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First sunrise of the year

First sunrise of the year in Japan

First sunrise of the year in Japan

I know that a lot of people love to party to ring in the New Year but if you are looking for a new way to ring in the New Year then what better way to do it then to watch the first sunrise of the year? If you’re new year’s goal is to just live a healthier life or if you simply just are sick of partying every year and want to try something new then here are some great locations to do so.

First sunrise of the year (picture source: http://www.sapporo.travel/special/feature_article/newyear-in-sapporo/?lang=en)

In Hokkaido you can go to Mount Moiwa lookout point where you get a full view of the city of Sapporo and so to view the sunrise there is just no better place in Sapporo to do so. You can bring a snack and enjoy the sunrise with your partner, friends or family. It is said that when the sun rises here the sunrise turns the sky purple bit by bit. Because this lookout point is a very popular place to be to watch the sunrise on New Year’s the city runs all public transportation and rope ways.

First sunrise of the year (picture source: http://www.nihon-kankou.or.jp.e.wp.hp.transer.com/newyear/searchDetail.jsp?t__=H&ken__=hokkaido&shi__=01543&id__=R0116a)

There is one other location in Hokkaido where you can get a fabulous view of the sunrise and that is at Bihoro Mountain Path. The mountain not only gives you the best view for the sunrise but even the surroundings is absolutely beautiful as well. Because you can see the Lake Kussyaro from the top of the Bihoro Mountain, when the sun rises the lake turns red.

First sunrise of the year

In Tokyo one of the most popular places to view the sunrise is Mount Fuji. It’s a lot of work and effort just to see the sunrise as it takes approximately 8 hours to walk up but the view from the top and especially the view of the sunrise from the top is like no other view. The unfortunate thing about viewing the sunrise from the top is that the weather often changes so it isn’t guaranteed that you will be able to see the sunrise.

First sunrise of the year (picture source: http://mitis2011.blogspot.jp/2014/01/blog-post.html)

Another place you can view the sunrise from in Tokyo would be Mount Takao as it has a panorama view of Tokyo and you can even see Mount Fuji on a clear day. It’s also super easy to access and isn’t a very difficult hike either. As it is a very popular place to be on New Year’s eve it does get pretty packed.

First sunrise of the year (picture source: https://twitter.com/skycircus60/status/815338053946380288)

If you want to view the sunrise in Tokyo but don’t want to go anywhere to far then you can go to the Sunshine 60 Lookout which is located in Ikebukuro. From this lookout point you can see Mount Fuji on a clear day. They actually hold an event to watch the first sunrise on the New Year’s Day, however, they only sell about 150 tickets for the event so if you want to go then make sure that you book the tickets in advance.

First sunrise of the year

Miura Coast in Kanagawa is a breathtaking place to watch the sunrise and every year people from around the world visit to view the first sunrise of the year. There are different performances that take place at the beach on this day that you can enjoy as well.

If you are going to be in Nagano for the New Year’s then the best place to view the first sunrise of the year would be from the top of Komagatake and if the weather is clear you can even see Mount Fuji and the Tokyo Skytree from the top. There is a ropeway to the top of the mountain so you can easily get up to the top. The ropeway usually isn’t open early in the morning but for New Year’s Eve they make an exception.

If you go to Lake Yamanaka you can see the Diamond Fuji when the sun rises because Mount fuji reflects perfectly into Lake Yamanaka and looks like a diamond. And when the sun rises it overlap with Mount Fuji so you can see it appearing from Mount Fuji.

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