Fukuoka Countdown Guide 2014-15

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What are you doing this New Year’s eve? With the end of the year sneaking upon us, it’s time to make plans! While most Japanese go home to spend time with their families and visit shrines at midnight for hatsumoude (see our hatsumoude guide) the clubbing scene and countdown events are an increasingly popular way to ring in the New Year. Check out our list for some of Fukuoka’s hottest spots to celebrate the end of the year….

Bayside Place Hakata
Party Name: Countdown 2015
Date: Dec. 31
Time: 18:00 ~ 3:00
Price: Advance sale ¥2,015, doorsale ¥2,500, includes one drink
URL: http://www.baysideplace.jp/
Tel: 092-281-7701
Address: 13-6 Chikkohonmachi, Hakata Ward,
Reason to go: This year Bayside Place Hakata will welcome an international DJ, Yoshihiro Okino from Kyoto Jazz Massive/Especial Records, on top of the already-popular line up of local DJs that pump up the annual countdown event! Enjoy one of Fukuoka’s largest outdoor countdown events.

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Goodbeer Faucets Hakata
Party Name: Countdown… all you can drink!
Date: Dec. 31
Time: 18:30 ~ 1:30
Price: ¥2,500 for all you can drink!
URL: http://hakata.goodbeerfaucets.jp/
Tel: 092-726-5546
Address: North Building 2F, 3-5-7 Barbizon 103 Haruyoshi, Chuo-ku
Reason to go: For only ¥2,500, drink as much beer as you want! With a carefully picked, top-notch selection of 42 international and national craft beers, It’s a dream-come-true New Year’s eve for beer lovers! Dinner and finger-foods are also available.

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Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk
Party Name: Countdown Party 2015
Date: Dec. 31
Time: 22:30 ~ 24:30
Price: ¥6,500 for adults, ¥3,250 for kids, includes a light buffet and a glass of sparkling wine
URL: http://www.hiltonfukuokaseahawk.jp/campaign/restaurants/seala/1039
Tel: 092-844-8111
Address: 2-2-3 Jigyohama, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
Reason to go: With a delicious buffet and a glass of sparkling, welcome the New Year in style with your family or your significant other.

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Hard Rock Cafe
Party Name: 2015-2015 Countdown Party!
Date: Dec. 31
Time: 22:00 ~ 1:00
Price: ¥3,800 (reservations required)
URL: https://www.facebook.com/events/844978985522385/
Tel: 092-832-5050
Address: 2-2-1 Jigyohama, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka
Reason to go: Your ticket includes an American style buffet and a raffle ticket. LOVE FM DJ Lue and Justin will be the MCs for the night, with performances from Raspberry Dream, the winner of the Hard Rock Rising band contest this year. Welcome the New Year in hard rock style! (web)

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Club Cats
Party Name: Countdown 2015
Date: Dec. 31
Time: 21:00 ~ late
Price: ¥3,500 for men, ¥1,500 for women, includes two drinks.
URL: https://www.facebook.com/catsfukuoka?fref=ts
Tel: 092-732-9600
Address: Tenjin, 3 Chome−7−13, 第13ラインビル5F
Reason to go: Club Cats is a popular club especially amongst the younger generation. A line up of local favorite DJs will be pumping the night, including Baby Boss, MC Dazzy, Yossy, Kazuma and more.

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Club X
Party Name: 2014 ~ 2015 Countdown
Date: Dec. 31
Time: 21:00 ~ late
Price: ¥3,000 for men, ¥2,000 for women, includes one drink. After party: Men & women ¥1,000 (one drink included)
URL: https://www.facebook.com/ClubXXo?fref=ts
Tel: 092-741-3800
Address: 1-8-38, Maizuru, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
Reason to go: Another popular club amongst the younger generation, Club X is always packed and alive until the early hours of the morning.

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Echo
Party Name: New Year’s Eve 2015
Date: Dec. 31
Time: 21:00 ~ 5:00
Price: ¥1,500 entry, includes one drink. Champagne three bottles for ¥10,000, Energy Drink Cocktails ¥500
URL: https://www.facebook.com/echofukuoka/timeline
Tel: 090-9483-0621
Address: 1F Tenjin Okabe Bldg. 3-6-12 Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
Reason to go: Ring in the New Year in style at Echo. Fukuoka’s #1 team of international DJs will keep the party going all night, playing the best in electronic music on Echo’s incredible sound system. With specials on champagne and Shark cocktails, it’ll be one of the most reasonable place to celebrate the countdown. College students get free entry with a student ID!

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Infinity
Party Name: Infinity’s 2015 Countdown Party
Date: Dec. 31
Time: 21:00 ~ 5:00
Price: Men ¥3000, women ¥2000 for free drinks!
URL: http://infinityfukuoka.com/
Tel: 092-711-8828
Address: 1−12−52, Daimyo, Chuo-ku
Reason to go: This foreign-owned nightclub offers the latest music with a thumping sound system. The bartenders are energetic and friendly, and the place is known to be packed on the weekends. Enjoy their full-range premium cocktails, and dance the night away to the New Year at one of Fukuoka’s favorite clubbing spots!

