Where to Be on New Year’s Eve: Tokyo Countdown Parties

Lily Crossley-Baxter

Tokyo, a city known for superclubs, is bound to have some of the best New Year’s Eve countdown celebrations in the world—and you can read all about them below.

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New Year’s Eve in Japan is traditionally spent with the family, eating osechi and making the first shrine visit of the year, and is a generally pretty laidback affair. That isn’t the only option though—there are amazing Tokyo New Year parties to see off the soon-to-be-infamous year of 2019, something we can all agree is worth celebrating. Here’s a rundown of the top party picks.

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2020 Countdown Tokyo at Bellesalle Shibuya Garden (Shibuya)

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A brand-new club night with electronic duo Röyksopp headlining—you’d be mad to miss the newest party on the Shibuya scene this year. Röyksopp will be joined by Vitalic Live, Burak Yeter, Umek, Felix Da Housecat and Amex Metric, among others, so you’ll be sure to get your fix of dance tunes to last you through the night. Tickets are on sale already, so they’re winning on the organization front.

 Tokyo Countdown 2020

Dates:31st Dec, 2019
Advance sales: ¥15,000

Sigala at AgeHa (Shin-Kiba)

Ageha Countdown Party
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The best superclub in Tokyo, AgeHa is definitely going to be the biggest party in town and has all the DJs to prove it. Sigala will be headlining this year with Capsule and other big names keeping him company, as well as great visual entertainment from the Cyber Japan Dancers.

 AgeHa Countdown to 2020

Dates:31st Dec, 2020
Entry:¥5,500 – ¥10,000

Tokyo New Year Countdown Cruise

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For a different take on your final night of 2019, why not spend the evening on a New Year's Eve cruise, admiring the Tokyo skyline? There will be a buffet dinner, marching band and plenty of drinks to make it a memorable evening, although the views will be entertainment enough, we expect. You can welcome midnight in style with a glass of champagne.

Times: 10pm–1:30am
Tickets: Advance: ¥14,000

Countdown 19/20 Japan (Chiba)

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The annual four-day music festival held at Makuhari Messe is back this year with a huge lineup of 50+ bands and DJs ready to bring in the New Year with a bang. There will be five stages with a mix of performers, all ending in a final night of music and celebrations. Some of the big acts include Asian Kung-Fu Generation, Six Lounge, androp and Bentham, among many, many others.

This is the Tokyo New Year’s Eve party for you if you enjoy Japanese bands, but the price tag is a little higher than the others on the list. You can buy tickets for each day individually, although there is a limit of two tickets per person. Note that the main hall is not being used on the 28th, hence a slightly reduced ticket price that day. Tickets for the 31st are a little higher too.

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 Countdown Japan 1920

Dates:28th Dec–31st Dec, 2019
Entry:¥12,000 – ¥38,500

Womb Tokyo New Year Countdown (Shibuya)

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If you want the full Tokyo New Year’s Eve experience, head to Shibuya for pre-drinks by the famous crossing before hitting Womb’s Countdown for five levels of DJs. Guests include AGORIA—back in Japan with the release of his long-awaited album Drift, as well as DJ Harvey, Gerd Janson and DJ Sodeyama.

Tickets are ¥3,500 for men and ¥3,000 for women on the door between 9pm and 10.45pm, then go up to ¥5,000 and ¥4,500 respectively until midnight. If you enter in the first few hours of 2020, it’ll go down to ¥4,000 and ¥3,500. A limited number of advance tickets are available for just ¥2,800—so snap them up from our event page before they go!

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 New Year Countdown at Womb

Dates:31st Dec, 2020
Advance sales: ¥2,800

Sound Museum Vision Countdown (Shibuya)

Club DJ for NYE
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An alternative to 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 countdown will be hosted by Maya Jane Coles and Anja Schneider—two of the best techno names on the scene. Tickets are ¥3,500 in advance, so get them while you can!

 Sound Museum Vision Countdown

Dates:31st Dec, 2019

Ele (Roppongi)

For a stylish night out this New Year, head to Ele’s end-of-year party, the place 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 the resident DJs, there is no way you won’t be on the dancefloor trying to copy the moves of Ele’s doll dancers.

Times: 9 pm till late.
Tickets: Men ¥4,000 | Women get in free

Contact’s Countdown Party

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With Ben UFO headlining, this is set to be a major contender for the countdown night. The British DJ will be joined by Axel Boman, Dr Nishimura, Toshiya Kawasaki and automat (among others) for a night that might make you forget it’s a countdown at all. Tickets are ¥4,000 on the door, with discounts for those under 23, women and those who enter before 11pm. For a steal though, snap up one of the early-release tickets for just ¥3,000 on our event page below.

 Contact New Year Countdown Party

Dates:31st Dec, 2019
Advance sales: ¥3,000
On the door: ¥4,000

Future Terror at Unit (Daikanyama)

Club Night DJ
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The arrival of 2020 sees Unit host what’s set to be yet another killer countdown bash. Last year’s event saw headliner DJ Stingray perform with support from DJs like Nobu, Synth Sisters (live) and Wata Igarashi (live). This year, it’s TBS Radion legend After 6 Junction (アフター6ジャンクション) taking control of the celebrations, with live music and DJs programmed to run all night long, playing disco, house, funk, and other party jams to keep you moving. 

 2020 Countdown at Unit

Dates:31st Dec, 2019
Advance sales: ¥3,000

Circus: Neoncity Super Countdown (Shibuya)

Shibuya party favorite Circus is expected to hold another huge NYE celebration to welcome in 2020, with help from Hong Kong-based Neon City Records. This year’s event is a retro-inspired future funk affair, with Android52, Daviouxx and Macross 82-99 at the helm, playing 80s-inspired jams all night long. Circus is typically one of the more affordable options in Tokyo by far.

Times: 9pm onwards
Tickets: Advance: ¥3,000 | On the door: ¥3,500

While we do our best to ensure everything is correct, information is subject to change. Post updated on November 27th, 2019.

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Tags: Celebrate, Club, Countdown, Cruise, Dancing, DJ, Drinking, Fun, Holidays, Music, New Year, New Year's Eve, Party
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