Where to Be on NYE: 7 Nights to Start 2017

Lily Crossley-Baxter

New Year’s Eve in Japan is traditionally spent with the family, making the first shrine visit of the year—and generally being pretty chilled. That isn’t the only option though;the city has some amazing Tokyo New Year parties to see off the soon-to-be-infamous year of 2016, and I think we can all agree that is something worth celebrating.

Whistlebump Countdown (Nihonbashi)

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The legendary party organizers of Tokyo are throwing another techno, house and  deep-house party to finish the year in style at XEX in Nihonbashi.

DJs for the night include international performers Anabel Englund of Hot Creations and Mont Blvck, as well as established local underground DJs Groove Patrol, Aron T, Masaki Kawamura, Taichi Kawahira, Yuki, Sho Yamamoto, and Tamoinai (among others). Visuals for the night will be provided by Meltex and Nanao.

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Times: 9am – 5.30am
Tickets: Advance sales: 3,000 yen  |  Door: 4,000 yen

R3hab at Ageha (Shinkiba)

Ageha countdown
Photo by Ageha

The best superclub in Tokyo, AgeHa is definitely going to be the biggest party in town and has all the DJs to prove it. Dutch DJ R3hab will be headlining with support from DJ Kaori, Mitomi Tokoto, Vivid and dozens more. The Ageha dancers will be in full swing alongside CyberJapan Dancers making sure you’re fully entertained throughout the night.

Times: 9pm – sunrise
Tickets: iFlyer: 4,980  

Hooters (Ginza)

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Image is for illustration purposes

If you prefer your countdown to have an American feel, then Hooters has a retro party in Ginza as well as Shinjuku and Shibuya (prices differ) with DJs playing all the hits from the 80s and 90s. Tickets are on sale in advance and  include two free drinks, with the added bonus that women’s tickets are 500yen cheaper (we wonder why).

Times: 11pm – 3am
Tickets: Advance: 3,000 | Door: 3,500

Hanabi at Ele (Roppongi)

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Photo by Ele

For a more stylish night out this New Year’s—head to Ele’s end of year party, the home of gold bathrooms, dress codes, EDM, electro and hip hop. The ban on t-shirts, open-toed shoes and jeans means everyone will be looking as smart as the club—and you can celebrate the classy way (even though it’s in Roppongi). With Hanabi headlining and support from Yaksa, Wayne, James and Kentaro01, there is no way you won’t be on the dance floor.

Times: 9pm onwards
Tickets:  Door: Men – 5,000 (two drinks) | Women: 2,000 (one drink) 

Womb New Year Countdown (Shibuya)

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If you want the full Tokyo experience, head to Shibuya for pre-drinks by the crossing before hitting Womb’s Countdown for 5 levels of DJs. The crossing is being pedestrianized this year so it will be the perfect place to celebrate, if you don’t mind the cold! If you do, there are all the bars you could ever need and Womb will warm you up (either by dance or by unavoidable proximity to others). DJs include Josh Wink, DJ Sodeyama, Satoshi Otsuki and Saito!

Times: 9pm – 4.30am
Tickets: Door: 5,000 | After midnight: 4,000

Sound Museum Vision Countdown (Shibuya)

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An alternative on the busy streets of Shibuya is Vision: a huge underground space with one of the best custom-built sound systems in the world. This year’s celebration is headlined by Brodinski, a game-changer if deep-crunk is your thing, along with Habanero Posse, Masayoshi, Iimori, moe, Ken Iishi and EGL.

Times: 9pm onwards
Tickets: Advance: 4,000 | Door: 5,000

Future Terror at Unit (Daikanyama)

Future Terror is back, ready to wash away the past terrors of 2016 with DJs like Kuniyuki, DJ Nobu, Haruka, Keita Sano and plenty more. If you’re looking for a countdown filled with techno and house with an amazing line up, this is the one for you.

Times: 10pm onwards
Tickets: Advance: 3,000 | Door: 4,000 | With iFlyer: 3,500

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