It’s a common practice for the Japanese to pray for health and peace, and share their New Year’s wishes during the first visit to a shrine or temple on New Year’s Day. On New Year’s Eve, people gather at houses of worship before midnight to witness the moment when the bells are rung 108 times. They also shop for good-luck charms and local delicacies at food stalls.
Transport Meiji Jingu Shrine: 1-minute walk from Harajuku Station or 5-minute walk from Yoyogi Station;
Senso-ji Temple: 5-minute walk from Asakusa Station;
Yushima Tenjin Shrine: 2-minute walk from Yushima Station via Chiyoda Line; 5-minute walk from Ueno-hirokoji Station via Ginza Line; 8-minute walk from Hongo-sanchome Station via Marunouchi Line or Okachimachi Station via J R Line
Takaosan Yakuo-in Temple: Takaosanguchi Station via Keio Line, then ride the cable car from Kiyotaki Station to Takaosan Station, or take the lift from Sanroku Station to Sanjo Station. The temple is a 20-minute walk from either the cable car or the lift.