Whoever knew you could do and see so much in Tokyo for free. Get an immersive experience without spending any yen. Here are the 10 Best Free Things to do in Tokyo.
Visit A Famous Temple
Sensoji Temple is a famous temple which is frequently seen as an icon of Tokyo with it massive red paper lanterns with black Japanese text on them. Sensoji Temple is the most popular temple in Tokyo with good reason. It is a large complex with stunning gates and buildings.
Take In The View
Nothing is better than a free view of the skyline and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building offers one of the best.
Sample some Delicacies
Head down to the denpachika or basement floors of some of you favorite department stores in Shinjuku or Ikebukuro for free food sampling. The best places are Isetan in Shinjuku, Mitsukoshi in Ginza, and the Takashimaya in Nihonbashi.
Though some of the parks in Japan have an admission fee, Yoyogi Park is free. This green space where Buskers and other performers abound. Sometimes even flea and farmer’s markets pop up at random.
Take in a Museum
Tokyo Kite Museum, located in Nihonbashi, admission is free, and you can experience the Japanese way of crafting kites.
Soak up the Atmosphere
Nothing says “Tokyo” like soaking up some energy in a famous location like the Shibuya Crossing. One of the busiest pedestrian crossings in the world.
Discover a Bug
At the Meguro Parasitological Museum you get free admission to one of the world’s only museums dedicated to parasites of all shapes and sizes. Not for the squeamish.
Taste Some Sake
Japanese Sake and Shochu Information Center, also known as “Sake Plaza,” this is not a bar. No, it’s an informational hall that boasts over 6000 books on sake and a nihonshu tasting area.
Discover the World of Sumo
Ryogoku Kokugikan is the top sumo arena in Japan. The building also contains the Sumo Museum, which has displays of pictures of sumo including historic block prints, ceremonial attire and the banzuke ( the official ranking list). If you are lucky you might see a sumo coming or going from the building.
See a Traditional Shinto Wedding Procession
Meiji Jingu Shrine is one of the major Shinto shrines in Tokyo and the most popular. Set in a forest in central Tokyo, this shrine is worth a visit in its own right. Mainly on weekends it is possible to the spectacle of a traditional Shinto wedding procession making its way through the grounds.
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