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Fukuoka Countdown Guide 2016-17

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

Bayside Place Hakata
Bayside’s countdown party includes live music from special guests including the Beagle Crew (a Fukuokan band) and Fumika, a singer popular for her beautiful voice. There will be a ‘100 girls x 100 boys’ matching event, an Asian-themed night market and much, much more. The New Year will be rung in with a massive fireworks display!


Countdown 2016
Date: 12/31
Time: 17:00~01:00
Price: Free
Address: 13-6 Chikko Honmachi, Hakata-ku
Tel: 092-281-7701

Grand Hyatt Fukuoka
One of Japan’s best gospel-music producers, Shin Ikesue, and his modern gospel group, Soulmatics, will be playing at the Grand Hyatt’s countdown event at the B1F Bar Lounge. Go along to enjoy a Japanese gospel celebration like no other.


Soulmatics Countdown Live
Date: 12/31
Time: 23:30~00:40
Cover Charge: ¥750. Food or drink purchases necessary.
Address: 1-2-82 Sumiyoshi, Hakata-ku
Tel: 092-282-1234

Greenland Amusement Park’s countdown event will feature illuminations galore, and Japan’s longest floor-based projection mapping display. Music, comedy (from Fukuoka Yoshimoto) and a massive firework show. The view from Ikemae Hiroba is recommended!


Greenland Countdown Party 2017
Date: 12/31
Time: 09:30~02:00
Price: Advance tickets for Countdown Party: ¥3,000 (Adults), ¥2,000 (Children)
Address: Midorigaoka Arao, Kumamoto
Tel: 0968-66-1112

Hard Rock Cafe
This is the first countdown party that Hard Rock will host since it moved to its new location near Hakata Station. The event will include an American buffet serving up some of HRC’s most popular menu items alongside a special New Year’s menu. There will be a New Year’s lottery and a kagami wari ceremony to break open a wine barrel. Fukuoka artist Raspberry Dream will be performing alongside DJ Kosuke Onizuka.


2017 Countdown Party
Date: 12/31
Time: 22:00~01:00
Price: Advance: ¥3,500 Door: ¥3,900
Address: 8-1 Chuogai, Hakataeki, Hakata-ku
Tel: 092-433-2975

Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk
The countdown at the Hilton Fukuoka Sea Hawk’s fourth floor Brasserie & Lounge bar is known as one of the classiest events in town. Welcome the New Year in style with music provided by DJs from Cross FM. Enter the lucky draw to win meals at Hilton restaurants, and hotel stays!


Countdown Party 2017
Date: 12/31
Time: 22:00~00:30
Price: ¥8,000 for adults, ¥4,000 for children, includes buffet and a glass of sparkling wine.
Address: 2-2-3 Jigyohama, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
Tel: 092-844-8111

Huis Ten Bosch
Huis Ten Bosch’s celebrations start early in the morning on New Year’s Eve. Head along to the park to enjoy their Adventure Park and Robot Kingdom. After the sun sets, things really get going with the “Kingdom of Light”, a 13 million light illumination that has been voted the best night view in Japan for four years in a row. There will be two sets of fireworks, the first at 18:45~19:00, and the second, the Japan Grand Countdown Firework event, taking place at midnight for 20 minutes.


Huis Ten Bosch Countdown 2016-2017
Date: 12/31
Time: 08:00~02:00
Price Various deals depending on whether you want your tickets to include transport, and whether you chose whole day or half day packages. Check out full details here.
Address: 1-1 Huis Ten Bosch Machi, Sasebo, Nagasaki
Tel: 0570-064-110

Mariera Countdown Cruise 2016-2017
Depart Hakata Port at 23:00 on New Year’s Eve and spend a romantic 90 minutes watching the Fukuoka cityscape recede into the distance. Aboard the boat there there will be gospel performances and a standing buffet.


Mariera Countdown Cruise 2016-2017
Date: 12/31
Time: 23:00~00:30
Price: ¥10,000 for adults, ¥6,000 for children
Address: 13-6 Chikko Honmachi, Hakata-ku
Tel: 092-844-8111

Mojiko Retro
Mojiko Retro’s countdown will feature great live music and the raucous ‘banana no tatakiuri’, a grand banana bazaar that originated in the early Taisho period. A unique New Year’s atmosphere with fireworks and whistles from the ships docked in the port. Historic pieces of architecture will be illuminated. A great place to enjoy the start of the New Year with family and friends.


Countdown in Mojiko
Date: 12/31
Time: 22:30~24:30
Price: Free
Address: Mojiko Retro Area, Moji Ward, Kitakyushu
Tel: 093-321-4151

Space World
Space World’s countdown events are popular each and every year. A special countdown pass is available for entry to the park after 15:00, and the park will stay open till well past midnight.


That’s Countdown! 2016-2017
Date: 12/31
Time: 10:00~02:00
Price: Countdown pass: ¥3,450 for Adults, ¥2,800 for Children
Address: 4-1-1 Higashida, Yahatahigashi Ward, Kitakyushu
Tel: 093-672-3600

With The Style
For ¥2,016 you’ll get nomihodai (all you can drink) between 21:00 and 01:00 at this popular resort hotel located a few minutes from Hakata station. Leave and go back in as many times as you want. A very romantic venue!


2016 Countdown Party
Date: 12/31
Time: 21:00~01:00
Price: ¥2,016
Address: 1-9-18 Hakataeki minami, Hakata-ku
Tel: 092-433-3901

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Fukuoka City
Published: Dec 12, 2016 / Last Updated: Dec 16, 2016

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