Tokyo Events This Week: End-of-Year Festivals

Adriana Paradiso

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Looking to do something different this New Year’s Eve? Consider a wild night at Tokyo Fight Club, or a more sedate countdown cruise around Tokyo Bay. Explore these and other NYE events.

Tokyo events for Monday, December 17 to Sunday, December 23, 2018

Twas the week before Christmas and all through the city:

Hagoita | Photo by Grigoris Miliaresis

Senso-ji Temple Hagoita-Ichi Fair

An end-of-year market on Sensoji Temple grounds where you can pick up a good luck “racket” to adorn your home—and fill up on tasty street food too. Keep an eye out for geisha who can be spotted perusing through the market stalls.

 Senso-ji Temple Hagoita-Ichi Fair

Dates:17th Dec–19th Dec, 2019

Knit Together for Mental Health Vol. 2

Knit, crochet, sew, and craft in community over a hot cup of something delicious. All skill levels welcome.

 Knit Together for Mental Health Vol. 2

Knit Together
Dates:17th Dec, 2018

Amnesty International’s Pub Quiz

A night of pub trivia and prizes all while helping out a good cause.

 Amnesty International's Pub Quiz

Dates:16th Jan, 2019
On the door: ¥1,000

Nishiarai Daishi Temple – End of Year Festival

Close out the year at Nishiarai Daishi Temple where there are plenty of good luck charms and food options to choose from. It’s also a good excuse to get out of central Tokyo and see a beautiful Buddhist temple you might not otherwise have visited.

 Nishiarai Daishi Temple - End of Year Festival

Nishiarai Daishi Temple
Dates:21st Dec, 2019

Winter Solstice Festival

Ward off the cold by picking up a mamori charm at this solstice festival. There’s also a large winter market with plenty of food stalls to choose from.

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 Winter Solstice Festival

Dates:22nd Dec, 2019

Odaiba Rainbow Fireworks

See a grand fireworks show every Saturday night throughout December near the iconic Rainbow Bridge.

 Odaiba Rainbow Fireworks

Late Dec, 2019

Live From the Kitchen Disco: Bumper Christmas Special

A free night of music in an Indian restaurant where cold beer and a friendly crowd is always on the menu.

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 Live From the Kitchen Disco: Bumper Christmas Special

Live From the Kitchen Disco Christmas
Dates:23rd Dec, 2018

Kasukabe Hagoita Market

Take a trip to Saitama for a spot of traditional Japanese culture at the Kasukabe Hagoita Market. Hagoita are ornamental rackets based on an old-school New Year’s game. The rackets are brightly decorated with famous kabuki actors, sports stars and other celebs.

 Kasukabe Hagoita Market

Dates:21st Dec–23rd Dec, 2019

World Christmas Festival 2018

Yoyogi Park is hosting its fifth annual Christmas festival. There will be food and music performances with a healthy dose of festive flair.

 World Christmas Festival 2019

Dates:Late Dec, 2019

Hibiya Christmas Market

One of the most popular German-style Christmas markets in Tokyo. Expect carols, lights, decorations, mulled wine and food stalls.

 Hibiya Christmas Market

Dates:15th Dec–25th Dec, 2018

Christmas illuminations

Christmas season in Japan is already upon us with light-up festivals galore taking place all over the city. There are plenty to choose from, with some running until February 2018, and some finishing on Christmas Day—so be sure to note the end dates. With new themes, music accompaniments and increasingly impressive displays every year, you’re sure to enjoy what the bright city streets have to offer. Click here for the top 10 Tokyo illuminations.

Tokyo Fight Club – New Year’s Eve Countdown Special

It’s time to start planning for New Year’s Eve, and what better way to ring in 2019 than with a Vegas-style party at the new fight sport bar in Shibuya, featuring three x three-round fights, go-go dancers, a live DJ and flutes of champagne at the stroke of midnight. Click below for more info and tickets.

 Tokyo Fight Club - New Year's Eve Countdown Special

Dates:31st Dec, 2018
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Adriana's Tokyo favorites are: Mizumoto Park, Gokokuji Temple Tokyo
Filed under: Events, Things to do
Tags: Christmas Market, Festival, Fireworks, Food Market, New Years, Temple Festival, Traditional Japan, Winter
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