Where to Be on NYE: 2018 Tokyo Countdown Parties

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 2017, and I think we can all agree that is something worth celebrating.


R3hab at Ageha (Shinkiba)

tokyo new year
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 Don Diablo will be headlining with support from DJ Kaori, Yasutaka Nakada, banvox, JapaRoLL and dozens more. The Ageha dancers will be in full swing alongside Tokyo Night Butterfly Club making sure you’re fully entertained throughout the night.

Times: 9pm – sunrise
Tickets: Earlybird iFlyer: 4,980 yen  |   General Advance: 5,980 yen    |    VIP Pass   |    9,980 yen


 BugFix at Circus  (Shibuya)

Circus Bug Fix NYE 2018
Photo by Circus Tokyo used under CC

A relatively new club in Tokyo, Circus is holding another huge NYE celebration with DJ Funk x Maltine headlining, all the way from Chicago. Focused on House Music with artists including Okadada, Pa’s Lam System and PARKGOLF, you’ll hardly notice the countdown you’ll be having so much fun. Tickets are 3,000 yen in advance and an additional 500 yen if you buy at the door, so it’s one of the more affordable options by far.

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Times: 9pm onwards
Tickets: Advance: 3,000 yen   |   At the Door: 3,500 yen


Countdown Japan (Chiba)

The annual 4-day music festival held at Makuhari Messe is back this year with a huge lineup of over 50 bands and DJs ready to bring in the New Year with a bang. There will be 5 stages with a mix of performers all ending in a final night of music and celebrations. This is the night for you if you enjoy Japanese Bands, but the price tag is a little higher. You can buy tickets for each day individually, although there is a limit of two tickets per person.

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Times: 2pm – 5am (on the final day, previous days run from 11am – 8.30pm)
Tickets: One Day Advance: 11,500 yen


Womb New Year Countdown (Shibuya)

Womb NYE 2018
Photo by Womb

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 Nicole Moudaber, Hito, Satoshi Otsuki and Drunken Kong.

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


Sound Museum Vision Countdown (Shibuya)

Vision NYE 2018
Photo by Vision

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 Breakbot & Irfane with Tofubeats, Monkey Timers, Yosa and Taar. Doors open at 9pm and there are three prices for the night: 4,000 yen before 11pm, 5,000 yen between 11pm and 3:30am, and 2,000 yen after that.



Times: 9pm onwards
Tickets: Advance: 3,500 | Door: 4-5,000


Ele (Roppongi)

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) 


Future Terror at Unit (Daikanyama)

Future Terror is back, ready to wash away the terrors of 2017 with Headliner Terrence Dixon and support DJs like 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: Early Bird: 2,500  |  Advance: 3,000  |  Door: 4,000  |  With iFlyer: 3,500

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