Tokyo Events This Week: Ringing In the New Year

Adriana Paradiso

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Tokyo events for Monday, December 31, 2018 to Sunday, January 6, 2019

End-of-year celebrations are underway this week. Below are some of our top picks, but read our full guides to celebrating New Year’s the Japanese way and Tokyo’s best countdown parties.

Winter Comiket

Make your way to Tokyo Big Sight for the winter edition of one of Tokyo’s biggest pop culture events. Comiket is a comics festival, with a focus on independently created and published manga (or dojinsha). Cosplaying is welcome.

 Winter Comiket

Dates:28th Dec–31st Dec, 2020

Tokyo Fight Club – New Year’s Eve Countdown Special

Ring in 2019 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

Oji Inari Fox Parade

Legend has it that foxes gather on the eve of the the New Year in human guise. To pay homage to the legend, locals wear fox masks and visit Oji Inari Shrine—among other celebrations. A unique way to ring in 2019 to say the least!

 Oji Inari-jinja Shrine Fox Parade

Oji Fox Parade Tokyo New Year
Dates:31st Dec, 2020

AgeHa Countdown to 2019

Tokyo’s biggest club is throwing its usual New Year’s Eve countdown party (a rarity in Japan as the holiday is considered a quieter affair here). There are still tickets left to scoop up if you want to bust a move into 2019.

 AgeHa Countdown to 2020

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

7 Lucky Gods Pilgrimage

From January 1st until the 10th, you can set off on a Seven Lucky Gods Pilgrimage—a tradition dating back to Tokyo’s Edo period to pray for blessings and wealth for the upcoming year at various temples and shrines.

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 Seven Lucky Gods Pilgrimage

Taito Seven Lucky Gods Pilgrimage
Dates:Early Jan, 2021

Geikosai New Year’s Festival

Another unique way to celebrate New Year—visit Yakouin Temple on Mount Takao for ceremonial fires and sutra recitals.

 Geikosai New Year's Festival

Yakuoin snow
Dates:1st Jan, 2021

J-Culture Fest: New Year’s Theme Park

Participate in all the Japanese New Year traditions under one roof! Try your hand at mochi making, or savor some ozoni soup (a traditional dish). There will also be a crafts corners and stage performances.

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 J-Culture Fest: New Year's Theme Park

J-CULTURE FEST New Year's Theme Park
Dates:2nd Jan–3rd Jan, 2019

Museum of Modern Art – Free Admission Day

The MOMAT houses mainly Japanese works of the 20th century including a number deemed ‘Important Cultural Properties’ or masterpieces—see it all for free this Sunday.

 Museum of Modern Art - Free Admission Day

Dates:2nd Feb, 2020

End-of-year winter sales

When you’re all partied out, it’s also a good time of year to find deals across Japan. We’ve provided a list of shops and department stores offering winter sales and fukubukuro (“lucky bags”).

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Adriana's Tokyo favorites are: Mizumoto Park, Gokokuji Temple Tokyo
Filed under: Events, Things to do
Tags: Ageha, Club, Comiket, Countdowns, New Year, New Year's Eve, Takao, Traditional Festivals
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