the special events on for New Year’s Eve 2015/2016. There are other types of events you can enjoy, too. For example, a lot of Japanese people go to a shrine or temple to welcome the New Year. My pick for the Greater Tokyo area is the Yakuouin Temple on Mt Takao. However, it is cold, dark and crowded. So why do people go? Two very big reasons; the first sunrise AND the first glimpse of Mt Fuji for 2016. Mt Takao cable car runs from 8am on New Years Eve right through to 6pm on New Year’s Day.
For even more suggestions of great ways/places to spend New Year’s Eve, please see the comprehensive list with details on http://www.newyearsevetokyo2015.com/ Separate posts on New Year’s day and early New Year will follow on this blog soon.