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Updated: December 1, 2022

Hatsumode 初詣

Meiji-jingu Shrine, 1-1 Yogogi-Kamizonocho, Shibuya City, Tokyo
Early January 2023 - Mid January 2023

In order to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), various facilities around Tokyo may change their operating days or hours. In addition, some events may be canceled or postponed. Please check official facility or event websites for the latest updates and information.

Many people in Japan visit a shrine or temple on the night of December 31. Amidst the sound of a bell ringing exactly 108 times, people welcome the New Year by offering up their prayers. This practice is called hatsumode. Another common pattern is to celebrate New Year's Eve at home, and perform the hatsumode as their first outing of the new year. People often complete the day by hitting the shops for January sales, or heading to another special event. It's an extremely memorable time of year.
Notably, Meiji-jingu Shrine, which was built in celebration of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shoken, draws several million people between New Year's Eve and January 3. In 2020, the shrine celebrated its 100th anniversary. The torii shrine gate at the Harajuku entrance has recently been rebuilt and is looking resplendent.
Be a part of the tradition and pray for health and good luck in the year ahead.

How to Get There

  • Harajuku Station | 1 min on foot
    JR Yamanote Line
  • Meiji-jingumae Station
    Chiyoda Line | Fukutoshin Line
  • Sangubashi Station | 3 min on foot
    Odakyu Line


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Opening Hours

  • Open from sunrise to sunset (hours vary per month)
  • Open all night on December 31

Please check the official event website for the latest updates on opening dates and times, prices, and other information.

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