Ever wanted to know how a city of 13 million deals with its sewage (#17)? Have you wondered what it would be like to pilot a space shuttle (#8)? How about visiting the resting place of the 47 ronin samurai (#60)? Or getting a taste of the 22nd century by getting lost in the labyrinth of interconnected underground department stores in Shinjuku (#67) and then checking out the world’s most advanced toilets at the Toto showroom? (#48).

Well, you can do all of this and a lot, lot more for little to no cash in Tokyo.

To the best of our knowledge, all these places are currently open. However, due to COVID-19 restrictions, a number of indoor locations are reservation only. Check the official sites for the latest info.
Graves of 47 Ronin at Sengakuji Temple
The grave of 47 ronin (masterless samurai) at Sengakuji Temple | Photo by iStock.com/coward_lion

Taking free and cheap to a whole new level, Tokyo Cheapo presents 101 Cheap and Free Things to Do in Tokyo.

Bonus: We also have lists for some of the more popular areas—10 Free Things to Do in Shinjuku, 10 Free Things to do in Akihabara and 10 Free Things to Do in Harajuku. If you want a glimpse into Tokyo’s past lives, check out our mini history guide.

And for any cheapos also with a London trip on the horizon, check our 101 free things to do in London on our sister site, London Cheapo.


This article was originally published in December 2012 and is updated periodically. Last update: July 2021. If you enjoyed this post, be sure to check out the rest of our website. We’re dedicated to making your time in Tokyo the best it can possibly be.

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