New Year countdown

New Year Countdown Events – New Year’s has become a popular time for overseas visitors to visit Japan and yet there is very little New Year count down event information available in English online.  Over the last couple of years I have tried to bridge that gap by sharing information of events I know of in the Greater Tokyo area.

However, as I have personally NOT been to most of these events, I do recommend you research further before choosing which event to go to.  (*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.)

Update 2021 **This post was written in 2017, a republish of the original 2015 list, but the places listed here normally have New Year events every year**. However, due to the pandemic, there are very few countdown to 2022 events on December 31st 2021. But I have highlighted those going ahead on December 31st 2021 below:

Confirmed Countdown to 2022 events in Tokyo

🎍SHIN KIBA, The Final Countdown to 2022 at Ageha

The 20th and last ever countdown at Ageha in Shin Kiba. The end of an era. In previous years this event was aptly named “the best countdown to 20xx”, this year it is an equally apt event name: THE FINAL COUNTDOWN. (And now that song is stuck in my head!) Ageha is a famous dance club venue, the largest in Tokyo. However, it is closing permanently in January 2022. It always had a great New Year’s event, from 9 pm to sunrise (doors open at 8.30 pm). You need to buy a ticket in advance. (They do say they sell tickets on the day, subject to availability but they are always sold out by the 31st). Tickets are already on sale and will be until the 29th of December. It is usually around 5,000 yen per person, but this year surprisingly it is the cheaper price of 4,000 yen per person. They had an early bird price too, but it is already sold out as of December 20th 2021.

Official event web page

🎍SHIBUYA, Womb presents New Year Countdown to 2022

The event at the popular nightclub Womb usually starts from 9 pm and runs until to 4.30 am. However, this year it will start at the later time of 10 pm. Another change is that in a “normal” year, an internationally acclaimed DJ headlines the show. However, in the countdown to 2022 it is all Japan based DJs. Ticket prices vary, as you can see in the photo above. It is cheapest to buy a ticket in advance, and they are already on sale.

Official event web page, with link to purchase an advance ticket.

🎍SHIBUYA, Ruby Room New Year Countdown to 2022

Another countdown event in Shibuya on New Year’s eve, December 31st 2021 to New Year’s day 2022. A twelve hour session of live music at the very affordable and reasonable price of only 2000 yen per person. Moreover, that price includes one drink! The music venue opens at 6 pm and closes at 6 am. You can catch the first sunrise of the year on your way home!

Official website with information in both English and Japanese.


New Year Countdown Events Tokyo in a usual year

🎍IKEBUKURO, Sky Circus Sunshine 60 2018 Countdown Special

There is currently no count down event scheduled for Sky Circus in 2021 / 2022. They will open their doors early for a special first sunrise event. First sunrise event information on the official site and even more sunrise events here.

In a usual (non pandemic) year: This special event in Sky Circus will start at 8 pm and finish around 1 am. The tickets are more expensive this year. If you purchase in advance they cost 2,600 yen. They have 800 tickets for advance purchase and only 200 tickets available on the day. There is a 200 yen discount for people with a “Skypass”.  Children 3 years old and younger are free. They will have live performances and you can experience some of their Virtual Reality machines for free. Phone: 03-3989-3457

Official website

🎍ASAKUSA, Countdown event in Hanayashiki Amusement Park.

There is no countdown to 2022 event in Hanayashiki Amusement Park this year.

In a usual (non pandemic) year: This is probably the best known countdown event in the Tokyo area. The park will open for this special New Years and Illumination event from 9 pm on the 31st to 2 am on the 1st. The price went up considerably last year, but this year it has come down again. It costs 2000 yen for adults and children over 12. It is a 1000 yen for children under 12. Please see the linked website for more details on prices and tickets. Not all of the park will be open, but there will be certain areas open and stage events. The ticket includes unlimited access to 10 rides, which include the merry-go-round, Little Star and Helicopter rides.

Hanayashiki Countdown official webpage (Japanese only)

🎍JOYPOLIS, Countdown Party 2017 ➡ 2018

There doesn’t appear to be a countdown to 2022 event in Joypolis this year.

