Tokyo for Free

Tokyo is often ranked as the most expensive city in the world, which is probably not what travellers planning a visit want to hear. The good news that there are plenty of places around which are free to visit, cheap to eat at and some stores where you can pick up some decent souveneirs which won't break your bank. You can also economize by staying at traditional Japanese hotels, and youth hostels which are comparably priced to those in major European cities.

Best Free Viewing Area of Tokyo
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices located on the west side of Shinjuku station offer one of the best views of Tokyo. If you are extremetly lucky, on a clear day you can see across to Mount Fuji. Entrance to the viewing area is free! Many other towers such as Tokyo Tower and Roppongi Hills charge fairly hefty entrance fees. It is open from 9:30 to 21:30 and until 19:00 on Mondays.

Temples and Shrines
Several of the most famous shrines and temples are free to enter.
Meiji Jingu Shrine in Harajuku
Yasukui Shrine
Sensoji Temple - Akasaka
Zojoji Temple - Mita

Parks and Gardens
Yoyoji Park - Located near Harajuku station, Yoyogi park is a lively place to visit on weekends where many people go to play music, skate board, practice juggling and playing African drums. It is certainly not a quiet place to go, but it is a good place to see a cross section of how Tokyoites enjoy their weekend.

Ueno Park - Most popular when the cherry blossoms are in bloom, Ueno Park is and interesting place to visit and there are many museums nearby.

Sumo Museum - The Sumo Museum located near Ryogoku station is free to visit. It is open from: 10:00 to 16:30, Monday to Friday.
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Most departments stores basement floor sells food, alcohol and groceries. You can sample a great deal of different food and drinks for free! If you visit a couple of department stores you could possibly eat enough free samples to fill you up. Some larger supermarkets also offer free samples.

Magazines and Books
The World Magazine Gallery in Ginza has ove 900 different magazine from 56 countries. You cannot borrow the magazines but there is photocopy machine available. It is open from 11am-7pm Mon-Fri, closed on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. Address: The Magazine House, 1F 3-13-10 Ginza, Chuo-ku

The National Diet Libarary located near Nagatacho station is Japan's main library and offers anything that has been published in the country. It is open from 9:30am to 5 pm and closed on Saturday, Sunday and the 3rd and 4th Monday every month and on public holidays.

Yahoo Cafee with locations in Hibiya, Narita, Shinagawa Prince and Haneda offers free Internet access. You can check out there site (in Japanese) here: Yahoo! Cafe