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15 Free Things To Do In Tokyo, Japan

What are some free things to do in Tokyo, Japan?

After all, Japan is one of the most popular countries in the world to visit.

There is simply so much for you to see and do here in this country that you can spend years wandering around without seeing everything.

However because there is simply so much to see and do, it can definitely be costly to try everything.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

There are many ways you can have fun around Japan on a budget. After all, Japan is a pretty well developed country. So it’s only natural for many of the Japanese cities to have a good amount of activities that you can do for free.

In this post, we will be focusing on the city of Tokyo.

There are an abundance of things you can see and do here without having to pay a dime.

From beautiful temples to amazing views from above to even colorful gardens. There are tons of things for you to do.

And we will list them out for you.

So here is a list of the top 15 free things you can do in the city of Tokyo.

15 Free Things To Do In Tokyo, Japan

In no particular order, here are all the free things to do in Tokyo, Japan.

Temples You Can Visit For Free

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Sensōji Temple

Sensoji Temple is an ancient Buddhist temple that is located in Asakusa, Tokyo. It is also the Tokyo’s oldest temple which dates back to the year 645 and is one of the most important temples around.

There are also many events that are held here throughout the year. The biggest of them is the Sanja Matsuri.

Address: 2-3-1 Asakusa, Taitō, Tokyo
Hours: 6:00AM – 5:00PM, temple grounds are open 24/7
Closest Station: Asakusa Station

Zojoji Temple

Zojoji Temple is a Jōdo-shū Buddhist temple in Tokyo. It is also the main temple of the Jōdo-shū Branch of Buddhism in the Kanto Region. The temple consists of some impressive structures all over the temple grounds as well as a mausoleum of the Tokugawa family and a small museum.

It is also located near the famous Tokyo Tower which everybody can see in the background of the temple.

Address: 4-7-35 Shibakoen, Minato, Tokyo
Hours: 9:00AM – 5:00PM
Closest Station: Hamamatsucho Station

Gotokuji Temple

Gotojuji is a small Buddhist temple that is centered around cats. It is famous because of a legend that says it is the birthplace of the “beckoning cat” good luck charm. It is here where you can find thousands of these cats from big to small. Visitors who come here tend to put more of these “beckoning cats” every day which tend to increase it’s number.

Address: 2-24-7 Shibakoen, Gotokuji, Setagaya City, Tokyo
Hours: 8:00AM – 4:30PM
Closest Station:  Gotokuji Station

Shrines You Can Visit For Free

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Meiji Shrine

Meiji Shrine is one of the most famous shrines in all of Tokyo. The shrine itself is dedicated to the late Emperor Meiji and his Empress Shoken. The shrine area is actually pretty big and includes its own forest.

Depending on certain times of the year, the shrine can get very crowded and you’ll need to line up for a long time in order to get to the complex. However most days, you can just walk up into it very easily.

It is also a common place where traditional Shinto Weddings are held.

Address: 1-1 Yoyogikamizonocho, Shibuya, Tokyo
Hours: 5:00AM – 6:00PM (sunrise to sunset)
Closest Station: Harajuku Station

Nezu Shrine

Nezu Shrine is a place that will remind you of Kyoto if you have ever been. There are tons of torii shrine gates that form a tunnel which leads to a viewing platform. It is famous for its beautiful azalea bushes that bloom during the spring.

If you can, try to visit this shrine around April as this is typically the time when the Bunkyo Azalea Festival takes place.

Address: 1-28-9 Nezu, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Hours: 9:00AM – 5:00PM
Closest Station: Nezu Station

Palaces

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Imperial Palace

Imperial Palace is probably the most famous place in the entire country of Japan. This is the residence of the current emperor and his family. Although you aren’t able to enter any of the buildings, you are able to get free guided tours of the entire palace. The tours however are first come first serve by reservation only.

