Tourist Spots in Central and Northern Tokyo with No Entrance Fees

Tsukiji Fish Market

Operating Hours: 5:00am-3:00pm (Close during Sundays, national holidays and some Wednesdays)

Fees: Free

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We spent our 2nd and 4th day around Tokyo, visiting tourist spots within the city. Our first stop was at the Tsukiji Fish Market. Tsukiji Market, popularly known as one of the world’s largest fish markets, supplies thousand tons of marine products daily. Aside from eating fresh marine produce, Tsukiji Fish Market is also known for Tuna auction which takes place starting 5:00am. If you want to join the auction, you have to apply at Osakana Fukyu Center at the Kachidoki Gate, on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Unfortunately, we arrived there at 10:00am; hence we have not witnessed the auction. So we just roam around the place for a couple of minutes. There is one food stall where it has a long line. We got curious, so we lined up and tried their food. Hmmm. It was quite good until we realized it is

How to Get There

We rented a car for 3 days, so we have not taken the public transportation going here; but I did the research for you.

Wherever you are staying, all you need to do is to ride a train going to Tsukiji Shijo Station of the Oedo Subway Line. The market is just above this station. Otherwise, you can ride the Hibiya Subway Line, alight at Tsukiji Station and walk for approximately 5 minutes to reach the market.

If you are from Tokyo Station, fare is JPY 170 and if you are from Shinjuku Station, fare costs around JPY 270.

Sensoji/Asakusa Nakamise Temple

Operating Hours: 6:00am-5:00pm (Main Hall; temple grounds are always open)

Fees: Free

Another popular tourist destination in Tokyo that is absolutely free of charge is Sensoji or also known as Asakusa Kannon Temple. This is a Buddhist temple located near Tokyo Sky Tower which is known to be as one of Tokyo’s most colorful and popular temples.

Unlike other temples I’ve seen, this temple has a long shopping street called Nakamise. From the outer gate called Kaminarimon to the second gate called Hozomon, the street is covered with souvenir shops and yummy treats.

Beyond the Hozomon Gate is where the main hall is built. This is where people perform rituals like ringing a bell, washing the hands with water and offering incense.

How to Get There

We still went here by car so I’ve used Japan Guide for this one. Ride Ginza Subway Line, Asakusa Subway Line or Tobu Railways and alight at Asakusa Station. The temple is just few steps from that station. From Tokyo Station or Shunjuku Station, it would cost you JPY 170.

Imperial Palace East Gardens

Operating Hours: 9:00am-4:30pm (Closed on Monday and Friday except for National Holidays)

Fees: Free

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Imperial palace garden is actually located inside the inner palace area where hectares of different trees are arranged accordingly. The place is best for strolling and photo shoots. However, I just knew that the Imperial Palace has more Instagram-worthy photos; which we were not able to visit due to the vastness of the gardens. We got tired walking and Mr Sun was out that time that we just decided to leave the garden after some photo opts.

How to Get There

Ride Chiyoda, Tozai, Marunochi, Hanzomon or Mita Subway Line and alight at Otematchi Station. The place is just a short walk from that station.

 

Ginza Shopping District

Operating Hours: 9:00am-10:00pm (depends on the store)

Fees: Free

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This is the place for luxury and style as high-class shopping malls, restaurants, entertainment, boutiques, cafes and night clubs are located in this area. So if you plan to shop for some designer brands, this is the best place for you (but not for me! Haha). By the way, according to Japan Guide, one square meter of land in this district’s center is worth over JPY 10 million, making this place one of the most expensive real estate in Japan.

How to Get There

All you need to do is hop off the Ginza Station or Yurakucho Station and tada! You’ll be arriving at Ginza.

 

Tokyo Sky Tree

Operating Hours: 8:00am-10:00pm (depends on the store)

Fees: Free (Only for Levels 1-4)

 

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Tokyo Sky Tree is one of the new landmarks in Tokyo. The highlight of which is its observation deck, which offer a spectacular 360 degree panoramic view of Tokyo. There are two decks: Tembo deck – 350 meters and Tembo Gallery – 450 meters, considered to be the highest observation deck in Japan.

Should you wish to go to these observation decks, you need to purchase a ticket at the 4th floor:

Tembo Deck: JPY 2,060 (regular); JPY 2,820 (fast ticket)

Tembo Gallery: Additional JPY 1,030

We got the fast ticket to cut the long line as we were conscious of the time. The regular ticket will usually consume 1 hour for waiting time so it depends on you if you will value time or money. 🙂

If you don’t want to spend, you can just stroll in Levels 1 to 4 where a variety of stores and restaurants are located.

How to Get There

You can alight at Tokyo Sky Tree Station on Tobu Isesaki Line and Oshiage Station on the Asakusa Subway Line, Hanzomon Subway Line or Keisei Oshiage Line. Alternatively, you can ride a bus from Tokyo Station for JPY 520 or from Ueno Station for JPY 220; both bus usually takes about 30-minutes travel time.

 

 

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