Top 5 Free Art Galleries in Tokyo

Tokyo has a rich art community with a huge selection of large and small galleries. From huge complexes to galleries hosted in an apartment, there is something for all interests. Some charge a fee for entrance, but there are enough free ones to satisfy an art fan! SCAI The Bathhouse Located in an old bathhouse, SCAI TheContinue reading “Top 5 Free Art Galleries in Tokyo”

Kanda Myojin Shrine

Kanda Myojin Shrine (神田明神) is a major Shinto shrine near Akihabara and Ueno. Over 1000 years old, the buildings have been stunningly reserved and the garden even more so. People visit the shrine to pray for prosperity and wealth. Budget travel tips Walk from Akihabara. After geeking out, walk north up the main street (Chuo Dori) andContinue reading “Kanda Myojin Shrine”

Museum of Yebisu Beer

Are you into beer? Want to try out some famous Japanese beer? The Museum of Yebisu Beer (ヱビスビール記念館) is the place for you! The museum features a good number of displays on the history of Yebisu Beer, as well as Japanese beer in general. The Tasting Salon is the highlight here, and the shops featuresContinue reading “Museum of Yebisu Beer”

Todoroki Valley

Todoroki Valley (等々力渓谷) is a wonderful retreat from all the hustle and bustle of Tokyo. Not far from Shibuya, it offers lush forests and occasionally luminously blue waters. Not sure why this place isn’t on more tourist maps! Difficulty: Easy Length: 1.2km Time: 30 mins How to get there From Shibuya station, take the TokyuContinue reading “Todoroki Valley”

Imperial Palace Walk or Cycle Route

Making your way around the Imperial Palace complex is a simple to follow, flat walking route in central Tokyo. It the most must-do walk in Tokyo and a favourite for locals looking to relax or exercise. Difficulty: Easy Walking time: 3-4 hours depending on ability. Start at Tokyo station, and make your way out of Maronouchi CentralContinue reading “Imperial Palace Walk or Cycle Route”

Advertising Museum Tokyo

The Advertising Museum Tokyo (広告とマーケティングの資料館「アド・ミュージアム東京」) is a surprisingly interesting (and free!) museum, showcasing Japanese advertising over the centuries. From Kimono ladies selling beer to retro packaging, the museum is a fascinating change from the usual museums in Tokyo. Information Cost: Free Open: Tuesday to Friday 11:00 to 18:30, Saturdays and holidays 11:00 to 16:30  Closed:Continue reading “Advertising Museum Tokyo”

Meguro Parasitological Museum

The Meguro Parasitological Museum (目黒寄生虫館) is a truly ‘only in Japan’ experience! This free museum is dedicated to bugs, parasites and other creepy crawlies. It claims to be the only such museum in the world, and the experience is definitely not a standard tourist one. Be prepared to be both shocked and amazed! Especially at theContinue reading “Meguro Parasitological Museum”

Top 10 Autumn Color Spots in Tokyo

Tokyo has some great places, most free, to see the autumn colors. Unless otherwise mentioned, the time to come for autumn leaves is mid November to early December. 1. Showa Memorial Park This former military base was turned into a huge park many years ago, with so many areas to visit. There is also a traditionalContinue reading “Top 10 Autumn Color Spots in Tokyo”

Mount Oyama

Along with Mount Takao, Mount Oyama (大山) is one of the best, and cheapest mountains to access near Tokyo. There are multiple routes available, so this would suit any kind of hiker. There is also a cable car for those who just want to get to the top and check out the views. Trails takeContinue reading “Mount Oyama”

Nezu Shrine

Nezu Shrine is a small shrine complex and garden, famous for it’s yearly Azalea Festival. It has around 3000 azaleas, while the shrine itself is a great example of Edo period architecture. Budget travel tips It’s quite a small shrine complex, so only come here during the Azalea Festival in early April to early May. How toContinue reading “Nezu Shrine”