This lively event runs from 11.15 pm on New Year’s Eve. The draw for a special cracker starts at 9 pm. They are only given to 1000 people.  They have live music and comedic performances. Tickets went on sale last week. You can also buy a ticket on the day, subject to availability. They have different types of tickets which grant different type of access. Their system is a little convoluted, but basically a ticket costs around 3000 yen.  Access: 5 minute walk from Odaiba station. More details on the official site;

URL: Event information for Joypolis Countdown Party 2018 (Japanese only)

🎍IKEBUKURO, Namja Countdown Party 2017 ➡2018

There is currently no information for a New Year party this year.

A very popular countdown event is in Namja Town, Sunshine City. The store opens from 10 am on the 31st until 5 am on New Year’s day (last entry 4 am). However, unlike last year they will not have special events all day. Their New Year events will start from about 8 pm. The “Countdown Stage” starts from 11.30 pm.  They will have a special New Year’s menu available. The basic entry for Namja Town is 500 yen for adults, 300 yen for children 4 years old or over, but that does not include any attractions. You can pay for various packages or pay per attraction if you prefer.  Access: 8 minute walk from Ikebukuro Station.

URL:  Namja Countdown Party 2018 official event page. 

🎍EDOGAWA, Kasai Rinkai Park Ferris Wheel Countdown

Kasai

There is no official event in 2022. However, it would seem they are expecting people to turn up on New Year’s day 2022 for hatsuhinode. They have put a strong request on their website not to cycle / drive in the area from 2 am in the morning. In a normal year, the ferris wheel is lit up. The event is free, but you have to pay 700 yen to ride the ferris wheel. In a normal year there is live entertainment. And it opens from 11 pm to 0.30 am on the 1st. But not in 2022.

URL: Kasai Ferris Wheel homepage

🎍SUMIDA, 2016/7 Countdown at Higashi Shirahige Park

Image from Jorudan, click on the image to be brought to their site

The riverside area has a long running year-end event and more recently illumination with lanterns, too. It is a free event. It starts 15 minutes before midnight.  Illumination starts at 5 pm and on New Years is on until 6 am on New Year’s day. The countdown event starts at 11.45 pm. Not confirmed for 2022. Access: 12 minute walk from Tobu Skytree line’s Higashi Mukojima station.

No official website. Queries to 03-3619-8888.

🎍ROPPONGI, 2017 Year-end Funk Party

Roppongi Count Down event 2018

The Year-end Funk party will be held at Billboard live at Tokyo Midtown Garden Terrace.  It includes 2 performances by Con Funk Shun. The 1st performance is from 6.30 pm, the 2nd from 10.30 pm.  The 2nd stage includes the New Year countdown and tickets are more expensive. Tickets start from 9,300 yen.  Access: 5 minute walk from Roppongi Station.

Event UrlBillboard live Countdown party information

🎍TOKYO BAY, Countdown Cruising, New Year’s Eve 2017/8

In a normal year: 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 1.20 am. The Classic cruise costs 14,500 yen and leaves at 22.30, returning at 1.10 am New Year’s Day. You can book from 10 am to 7.30 pm on 03-3798-8101.  You can also book a cruise to see the first sunrise of 2018. It departs the bay at 5.50 am.

General information in Englishhttps://www.symphony-cruise.co.jp/english/index.html

Event URL: https://www.symphony-cruise.co.jp/season/detail.php?p=1201 (Japanese only)

🎍GINZA, SHIBUYA, SHINJUKU Hooters Countdown Party

new year countdown japan
From the official site, click on the image to be brought to the website

Another one just for adults. Every year the Ginza, Shibuya and Shinjuku branches of Hooters throw Countdown parties. This year each branch has a DJ as well as other guests. Each branch’s party runs at different times as you can see in the photo above.  You can also see the prices are different. The prices at the top that are larger, beside a pink icon, are the prices for tickets bought in advance. The prices underneath reflect the cost of tickets purchased on the day.

URL: https://www.hooters.co.jp/news/3063/

 New Year Countdown Events Tokyo

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 2017/ 2018. There are other types of events you can enjoy, too. For example  there is the Japan only event of buying Daruma.  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? Three very big reasons; the first sunrise AND the first glimpse of Mt Fuji for 2018 and age old New Year traditional ceremonies. Mt Takao cable car runs from 8 am on New Years Eve right through to 6 pm on New Year’s Day.

2 Comments

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      Hi Andy, thanks a million. I hope some people find it of use and can find a suitable New Year Countdown event near them.

      I hope you have a very merry holiday period too. 🙂 Yoroshiku for 2018 too! xx

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