Hatsumode and Joyasai at Meiji Shrine: New Year Celebration
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. You will hear pounding on the drum in the honden (main hall) of Meiji Shrine at the beginning and end of the event.
The shrine will be open from 6:40am on December 31 to 4:20pm on January 1.
Joyasai will be at 4pm on December 31.