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

Lily Crossley-Baxter

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

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2020 Countdown Tokyo (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

Showtek at Ageha (Shin-Kiba)

Ageha New Year Event 2020
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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, 2019
Advance sales: ¥3,800
On the door: ¥5,500

Countdown at Circus – TBC (Shibuya)

A relatively new club in Tokyo, Circus is expected to hold another huge NYE celebration to welcome in 2020. Last year’s event saw UK drum and bass star Metrik headlining. Focused on house music with artists including Makoto and Mountain, you’ll hardly notice the countdown you’ll be having so much fun. Circus is typically one of the more affordable options in Tokyo by far.

Times: 9 pm onwards
Tickets Advance: TBC | On the door: TBC

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 (but that shouldn’t be a surprise).

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 Countdown Japan 1920

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

Womb Tokyo New Year Countdown (Shibuya)

Womb Tokyo
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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. Nic Fanciulli will be doing a special six-hour-long set with fellow DJs Osamu M, DK Aki, Tommy Wada, Yoshi, Yamariki and Addict.

Shibuya Crossing is expected to pedestrianized again this year (although the Halloween drama may have changed this), so it should 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).

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Tickets are ¥5,000 for men and ¥4,500 for women on the door, with ¥1,000 knocked off if you go in after midnight.

 New Year Countdown at Womb

Dates:31st Dec, 2019

Sound Museum Vision Countdown – TBC (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. While this year’s details are yet to be announced, last year’s celebration was headlined by electronic artists Derrick May with Ken Ishii, which should give you a good idea of what to expect. 

 Sound Museum Vision Countdown

Dates:31st Dec, 2018

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 luxury 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. Passing the Rainbow Bridge, Tokyo Tower and Skytree, it will be a real Tokyo take on the new year and you can welcome midnight in style with a glass of champagne.

Times: 10 pm–1:30 am
Tickets: Advance: ¥16,000

Ele (Roppongi)

For a stylish night out this New Year, 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 basically in Roppongi). With headliners set to be announced soon, there is no way you won’t be on the dance floor trying to copy the moves of Ele’s doll dancers.

Times: TBC
Tickets: TBC 

Future Terror at Unit (Daikanyama)

Club Night DJ
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Another yet-to-be-announced night, we’re expecting Unit to welcome back Future Terror for their annual countdown bash. Last year’s event saw headliner DJ Stingray perform with support from DJs like Nobu, Synth Sisters (live), Wata Igarashi (live) 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.

 2020 Countdown at Unit

Dates:31st Dec, 2018
Advance sales: ¥3,000

While we do our best to ensure everything is correct, information is subject to change. Post updated on November 8, 2019.

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Tags: 2018, Celebrate, Club, Countdown, Cruise, Dancing, DJ, Drinking, Fightclub, Fun, Holidays, Music, New Year, New Year's Eve, Party
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