New Years Eve Tokyo 2017 – It is said that Japan was one of the first countries in the world to make use of the beauty and excitement of fireworks to celebrate a variety of special holidays so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that they take their New Years Eve celebrations very seriously, setting off fireworks displays that can be viewed for miles and across the legendary Tokyo Bay.
If you’re considering spending New Years Eve 2017 in Tokyo you should make firm plans because it’s sure to be remarkable. Besides the fireworks events there will be plenty of NYE parties and the city is filled with exceptional accommodations, both upscale and budget friendly.
New Years Eve Tokyo 2017 – Countdown and Fireworks Parties
The Japanese title for New Year is Shogatsu, and it has always been one of the liveliest times of the year in this amazing nation. A popular tradition in Japan is referred to as “Hatsumode” which is when the locals visit local temples or shrines for the first time in of the year.
Once a temple bell rings at midnight (108 times), the crowds begin to celebrate the arrival of the New Year and Tokyo’s (and other Japanese city’s shrines) are visited by millions of people during the New Year period. Generally speaking, NYE in Tokyo is both a time for reflection and family events as well as lively nightlife experiences. For dining out you’ll find that Tokyo has a wonderful range of restaurants, serving an incredible variety of cuisine both traditional and international.
Two great areas to find parties are Shinjuku and Shibuya. Within close walking distance from three train stations, the popular Shinjuku Ni-chome neighborhood is home to a diverse selection of nightclubs, bars, cafes, restaurants, saunas and more; it is actually one of the most energetic places to spend New Years Eve 2017 in Tokyo. Another iconic area to bring in the new year is Shibuya, a bustling location with a huge TV screen, both that were featured in the Lost in Translation movie with Bill Murray. The multi-directional crosswalk located in front of the station should definitely be experienced by every visitor and it’s the ultimate destination for night clubs, Japanese cuisine, shopping and more.
A fairly new addition (February 2012) to the breathtaking Tokyo skyline and deemed the tallest tower in the world is the Tokyo Sky Tree which includes a restaurant, observation tower and Tembo Galleria Skywalk which provides unmatched panoramic views of the city from all sides. When it comes to celebrating New Years Eve 2017 Tokyo, there just isn’t a better place to witness the NYE fireworks.
Every year Ippan Sanga takes place on January 2nd to benchmark the New Year and the Emperor of Japan makes rare public appearance at the legendary Tokyo Imperial Palace. It’s one of only two times during the year when the Palace’s interior grounds are opened to the public and well worth checking out.
New Years Eve 2017 in Tokyo is All About Exceptional Accommodations
As you can imagine there are a wide variety of fantastic hotels in Tokyo and some of the best choices include the Mandarin Oriental, Shangri La Hotel and the Hilton Tokyo Hotel. Making reservations early is strongly recommended.
Happy New Years Eve Tokyo 2017