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Hello!

 

I’m Masayo, Tokyo Guided Tour planner.

I introduce where to explore with family members in Tokyo.

 

Today I’d like to introduce Hatsumode.

 

What’s Hatsumode?

One of the main events in Japan in New Year’s Day is Hatsumode.

Hatsumode is the first visit of the New Year to a shrine or a temple to pray their happiness.

 

After worshipping, they get some lucky charms or draw written oracles.

 

Popular shrines and temples in Tokyo gather millions of people.

 

If you plan to visit Japan in New Year’s Day, why don’t you visit Shrines or temples?

 

The best five spots of Hatsumode in Tokyo.

1.Meiji Jingu Shrine

 


This photo of Meiji Jingu Shrine is courtesy of TripAdvisor

 

Details of Meiji Jingu Shrine
Website

Review

Open: December 31st 6:40am~
January 1st ~ 7:00pm
January 2nd 6:40am~ 6:30pm
January 3rd 6:40am~ 6:30pm
January 4th 6:40am~ 6:30pm
The estimated number of people: 3 millions
Peak time: January 1st From 0:00am to 3:00am

2.Senso-ji Temple

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Details of Asakusa
Website

Review

Open: January 1st 0:00am ~ 8:00 pm
January 2nd and 3rd 6:30am ~ 8:00pm
From January 4th 6:00am ~ 5:00pm
The estimated number of people: 2.8 millions
Peak time: January 1st From 0:00am to 3:00am
January 1st to 3rd From 10:00am ~ 5:00pm

 

3.Kanda Myojin

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Details of Kanda Myojin
Website

Review

Open: January 1st 0:00am~
From January 2nd 24 hours open
Event January 1st 0:00am New Year’s ritual
The estimated number of people: 300 thousands
Peak time: January 1st From 0:00am to 2:00am

4.Yasukuni Shrine

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Details of Yasukuni Shrine
Website
Review

Open: December 31st 11:30pm ~ January 1st 6:30pm
January 2nd and 3rd : 6:00am~6:00pm
From January 4th : 6:00am ~ 5:00pm
Events: “Sansankutehaisamisiki
(People in traditional costumes play archery.) “ January 3rd 10:00am~
Traditional dance and music
Exhibition: Ema (Votive picture tablet of a horse)
Enormous Tako and Hagoita(kite and battledore.
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The estimated number of people: 280 thousands
Peak time: From 0:00am to 2:00am (January 1st)

 

5.Zojoji Temple


This photo of Zojoji Temple is courtesy of TripAdvisor

 

Website

Review

Open: December 31st 0:00am~
January 1st ~ 5:30pm
From January 2nd 6:30am ~ 5:30pm
Event December 31st 11:00pm~ Jobone
January 1st 0:00am ~ Joyanokane(Ringing a bell 108 times)
The estimated number of people: 50 thousands

 

How to get the shrines or temples?

I recommend you to use the Route App.↓

Japan Travel-Route, Map, JR

 

Hotel Info

If you need information about hotels near these spots,
please visit Booking.com