NYE New Years Eve 2014 in Tokyo Japan - Countdown, Fireworks, Events, Parties and Hotels
The Japanese can take credit for being one of the first countries anywhere in the world to make use of fireworks, hence it will be no surprise that they light up the city skyline on NYE with a spectacular firework display that can be viewed for miles around across the famous Tokyo Bay and at the iconic Tokyo Tower. Tokyo also holds a number of parties on the last day of 2013 and the city's hotels are packed with visitors from across Japan and abroad.
Countdown Fireworks, Events & Parties New Years Eve 2014 in Tokyo Japan
Shogatsu is the Japanese name for New Year, and it’s become one of the popular event in japan. One common diversion is to join the crowds doing hatsumode, the year's first visit to a shrine or temple. Most atmospheric is a visit to a temple around midnight on NYE, when the temple's bell is rung repeatedly. Some of the most popular shrines and temples, such as Tokyo's Meiji Shrine, Kyoto's Fushimi Inari Taisha, Osaka's Sumiyoshi Taisha and Kamakura's Tsuruoka Hachimangu each attract more than a million visitors over the first few days of the new year.
On January 2 the festival of Ippan Sanga takes place to mark the New Year. The Emperor of Japan makes several public appearances at the Tokyo Imperial Palace. It is one of only two occasions during the year when the inner grounds of the palace are opened to the public and large crowds attend to enjoy the event.
Japan has many popular attractions that people visit on the New Year, and many places to enjoy a good vantage point for the midnight fireworks. The Landmarks include the Tokyo Tower, which always draws large crowds, Imperial East Gardens, Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo Twin Observatories, Tsukiji Fish Market, Rikugien, Odaiba, Roppongi Hills and Shiodome. New Years Eve 2014 in Tokyo is also notable for the traditional eating of Toshikoshi Soba (New Year’s Eve noodle), whose long noodle symbolizes a long and healthy life, and listening to Juya No Kane (the Watch-Night Bell), which rings 108 times at temples all over the Japan, symbolizing a prosperous New Year.
Hotels Accommodation New Years Eve 2014 in Tokyo
If you're planning on visiting Tokyo over the New Year period, then early reservation is strongly recommend.