Visiting temples and shrines is one of Japanese major customs during New Year period. If you are more religious, or if you would like to enjoy new-year’s atmospheres more, how about trying “Shichifukujin Meguri”, pilgrimage of seven Gods of good luck?
“Shichifukujin Meguri” is to visit seven temples and shrines in a single neighborhood to pay your respects to the Shichifukujin (the Seven Deities of Good Luck) to pray for success and safety for you and your family. In Tokyo, there are over a dozen of groups of religious sites dedicated to the seven deities. On the 2013 New Year’s day I visited Yanaka Shichifukujin (“谷中七福神”) which are said to be the oldest Shichifukujin groups in Tokyo. I bought a piece of paper for the seals at the first temple and collected the seven seals of the Gods!
Yanaka Shichifukujin welcome visitors until January 10.
Other famous Shichifukujin Groups in Tokyo are :
Nihonbashi Shichifukujin (Chuo-ku), Yamate Shichifukujin (Meguro-ku), Sumida Shichifukujin (Sumida-ku), etc.