Visit Tokyo Tower and Skytree on New Year’s Day for HATSUHINODE, the First Sunrise of the Year
Have you heard of Hatsuhinode (初日の出)? It means the first sunrise of the year. A large number of people go to see Hatsuhinode in different places. Where would they go?
- 1 What is Hatsuhinode?
- 2 Best Hatsuhinode Locations in Tokyo
- 3 Sunrise at Tokyo Skytree
- 4 Sunrise at Tokyo Tower
What is Hatsuhinode?
What else would Japanese do for New Year’s Day? → When is New Year’s Celebration?
Hatsuhinode is a traditional practice Japanese do on New Year’s Day. It literally means “the first sunrise.”
It’s said that viewing the first sunrise brings people luck. They can also make a wish.
Best Hatsuhinode Locations in Tokyo
There are so many places you can go for Hatsuhinode in Tokyo. You can basically go anywhere as long as you can see the sunrise.
In this post, I’m going to introduce Tokyo Skytree and Tokyo Tower.
New Year’s Day in Tokyo is usually sunny, so it’s a nice idea to go view Hatsuhinode.
Sunrise at Tokyo Skytree
Tokyo Skytree has special Hatsuhinode event on January 1st. This event is limited to 882 guests.
It also opens early on January 2nd and 3rd to accept more people.
Depending on how you get tickets from, there are slightly different instructions.
Basically guests go to designated location in Tokyo Skytree between 5a.m. and
6a.m. on January 1st.
The staff will check your credit card if you purchased tickets through online.
The sunrise is to be seen at around 6:45a.m. on January 1st.
Guests can stay and enjoy view from Skytree after the sunrise.
It opens door for public at 7:30a.m. on January 1st, 7a.m. on January 2nd and
You won’t get any refund even if you cannot view the clear sunrise.
How to Get Tickets?
Draw from Online: The draw was made in November and no more tickets are available through online.
From Traveling Company: Tobu Top Tours offers 2 kinds of packages for Tokyo Skytree.
The first one is for administration of Skytree and special lunch for 13,800 yen. The other one includes administration of Skytree as well as Hatsumode (visiting a temple or shrine) tour for Nikko Toshogu (日光東照宮) for 19,980 yen.
How to Go to Tokyo Skytree?
The closest stations are: Tokyo Skytree Station (Tobu Skytree Line) or Oshiage Station (Tobu Skytree Line or Keisei Line).
Address: 1-1-2, Oshiage, Sumida ward, Tokyo 131-0045
Sunrise at Tokyo Tower
Tokyo Tower opens at 6am on January 1st.
It offers 2017 special medals for customers on first come first served basis.
The medal would show “2017 January 1st” and “Tokyo Tower Hatsuhinode.”
Although they don’t limit the number of people who can view the sunrise, it’s better to go early to get a nice spot and a medal!
Every year over 2,500 people would visit for Hatsumode in Tokyo Tower, so be ready! You might have to wait.
Prices of Tickets
Adult (Over 16 years old) 900 yen
Children (7 to 15 years old) 500 yen
Children (4 to 6 years old) 400 yen
How to Get Tickets?
Just go to Tokyo Tower and purchase tickets at the counter.
How to Go to Tokyo Tower?
5 minutes from Oedo Line, Akaha Station
7 minutes from Hibiya Line, Kamiya-cho Station
6 minutes from Mita Line, Onarimon Station
Address: 4-2-8, Shibakoen, Minato ward, Tokyo 105-0011
Don’t forget to buy a lucky bag, or Fukubukuro! → Over 50,000 yen Lucky Bag?
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