As the year draws to a close, Tokyo transforms into a world of dazzling lights and lively festivities, setting the stage for an unforgettable New Year’s celebration. From spectacular countdown events to serene temple rituals, the city offers a myriad of ways to ring in the New Year. Whether you’re seeking the exhilaration of a bustling countdown party or the serenity of a temple bell tolling in the new dawn, Tokyo provides an array of experiences to suit every taste. Immerse yourself in the city’s celebratory atmosphere while staying at our hotels—THE LIVELY TOKYO AZABUJUBAN, HOTEL GRAPHY NEZU, or The Millennial Shibuya—as they embrace the festive New Year’s season with a warm and inviting ambiance and an array of exciting events. Our dedicated staff is committed to ensuring that your stay is not only comfortable but also brimming with the joy and warmth that characterize the New Year festivities.

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Attend the Joya no Kane Ceremony

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This age-old tradition is celebrated at numerous temples across the country, with Senso-ji in Asakusa standing as a prominent venue. As the clock strikes midnight, colossal bells toll 108 times, each chime resonating with significance, representing the 108 human sins in Buddhist belief. The rhythmic echoes of the bells are believed to purify the soul, casting away earthly desires and paving the way for a fresh start. Participating in the Joya no Kane ceremony provides a unique opportunity to connect with the spiritual essence of Japan and share in the collective contemplation of the past year. The event draws locals and visitors alike, fostering a sense of unity in reflection and renewal.

Visit a Shrine for Hatsumode

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Hatsumode is the inaugural shrine visit of the year. Head to iconic shrines such as Meiji Shrine in Shibuya or Senso-ji in Asakusa to partake in this auspicious ritual. As you approach the shrine precincts, witness the air come alive with festive energy. Engage in heartfelt prayers for health, happiness and prosperity, and partake in the age-old custom of purchasing omamori, or lucky charms, believed to bring protection and good luck. The bustling atmosphere, adorned with traditional decorations and street vendors offering delectable treats, adds to the enchantment of the Hatsumode experience.

Watch the First Sunrise (Hatsuhinode)

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Extend the magic of New Year’s celebrations by venturing to breathtaking locations such as Odaiba or Tokyo Bay to witness the ethereal beauty of Hatsuhinode, the first sunrise of the year. Embraced as a symbol of hope, renewal and good fortune, Hatsuhinode holds profound cultural significance in Japan. Crowds gather at these picturesque spots, eager to catch the first glimpse of the sun ascending over the horizon, casting a warm glow on the landscape. As the sky transforms into a canvas of hues, from soft pinks to golden yellows, the moment is steeped in a sense of awe and tranquility. Many believe that observing Hatsuhinode brings blessings for the coming year, making it a cherished tradition that transcends generations.

Enjoy Osechi Ryori

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Osechi Ryori is an exquisite assortment of special dishes steeped in cultural significance. As the clock strikes midnight, households across Japan unveil meticulously prepared Osechi Ryori, each dish symbolizing various wishes for the upcoming year, such as prosperity, health and happiness. To partake in this culinary celebration, many restaurants curate beautifully crafted Osechi Ryori boxes, offering a convenient and luxurious way to experience the diverse flavors and artistry of this New Year’s feast. These boxes feature an array of delicacies, from sweet black beans (kuromame) representing health to vibrant layers of colorful fish cakes (kamaboko) symbolizing joy and celebration.


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A little urban oasis located in the heart of Yanesen and near Ueno station. This hostel-like space is the perfect place to come together and take a break from busy Tokyo.

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