Traditional Japanese New Year’s Events at Hotel New Otani Osaka

December 31, 2023 - January 2, 2024

Start the New Year at The New Otani Osaka.

Various special events will be held at Hotel New Otani Osaka between December 31 and January 2.
Stay with us and experience a traditional Japanese New Year's celebration!

Shishimai: Lion Dance (January 1 and 2)

Lion dance or "Shishimai" is a traditional dance mimicking a lion's movements.
The dance is often performed for celebrations and is said to summon luck and fortune.

Date & time: 12:30pm and 5:30pm, January 1 and 2

Toshikoshi Soba: Year-crossing Noodles (December 31)

Eating soba (buckwheat noodles) on New Year's Eve is a long-standing tradition observed all around Japan. Savor the aroma and smoothness of the noodles along with delicate bonito broth.

Date & time:  10:00-11:30pm, December 31

Osechi: New Year's Feast (January 1)

"Osechi" is the breakfast eaten during the New Year's period.
Each item is intended to wish for the health and happiness of family members and friends for the coming year.

Date & time:  7:00-10:00am, January 1

Mochitsuki: Mochi Pounding (January 1 and 2)

A well-known Japanese tradition of making rice cakes ( mochi ) at New Year. People wish for good luck as steamed glutinous rice is smashed with a "kine", or a giant mallet, to make mochi.

Date & time: 2:15pm, January 1 and 2

New Year's Eve Countdown Party (December 31)

Join us in the moments bidding farewell to 2023 and welcoming 2024. A cello quartet consisting of members of the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra will perform live before and after the countdown.

Date & time:  11:40pm-12:20am, December 31

Kakizome: New Year’s Calligraphy Writing (January 1 and 2)

Kakizome is the tradition of doing the first calligraphy writing of the year.
All equipment is ready, as well as advice from professional calligraphy instructors ( in Japanese only ).

Date & time:  11:00am-5:00pm, January 1 and 2

Otoso: New Year's spiced sake (January 1)

Otoso is the celebrative sake drunk at New Years, traditionally infused with various spices that were believed to bring good health and longevity to those who drink it.

Date & time:  7:00-9:00am, January 1

2 Nights New Year Celebration
(with Breakfast, Countdown Party, and New Years Experiences)

A special package is now available, offering a stay from December 31, 2023 to January 2, 2024, New Year's breakfast, and various traditional experiences.
Osaka Castle is located right in front of our hotel, and its on-site shrine is the perfect destination for “Hatsumode”: the tradition of first shrine visit of the year.
Spend an extraordinary New Year’s holiday here at Hotel New Otani Osaka.

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