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Save your Yen: 8 free things to do around Tokyo!
For your view of the city
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building
Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Skytree will also give you a view, but they will chew up your yen in the process. For a free (and awesome) view across Tokyo, head to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. It's particularly beautiful in the evenings when everything is lit up across the city. Check out their website here for more information about getting there and opening hours.
For your green space
Some parks like Shinjuku Gyoen do actually charge a small admission fee. For a beautiful freebie (that is nice and close to Harajuku, an excellent spot to wander around!) head to Yoyogi Park. My favorite thing about Yoyogi is that often on weekends, they have fun festivals in the park - food festivals, cultural events, little markets - the list goes on!
For the foodie
For the culture and history buff
Tour of the Imperial Palace
If you're interested in the culture and history of Japan, a great freebie is the Imperial Palace tour. You do need to apply to tour the palace (you can do this online at the website here) but it's a very unique experience all for free. It's a very memorable time to visit the Palace too, since the current Emperor of Japan will be abdicating his throne and handing it over to his son (Crown Prince Naruhito) by the end of 2018. The Imperial Palace is located close to Tokyo Station, which is a fun place to look around as well - the station is in a beautiful building!
For an incredible temple
For an understanding of how busy Tokyo truly is
Shibuya Scramble at peak hour
For the shopaholic
Window shop in Omotesando (for those with expensive tastes!) or Harajuku
For the museum lover
Tickets to sumo events can be pricey, and the events are only on at certain times of the year (and they're not always in Tokyo). If you want to learn a bit more about the rich cultural history behind sumo wrestling, head here to the Sumo Museum. They have a bunch of interesting displays telling you all about the sport's history - without setting you back a single yen! You can check out their website here for more information.
Happy travels, and enjoy Japan!
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