Free Stuff in Tokyo

Free places to soak up atmosphere

To see more people than you’ve ever seen in one place, try walking through Shinjuku Station at rush hour (just after 17:00), standing at the Ginza Sukiyabashi crossing, or crossing the road next to the Hachiko Exit of Shibuya Station.

For the eccentric and bizarre side of life, go to Harajuku on a Sunday.

To feel bang up-to-date with the latest technology, go to Akihabara.

Bird’s eye view of Tokyo

 The 45th floor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku has two free observation galleries with views of Tokyo, Mt. Fuji, and Yokohama. North side is open 9:30–22:30, closed 2nd and 4th Mondays. South side is open 2nd and 4th Mondays 9:30–21:30; Wed–Fri and 1st and 3rd Mondays, 9:30–17:30; Sat, Sun, holidays 9:30–19:00k closed Tuesdays. 03-5321-1111.

For a good view of the city skyline, go to the promenade along the front of the Decks Shopping Mall in Odaiba. (Take the Yurikamome Monorail from JR Shimbashi Station to Odaiba Kaihen Koen Station.)

Spiritual and majestic places

Most of these Tokyo sights are free. Top picks to visit: 

Gardens and parks

  • Higashi-Gyoen, the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace (art gallery inside), near Tokyo Station. 
  • Yoyogi Park has street entertainment on Sundays—great entertainment for no yen! JR Harajuku on Yamanote line.
  • Ueno Park JR Ueno Station on Yamanote line.
  • Sumo Wrestling Museum- Open 10:30—16:30. Closed Sat, Sun, holidays. Near the JR Ryogoku Station on the JR Sobu line.
  • Shinjuku Gyoen Park, a 5-minute walk from KCP

Showrooms

Sony Building in Ginza—try out the latest electronic toys, gadgets, organizers. 10:00–20:00, near the Sukiyabashi crossing.

Toyota Mega Web in Palette Town.

In the Odaiba car showroom, view cars of the future. 11:00–21:00.

Hundred-¥ shops

Miss the dollar store? Short on cash but must shop? Try the 100-¥ stores located in nearly every district. The one in Shibuya near the Tokyo Station has 5 floors!

Food

Free samples galore in the basement floor of the Nakamise Shopping Arcade in Asakusa on the Ginza line.

 

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