Tokyo, the capital of Japan, is one of the most unique cities in the world and also the largest metropolitan in the world, hosting over 36 million people. If we were to put everything we love about Tokyo into a list, you’d be scrolling for days. An expansive and interesting history, breathtaking architecture, themed cafes, cat cafes (yes they deserve their own special mention; we love cats), alternative street-fashion, the freshest sushi known to mankind, and of course, cherry blossoms. To sum it up: Tokyo has everything you could ever need. So, with so much to see and do, where do you even start? Well, to be honest, we know that not everyone has a never-ending bank balance and Tokyo is a very expensive city. So, we’ve scoured the streets and found you our absolute favorite free tours in Tokyo, Japan. Whatever your budget, you can now enjoy this city, what are waiting for? Read on and discover the best free tours in Tokyo, Japan.
1. Ueno Park
Surrounded by various important museums, gardens, a lake, and a boating area, Ueno Park is a wonderful tour to do on a bright day. The park was once part of the Kaneiji Temple and is also home to Japan’s first zoological garden. If you happen to be in Tokyo during cherry blossom season, then Ueno Park is an absolute must-see. With over 1,00 cherry blossom linings its paths, you’ll be able to enjoy the tour, the park and even meet many locals taking part in blossom viewing and picnic under the trees.
Address: 5 Uenokoen, Taito City, Tokyo 110-0007
Website: Ueno Park
Opening hours: 1:30pm - 3:30pm (alternate Sun)
2. Meiji Shrine and Harajuku
This two-hour free walking tour is a great way to explore both the majestic history of the Meiji Shrine and, in contrast, the modern urban epicenter of fashion that Harajuku is known to be. The meeting place for the tour is the South Shrine gate, which is a gentle 10-minute stroll from Harajuku station. The peaceful and calming temple is nestled in the heart of a large forested area complete with over 10,000 trees. After enjoying the Shrine, you’ll be guided through the streets of Harajuku, where we’re sure you’ll discover lots of unique boutiques and interesting street-fashion styles.
Meiji Shrine and Harajuku
Address: 1 Chome-18-20 Jingumae, 渋谷区 Tokyo 150-0001
Website: Meiji Shrine and Harajuku
Opening hours: Sun: 10am - 12pm
3. Gardens of the Imperial Palace
Lasting for 2.5 hours, this fun tour is a great way to take in the sights of the Imperial Palace, which dates back over 400 years. The East Garden area includes the Fujimi Defence House, the Ottoman Gate, Ninomaru Garden, the Old Castle Tower, and a number of gentle walking paths. This tour is an excellent way to learn more about the Gardens and this important historical site, as a whole. You don’t need to reserve, simply head to the meeting place and look for people holding walking tour signs.
Gardens of the Imperial Palace
Address: 1 Chome-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 100-0005
Website: Gardens of the Imperial Palace
Opening hours: Sat: 1pm - 3:30pm
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Join this tour and with an experienced guide, you can enjoy the Senso-ji Temple and the surrounding areas. The temple, also known as Asakusa Kannon Temple, is one of the most colorful temples in the whole of Tokyo. It is a must-visit if you’re in the area. The building was completed in 645 AD, which also makes it one of the oldest temples in Tokyo, and as such, it is an extremely important historic and tourist site. On this tour, which lasts for 1.5 hours, you’ll learn lots about the unique story behind the temple and the building itself.
Address: 1 Chome-3-3番1号 Asakusa, Taito City, Tokyo 111-0032
Opening hours: Sun: 10am - 11:30pm; 1pm - 3:30pm
5. Night Walking Tour in Shinjuku
This time, we’ve found you the perfect night tour! The area of Shinjuku comes alive at night and is known as the nightlife hotspot. You’ll be able to see a different side of Japan, and even explore the red light district. It is worth noting that you will need to book at least two-weeks in advance for this free tour. The walking tour is of a gentle pace, so all fitness levels can enjoy it. You never know, you may discover a place you want to go for a drink after the tour.
Night Walking Tour in Shinjuku
Address: 3 Chome-37-37番2号 Shinjuku, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 160-0022
Website: Night Walking Tour in Shinjuku
Opening hours: 7pm - 9pm (daily)
Seeing Tokyo with a knowledgeable guide by your side is, we think, the best way to really understand the unique history and culture of the area. These free tours in Tokyo are just the tip of the iceberg, there is a lot more to see and experience. One of the most unique cities in the world is waiting for you, so put on your comfy walking shoes and discover its secrets. Book today and start your adventure.
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