FREE Things to Do in Tokyo

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Tokyo doesn't have to be expensive! There are plenty of free things to do in Tokyo, Japan. From historical temples and epic observation decks to national museums and hidden gardens, Tokyo has it all! During our four day trip to Tokyo, we barely spent a dime on attractions and never ran out of things to do in the city. Here's a list of completely free things to do in Tokyo, most of which we've personally done, and others that we missed out on but are on the list for next time! 

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TEMPLES & SHRINES

Sensōji Temple

Sensoji Temple is an ancient Buddhist Temple and also Tokyo's oldest temple, dating back to 645. It is one of the world's most visited spiritual sites and an iconic Tokyo landmark. 

Address: 2-3-1 Asakusa, Taitō-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 6:00AM - 5:00PM, temple grounds are open 24/7
Closest Station: Asakusa Station
For more information visit this website


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Zojoji Temple

Zojoji Temple is main temple of the Jodo branch of Japanese Buddhism. The main hall is famous for its backdrop with Tokyo Tower. 

Address: 4-7-35 Shibakoen, Minato, Tokyo
Hours: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Closest Station: Hamamatsucho Station
For more information visit this website

Meiji Shrine

Meiji Shrine is a Shinto shrine dedicated to the spirits of the late Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken. Located in Yoyogi Park, be sure to explore the different parts of the shrine. 

Address: 1-1 Yoyogikamizonocho, Shibuya, Tokyo
Hours: 5:00AM - 6:00PM (sunrise to sunset)
Closest Station: Harajuku Station
For more information visit this website

Nezu Shrine

Nezu Shrine is the one that got away. Unfortunately we didn't get a chance to visit but from pictures, Nezu Shrine is absolutely stunning. It is famous for its azalea bushes that blossom in the spring, and the beautiful greenery, ponds, and architecture that surround it. 

Address: 1-28-9 Nezu, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Closest Station: Nezu Station
For more information visit this website


VIEWS

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building is known for its free observation decks which offer a panoramic view of Tokyo. On a clear day you can spot Mt. Fuji to the southwest!

Address: 2-8-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Hours: 9:30AM - 11:00PM
Closest Station: Shinjuku Station
For more information visit this website

Asakusa Culture & Tourist Information Center

Located across from Kaminarimon Gate, the Asakusa Culture & Tourist Information Center offers a great view of Asakusa from its observation deck. The building itself is a modern marvel, and there are free tours offered by the center on weekends. 

Address: 2-18-9 Kaminarimon, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 9:00AM - 8:00PM
Closest Station: Asakusa Station
For more information visit this website

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Carrot Tower Observatory

Carrot Tower offers a view of western Tokyo from its 26th floor observation deck. 

Address: 4-1-1 Taishido, Setagaya City, Tokyo
Hours: 9:30AM - 11:00PM
Closest Station: Sangenchaya Station
For more information visit this website


GARDENS & PARKS

Imperial Palace

The Imperial Palace is home to Japan's Imperial family. A large moat system surrounds the palace, perfect for taking a run. Guided tours of the palace grounds are available via advanced reservation. 

Address: 1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda, Tokyo
Hours: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Closest Station: Tokyo Station
For more information visit this website

Hibiya Park

Hibiya Park is a beautiful park in the middle of the bustling city. This park features western gardens, a grand pond, and intricate fountains scattered throughout the park. 

Address: 1-6 Hibiiya-koen, Chiyoda, Tokyo
Hours: Open 24/7
Closest Station: Hibiya Station
For more information visit this website

Yoyogi Park

Yoyogi Park can be classified as a miniature forest. If you're able to, visit on Sundays when the park comes alive with live performances. Great for picnicking and hanami viewing. 

Address: 2-1 Yoyogi Kamizonocho, Shibuya, Tokyo
Hours: Open 24/7
Closest Station: Harajuku Station
For more information visit this website


PEOPLE WATCHING

Shibuya Crossing

Shibuya Crossing, the world's busiest intersection. There are plenty of places where you can get a birds-eye-view of the crossing (drop into any of the multi-level stores next to it), but make sure you take part in the crossing as well! It's exhilarating. 

Address: Shibuya, Tokyo
Hours: Open 24/7
Closest Station: Shibuya Station
For more information visit this website

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