THIS WEEKEND
Tokyo

Even if you don't have a lot of money to spend there are still a lot of great things to do in Tokyo! You can enjoy some amazing views this city has to offer, visit museums and just soak up Tokyo’s great Atmosphere. Here are some tips that won't cost you anything:
Free Bird's Eye View of Tokyo

On the 45th floor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku there are two free observation galleries. With amazing views of Tokyo, Mount Fuji and Yokohama, this has to be one of the best free gifts the city has to offer.
It is open from 09:30am to 05:30 (07:30 on Sunday). Closed: Monday (Tuesday if Monday was a public holiday).

Free Shrines, Temples, Pagoda and Palaces

The Imperial Palace
If you go into the grounds of most shrines and temples the entry is free. Tokyo's most famous are the Meiji Jingu Shrine, Yasukuni Shrine, Sensoji Temple (in Asakusa) and Zojoji Temple (near Tokyo Tower). And make sure not to forget about the beautiful Imperial Palace!

Free Parks

Ueno Park (UENO KOEN)
Ueno Park is famous for its cherry blossoms and lotuses. The lotuses bloom in summer, the cherry blossoms in late March /early April.

Yoyogi Park
On a Sunday Yoyogi Park is filled with street performers and performing bands. Free entertainment all day!

Free Gardens

Higashi-Gyoen - The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace
The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace are amongst Tokyo's most beautiful gardens. Inside you'll find a museum with Emperor Showa's art collection. The entrance is free. It is open from 09:00 am - 04:30 pm

Free Museums

The Sumo Wrestling Museum
The Sumo Wrestling Museum is next to the Kokugikan Sumo Wrestling Stadium. The museum exhibits pictures of the all-time greats and various bits of memorabilia. (10:30 am - 04:30 pm most days)

The TEPCO Electric Energy Museum
TEPCO stands for the Tokyo Electric Power Company. A large, scale model of a nuclear reactor is amongst the many exhibits. (10:00am to 06:00pm. Closed Wednesdays)

The NHK Broadcasting Museum
Here you might have a chance to read your own news bulletin in English of course. The NHK Broadcasting Museum also looks at how the 1964 Tokyo Olympics advanced broadcasting technology. (9:30 to 4:30 Tuesday to Sunday)

. The Kanto Earthquake Memorial Museum
This museum is located on the grounds of Tokyo Memorial Temple; the Kanto Earthquake Memorial Museum acknowledges the devastation and loss of life which occurred during the 1923 earthquake. (9:00 am to 4:30 pm. Closed on Mondays.)

Free Places to Soak Up Tokyo’s Atmosphere

For a good view of the city skyline go to the promenade that runs along the front of the Decks Shopping Mall in Odaiba.

To see more people than you've ever seen before, walk through Shinjuku Station in the rush hour, standing at the Ginza Sukiyabashi crossing, or crossing the road next to the Hachiko Exit of Shibuya Station.

For the eccentric and bizarre side of life, go to Harajuku on a Sunday.

To feel bang up to date with the latest technology, go to Akihabara.

Free Internet Access

In the T-Next Toshiba Showroom in Shinjuku, you can have up to one hour's free internet access. The showroom is located on the ninth floor of the Park Tower building. Open 10:00am to 06:00pm, closed on Wednesdays.

Almost Free Shopping (100YEN)

Almost for free are the "100 Yen" shops! Everything inside (food, souvenirs, stationery, toiletries etc) costs only 100 yen. There's one in most districts - the branch in Shibuya has five floors!

Free Food and (Coffee Refills)

Food
You can get free samples in the basement food halls of many department stores. Firstly try the Nakimese Shopping Arcade in Asakusa .

Coffee Refills
Coffee shops and fast food restaurants don't usually offer free refills but Wendy's in Ginza is the exception, as are some branches of McDonalds - watch out for the signs (in English) behind the counter.

Free Magazines

The listings magazine Tokyo Classified is free, and can be picked up from Tower Records in Shibuya.

Free Tissues

You won't need to buy tissues in Tokyo. For advertising purposes packet upon packet is given out free in the street every day.

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