New Year's Eve Countdown to 2017 in Kansai
Every country in the world has its own traditional way to go through New Year Eve together. If you have experienced this spiritual moment in your mothercountry for many years, let’s try an other taste in an Asian country which has one of the longest histories in the world- Japan. Considered as the heart of Japan, Kansai is a compact area of both traditional and exotic colors where you can enjoy a variety of Kansai New Year Eve events.
Universal Studios Japan Countdown
Universal Studios is the most popular theme park located in Osaka. With many special countdown events for the New year held every year since it opened, this spot promises an extremely gorgeous New Year Eve in 2017. There are three places inside the park where you can enjoy the Countdown, namely Lagoon area, Gramercy Park and Main Street. Lagoon is the best place to enjoy the whole wonder of sound and lights and Gramercy park will offer the clearest view of stage setup, while Main street is full of confetti and pyrotechnics. In the very final moment of the year, you will be dazzled by amazing show of fireworks and the special countdown together with many famous artists such as Daishi Dance, Tanaka Yasutaka of Capsule, and Shinji Takeda. The show is made in cooperation with Bartkresa with mesmerizing colors and shapes over the area of more than 250 feet wide.
Location: Universal Studios Japan
Admission: 11,800 yen to 22,500 yen depending on places
Related link: http://www.usj.co.jp/countdown2017/
Umeda sky building Countdown
It is probably the most unique way to enjoy the countdown in the height of about 173 meters above the ground at Umeda sky building. Records of the last few years lead to the expectation of more than 10000 attendees at New Year Eve this year. Among light, sound and fireworks, there is a laser show at the highest floor of the building for a small number of people. Around 11:00 pm, the place becomes crowded and you may need to line up to wait. When the time shown on an electronic display board comes to zero, the show of lighting and laser will start brightly above the night view of Osaka. Laser rays of mainly green from pillars and walls around will illuminate the main wall with various shapes of line, curve and wave. Over the ocean of dazzling lights, the laser show seems to be the galaxy in the middle of the sky full of stars.
Location: Umeda Sky Building
Admission: 700 yen
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Kita-mido Temple Bell Ringing
Among the busy atmosphere of modern Osaka, you can follow the middle aged and old Osakan to experience one of the most tranquil New Year Eve in your life at Kita-mido temple. The temple used to be the head temple of Shinshu Otani branch before Higashi Honganji was built to proceed with this mission. In the important time between two years, the ceremony of ringing bell will be held at the temple beginning at 11:00 pm. If you are early enough to be one of the first 108 ones arriving at the temple, you will luckily ring the bell with the others or else you will witness the ceremony from the short distance. Soba noodles will be shared out for the first 200 people to warm you stomachs and make them deep lying to listen attentively the far away sound from the bell. Actually, this is a ritual to help avoid bad luck for your new year.
Related link: http://www.kitamido.or.jp/
Hard Rock Cafe Osaka Countdown Party 2016 - 2017
Countdown Party is one annual event of well-known cafe brand Hard Rock where you can gather friends and enjoy rock together. On this New Year Eve, Hard Rock Cafe Osaka Store will also host a Countdown event from 21:00 Dec 31st, 2016 to 1:00 Jan 1st, 2017. It a ticket with price 5000 yen including American premium buffet with one drink, a live rock from 70s - 80s performed by Badasses Band and so many games.
Location: Hard Rock Cafe Osaka
Admission: 5000 yen (tax included)
Event page: Hard Rock Cafe Osaka 2016 - 2017 Countdown Party
HEP Five Ferries wheel
HEP Five Ferris wheel is a landmark representing Osaka Umeda area from which you can enjoy the scenic flight to the sky at the height of about 106 meters. And can you imagine how it would be if you sit on one of these 52 gondolas and being taken to the height exactly on the New Year Eve moment? Spreading out on the ground is the endless shiny jewel made from glitter neon light from skyscrapers far to the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge and Mount Ikoma on beautiful days. Together with Umeda sky building, HEP Five Ferris wheel is one of the most recommended spots in Osaka to enjoy the very first sunrise of the New Year. On this century moment, you will explode with the sparkling effusion of light and fireworks on the ground from every corner of the city like millions of light flowers are booming around you.
Location: HEP Five
Admission: 500 yen
Related link: http://www.hepfive.jp/ferriswheel/
Kitamido temple countdown
Kitamido temple belongs to the Honganji sect of Jodoshinshu True Pure Land School Buddhism. Kitamido seems to be one of the strangest temples around Japan with the unusual architecture of a giant modern hall lying high above a square. That is why the New Year Eve ceremony held at the temple is far different from those around other Japanese temples. It is not a solemn ritual but a vibrant countdown show. They will design a stage on the entrance of the temple with a gorgeous system of light and flares. Attendees will gather on the ground in front of the temple to enjoy the illumination show full of laser rays and light performances. The music will changed by time from exciting rhythm to gentle melody including traditional and folk music. Along with each kind of music, light will be displayed in different ways bringing to you many feelings of the past eventful year.
Location: Kitamido temple
Related link: http://www.kitamido.or.jp/