Along with our roundup of what’s going on around town for the weekend, in this edition we’ve included a few events where you can welcome 2018 in styles ranging from elegantly classy to fist-pumpingly raucous. As always, for more details, click on the header for more details about each event.
Comiket‘s biannual “comic market” closes out the year for self-published comic lovers, cosplayers and otaku everywhere.
Ukrainian National Opera Orchestra Perform Beethoven and Schubert
The Ukrainian National Opera Orchestra perform two classical masterpieces in a night of spectacular symphony! The prestigious orchestra returns to Japan and Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall for two nights to perform Beethoven’s magnificent Ninth Symphony led by conductor Mykola Dyadyura.
Art Rink at Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse
Art Rink at Yokohama’s Red Brick Warehouse is home to one of our favorite ice rinks. Ice skating to classical music and treating yourself to a hot drink after makes for the perfect festive outing. he temporary ice rink will allow you to escape the hustle and bustle of Tokyo while you glide gracefully on the frozen surface.
Akasaka Sacas Ice Skating
Now in its 10th year, this is Tokyo’s biggest outdoor skating rink and boasts plenty of magical illuminations at night, making it a favorite spot for dating couples (who aren’t afraid to look awkward on ice).
Ritz-Carlton Holiday Afternoon Tea
Indulge in a delicious and festive afternoon treat at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel’s stunning 45th floor Lobby Lounge. The special Holiday Afternoon Tea includes a selection of sweet and savory food served with fine tea to match the seasonal mood.
Traditional Japanese New Year at Zōjōji Temple
Head to Zōjōji Temple in Shibakōen to welcome in the New Year in a traditional manner.
2018 Countdown Lounge Event at the Peak Lounge & Bar
Headlining this year is world famous music and fashion icon, Dimitri From Paris and returning artist, DJ SARASA, Tokyo’s finest international, eclectic crossover DJ. Guests will experience an unforgettable night with iconic musical performances and free flowing champagne, cocktails, and delicious light canapés.
Vision New Year’s Eve Party Count Down to 2018
Round off the end of the year at the heart of the Shibuya club scene! Sound Museum Vision’s New Year’s Eve Party Countdown to 2018 sees the return of French electro disco mastermind BREAKBOT to Japan to take the headliner slot.
The Best Countdown to 2018 at Ageha
Dutch DJ & Producer extraordinaire, Don Diablo, headlines the New Year Party at Tokyo’s most legendary nightclub! If you’re looking to shake off 2017 in style and fist pump your way in the New Year at the heart of the club scene, then this is the one for you. Japanese club favorites like DJ KAORI, Yasutaka Nakata and Banvox will also be taking over the decks alongside many, many more.
Ritz-Carlton Countdown Party 2018
Looking for something sophisticated and luxurious to do this New Year’s Eve? Dress to impress and enjoy free-flowing NV Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut or Krug Champagne and canapés as you gaze out over some of the most spectacular views of the city.
Future Terror Countdown Party
Tokyo’s top techno crew returns to Unit for their annual countdown blowout. This year’s headliner will be Detroit legend and techno master “The Boss” Terrence Dixon, who’ll be making his Japan debut.
Tokyo’s Winter Illuminations
Just because Christmas has come and gone doesn’t mean that Tokyo’s celebrated illuminations have gone dark. Check out our guide to all of the light shows in and around the city.
As this is our last weekend guide of 2017, we’d like to wish you a happy New Year! Whether you’re welcoming in the New Year at one of Tokyo’s many shrines, feasting on some traditional New Year’s cuisine, or on the road, we hope you ring in 2018 in style!