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?



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What is Hatsuhinode?


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





Basic Information

Tokyo Skytree has special Hatsuhinode event on January 1st. This event is limited to 892 guests.

It also opens early on January 2nd and 3rd to accept more people.


Depending on how you get tickets from, slightly different instructions apply.

Basically guests go to designated location in Tokyo Skytree between 5:30a.m. and

7:30a.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 6:46a.m. on January 1st.


Guests can stay and enjoy view from Skytree after the sunrise.


It opens door for public at 8a.m. on January 1st, 7a.m. on January 2nd and


You won’t get any refund even if you cannot view the clear sunrise.


Details can be found here (available in Japanese only) →



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 special packages for Tokyo Skytree.

This package is for the administration of Skytree and special lunch for 13,900 yen.

If you are interested, check Skytree Package

It’s available in Japanese only, so let me know if you need help!


From Hotel: Some hotels offer package for skytree. Contact hotels for details.

  • Tobu Hotel Levant Tokyo (東武ホテルレバント東京) 03-5611-5612
  • Daiichi Hotel Ryogoku (第一ホテル両国) 03-5611-5211
  • Asakusa View Hotel (浅草ビューホテル) 03-3842-4890



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

Phone: 0570-550-634



Sunrise at Tokyo Tower


Basic Information

Tokyo Tower opens at 6am on January 1st.

It offers 2018 special medals for customers on first come first served basis.


The medal would show “2018 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

Phone: 03-3433-5111




・Hatsuhinode is popular practice in Japan.

・Hastuhinode spots are not limited in tourist destination. You can go anywhere!

・Getting tickets for Skytree seems more difficult and expensive.

・Getting tickets for Tokyo Tower seems easier.

・Wherever you go, expect the crowd.




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