Address: 1-1 Chiyoda, Chiyoda City, Tokyo
Hours: 9–11:15AM, 1:30–2:45PM
Closest Station: Tokyo Station

Views From Above

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Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building allows people to go up to its observation deck free of charge. It is here where you can get a panoramic view of the entire city of Tokyo. Plus, on good days, you can even spot as far out as Mt. Fuji!

Address: 2-8-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Hours: 9:30AM – 11:00PM
Closest Station: Shinjuku Station

Culture Tourist Information Center

The Culture Tourist Information Center is a great place to view the entirety of Asakusa from its observation deck. Not only are the views free here, but you are also able to get 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

Carrot Tower Observatory

Carrow Tower allows people to go to its observation deck which is located on the 26th floor. It is here where you are able to get a view of the entire part of western Tokyo.

Address: 4-1-1 Taishido, Setagaya City, Tokyo
Hours: 9:30AM – 11:00PM
Closest Station: Sangenchaya Station

Parks

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Yoyogi Park

Yoyogi Park is a place filled with amazing things. It is also one of Tokyo’s largest parks and was once the site of the Olympic Village back in 1964.

The park truly comes to life on the weekends, when performers and entertainers from all walks of life come here to practice and entertain the public.

Address: 2-1 Yoyogi Kamizonocho, Shibuya, Tokyo
Hours: Open 24/7
Closest Station: Harajuku Station

Ueno Park

Ueno Park which is located just outside of Uneno Station, features many interesting things to see and do. The park was originally park of Kaneiji Temple and was later converted into one of Japan’s first western style parks. It is famous for the many museums found on its grounds as well as the Ueno Zoo.

Visitors who come here, can also visit Kaneiji Temple and Kiyomizu Kannon Temple free of charge as well.

The park is also a great place for seeing cherry blossoms as there are currently over 1000 cherry blossom trees all around the park.

Address:  5-20, Uenokoen, Taito 110-0007 Tokyo
Hours: 5AM–11PM
Closest Station: Ueno Station

Hibiya Park

Hibiya Park is an amazing park located in the middle of the city. It features many western style gardens, bonds, as well as many interesting fountains located all around the park.

There are also many restaurants located in the park as well as a few stores selling refreshments.

They even have a music dome where you are likely to see some entertainers perform for the public.

Address: 1-6 Hibiiya-koen, Chiyoda, Tokyo
Hours: Open 24/7
Closest Station: Hibiya Station

Sumida Park

Sumida Park is a great place to visit when you are tired of the city. This place makes for a perfect relaxation spot as it is located right next to a river.

There are also more than 1,000 cherry blossom trees lining both banks which makes this a really popular place to visit in the spring.

If you come during July, this park is also popular for its fireworks festival that it displays every year.

Address:  1 Chome-3 Mukojima, Sumida City, Tokyo
Hours: Open 24/7
Closest Station: Asakusa Station

People Watch

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Shibuya Crossing

Shibuya Crossing is known as the world’s busiest intersection. Every day, there are thousands if not millions of people who cross this intersection.

There are also many buildings near by that allows you to get a aerial view of the crossing which makes everything even better.

Address: Shibuya, Tokyo
Hours: Open 24/7
Closest Station: Shibuya Station

Sumo Wrestling

You don’t always have to attend a sumo tournament to be able to see some sumo wrestling. If you head to Arashio Stable, you can see some sumo wrestlers duke it out in practice.

Although you’ll have to watch through a window, it is still fun and entertaining as you get to see the art of sumo being performed.

Address: 2 Chome-47-2 Nihonbashihamacho, Chuo City, Tokyo
Hours: 7-30am-10am
Closest Station: Hamacho Station

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Overall, there are quite a few things you are able to see and do for free in Tokyo. If you are going to bring your kids to visit Tokyo with you, then you might be interested in this post about things to do in Tokyo With Kids.

You don’t always have to pay money just to have some fun.

So hopefully this list was able to help you in some way to save some money.

Also, if you are planning to visit Japan anytime soon, you might be interested in some of my other Japan posts.

Or you can check out my complete list of things to do in Japan by clicking here.

Let me know how your trip goes!

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