Top 5 free things to do in Tokyo

November 3, 2014 3 Comments »

The land of the manga, cartoon posters and vending machines that sells everything from noodles to cigarettes. Tokyo is a city of extremes. There you will see more interesting and wonderful things than you would in many other cities combined. Heading to Tokyo, but not sure what to do? In this post you will find the top free things to do in Tokyo.

Explore Tokyo from above

When people think of getting a great view of Tokyo, many come up with places like Tokyo Tower or Tokyo Skytree. Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building may not be the city’s highest observation deck, but it still offers beautiful views over the metropolitan. And best of all it is completely free to enter the Kenzo Tange-built monolith that makes up part of Tokyo’s city hall.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building is located in Nishi-Shinjuku. The easiest way to reach is by taking the Oedo Subway Line to Tochomae station.

Things to do in Tokyo

The view from the Metropolitan Government Building.

Do it Gundam Style

With all its stunning light shows occurring throughout the year, Japan might be the best place to go for a different kind of eye candy. One of these unique light shows takes place in the artificial island of Odaiba. Just outside Diver City Tokyo Plaza you can find the largest Gundam robot in the world. During a spectacular daily show, the large gundam robot comes to live with the help of lights, music, animation, smoke and movement!

One of the best ways to get to Odaiba is via the Yurikamome line. The elevated train passed through the fascinating Rainbow Bridge and offers views of Tokyo’s waterfront area. To get to Diver City Tokyo Plaza, board the Yurikamome monorail to Daiba Station.

Free things to do in Tokyo

One of the coolest free things to do in Tokyo is to meet this giant.

Meet the local cultural scene at Yoyogi Park

One of Tokyo’s largest parks, Yoyogi Park is a great place to unwind after a busy day sightseeing. The park is a favorite spot for street performers, who would gather and sing or dance. Many people like to go there for a family picnics or just to have a breather from the small spaces in the city. Although Yoyogi Park has relatively few cherry trees compared to other sites in Tokyo, it makes a nice cherry blossom viewing spot in spring.

The park is located next to Meiji Shrine. To get there board the JR Yamanote Line to Harajuku Station.

Free things to do in Tokyo

Barrels of sake in Yoyogi Park.

Visit an owl cafe in Asakusa

Unlike the good old continent, Japan is well known for having lots of themed places, some of which may be a little out-of-the-ordinary. If you like birds and would like to immerse yourself in the unique Japanese culture, then you will enjoy your time at the owl cafes. Don’t expect anything fancy and definitely don’t go there for the coffee. It is practically impossible to have a cup of the hot beverage with all of those birds flying around. After all nobody would like to have bird poop in their drink.

To get to the owl cafe board the Toei Oedo Line line to Tsukishima station.

Owl cafe Tokyo

In Tokyo you can pet an owl.

Explore the famous Shibuya

If you’ve seen photos or video of an insanely busy intersection with mobbed crosswalks packed with pedestrians, you’ve probably seen Shibuya. There are many restaurants and coffee outlets in the surrounding buildings from where you can get a good view of the crosswalks. If you are an animal lover you may visit the statue of Hachiko, a famous dog in the Japanese history. The statue is situated in front of the Shibuya station, a short walk from the busy crosswalk.

To get to Shibuya board one of the following lines to Shibuya Station: JR Yamanote Line, JR Saikyo Line, JR Shonan Shinjuku, Hanzomon Subway Line, Ginza Subway Line or Fukutoshin Subway Line.

Free things to do in Tokyo

View from the nearest train station.

Have you been to Japan? Suggest your top free things to do in Tokyo in the comments below.

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  1. Wibi Tuesday November 4th, 2014 at 8:41 am - Reply

    Hello from the Google+ travel bloggers group! Great post, but I do have to say to probably not reference anime/manga as a cartoon. Although it technically is a cartoon, but Japanese and anime lovers anywhere take offence as it is a very serious and hard business, not to be compared to a disney or spongebob ‘cartoon’.

    Hope everything is well and travel safe! :D

  2. [:en]Mari [:bg]Мари
    Mari Monday November 10th, 2014 at 11:30 pm - Reply

    I am happy that you like the post! Maybe there is some confusion as I never referred to manga as a “cartoon”. What I meant was that “Japan is a country of manga, cartoon posters…”. I refer to the cartoon posters you can find everywhere and they explain basic rules on the subway and others. I apologize if you felt confused or misled by the description in the text and thank you for your comment.

  3. Caroline Sunday November 23rd, 2014 at 6:05 am - Reply

    An owl cafe?! Now, I have truly heard and seen it all! :P

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