The curtain is coming down on 2022, which means it's time to draw up your plans for the New Year holidays. Watching the first sunrise of the year, called hatsuhinode, is a New Year tradition in Japan as it supposedly brings good luck. People gather at observation decks, camp out at beaches and board cruise ships to witness this while praying for a successful year ahead.
While tickets for the first-sunrise viewing sessions at some of the city’s most popular places like Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo Tower, Shibuya Sky and Cruise Club Tokyo have all sold out, there are still many ways you can spend this special morning. Here's our list of breathtaking vantage points in and near Tokyo for catching the first rays of 2023.
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