Enjoy Tokyo for Free

Here we will introduce five spots in Tokyo which you can visit for free. Adding these places in your things-to-do-list will help to save your budget and will definitely let yourself experience this country more.

1. Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observatory (東京都庁展望室)

You can have a great sweeping view of Tokyo here, including Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Sky Tree and etc. Especially from December to February, as the air is very clear during this season, you can have a clear view of Mount Fuji most of the days.

Open Time
South Observation Deck:
9:30-17:00 (until 10:30 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month)
North Observation Deck:
9:30-22:30

Closed Days
On the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month, South Observation Deck will be closed.
On the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month, North Observation Deck will be closed.
* If there is a national holiday on one of those days, the observation desk will open on that day, but will be closed the following day.

Location
2-8-1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 163-8001
(東京都新宿区西新宿二丁目8番1号 163-8001)

Train
Shinjuku Station on JR, 10-minute walk from West Exit
Tochomae Station on Toei Oedo Line, Exit A3 or A4

Official Website (Japanese Only)
http://www.yokoso.metro.tokyo.jp/page/tenbou.htm

Google Map

2. Suginami Animation Museum (杉並アニメーションミュージアム)

In this museum, you will have a general knowledge of the history of the animation and the process of how an animation is made. Even a real animation director’s desk is reproduced in order to show more actual making process. As more and more animations nowadays are produced on the computer, the future of the Japanese animation is also introduced which includes the latest digital technology. There is also a animation theater and workshops.

Open Time
10:00-18:00 (Last Entry: 17:30)

Closed Days
Monday; New Year's Holiday (28th December – 4th January)
* The museum will open on National Holidays, but will be closed the following day.

Location
Suginami-Kaikan 3F
3-29-5 Kamiogi, Suginami-ku, Tokyo 167-0043
(東京都杉並区上荻3-29-5杉並会館3階 167-0043)

Train
1. Ogikubo Station on JR and Subway Lines
・Bus
Take the Kanto Bus (any destination) from either the No. 0 or the No. 1 bus stop at the north exit of Ogikubo Station.
Get off at Ogikubo Keisatsusho-mae (Ogikubo Police Station). Bus ride takes roughly 5 minutes.
・Walk
20-minute walk from the Ogikubo Station

2. From Nishiogikubo Station on JR
・Bus
Take the Kanto Bus from either the No. 3 bus stop at the north exit of Nishiogikubo Station. Get off at Ogikubo Keisatsusho-mae (Ogikubo Police Station). Bus ride takes roughly 7 minutes.
・Walk
16-minute walk from the Nishiogikubo Station

3. Kamiigusa Station on Seibu Lines
・Bus
Take the Seibu Bus bound for Ogikubo Station and get off at Ogikubo Keisatsu-mae (Ogikubo Police Station). An approximately 5-minute bus ride.

4. Shakujii-Koen Station on Seibu Lines
・Bus
Take the Seibu bus bound for Ogikubo Station (that passes Kamiigusa Station) from the south exit of Shakujii-Koen Station. Get off at Ogikubo Keisatsu-mae (Ogibubo Police Station). Bus ride takes about 20 minutes.

Official Website (English)
http://sam.or.jp/english_home

Google Map

3. Ride on an Traditional Japanese Boat (和船乗船体験)

A Wasen (和船) is a traditional Japanese boat made by wood. It was used to transport people during the Edo period (1603-1868). There is no engine for these boats. You can ride on a Wasen and if you would like to have a try, you can also experience the boat rowing under the instruction of the boat operator.

Open Time
10:00-14:15 on the following days:
・March to 21st July
Wednesday and the 2nd Sunday

・22nd July to August
Sunday

・September to November
Wednesday and the 2nd Sunday

・December to February
Sunday

Closed Days
If there is a national holiday on Wednesday, the boat riding will be closed on that day, but will open the following day.

Location
Yokojikken-kawashinsui Park (Near Umisuna-bashi) 8-4 Umibe, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0012
(東京都江東区海辺8-4先 横十間川親水公園・海砂橋際(海辺乗船場) 135-0012)

Train
Sumiyoshi Station on Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line, 12-minute walk
Toyocho Station on Tokyo Metro Tozai Line, 20-minute walk

Official Website (Japanese Only)
https://www.city.koto.lg.jp/seikatsu/douro/7476/7477.html

Google Map

4. Edogawa Nature Zoo (江戸川区自然動物園)

It is a nice place to visit with children. There are adorable animals like red pandas and penguins. They also have a petting corner where you can touch and play with animals like guinea pigs and rabbits.

Open Time
10:00-16:30
* On holidays and weekends: 9:30-16:30
From November to February: 10:00-16:00
Summer season (21st July – 31st August): 10:00-16:30

Closed Days
Monday; New Year's Holiday
* If there is a national holiday on Monday, the zoo will open on that day, but will be closed the following day.

Location
Inside Gyousen-koen
3-2-1 Kitakasai, Edogawa-ku, Tokyo 134-0081
(江戸川区北葛西3丁目2番1号 行船公園内134-0081)

Train
Nishikasai Station on Tokyo Metro Tozai Line, 15-minute walk
Funabori Station on Toei Shinjuku Line, 20-minute walk

Official Website (Japanese Only)
http://edogawa-kankyozaidan.jp/zoo/

Google Map

5. Jidayubori Park Minka-en Museum (次大夫堀公園民家園)

Jidayubori Park Minka-en Museum is an open air museum where the life styles of people lived in villages in Edo period is faithfully produced. The theme of this museum is “the alive old Japanese farmhouses”. Fire is lit in the house for people to sit around and farming tools are left in the house or under the eaves. People can enter the farmhouse by themselves and touch the farming tools. They also hold events where people can experience the customs and events from the Edo period.

Open Time

9:30-16:30

Closed Days
Monday; New Year's Holiday (28th December – 4th January)
* The park will open on 1st January from 10:00 to 15:30.
If there is a national holiday on Monday, the park will open on that day, but will be closed the following day.

Location
5-27-14 Kitami, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 157-0067
(東京都世田谷区喜多見5-27-14 157-0067)

Train
Seijogakuen-mae Station on Odakyu Lines, 15-minute walk

Official Website (Japanese Only)
http://www.city.setagaya.lg.jp/shisetsu/1213/1265/d00122208.html

Google Map

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