Wednesday, February 6, 2013

5 Cheap/Free Things To Do In Tokyo

As per my previous post I found that while it was by no means cheap, Japan didn't live up to its reputation as a ridiculously expensive country. In fact, I found five awesome activities in Tokyo that were either free or inexpensive.

1. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observatory
Enjoy a breathtaking 360 degree view of Tokyo (including Mt. Fuji!) from the 45th floor.

Cost: Free

The Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Once part of the Imperial Palace grounds, this stunning and tranquil garden will make you forget you're in a city of 13 million people.

Cost: 200 Yen (a little over $2)

3. The Tsukiji Fish Market
Get a taste (no pun intended) of one of Japan's biggest industries and find out where all of that delicious sushi comes from. Wander the market's seemingly endless rows and see every kind of seafood imaginable, some of which still might be moving - just mind the puddles of fish guts!
Cost: Free

4. People watching at Shibuya Crossing
Made famous after being featured in the movie 'Lost in Translation' and crossed by millions of people each day, Shibuya is said to be the busiest intersection in the world. There happens to be a Starbucks overlooking it so grab a coffee, take a seat and watch the chaos unfold.
Cost: The price of a Starbucks

5. The Meiji Shrine
Situated in a beautiful park, a visit here should allow you to see many Japanese (particularly businessmen) who come to pray for good fortune, particularly at the start of each new year.
Cost: Free

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