In Japan, people go to shrines or temples to pray for better fortune on New Year's Day.
Itsukushima shrine is one of the most popular spot and has 100,000 visitors on the every first day of a new year.
So that, only on the New Year's Day, Miyajima ferry runs during the night of 31st of December and the morning of 1st January.
There is also a popular shrine in Hiroshima downtown. It is "Hiroshima Gokoku Shrine" located next to Hiroshima Castle.
It is busy from the night of the New Year's Eve and on the New Year's Day some celebratory sake are offered to visitors.
According to the sexagenary calender, 2014 is the year of a horse.
If you stay in Japan in this New Year's holiday, you will see horses everywhere.
(but Miyajima and Nara is excluded. They are places of deer)