2017 is coming to an end, and Tokyo is letting loose with End of the Year parties (bōnenkai 忘年会) and massive New Year’s Eve events. Similar to Halloween, this city offers a wide selection of ways to celebrate the big countdown.
Here is our guide to celebrating New Year’s Eve in Tokyo!
Because of the end of year parties, it is nearly impossible to grab a taxi. Stick to the trains on New Year’s Eve.
Typically Tokyo’s trains stop running at 1 am, but on New Year’s Eve, they will operate all night. The time schedules will vary between train lines, but for the most part, you can expect a train every 20 to 30 minutes.
A majority of the clubs will open at 9 pm, with lines growing almost immediately. Arrive early to avoid waiting in massive lines.
Or Arrive Late
Because trains are operating all night, clubs will start to thin out around 3 am. If you would like to avoid the massive crowds but still want to party, try celebrating the countdown at a bar or the Shibuya streets, and then hit the club later.
Grab your celebration drinks early!
From about 30 minutes before the countdown, the bars will be swamped… and the last thing anyone wants is to celebrate the Countdown into the New Year waiting in line.
1. 1OAK Tokyo
Doors open: 9 PM
How Much: Men 12,000 Yen, Women 8,000 Yen, All you Can Drink.
Full Event Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1969697396605686/
10AK Tokyo is currently Tokyo’s most hyped up club, and their NYE party will undeniably be a big event.
Read our complete thoughts on the new nightclub with our recent review.
Where: Shinkiba Station
Doors open: 8:30pm
How Much: 5,980 Yen
Event Details: http://w.ageha.com/countdown2018/
Without a doubt, ageha’s New Year’s Eve party is the biggest nightclub countdown celebration in Japan. The production during the countdown is on an entirely different level, and this year they are bringing in DON DIABLO, ranked at 11 on DJ Mags Top 100 DJs. Five different floors will be packed with Japan’s biggest DJs.
They will also have a shrine set up for New Year wish-making. And stick around till the end because guests can view the first sunrise of the new year over the Tokyo Bay from ageHa park!
Doors open: 9 pm
How Much: 5,000 Yen After Midnight 4,000 Yen PreSale Tickets: 3,900 Yen
WOMB is bringing the new year with the deep techno sounds from Nicole Moudaber. Guests looking for a night of underground sounds can groove the night away on three different dance floors or take advantage of WOMB’s new VIP tables overlooking the main dance floor.
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Where: Trump Room, Shibuya
Doors open: 9 pm
How Much: 3,000 Yen, Facebook Guestlist 2,500 Yen with One Free Drink
Popular underground party promoters, White Rabbit, are throwing their annual NYE event at the funkiest little nightclub in Tokyo. Trump Room’s two floors will be filled with hard-hitting sounds spanning techno to hip-hop/trap.
How Much: 21:00~23:00 Gentleman 3,000 Yen 4 Free Drinks Ladies 1,000 Yen 3 Free Drinks
23:00~3:00 Gentleman 5,000 Yen 2 Free Drinks Ladies 3,000 Yen 2 Free Drinks
Event Details: https://www.partyals.com/countdown
This popular Roppongi nightclub is the place to be for foreign models, expats and your average partygoer. The main floor has some of the best party vibes in the city, and the VIP table bottle service is some of the best in town.
How Much: Men 4,000 Yen with 1 Free Drink, Ladies 3,000 Yen with 2 Free Drinks
Shibuya’s most international friendly club is a safe bet for bringing in the new year. Camelot’s three different floors will cater to all party goers with Hip Hop, Top 40, EDM, Trap and much more!
The Shibuya Crossing Countdown
Bring in the new year with tens of thousands of other revelers at the Shibuya Crossing. The streets will be closed and swarmed with people. From 11 pm to midnight, these few blocks will be the wildest party in Tokyo. Don’t forget to dress warm and grab a chu-hi!
However you decide to celebrate New Year’s Eve, we here at Tokyo Night Owl wish our readers a Happy New Year!