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10 Tokyo Places You Can Enjoy for Free!

10 Tokyo Places You Can Enjoy for Free!

Date published: 12 December 2018
Last updated: 13 February 2019

When you’re in Tokyo, your expenses can really start to add up as you go out. You can get into trouble if you don't start saving! Luckily, Live Japan is recommending some spots in Tokyo where you won't have to spend a single yen. We’ve selected 10 places where you can have plenty of fun while spending less.

Nishikasai: The Zoo That Never Charges an Entrance Fee

Nishikasai: The Zoo That Never Charges an Entrance Fee

This zoo is managed by the city of Edogawa. Red pandas, Humboldt penguins, squirrel monkeys, wallabies, and prairie dogs are among the estimated 60 species of 550 cute animals that you can see. Amazingly, there is no fee to enter.

  • Edogawa Natural Zoo
    Edogawa Natural Zoo
    江戸川区自然動物園
    • Address Line ship park, 3-2-1, Kitakasai, Edogawa-ku, Tokyo, 134-0081
    • Nearest Station Nishi-Kasai Station (Tokyo Metro Tozai Line)
      15 minutes on foot
    • Phone Number 03-3680-0777

Tokyo: Where Valuable Scientific Specimens of Tokyo University Are on Display

Tokyo: Where Valuable Scientific Specimens of Tokyo University Are on Display

The JP Tower Museum Intermediatheque, which is jointly managed by the University Museum of The University of Tokyo and the Japan Post Network, has opened in KITTE, the former Tokyo Central Post Office remodeled into a commercial building. This is a place where you can enjoy looking at artistic-looking displays of skeletal specimens of existing and extinct animals.

  • JP Tower Museum INTERMEDIATHEQUE
    JP Tower Museum INTERMEDIATHEQUE
    JPタワー学術文化総合ミュージアム「インターメディアテク」
    • Address Marunouchi 2 chome seventh 2 JP tower /KITTE 2.3 floor, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-7003
    • Nearest Station Tokyo Station (Tokaido Shinkansen Line / Hokkaido Shinkansen Line / Tohoku Shinkansen Line / Akita Shinkansen Line / Yamagata Shinkansen Line / Joetsu Shinkansen Line / Hokuriku Shinkansen Line / JR Tokaido Main Line / JR Yokosuka Line / JR Sobu Main Line / JR Sobu Main Line (Rapid) / JR Keihin-Tohoku Line / JR Yamanote Line / JR Chuo Main Line / JR Keiyo Line / JR Ueno Tokyo Line / Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line)
      1 minute on foot
    • Phone Number 03-5777-8600

Sengawa: The Mayonnaise Experience

Sengawa: The Mayonnaise Experience

Kewpie opened this mayonnaise establishment in June 2014. You can have fun absorbing the history and learning about the secrets behind the deliciousness of the mayonnaise that Kewpie started selling in Japan in 1925. The tour is by reservation only, and the staff will guide you throughout the building. After the tour, will you start talking passionately about mayonnaise?

  • Mayo Terrace
    Mayo Terrace
    マヨテラス
    • Address Sengawa kiyupoto, 2-5-7, Sengawacho, Chofu-shi, Tokyo, 182-0002
    • Nearest Station Sengawa Station (Keio Line)
      5 minutes on foot
    • Phone Number 03-5384-7770

Aomi: Toyota's New Models and Foreign Cars

Aomi: Toyota's New Models and Foreign Cars

MEGA WEB is Toyota's gigantic theme park, located in Odaiba. History Garage is an area where you can have fun for free within a large area. Gaze upon a nostalgic display of some of the world's first classic Toyota cars, and tour the restoration workshop called Restore Pit, where you can observe the restoration of famous cars. Let yourself get wrapped up in the excitement of this automotive experience.

  • Mega Web
    Mega Web
    MEGA WEB
    • Address 1-3-12, Aomi, Koutou-ku, Tokyo, 135-0064
    • Nearest Station Aomi Station (Yurikamome)
    • Phone Number 03-3599-0808

Ochanomizu: The History of Rare Local and Foreign Execution Tools

Ochanomizu: The History of Rare Local and Foreign Execution Tools

Meiji University Museum is located beneath the Meiji University Academy Common. They exhibit rare physical restraints (tools used for arresting suspects), as well as replicas of torture and execution tools. The guillotine, which you may have seen in movies, and the Iron Maiden, a device used for torturing humans during medieval Europe, are among some of the must-see exhibits that you can only find here.

  • Meiji University Museum
    Meiji University Museum
    明治大学博物館
    • Address Academy common B1, the second floor, 1-3, Kandasurugadai, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 101-0062
    • Nearest Station Ochanomizu Station (JR Chuo Main Line / Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line / JR Sobu Line)
      5 minutes on foot
    • Phone Number 03-3296-4448

Nishi-Ogikubo: Experience the Dubbing and Filming of Anime

Nishi-Ogikubo: Experience the Dubbing and Filming of Anime

This is Japan's first comprehensive anime museum. Meet Astro Boy, Mobile Suit Gundam, and Crayon Shin-chan, among other present and past anime characters. Aside from learning the history of Japanese anime, you can also try the dubbing experience corner, anime character filming booth, workshop, and anime theater, to name a few possibilities. You will have such a high quality experience that it will be difficult to believe it was completely free of charge.

