If you have a short amount of time in Tokyo and are looking for some free things to do, then the 5 places below should be on your itinerary.
1. Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings
The view from both the South and North towers is breathtaking, both Ben and I were stunned as neither of us had seen anything like it before. I haven’t been to New York, but the view reminded me of the classic image you see of the view from the Empire State Building over to Central Park.
You really get a sense of how big the city is from 202 metres above the ground.
Open: 9:30am to 11pm (South Observatory closes at 5:30pm)
Nearest Subway Station: Tocho-mae (located directly below Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building)
Nearest JR Station: JR Shinjuku Station (take the West Exit – 10 minutes walk)
2. Tsukiji Fish Market
The Tsukiji Fish Market is a fascinating place for a morning wander and to pick up some fresh sushi for breakfast or lunch.
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The Shibuya area is a fantastic place to people watch – in fact, go and grab yourself a coffee in the Starbucks directly above the crossing (if you can get a seat) and watch the thousands of people and the cars all whizzing by.
Once you have finished your coffee, go for a wander around the area – there are many intriguing small alleys to explore off the main roads. Perfect to find a delicious spot for dinner.
4. Sensō-ji Temple
Sensō-ji Temple is a buddhist temple located in the Asakusa area and is Tokyo’s oldest. The temple is also one of Tokyo’s busiest, attracting 30 million visitors a year.
A long shopping street where you can buy souvenirs and food, leads you from the temple’s outer gate to the second gate. Outside the temple entrance you can buy a “
Nearest Subway Station: Asakusa Tip: In my opinion, the temple is most beautiful around sunset when you can see it all lit up.
Nearest Subway Station: Asakusa
Tip: In my opinion, the temple is most beautiful around sunset when you can see it all lit up.
Harajuku is the trendy district where you will find the fashion conscious teens hanging out. Takeshita Dori street is home to crepe stalls, sweet shops, as well as weird and wonderful clothing shops. Take a couple of hours to explore and buy yourself a souvenir from the 100 yen shop.
There are many other free things to do in Tokyo which I have not listed here, however I wanted to whittle down my ‘top 5’ free things that can be done all year round.
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