Japan offers visitors from abroad a lot of worthwhile places to see and things to do for free. The following is only a small
number of examples of places and events that you can enjoy for free in Japan.
Imperial Palace East Garden ʢߖډ౦ޚԓʣ, 3-min. walk from Takebashi Sta. on Tozai Line, or 7-min. walk from Otemachi Sta. on Chiyoda, Mita, Hanzomon and Marunouchi Line, is a garden adjoining the Imperial Palace and a museum. The garden of 210,000 m2 first opened to the public in 1968. Here you can enjoy cherry blossoms and azaleas in spring, various roses in early summer, and camellias in winter. Open: 9:00–17:00 (Apr. 15–Aug.) 9:00–16:30 (Mar.–Apr.14, Sep.–Oct.), 9:00–16:00 (Nov.–Feb.): enter 30 min. before closing time. Closed: Mon.
(the following day when Mon. falls on a national holiday
except the Emperor’s Birthday, 23rd Dec.), Fri. & New
Year’s holiday. Tel: 03-3213-1111. The museum,
Sannomaru Shozokan ʢͷؙঘଂؗʣ, is located in
the Imperial Palace East Garden. Open: 9:00–16:45
(Apr.15–Aug.), 9:00–16:15 (Mar.–Apr.14, Sep.–Oct.),
9:00–15:45 (Nov–Feb.): enter 15 min. before closing time.
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings ʢ౦ژ
ிʣ, directly above Tocho-mae Sta. on Oedo Line, or
10-min. walk from Shinjuku Sta., built in 1991, has an
observatory on the 45th floor (202-m high) which com-mands a panoramic view of metropolitan Tokyo. A num-ber of sculptures are exhibited outside around the buildings. [North observatory] Open: 9:30–23:00 (enter
by 22:30), Closed: 2nd and 4th Mondays (open when
Monday falls on a national holiday and closed the following
day.), Dec. 29–31 & Jan. 2–3. [South observatory] Open:
9:30–17:30 (enter by 17:00), Closed: 1st and 3rd Tuesdays
(open when Tuesday falls on a national holiday and closed
the following day.), Dec. 29–31 & Jan. 2–3. Tel: 03-5320-7890.
Ryogoku Fireworks Museum ʢ྆ࠃՖՐࢿྉؗʣ,
5-min. walk from JR Ryogoku Sta., provides you with the
history, many documents, paintings (Japanese woodblock
prints (Ukiyoe)), photos and videos of fireworks. Open:
Thr.–Sat. (Nov.–Apr.), Thr.–Sun. (May, Jun., Sep. & Oct.),
Everyay (Jul. & Aug.). 12:00–16:00. Tel: 03-5608-6951.
Sumo Museum ʢ૬തؗʣ, 1-min. walk from JR
Ryogoku Sta., or 5-min. walk from Ryogoku Sta. on Oedo
Line, is the official museum of the Sumo Association. It
houses more than 20,000 historical and memorial items of
Sumo wrestling, such as paintings, books, photos and the