Who Says Tokyo is Expensive? 6 Free and Affordable Must-Visit Places

  • Tokyo may be expensive to some people who love all the luxury this city can offer, but it does not mean it is not affordable for the travellers on a budget. As long as you know where to go and how to get there, Tokyo will be an affordable place to travel to. Include these must-visit places in Tokyo into your itinerary. They are not only affordable, but they constitute the complete Tokyo experience.

    1. Shibuya Crossing

    Who would not want to visit the most crowded crossing in the world? Look around you and be astounded by the huge buildings, buzzing crowd and massive commercial screens. Tourists fascinated with the stream of people only add to its already-packed congestion. But who cares? The more the merrier.
    While you are at the Shibuya crossing, look for Hachiko statue. Hachiko is the name of the dog who loyally waited for his master’s return every day until his master died and even after. There are even Japanese and western films made about this loyal dog.


    2. Harajuku

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    Looking for an unusual place to visit in Japan? Harajuku is the place where you can find lolita-girls, goths and cosplayers. During weekends, it is buzzing with activities and people in rich costumes and fashion statement, as Harajuku is a place where youths usually gather to practice their dance routines and to express their amazing fashion preferences.


    3. Meiji Shrine

    Visiting temples and castles is a must-do in Japan. Your Japan tour experience will not be complete without visiting one. Meiji shrine is just a few steps away from the busy streets of Harajuku. It is a spacious park which contrasts with the busy streets of Harajuku and Shibuya. Take a refreshing stroll around the temple and you may take part in sp, activities such as offering at the altar. It is a place where you can write your prayers and tie them onto the prayer wall. If lucky, you might witness a traditional Japanese wedding ceremony, especially on Sundays. The experience is worth more than it’s JPY500 admission fee.


    4. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

    If you happen to visit Japan during its Cherry Blossom season, the best place for Sakura viewing is Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. It is a paid park, 200 yen per person, but it is a trifle cost for a majestic place it is. The garden is awesome during autumn too. The beautiful myriads of autumn leaves and lush greeneries are Instagram perfect. So don’t miss visiting the park.


    5. Tokyo Government Building

    A view from the top? You might have heard of Tokyo Skytree tower which is famous for its viewing deck. It is definitely a great place to see all of Tokyo from a skyscraper, but the place will cost you around 2000 yen. Plus, a prior reservation must be made for you to be accommodated.
    But wait! Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building offers you the same view for FREE!! It is a popular place to visit at night since it provides a stunning view of Tokyo’s city lights. And when the weather condition permits, it has a magnificent view of Mt. Fuji.


    6. Odaiba

    Odaiba is a man made island in Tokyo Bay which is famous for it sopping centers and entertainments. So if you have a budget for shopping, Venus Fort in Odaiba will make you drool. But the place is not just for shopping, it has an elegant interior that will give you a taste of Europe. The place may speak of luxury but do not worry, strolling around the mall, taking ‘selfies’ on the indoor streets and cathedral is absolutely free. Shopping–I’m afraid, is not.

    Odaiba is not just a place for shopping, you can visit wax museum and riding one of the world’s largest Ferris wheel. Even if you would not spend a dime in the area, the Rainbow bridge’s magnificent view is more than enough. Especially when illuminated at night, it is breathtaking.


    Tokyo’s sights alone are enough to fulfill your Japan trip experience. Add these places to your itinerary and enjoy Tokyo’s finest destinations at an affordable cost.

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