  • Suginami Animation Museum
    Suginami Animation Museum
    杉並アニメーションミュージアム
    • Address 3-29-5, Kamiogi, Suginami-ku, Tokyo, 167-0043
    • Nearest Station Ogikubo Station (JR Chuo Main Line / Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line)
      20 minutes on foot
    • Phone Number 03-3396-1510

Yoga: A Place Where You Can Enjoy Seasonal Flowers and be Around Horses

Yoga: A Place Where You Can Enjoy Seasonal Flowers and be Around Horses

The JRA (Japanese Racing Association) has a plot of land measuring close to the size of four Tokyo Domes, with many horse related buildings. During seasons with nice weather, aside from holding an equestrian competition every weekend, they have horse drawn carriage rides on the first Thursday of every month. They also hold the JRA Horse Show in Golden Week, so be sure to head out when you’re in a picnicking mood.

  • Bajikoen
    Bajikoen
    馬事公苑
    • Address 2-1-1, Kamiyoga, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, 158-8523
    • Nearest Station Chitose-Funabashi Station (Odakyu Odawara Line)
      6 minutes by bus
    • Phone Number 03-3429-5101

Shimbashi: Home of Japan’s Only Advertising Museum

Shimbashi: Home of Japan’s Only Advertising Museum

This museum exhibits the history of Japanese advertisements from the Edo period to the present. In addition to the poster exhibits, they also have a TV commercial and AV area, so you will certainly be able to feel the thrill of experiencing Japan's past through its advertising. They have also established a library with a collection of advertisements and marketing-related materials.

  • Advertising Museum Tokyo
    Advertising Museum Tokyo
    アド・ミュージアム東京
    • Address Caretta SHIODOME B2 - B1 floor, 1-8-2, Higashishinbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 105-0021
    • Nearest Station Shiodome Station (Toei Oedo Line / Yurikamome)
    • Phone Number 03-6218-2500

Yotsuya: A Fire Department Museum

Yotsuya: A Fire Department Museum

This museum is linked to the Yotsuya Fire Department. Here you can see exhibits of actual equipment, including the first fire engine introduced to Japan in 1917, as well as the helitack first brought into the Tokyo Fire Department. In addition, you can sit in the helitack set up outside. Why not try considering some disaster prevention?

  • Fire Museum
    Fire Museum
    消防博物館
    • Address 3-10, Yotsuya, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 160-0004
    • Nearest Station Yotsuya-Sanchome Station (Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line)
    • Phone Number 03-3353-9119

Korakuen Garden: Let Your Eyes Sweep Across the Night Sky From the Observation Lounge

Korakuen Garden: Let Your Eyes Sweep Across the Night Sky From the Observation Lounge

Only a select few people know about the observation lounge located on the 25th floor of the Bunkyo Civic Center. The fine construction of the windows, including a careful slope of the glass in order to avoid reflection of the lights within the room, makes for a lovely experience. You can gaze upon a panoramic view of northern Tokyo, Shinjuku, Sunshine 60, and the TOKYO SKYTREE(R).

  • Bunkyo Civic Center Observation Lounge
    Bunkyo Civic Center Observation Lounge
    文京シビックセンター 展望ラウンジ
    • Address Bunkyo-ku, 1-16-21, Kasuga, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, 112-0003
    • Nearest Station Kasuga Station (Toei Mita Line / Toei Oedo Line)
    • Phone Number 03-3812-7111

Also Recommended:

  • TOTO GALLERY・MA
    TOTO GALLERY・MA
    TOTOギャラリー・間
    • Address TOTO Nogizaka building 3F, 1-24-3, Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 107-0062
    • Nearest Station Nogizaka Station (Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line)
      1 minute on foot
    • Phone Number 03-3402-1010
  • Sumida Edo Kiriko Hall
    Sumida Edo Kiriko Hall
    すみだ江戸切子館
    • Address 2-10-9, Taihei, Sumida-ku, Tokyo, 130-0012
    • Nearest Station Kinshicho Station (JR Sobu Main Line / JR Sobu Main Line (Rapid) / Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line / JR Sobu Line)
      6 minutes on foot
    • Phone Number 03-3623-4148

Spots showcased in the article

  1. Edogawa Natural Zoo
    江戸川区自然動物園
  2. JP Tower Museum INTERMEDIATHEQUE
    JPタワー学術文化総合ミュージアム「インターメディアテク」
  3. Mayo Terrace
    マヨテラス
  4. Mega Web
    MEGA WEB
  5. Meiji University Museum
    明治大学博物館
  6. Suginami Animation Museum
    杉並アニメーションミュージアム
  7. Bajikoen
    馬事公苑
  8. Advertising Museum Tokyo
    アド・ミュージアム東京
  9. Fire Museum
    消防博物館
  10. Bunkyo Civic Center Observation Lounge
    文京シビックセンター 展望ラウンジ
  11. TOTO GALLERY・MA
    TOTOギャラリー・間
  12. Sumida Edo Kiriko Hall
    すみだ江戸切子館

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