Sun, Dec

Happy New Year Tokyo Countdown

6:20pm – 7:00pm

While taking place a little earlier than midnight, this countdown sees hundreds of lanterns being sent up into the air in Shinjuku.

What to expect

On Sunday, December 31, 2023, between 6:20 p.m. to 7 p.m., find projection mapping, appearances by everyone’s favorite Sanrio character (yes, Hello Kitty), a show by comedian Pikotaro (“This is a pen…”), and lanterns containing wishes.


Entry to the event is free, but you’ll need to register in advance to participate in the lantern release. There will be areas to see the show without advance reservations.

How to get there

The event takes place at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office’s Civic Plaza, around a 10-minute walk from Shinjuku Station or 1 minute from Tochomae Station. It’s right in front of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building.

Organizers may cancel events, alter schedules, or change admission requirements without notice. Always check official sites before heading to an event.

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