Hatsumode is a traditional Japanese event to visit shrines and temples at the beginning of the New Year. While you can visit any shrine for Hatsumoude, Meiji Shrine sitting in Yoyogi, Shibuya Ward is one of the most popular destinations for many Tokyo citizens. Normally, the shrine has clearly set opening hours, but from New Year’s Eve to New Year’s Day it stays open all night long to accomodate the yearly flood of people who want to make their first and last wishes of the year.

Many people gather for Hatsumode at Meiji Shrine, but it is worth the experience.

If you do stay in Tokyo during the new year’s, make sure to visit one of the big Shrines, such as Meiji Shrine, to feel the atmosphere of the Tokyo`s New Year. ▶ https://www.meijijingu.or.jp/en/

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