5 Cheap or Free Things to Do in Tokyo

Imperial Palace Tokyo

Japan may be known as one of the expensive countries to visit. But traveling to this fascinating destination does not have to be as costly as some people think it to be. While there are a lot of tempting things you might want to experience or buy, the country offers plenty of attractions and activities to enjoy without breaking the bank. So if the Land of the Rising Sun has long been on your list of places to visit, now is a good time to start planning your trip on a reasonable budget. Here are some of the free or cheap things you can do in Tokyo – Japan’s capital city and popular tourist destination.

1. Explore cheaper accommodations. Couchsurfing in Japan gives you a chance to stay in a local host’s home. This is a great way to learn more about the culture, customs, and other information straight from locals – some of which are foreigners who have been living in the country for years thus making language barrier less of a problem. Other more affordable places to stay include hostels, economy hotels, Manga Kissaten or comic book cafes, and internet cafes among others.

2. Head out to the free observation deck at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building to enjoy a sweeping view of the city.

3. Visit the Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa and spend time browsing through stalls and shops in Nakamise-dori. The 250-meter shopping street is said to be one of the oldest in Japan and stretches between the Kaminarimon Gate and Hozomon Gate.

4. Take a walk from Harajuku Station to the iconic torii leading to the Meiji Shrine.

5. Join the early morning joggers and runners or follow their route around the Imperial Palace. Or you can explore the grounds later in the day and see the East Gardens which is open to the public.