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Traditional Japanese New Years Event on a Cruise Ship



[One day special New Years Event on January 1st.]

Will you be spending the New Years in Japan next year?
Haven't decided on what to do or don't know where to go for the New Years in Japan?
Then this tour will be perfect for you! Why not start the new year on a bang with a traditional Japanese New Years event on a cruise ship!
For this event you will be enjoying the followings:
Taiko Performance
Taiko is an ancient Japanese large drums. One of taiko's defining aspect is it's dynamic playing style. Taiko is played loud, hard, and fast, and it involves a lot of choreographed movement in which many describe it as a form of Japanese martial arts.
During this tour you will be able to watch a performance from a real Taiko artists.
Shishimai - traditional lion dance
During the New Years in Japan we watch Shishimai - lion dance, it is said that the Shishimai brings good fortune so many people come and watch the lion dance. It is also said that if you get bitten by a Shishimai that it will make you more healthier and stronger, so during the New Years you will see many children getting their heads bitten.
Mochitsuki - Mochi Pounding
Japanese rice cakes is called Mochi in Japanese. During New Years in Japan we do Mochitsuki, where we pound the rice in a wooden container to paste patted with water by one person while another person hits it with a large wooden mallet and molding it to our desired shape. Mochi is eaten in New Years in hopes of gaining good fortune over the coming year.
Kagami-Wari/Sake tasting
Kagami-Wari is a ceremony performed at celebratory events such as opening a new business or starting a new year. During the Kagami-Wari event there is sake barrel and the lid is broken open by a wooden mallet and sake is served to everyone who is present. "Kagami," refers to the lid of the sake barrel and "Wari," means to break open so Kagami-Wari literally means "Opening the lid." Because of the lid's round shape, the Kagami is a symbol of harmony, therefore it represents an opening to harmony and good fortune.

For the cruise course you will be on the ship for about 120 minutes and you will passing through these areas;
1. Takeshiba Pier
2. Tokyo Tower
3. Rainbow Bridge
4. Odaiba
5. Tokyo Skytree
6. Tokyo Gate Bridge
7. Haneda Airport
8. Ooikontenafudou (It is said that the crane of this area looks like giraffe)

On this day you will experience many Japanese New Years tradition while riding on a cruise ship.
It will be an event you will never forget, start off the New Years in a special way with this trip!

Price per person
Age 13 and above: 8,800 yen
Age 6 - 12: 4,700 yen
Age 5 and below: 2,300 yen

*There will be an assistant translator

Tour Detail

Tour Style

Please note that there may be other participants.

For this special plan there will be an assistant translator that will tell you about the Japanese New Years culture

Meeting point: 5:00AM The assistant will be waiting for you at the North ticket gate at the Hamamatsucho station.

Group Size

Min. 1 person

Tour Itinerary

5:00AM Meet at the North ticket gate at JR Hamamatsucho *Must be on time
5:30AM Get on the boat
6:00-8:00AM Enjoy the New Years cruising
8:10AM Drop off at either Hamamatsucho Station or Otemachi station.


What's Included

- A Translator will be with you
- Cruise Ticket
- Standing buffet
- Free Drink

What's not Included

- Transportation fee

Tour Tips

Booking process
1. Please contact us for availability through ‘BOOK IT’ button below.
2. We will check the availability and come back to you within 1 business day.
3. Payment request will be sent. You do not need to have a paypal account to make a payment with your credit card.

4. Reservation is done upon receiving your payment. Confirmation e-mail will be sent to you.

- Fees shall be paid through Credit Card. Currently no other payment method is accepted.
Cancellation Policy

Reservations may be cancelled without a charge up to 11 days prior to the program date.
Reservations cancelled less than 10 days before the program date will incur the following charges:
- Between 10 days and 3 day: 20% of the program charge
- 2 days in advance: 50% of the program charge
- 1 day before or no show: 100% of the program charge
*Time in JST