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Two Dogs Sports Bar and Grill
Party Name: Two Dogs Countdown Party
Date: Dec. 31
Time: 18:00 ~ 3:00
Price: Not specified.
URL: No URL (only FN review)
Tel: 092 406 9822
Address: 1-9-21 Maizuru, Chuo-ku
Reason to go: With over 40 world class beers and plenty of food, this newly opened sports bar is the latest hangout spot in Oyafuko dori. They also have three 60 inch TVs and a projector to catch all the action, so come kick back at Two Dogs and enjoy the special New Year’s eve deals.

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Happy Cock
Party Name: Countdown Party 2015
Date: Dec. 31
Time: 20:00 ~ 5:00
Price: ¥2,500 for women, ¥3,000 for men, includes all-you-can-drink deal at the bar.
URL: https://www.facebook.com/events/310549875820619/
Tel: 092-734-2686
Address: 5 & 9F Mountain Building, 2-5-11 Daimyo, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
Reason to go: It’s going to be a cracker of a night at Happy Cock as usual! With their cheap all-you-can-drink deals, it’s expected to be packed throughout the night. Get in early to avoid disappointment.

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Huis Ten Bosch
Party Name: Huis Ten Bosch Countdown 2014-2015
Date: Dec. 31
Time: 18:00 ~ 3:00
Price Various deals depending on transport and whole day or half day packages. Check out full details here
URL: http://www.huistenbosch.co.jp/event/countdown/
Tel: 0570-064-110
Address: 1-1 Huis Ten Bosch Machi, Sasebo, Nagasaki
Reason to go: Huis Ten Bosch is a Dutch-inspired theme park in Sasebo, Nagasaki, offering an impressive display of flowers, illuminations and attractions all-year round. Their countdown is known for one of the biggest display of fireworks in Japan, with live performances from dance groups and DJs every year.

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Mariera
Party Name: New Year Cruise
Date: Jan. 1st. 2015
Time: 7:00am ~ 8:15am
Price: ¥5,000 for adults, ¥4,000 for children under 12
URL: http://www.mariera.jp/event/detail.php?id=168
Tel: 092-751-7171
Address: 13-6 Chikkohonmachi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka
Reason to go: Champagne, osechi food and the first sunrise of the year. Mariera offers a stylish way of welcoming the New Years on a cruise ship with a spacious deck and dining space, going around Hakata Bay.

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Mitsui Greenland
Party Name: Greenland Countdown DX
Date: Dec. 31
Time: 21:30 ~ 2:00
Price: Various deals available depending bookings, and whole day or half day packages. Check out different rates here
URL: http://www.greenland.co.jp/park/news/2014/10271140.html
Tel: 0968-66-1112
Address: Midorigaoka Arao, Kumamoto
Reason to go: Mitsui Greenland is a great theme park for families, with many attractions suitable for young children and elders alike. Spend the day on rollercoasters, then enjoy the display of fireworks and live performances at night.

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Space World
Party Name: That’s Countdown! 2014-2015
Date: Dec. 31
Time: 10:00 ~ 2:00
Price: Adult pass for countdown event is ¥3,600, primary school and under ¥2,570. Entry limited to after 16:00. Other deals available depending on bookings and whole day packages. Check out more rates on their website.
URL: http://www.spaceworld.co.jp/
Tel: 093-672-3600
Address: 4-1-1 Higashida, Yahatahigashi Ward, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka
Reason to go: An adrenaline junkie’s New Year’s eve! Space World is famous for its fast and thrilling roller coasters and other attractions. Spend all day on rollercoasters, and enjoy live performances and a fireworks display at night. (web)

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International Bar
Party Name: Inter Bar Countdown Party
Date: Dec. 31
Time: 21:00 ~ 5:00
Price: No cover charge
URL: https://www.facebook.com/pages/International-Bar/131889883579496
Tel: 092-714-2179
Address: Urashima Bldg, 4F 3-1-13 Tenjin Chuo-ku
Reason to go: International Bar is located in the heart of Tenjin, and as the name suggests it attracts an international crowd. Dance and sing the night away, whilst enjoying karaoke and toshikoshi-soba (New Year’s soba)

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Mojiko Retro
Party Name: Countdown in Mojiko
Date: Dec. 31
Time: 22:30~00:30
Price: Free
URL: http://www.rurubu.com/event/detail.aspx?ID=14164
Tel: 093-331-2205
Address: 9−11, Minato-machi, Moji Ward, Kitakyushu
Reason to go: This historical train station will be completely lit up, and welcome the New Year with fireworks and live performances.

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Mills Fukuoka
Party Name: Countdown to 2015
Date: Dec. 31
Time: 22:00 ~ 5:00
Price: Advance: ¥3,000, Door: ¥3,500, includes one drink.
URL: http://www.mills.co.jp/5345/count-down-to-2015/
Tel: 092-733-1167
Address: 4-28-2, Chuo Ward, Imaizumi
Reason to go: Mills will be offering a line up of world class DJs including Cream, who has provided music for Teriyaki Boyz, BoA and V6. Guaranteed that they will have the beats sorted for you to welcome the New Year with a bang.

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