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New Year's Eve events and countdown parties in Tokyo

How to welcome the new year with a bang – your December 31 2021 is sorted with Tokyo’s best NYE parties

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Time Out Tokyo Editors

Come New Year's Eve, Tokyo is usually filled with incredible parties and countdown celebrations. However, due to the pandemic, some of the bigger New Year's Eve events, like the countdown at Shibuya Crossing, have been cancelled. That doesn't mean there's nothing to do, though. Many of Tokyo's shrines are still open for the first prayer of the new year and you can still partake in the spiritual bell-ringing ritual at some temples. 

But for all you party animals, here's our roundup of NYE celebrations happening in the capital, and if you're still standing after all the countdown festivities, continue on to catch the first sunrise of 2021. Take your pick from our list below and get ready to say goodbye to 2021 in style.

BEFORE YOU GO: Check out the train and transport situation across Tokyo on New Year's Eve 2021/2022

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