Tokyo New Years Countdown

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日本東京 Tokyo New Year’s Eve Event Review

There are many New Years Eve parties in different suburbs across the city of Tokyo, but the biggest one is probably the countdown event at Zojoji Temple (増上寺) next to the iconic landmark—Tokyo Tower. There will be a varieties of local food stands, bell ringing and prayers ceremony, but there won’t be any fireworks! At the New Year’s Countdown, the Tokyo Tower will change colors and display the number of the corresponding new year. After the countdown, the main building of the temple will be open for prayers and for people who want to see the Buddha. There will be lots of crowds who have to line up to enter the prayers room, so be prepared it takes time.

Travel Tips

First Tip: If you plan to attend this event, one important tip that I can give you as a foreign tourist is to book hotel early, preferably in early September!

Second Tip: Make sure you book a hotel nearby Zojoji Temple!!! The hotels around the temple get booked up very fast around the time of New Year, so book early to get the cheapest rate and more importantly to get the room!

Why all that hassle? Tokyo subway lines are closed shortly after 12 midnight. If you cannot catch the last train home, you will have to take taxi. Taxi is expensive in Tokyo! If you don’t want to break your bank, make sure you book a hotel nearby the temple. This way, you can enjoy the prayers ceremony after the countdown event without rush. The subway is most likely closed after you finish prayers ceremony. Furthermore, you don’t really want to catch the last train, because it will be jam packed with people. I had experienced the last train once, and hope I don’t have to do it again. People just keep coming into the train through the door, despite the train is really really REALLY FULL already. There isn’t any personal space to speak of. You will be sandwiched among people, shoulder to shoulder, butt to butt, and you don’t even have to hold onto any pole when the train is moving, because your neighbors kinda stabilize you. It’s that crazy! So, why not do yourself a favor? Book a hotel nearby the temple, enjoy the New Years event, and have a nice sleep afterward. No sweat!

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The front gate of Zojoji Temple, where New Years Countdown is held.

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I went there around 10pm and there were lots of crowds already.

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People just kept coming in. Lots of crowds stood in front of Zojoji Temple, waiting for the countdown.

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Each year, a selected few will be able to ring this giant bell, right after the countdown is over.

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Another view of Tokyo Tower before the countdown.

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Tokyo Tower is orange before the countdown and will change colors afterwards.

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The whole place was jam packed. Shoulder to shoulder; butt to butt. Very difficult to move about.

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After the countdown, Tokyo Tower changed to purple and displayed the corresponding number for the new year.

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Happy New Year from Tokyo!

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After the countdown, the main building of Zojoji Temple will open to allow prayers to enter. Or, you can take pictures around the temple, like me. :-)

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Tokyo New Year's Eve Celebration in Zojoji Temple

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Tokyo New Year's Eve Celebration in Zojoji Temple

Map and Direction

The exact location of Tokyo New Years Eve Countdown Party is indicated by Red Pin on the following map (click EXTERNAL LINK below to view map). It is easily accessible from the nearby Hamamatsucho Station (浜松町駅) of the convenient Yamanote Line (山手線). Yamanote Line is part of the Tokyo subway that goes in a circle around the Tokyo city to many local attractions. This subway line announces in Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean and thus is very popular among foreign tourists. The other nearest station is Daimon Station (大門駅) of Oedo Line (大江戸線) and Asakusa Line (浅草線).


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