10 Free things to do in Tokyo


10 free things to do in Tokyo

People tend to have the impression that Tokyo is expensive, however that's not necessarily the case! Today I want to share with you 10 free things you can do in Tokyo! These 10 activities and places could easily fill a couple of days in Tokyo.

1. Visit Sensoji Temple in Asakusa

Sensoji is Tokyo's oldest and most famous temple. Get there early to avoid the crowds, then wander down Nakamise shopping street on your way back to the station after the stalls have opened (might be hard to avoid spending money at the stalls!).

Sensoji Temple in Asakusa

2. Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

This building in Shinjuku has a free observation deck 202m above ground! On a clear day you might be able to spot Mt Fuji in the distance. If you come for the sunset you can see the lights come out across the city.

3. People watch in Harajuku

Take a walk down Takeshita-dori to see all the crazy fashion people are wearing and the shops they buy them from. There is also a multi-story Daiso (100 yen store) where you can spend at least an hour shopping for anything and everything. At 100 yen a piece, it's almost free!

4. Check out the Neon Lights at Shibuya Crossing

You can't visit Tokyo without crossing at the famous Shibuya intersection. Once you are safely across the road you can spend hours wandering the shops in Shibuya. Check out my more detailed blog post about this.

Shibuya Crossing

5. Meiji Jingu Shrine

Once you've had enough of the crowds and sensory overload of Shibuya and Harajuku, head to the Meiji Jingu Shrine. You can enter just behind Harajuku station. It's serene and quiet and you would never guess it was in the middle of a city like Tokyo.

6. Visit one of the many parks

If you are lucky enough to be in Tokyo during cherry blossom season, Ueno and Yoyogi parks are free and great for cherry blossom viewing. If you're in Tokyo at a another time of year Ueno Park has lost of other things to keep you occupied, including museums and temples.

Blossoms in Ueno Park

7. Watch Sumo Practice

Even if you don't happen to be in Tokyo during a sumo tournament, you can watch their morning practice session in the sumo "stables".

8. Meguro Parasitalogical Museum

This has got to be one of the weirdest museums in Tokyo, or anywhere really. This museum displays a large array of parasites in jars as well as a 8.8m long tape worm! Eww! You can find more information here.

Parasites in Jars

9. Yebisu Beer Museum

After grossing yourself out, make your way to the Yebisu Beer Museum, just one stop away from the parasitological museum. You can take a free tour, followed by a beer tasting in their bar/restaurant.

10. Cycle Around the Imperial Palace

Every sunday, there are FREE bike rentals to cycle around the imperial palace cycling path. The bikes are available on a first come, first served basis and you can chose from adult and kids bikes as well as tandem bikes.

There are so many more options of free things to do in Tokyo! Do you have any recommendations that I haven't included in my list?

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  1. Tokyo is on my bucket list! I hope to get there one day so I'll be sure to save this list. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I hope you get there! It's such a great city with way too many things to see and do!

  2. I didn't know about watching Sumo practices, thanks for sharing! If visiting with kids, check out Tokyo Fire Museum. Free and the kids loved it!

    1. Great tip! Thanks! I think my son would love that museum!