What to do in Tokyo – Countdown for the New Year


Experience Joya-no-kane at temple

Joya-no-kane are the 108 peals of the temple bell which are sounded on New Year’s Eve.The sound
of the bell rings out the old year and rings in the new year. It is also supposed to release people from the 108 forms of evil.



Recommeded temples for Joya-no-kane in Tokyo


Tsukiji Hongan-ji Temple
A Buddhist temple located in the Tsukiji district of Tokyo.The temple is adjacent to Tsukiji Station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line.


Daihonzan Zojo-ji Temple Shurodo
Location:Onarimon or Hamamatsu-cho
A Buddhist temple in the Shiba neighborhood of Tokyo. It is the Great Main Temple of the Chinzei branch of Jōdo-shū Buddhism.


Sensoji Temple
An ancient Buddhist temple located in Asakusa, Tokyo. It is Tokyo’s oldest temple, and one of its most significant.


Ikegami Honmon-ji Temple
Location: Nishi-Magome
600 people can ring the bell on a first-come-first-served basis




New Year Countdown event in Tokyo


Skytree New Year’s Eve special lightening


23:50 December 31st, 2017  ~ 1:00  January 1st ,2018

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Asakusa Hanayashiki

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On New Year Eve, an old-fashioned fancy amusement park “Asakusa Hanayashiki”closes 18:00pm once and reopens from 21:00ppm until 26:00. During this time, 10 attractions are free to ride only for JPY2,000(Adults more than 13 year-old) including admission fee. Children(2 year-old to 12 year-old) and handycapped are onlyJPY1,000.Every year the event of countdown is livened up exciting with plenty of the program including the live performace of Japanese comedian.

Also Senso-ji Temple, a popular spot of Hatsumode(the first visit of the year to shrine/temple) and Skytree which starts from early morning for the sunrise on New Year’s Day, are located nearby. Golden plan is countdown at Hanayashiki, Hatsumode at Senso-ji Temple,then seeing the sunrise at Skytree.


The Price Park Tower Tokyo


Hotel the Price Park Tower Tokyo will take place COUNTDOWN2018 at the outside venue close to Tokyo Tower, a landmark of Tokyo. At COUNTDOWN2018, a famouse magician will be a presentater and the fantastic performance with light and music,and customary balloon release will be hold. For who stay at hotel, they provide the service of experiensing “Wanko Soba”, or soba noodles in broth served continuously so that the guest never has an empty bowl.

Hatsumode spots like Zojo-ji Temple, Shiba Tosho-gu,Shiba Daijingu-shrine are neighbor,so going to Hatsumode or seeing the sunrise at Tokyo Tower after the countdown might be a perfect course.

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