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How to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Tokyo

Updated December 31st 2019: Tickets are still available for 1OAK Tokyo’s Countdown party.

2019 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 2019!


TOKYO NEW YEAR’S EVE TIPS

Tokyo New Year's Eve Party

Taxis

Because of the end of year parties, it is nearly impossible to grab a taxi. Stick to the trains on New Year’s Eve.

Trains

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.

Arrive Early

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.

Stay Safe

Every year, Tokyo’s party holidays have become more and more hazardous. If this year’s Halloween festivities in Shibuya were any example, expect large rowdy crowds sprawled out all over Shibuya crossing. The police will be on full alert this year, but we recommend keeping your wits about.


COUNTDOWN PARTIES

ageHa

ageha Countdown

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 Sigala, one of the most popular Dance music acts in the world. In addition to the main floor, four different floors will be packed with Japan’s biggest DJs ranging from techno to hip hop.

They will also have a shrine set up for New Year’s 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!

Buy Tickets

Tickets are currently sold out. General admission is still available at the door. Arrive early to avoid HUGE lines.

WARP Shinjuku

Warp Shinjuku New Years Eve
  • Where: Shinjuku
  • How Much: Women are Free with 1 Drink Purchase of 700 yen. Men are 3,500 Yen with 1 Drink. The door prices may change on the day.  
  • More Information:  https://warp-shinjuku.jp/

Tokyo’s newest super nightclub and most popular nightclub is located directly in the heart of Shinjuku, just down the street from the infamous Robot Restaurant. The club is massive, contains three different dance floors, and features incredible production on the main floor.

WARP’s lines are expected to be massive, so we suggest arriving before 9pm to guarantee entry. PRO TIP: Fast Pass tickets are available

Read our full break down of WARP here: http://www.tokyonightowl.com/warp-shinjuku-nightclub/

Ce La Vi Tokyo

1OAK Tokyo

1oak countdown
  • Doors open: 9 PM
  • How Much: General admission tickets are as follows
    ① Men: 12,000 Yen includes Open Bar, 20,000 Yen for Express Entry
    ② Ladies: 9,000 Yen includes Open Bar, 12,000 Yen for Express Entry
    Tickets are very limited.

The infamous 1OAK Tokyo is throwing an enormous Countdown party with special guest Sheck Wes! Expect bottles of champagne to pop, and some of the prettiest men and women in Tokyo to be celebrating the countdown in pure style.

All tickets include an open bar, all you can drink deal. Express Entry allows for line skipping, but if you would like to avoid that extra cost, arrive at 9 pm.

Buy Tickets

Ce La Vi Tokyo
  • Where: Shibuya
  • Doors open: 8 PM
  • How Much: General admission tickets are as follows
    ① Entry before 10 PM: Male ¥9,000 / Female ¥6,000
    ② Entry before 1 AM: Male ¥10,000 / Female ¥7,000
    ③ Entry after 1 AM: Male ¥6,000 / Female ¥4,000
  • Full Event Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1213217602211294/

The famous lounge and nightclub from Singapore has landed in Shibuya’s brand new Tokyu Plaza. Taking over the 17th-floor deck, nightclub, and 18th-floor restaurant area, Ce La Vi Tokyo is promising to offer the most exclusive party in Shibuya with a 360-degree view of Tokyo!

CÉ LA VI TOKYO GRAND OPENING RECEPTION

There is no better way to celebrate the end of a decade with upbeat performances by our top DJs and artist D SMOKE, enjoying the amazing 360 degree view of Tokyo’s finest skyline from our vast 2500㎡ premises, with a non stop free flow plan all night!! For this special celebration, we are opening up all 5 zones on both the 17th &18th floor for the first time✨日本にとって飛躍の年となる2020年の幕開けを、360度の東京の夜景が輝くスタイリッシュなカウントダウンと、トップDJのKEKKE、DJ SN-Z, ASIAN STAR、そしてNetflix 番組 「Rhythm & Flow」優勝者 D SMOKEの スペシャル・パフォーマンスで心も体も踊らせてみませんか?このスペシャルカウントダウンパーティーでは17F BAO &SKY DECK BAR、CLUB LOUNGE、18F MOUNTAIN VIEW TERRACE、そしてRESTAURANTの全5ゾーン全てを解放し、フリーフローのドリンクプランで盛大に開催いたします!! グランドオープンレセプションでセレブリティ達が楽しんだこの広大な2500㎡のヴェニュー全域のインターナショナルなビッグパーティーに是非ご参加ください🥂

Posted by CÉ LA VI Tokyo on Thursday, December 26, 2019

For the venue’s very first countdown, Ce La Vi Tokyo has invited “DJ Hed” & “D Smoke” from the popular NETFLIX show “Rhythm+Flow” to host and perform!

In addition, all ticket holders will receive Free-flow drinks and a welcome glass of champagne.

Buy Tickets

Tickets are currently sold out.

WOMB

womb New Years Eve

WOMB is bringing in the new year with the deep house sounds of AGORIA from France! 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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Camelot

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!

A-LIFE

A Life New Years Eve
  • Where: Roppongi
  • How Much: 20:00~22:00 Gentleman 4,000 Yen 2 Free Drinks Ladies 2,000 Yen 2 Free Drinks
  • 22:00~4:00 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 international 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. The lines get long here, so be sure to arrive early.


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 making this the biggest gathering in Tokyo.

This year’s Halloween in Shibuya was heavily policed and alcohol was not available for sale at the convenience stores in the area. Anticipate the same for New Year’s Eve with police out in full force.


However you decide to celebrate New Year’s Eve, we here at Tokyo Night Owl wish our readers a Happy New Year!

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