NEW YEAR IN NAGOYA 2012
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1. All Night Subways & Discount Subway Travel
The Do-nichi Eco Kippu ドニチエコきっぷ is one-day pass that allows commuters to ride all Nagoya City subways and city buses all day on Saturday, Sundays, holidays, the 8th of the month, and between Dec 29 & Jan 3! It only costs 600 Yen for adults, 300 Yen for children (aged 6 to 12), and it can purchased at any subway station ticket gate or on city buses. Up to two preschoolers can ride for free when accompanied by a valid ticket holder.
What’s more, the Higashiyama, Meijo, Meiko, Tsurumai, and Sakuradori lines will be running ALL NIGHT on December 31! There will be a train approximately every 30 minutes throughout the night. If you first use a Do-nichi Eco Kippu before 22:00 on December 31 the ticket can be used until 06:00 on January 1, and if you first use a Do-nichi Eco Kippu after 22:00 on December 31 the ticket can be used until the last train on January 1. A full schedule will be posted at all subway stations from December 22.
★Making the Most out of the Do-nichi Eco Kippu at New Year
[ The tolling of temple bells 108 times at midnight on New Year’s Eve is known as joya-no-kane除夜の鐘and hatsumode 初詣is the traditional custom of making the first visit of the New Year to a Shinto shrine ]
2. Joya-no-Kane 除夜の鐘
Joya-no-kane is the tolling of temple bells 108 times beginning at midnight on New Year’s Eve. This custom is based on the Buddhist belief that man has 108 impurities and the ringing of the bells is believed to purify people’s hearts. There are several temples, in and around Nagoya, where you can actually try your hand at ringing the bells and freeing yourself of the worries of 2010. Be sure to arrive before midnight to avoid disappointment.
Don’t worry about getting there – the subways will be running ALL NIGHT!
Major Temples in Nagoya accessible by subway
- Higashi Betsuin 東別院 – a 2 minute walk from Higashi Betsuin Subway Station, exit 4
- Osu Kannon 大須観音- a 2 minute walk from Osu Kannon Subway Station, exit 2
- Kasadera-Kannon 笠寺観音- a 3 minute walk from Moto-Kasadera Station (Meitetsu) or a 15 minute walk (along the main road) from Sakura-honmachi Subway Station, exit 2.
- Kakuozan Nittaiji 覚王山日泰寺 – a 5 minute walk from Kakuozan Subway Station, exit 1; take a right at the lights and walk up the hill.
- Arako Kannon 荒子観音- a 10 minute walk from Takabata Subway Station, exit 5; take a left at Circle K.
- Koshoji 興正寺 – a 5 minute walk from Yagoto Subway Station, exit 1
3. Hatsumode 初詣
This is the traditional custom of making the first visit of the New Year to a Shinto shrine to pray for safety, happiness and prosperity for the coming year.
Major shrines in Nagoya accessible by subway
- Shiroyama Hachimangu 城山八幡宮 – a 10 minute walk up the road from Motoyama Subway Station, exit 1. Take a right at the 2nd set of lights.
- Yamada Tenmangu and Kogane Jinja 山田天満宮・金神社 – a 10 minute walk from Ozone Station – just follow the JR train tracks north towards JR Shin-Moriyama.
- Atsuta Jingu 熱田神宮- a 10 minute walk from Jingu Nishi Subway Station, exit 2. Follow the crowds!
If you have never been to hatsumode before, before going make sure to look up the terms omamori, omikuji, and ema.
4. Hatsuhinode 初日の出
This is the first sunrise of the New Year.
■Midland Square – ミッドランドスクエア スカイプロムナード
The building’s Sky Promenade is Japan’s highest open-air observation deck.
Open from 06:00 on Jan 1. Sunrise at around 06:58. Admission 700 Yen, children 300 Yen.
(NIC Event Information)