Guide to New Year’s Eve in Tokyo: Top Parties and Traditional Events

Sure, New Year’s is typically a family holiday in Japan where you get your fill of osechi fare and sake, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of opportunities for revelry and mild shenanigans. Follow the Champagne trail in our guide to New Year’s Eve in Tokyo to discover some of the city’s most electric parties, as well as a couple of traditional options should you prefer to ring some bells (literally) and wish good health for your loved ones at Tokyo’s temples and shrines. Regardless, get ready to party like it’s 2019. (Click on the event names for more information.)

2019 Countdown Lounge Event at Peak Lounge & Bar

Park Hyatt Tokyo welcomes you to celebrate the countdown to 2019 in sophisticated, chic style with live music and stunning panoramic glittering night views from the 41st floor atrium of The Peak Lounge & Bar. Headlining this year’s celebration is critically acclaimed Japanese DJ, Ko Kimura, returning alongside DSKE (Motorpool) and Dazzle Drums. Price includes light canapés, cocktails and free-flowing Champagne.

When: December 31
How much: ¥20,000¥150,000

Traditional Japanese New Year at Zojoji Temple

On the first day of the New Year, the Japanese tradition of Joya no Kane (New Year’s bell) dictates that the large bells inside Buddhist temples are struck 108 times. The number 108 represents the number of bonnou (earthly desires of man) that bring suffering. The ringing of the bells gets rid of evil spirits, allowing you to welcome the New Year with a clean spirit.

When: January 1, 2019
How much: Free

Hatsumode and Joyasai at Meiji Shrine

Hatsumode, or first shrine visit of the year, is the traditional Japanese way to welcome the New Year, and Meiji Shrine is one of the most popular locations for the event. Join over three million people during the first three days of the year to pray and purchase items such as bells and votive tablets featuring 2019’s zodiac animal. You can also attend the joyasai year-end ritual, or the last ceremony of the year, where Shinto priests pray for peace in the coming year and give thanks to the past year for its smooth passing and safety. 

When: December 31, 2018 – January 3, 2019
How much: Free

Final Heisei Countdown Party at Shangri-La Hotel Tokyo

Ring in the New Year at Shangri-La Hotel Tokyo’s final countdown party of the Heisei era. The extravagant party will feature live music, DJs, Champagne, Shangri-La’s original Heisei cocktail, midnight snacks, and much more. Prepare to dress in your flashiest piece, as the party’s dress code is “golden glitz,” appropriately matching the extravaganza.

When: December 31
How much: ¥20,000¥50,000

2019 Countdown Party at Ageha

Dance your way into the New Year at Ageha’s countdown to 2019 party, featuring the acclaimed DJ unit Showtek. With hits such as “We Like to Party,” “Booyah,” and “Bad,” the two brothers are set to fire up the dance floor and lead partygoers into the early hours of 2019. Following on from their appearance at Ageha’s 2017 countdown party, this year’s gig promises to deliver a thrilling and unforgettable night.

When: December 31
How much: ¥2,980-¥9,980

New Year’s Eve at Tokyo DisneyLand and Tokyo DisneySea

Celebrate the New Year with a bang at the magical worlds of Tokyo DisneyLand and Tokyo DisneySea. The parks invite guests to party through the night to see the first sunrise of 2019 and take advantage of thrilling attractions through the next day. At midnight, marvel at the explosion of colorful fireworks after an animated countdown.

When: December 31, 2018
How much: ¥88,100-¥238,400

Vision New Year’s Eve Countdown Party 2019

Pioneering DJ and producer Derrick May returns to Tokyo to perform at Sound Museum Vision for its annual countdown. The Detroit legend first appeared at Vision for the 2011 countdown party alongside Jeff Mills, causing quite a sensation. DJ Ken Ishii will accompany May to entertain partygoers on this exceptional night.

When: December 31
How much: ¥2,500-¥5,000

Womb Presents New Year Countdown to 2019

Count down to 2019 and party through the early hours of the New Year at Womb. This year’s special guest DJ will be Grammy-nominated and internationally acclaimed Nic Fanciulli, performing a special six-hour set. He is most known for his presence in Ibiza where he has worked at famed clubs Pacha and Space. So you know you’re in good hands for an unforgettable New Year’s night.

When: December 31
How much: ¥3,500-¥5,000

Whistlebump Countdown to 2019

Whistlebump brings back addictive beats for another unforgettable New Year’s Eve! Known to deliver when it comes to DJ lineups, Whistlebump will surpass expectations again this year with acclaimed underground DJs including Groove Patrol, Aron T, Masaki Kawamura, Taichi Kawahira, Yuki, Sho Yamamoto, and Tamoinai. Prepare to be surprised throughout the night – we won’t give away what Whistlebump has in store for you, but it definitely won’t disappoint.

When: December 31
How much: ¥3,000-¥4,500

Tableaux New Year’s Eve

Tableaux in Daikanyama will welcome the new year in style, presenting live music in the lounge and patio areas. The lounge area will boast the Shu Ishikawa Trio to give Tableaux Lounge its signature sophisticated jazz atmosphere, while on the patio, the Nico Asakura Quartet will team up with belly dancer Chisato to deliver a unique performance.

When: December 31
How much: ¥2,000 (one drink included)

Legato New Year’s Eve Celebration

Celebrate the New Year at Cafe Legato’s New Year’s Eve party. From the 15th floor of E Space Tower at the top of Dogenzaka, Cafe Legato boasts a picturesque view of the city at night. DJs will set the mood for the party while guests have the option of ordering from the restaurant’s special one-night only course that comes with a complimentary glass of vintage Dom Perignon Champagne. Latin band Alexander LP & Puros Habanos will take to the stage for a lively performance to lead you into the new year.

When: December 31
How much: free entry

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