Free things to do in Tokyo, where to go and what to see!
Japan is known for being on the expensive side. So if you’re on a bit of a budget but want to make the most out a trip to Tokyo? Check out free things to do in Tokyo
VISIT THE LOTUS CEILING CHURCH IN TOKYO | ST. IGNATIUS CHURCH
St. Ignatius Church has one of the most unique and stunning ceilings ever. This beautifully designed flower ceiling opens up the building to the sky bringing in the sunlight.
VISIT THE TOKYO IMPERIAL PALACE
You can visit the Tokyo Imperial Palace for free but you will need to book this in advance because there are only limited tickets available per day.
The Tokyo Imperial Palace is very close to Tokyo Station, on the way to the Palace we walked a lot of sky buildings and not too long we arrived at the Palace and the gardens. If I were to describe the Tokyo Imperial Palace in one word I’d say Grand, the grounds around the palace were extremely spacious and extremely well maintained.
WALK ACROSS SHIBUYA CROSSING
Walk across the famous intersection that is Shibuya crossing. I would suggest visiting Shibuya at night especially with the neon lights from the interactive billboards.
WALK THROUGH YOYOGI PARK
Walk through one of the biggest and bubbly parks in Tokyo, located in Shibuya. From circus and balancing training to dance classes this is one of the liveliest locations in the city.
PAY YOUR RESPECT SENSOJI TEMPLE
Visiting this beautiful temple in the middle of Tokyo’s Asakusa area. This is the oldest temple in Japan and one of the most significant.
You can draw a Omikuji (written fortune) around the temple for an optional donation of 100 yen.
Admire THE RAINBOW BRIDGE
The Rainbow bridge is a beautifully colour bridge that can be predominantly seen at night. The bridge connects the Tokyo Bay to the Shibaura Pier.
VISIT THE ZOJOJI TEMPLE
In the same park is the Zojoji Temple, just a 5min walk from the tokyo tower. Here you can appreciate the view of the traditional temple and the modern tokyo tower in the background.
VISIT THE MEIJI JINGU
A few minutes walk south east from Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is Meiji Jingu Shrine. The Meiji Shrine is Shinto shrine in the Shibuya area of Tokyo. Surrounded by beautiful forest and features an iris garden.
WALK THROUGH TAKESHITA STREET
This is the place to go when you’re in Harajuku, there are a lot of different stores and we bought some snacks here, some cute ice cream and grabbed some fast food at the lotteria.
Admire the LIFE SIZED GUNDAM
In front of the Odaiba’s DiverCity Tokyo Plaza is a full scale statue of the RX-O Unicorn Gundam! It’s difficult to miss due to its size and is a great sight for Gundam fans out there.
Browse through AKIHABARA
Anime/gaming/cute cafe district next, Akihabara. Akihabara is the perfect place to view at night, the lights and energy on the streets are amazing and the perfect place for anime and gaming fans out there. With Japanese arcade games at the Tokyo Anime Centre and Manga shops.
WALK THROUGH UENO PARK
Starting your day through a walk in another stunning park. Ueno Park is a popular park to visit especially during cherry blossom season. Here at Ueno park, you can rent boats, visit museums and there is even a zoo to visit.
The JR Pass Facts
- The JR pass is designed for tourist only so you will need to validate the JR pass purchase with your passport
- There are five Tokyo railway lines that you can use with a JR Pass.
- You can purchase your JR pass online before you travel but you’ll then need to pick this up at a main Station.