Planning a trip to Tokyo is really such a fun experience.. until you realize just how costly some of those highly recommended tourist attractions are! You end up thinking that you have no choice but to skimp on popular attractions in favour of other things. Especially when you're on a tight budget?
But believe it or not, there are a few amazing attractions in Tokyo that will cost you less than 1000 yen! Intrigued? Read on to find out more?
1. National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation
The impressive National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, or more commonly known as Miraikan, is an ultra-modern facility where people can get a glimpse of Japan’s amazing achievements in the field of technology. Visitors may also experience dealing with natural disasters such as earthquakes. Hands-on lessons on how to deal with natural disasters are provided.
Let your inner nerd out and learn about robots, space exploration, as well as Japan’s latest innovations such as modern transportation.
Opening hours: 10 am to 5 pm (ticket sales end 30 minutes before closing), closed on Tuesdays and New Year holidays
How to get there: 4 minutes walk from Telecom Center Station or 5 minutes walk from Fune-no Kagakukan Station (Yurikamome). Otherwise take the free Bay Shuttle bus from Tokyo Teleport Station (Rinkai Line) and get off at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation stop.
2. Tokyo Trick Art Museum, Odaiba
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Trick art museums are not that uncommon these days, but that doesn’t make this one any less amazing. Located in Decks Tokyo Beach shopping mall, Tokyo Trick Art Museum is divided into several segments with different themes, including a haunted mansion theme and the Japanese Edo Era theme, which is the museum’s highlight. There are guides and suggestions provided at each illusion on how you can pose for your photos, but you are encouraged to be creative. Tickets can be purchased from a vending machine at the entrance.
Opening hours: 11 am to 9 pm (last entry 8.30 pm)
Admission fee: ¥900 per adult (high school students and older), ¥400 per child (4-year-olds to junior high students)
How to get there: 2 minutes walk from Odaiba-Kaihinkoen Station (Yurikamome), 5 minutes walk from Tokyo Teleport Station (Rinkai Line) Exit B. Tokyo Trick Art Museum is on the fourth floor of the Decks Tokyo Beach shopping mall (Island Mall side).
3. Tokyo Sea Life Park
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The huge glass dome will be the first thing that catches your attention when you get to Tokyo Sea Life Park. Beneath that lies a beautiful marine world consisting of all kinds of sea life from the Pacific, Atlantic, Antarctic, Arctic, and Indian Ocean. What the aquarium is best known for is the penguin exhibition, one of the largest in the country, that can be observed both on land and through water. Tokyo Sea Life Park also has a collection of replicas of freshwater life that used to exist in Tokyo when the place was rich with nature.
Opening hours: 9.30 am to 5 pm (last entry 4 pm)
Admission fee: ¥700 per person, ¥350 per senior citizen (ages above 65), ¥250 per junior high school student (ages 12-15), free for children under 12
How to get there: 5 minutes walk from Kasai-rinkai-koen Station (JR Keio Line)
4. Tokyo Tower
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A trip to Tokyo will not be complete without a visit to the ever iconic Tokyo Tower! Although Tokyo Skytree has become the new centrepiece of the town, it still hasn’t come close to beating this red tower as one of the most recognizable country landmarks. Tokyo Tower stands at 333 meters and is the symbol of the country’s post-war rebirth as a major economic power. The tower’s main observatory can be reached via elevator or its 600-step staircase (great place to burn those calories!). Another set of elevators will get you up the special observatory, where you can get a bird’s eye view of the city.
Opening hours: 9 am to 11 pm daily (last entry 10.30 pm)
Admission fee: ¥900 (main observatory only), ¥1600 (both observatories)
How to get there: 5-10 minutes walk from Onarimon Station (Mita Line), Akanebashi Station (Oedo Line), and Kamiyacho Station (Hibiya Line)
See? You don't have to spend a bomb to have fun in Tokyo! If you have any suggestions of cost-worthy attractions, do leave a comment below??