New Year's ceremonies and entertainments. At midnight on the 1st, the drum heralding a New Year is beaten, many people begin to pay homage. Many Japanese traditional performing arts are scheduled during the festival period.
Schedule & Key events:
● Dec. 31 from 11:30 p.m.: Open gate
● Jan. 1 from -noon: Shrine homage
from 9 a.m.: Japanese traditional martial arts
from 1:30 p.m.: Classical Japanese dance
from 2 p.m.: Shishimai(lion dance)
from 2:30 p.m.: Ryukyu-Daiko(Japanese drum)
● Jan. 2 from 10 a.m.: Japanese traditional martial arts
from 3 p.m.: Tsugaru-Shamisen(banjo-like instrument)
● Jan. 3 from 10 a.m.: Yumi-hajime (the first practice of the year of Japanese
● Jan. 4 from 11 a.m.: & from 1:30 p.m.: Classical Japanese dance
Location: Yasukuni-jinja Shrine, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Tokyo Metro Tozai, Hanzomon Line or Toei Shinjuku Subway Line to Kudanshita Sta. (T07, Z06, S05)(Exit 1), and then walk 5 min.
Festival information compiled in cooperation with the Tourist Information Center of the Japan National Tourist Organization. (Shin-Tokyo Bldg. 1F, 3-3-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; (03) 3201-3331). Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.