Being on a budget should not limit the way you travel! Whether it be visiting public places, tourist attractions, or eating food – you could still have fun exploring while staying on budget. Japan has plenty of places you could eat cheap food and sight see a variety of tourist attraction – with no admission fee, of course.
Listed below are some places you can visit for free in Japan.
- Tsukiji Market
The famous Tsukiji Market, known to be one of the world’s largest fish markets, does not charge an admission fee to tourists or visitors. You can explore the market, watch the tuna auction, and even try some fresh sushi for breakfast or lunch! Do take note that the market gets crowded with both visitors and locals being in the area.
- Meiji Shrine
Meiji Shrine is definitely a tourist hotspot, and it is also one of the more popular shrines in Japan. The shrine itself is surrounded by trees – from the entrance to the building – so you could definitely enjoy a good ten-minute stroll in the area before entering the shrine. What’s more, the shrine does not charge an admission fee! So if you want to surround yourself with trees in the middle of the city, or take a look at the shrine, you should definitely not miss this place!
- Sensoji Temple
The Sensoji Temple is another tourist hotspot and it also does not charge any admission fee. The Buddhist Temple receives thousands of visitors and its iconic red color is definitely eye-catching. The Sensoji Temple is considered the oldest temple in Tokyo, and outside the temple is a shopping street that is also rich in history.
- Imperial Palace
The home of the Imperial Family. The grounds of the Imperial Palace is open to the public – except its inner grounds which is only open during New Year’s greeting and the Emperor’s birthday. There are guided tours you can avail of if you are interested of exploring the grounds of the palace. Adjacent to the Imperial Palace is the East Gardens which is also open for the public to visit.
- Window shopping
Who said you can’t shop when on a budget? Window shopping, that is. Join the crowd in the streets of different shopping areas such as Shibuya, Shinjuku, Akihabara, and Ginza and explore the shops in the different places. It is a good way to completely surround yourself with Tokyo’s bustling city life.
- Fushimi Inari Shrine
The Fushimi Inari Shrine also has free admission. This is where the famous line of torii gates are located. Since this is a shrine located in a mountain, there is definitely a lot to explore in this area. This place does not only give you access to a number of shrines, but it will also give you an overlooking view of Kyoto at a certain point. If you’re up for some temple sightseeing and light hiking, then definitely visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine.