New Year's Eve Events at 3 Major Tourist Spots in Kanagawa Pref. Unveiled, with Activities to Welcome 2020

2019-12-11 14:00 439

YOKOHAMA, Japan, Dec. 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The Kanagawa Prefectural Government has unveiled events marking New Year's Eve and New Year at three major tourist spots in the prefecture. New Year's Eve countdown events will be held at Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise and a Yokosuka park, while visitors could see New Year's first sunrise from the observation deck of the Yokohama Landmark Tower.

Kanagawa provides foreign visitors to Japan with information on year-end and New Year's events to be held at the three tourist spots in the prefecture -- Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise, Verny Park Ikoi Square, and the Yokohama Landmark Tower. The following are three selected activities such as countdown events and seeing the new year's first sunrise at tourist spots that will be perfectly fit to welcome the start of 2020.


At Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise, about 3,000 fireworks will be set off in tune with music, colorfully painting the night sky. Furthermore, visitors can enjoy visiting two aquariums and six mechanical rides at the amusement park all through the night. In the morning, visitors can see the beautiful sunrise from the periphery of the breakwater behind the Aqua Museum.

At Verny Park Ikoi Square, there will be a "Yokosuka Countdown" event hosted chiefly by a local merchants' association. Food booths mainly for "hot" menus and stage events, among other activities, will enliven the festive atmosphere at the site. Fireworks will be set off immediately when New Year begins, together with whistles ringing and searchlights going on. The event themed on sound and light is quite unique to Yokosuka.

The observation floor "Sky Garden" of the Yokohama Landmark Tower, one of the tallest buildings in Japan, is a whopping 273 meters above the ground. The business hours for the observation floor will be extended from New Year's Eve to 1:00 a.m. on New Year's Day. Visitors can greet the new year while seeing beautiful night views toward Tokyo from the Minato Mirai 21 area. If the weather is fine, Mt. Fuji will be visible in the opposite direction from the first sunrise. Visitors will have a good opportunity to ring in the auspicious new year here in Yokohama.

Happy Island Countdown 2020

- Dec. 31 (Tue.), 2019 - Jan. 1 (Wed.), 2020
- Business hours:
All night: 19:00, Dec. 31, 2019 - 8:00, Jan. 1, 2020
* Countdown All Night Pass can be used from 15:00 on Dec. 31, 2019

- Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise (Hakkeijima, Kanazawa-ku, Yokohama City)

Pre-ordered tickets (to be sold until Dec. 31, 2019)
- With dolphin show: 3,500 yen
- Without dolphin show: 3,000 yen
- Selling places: Online and other means

Same-day tickets (available from 15:00 on Dec. 31, 2019)
- Without dolphin show: 3,500 yen
* The same price applies to people aged 4 or above

URL: (in Japanese only)

Yokosuka Countdown 2020

- Dec. 31, 2019 - Jan. 1, 2020

- 18:00, Dec. 31, 2019 - 1:00, Jan. 1, 2020

- Verny Park Ikoi Square (1-1 Shioiricho, Yokosuka City)

- A 5-minute walk from Keikyu Shioiri Station, or a 5-minute walk from JR Yokosuka Station

URL: (mostly in Japanese, with some English)

69th floor observation deck "Sky Garden," Yokohama Landmark Tower

- Dec. 31, 2019 - Jan. 1, 2020

- Yokohama Landmark Tower (2-2-1 Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama City)

- A 3-minute walk from "Minatomirai Station" on the Minatomirai Line or a 5-minute walk using the moving walkway from "Sakuragicho Station" on the JR Negishi Line

New Year's Eve special business operations

- Opening hours
10:00, Dec. 31, 2019 - 1:00, Jan. 1, 2020 (last entry at 0:30)

- Entrance fees
1,000 yen per adult, 800 yen per person aged 65 or above and senior high school student, 500 yen per elementary and junior high school student, 200 yen per child aged 4 or above

Business operations for the first sunrise of 2020

- Opening hours
6:00 - 8:00 (last entry at 7:30), 10:00 - 18:00 (last entry at 17:30) on Jan. 1, 2020

- Entrance fees
1,000 yen per adult, 800 yen per person aged 65 or above and senior high school student, 500 yen per elementary and junior high school student, 200 yen per child aged 4 or above

URL: (English)

Source: Kanagawa Prefecture