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Free Things To Do in Tokyo

If you have extra time, Imperial Palace is worthwhile.
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    Things to do in Tokyo
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    Churches/Religious Sites, Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Churches/Religious Sites, Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    The Meiji Shrine is a Shinto (Japan's original religion) shrine dedicated to Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken. Japanese history credits Meiji for modernizing Japan by incorporating Western principles into Japanese society, including adopting a cabinet system into government. After the emperor's death in 1912 and that of his consort in 1914, the Japanese

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    Sensoji Temple
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    Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    The oldest religious site in Tokyo is also its most visited. The Sensoji Temple sees about 30 million annual visitors and dates all the way back to year 628. Despite its claim to antiquity, however, the structures that currently stand are relatively new reconstructions of previous edifices (during World War

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    Imperial Palace
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    Castles/Palaces, Monuments and Memorials, Parks and Gardens, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Castles/Palaces, Monuments and Memorials, Parks and Gardens, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    You'd think the Imperial Palace would be mobbed with tourists, but it's not. You can credit the lack of crowds to an application policy, which limits the number of visitors. That's because the Imperial Palace is home to the Emperor of Japan and the royal family. And before that, it

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    Odaiba
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    Odaiba
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    Museums, Shopping, Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    Museums, Shopping, Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    Envision a mini Atlantis rising out of the water, conveniently right next to downtown Tokyo. That's Odaiba. This neighborhood/mini-island situated on the Tokyo Bay is a hub of entertainment, eateries and eye-catching architecture, including the futuristic-looking Fuji Television building. Some of the area's top attractions include theNational Museum of Emerging Science

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    Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building
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    Sightseeing, Free
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    Less than 1 hour
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    Sightseeing, Free
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    Less than 1 hour
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    There are plenty of skyscrapers that provide bird's-eye lookouts in Tokyo. So what makes the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Tower special? It's free! At 202 meters high (662 feet), its two observatories (North and South observatory) are the highest vantage points you can reach in the city without having to shred

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    Ginza
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    Ginza
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Shopping, Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    1 to 2 hours
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    New YorkhasFifth Avenue,Londonhas Oxford Street,Parishas theChamps-Élyséesand Tokyo has Ginza. The neighborhood is a shopper's paradise, housing all types of storefronts from affordable, big-name retailers such as H&M and Zara to upscale design houses such as Dior, Armani and Cartier. You can also find loads of specialty stores selling traditional items, such

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    Akihabara
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    Shopping, Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Shopping, Free, Neighborhood/Area
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Akihabara is nirvana for techies. Tokyo's premier electronics district, which is also referred to as "Akiba," has gadgets of all kinds found in booths on side streets and main street mega department stores. You'll spot the latest technology on the shelves, which will probably put your equipment to shame. And

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