10 Free Entrance Places You Can Enjoy in Tokyo! – Part 2

Nishi-Ogikubo: Experience the Dubbing and Filming of Anime

This is Japan’s first comprehensive anime museum. Meet Astro Boy, Mobile Suit Gundam, and Crayon Shin-chan, among other present and past anime characters. Aside from learning the history of Japanese anime, you can also try the dubbing experience corner, anime character filming booth, workshop, and anime theater, to name a few possibilities. You will have such a high quality experience that it will be difficult to believe it was completely free of charge.

Suginami Animation Museum / 杉並アニメーションミュージアム
Address: 3-29-5, Kamiogi, Suginami-ku, Tokyo
Phone Number: 03-3396-1510

Yoga: A Place Where You Can Enjoy Seasonal Flowers and be Around Horses

The JRA (Japanese Racing Association) has a plot of land measuring close to the size of four Tokyo Domes, with many horse related buildings. During seasons with nice weather, aside from holding an equestrian competition every weekend, they have horse drawn carriage rides on the first Thursday of every month. They also hold the JRA Horse Show in Golden Week, so be sure to head out when you’re in a picnicking mood.

Bajikoen / 馬事公苑
Address: 2-1-1, Kamiyoga, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
Phone Number: 03-3429-5101

Shimbashi: Home of Japan’s Only Advertising Museum

This museum exhibits the history of Japanese advertisements from the Edo period to the present. In addition to the poster exhibits, they also have a TV commercial and AV area, so you will certainly be able to feel the thrill of experiencing Japan’s past through its advertising. They have also established a library with a collection of advertisements and marketing-related materials.

Advertising Museum Tokyo / アド・ミュージアム東京
Address: Caretta SHIODOME B2 – B1 floor, 1-8-2, Higashishinbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Phone Number: 03-6218-2500

Yotsuya: A Fire Department Museum

This museum is linked to the Yotsuya Fire Department. Here you can see exhibits of actual equipment, including the first fire engine introduced to Japan in 1917, as well as the helitack first brought into the Tokyo Fire Department. In addition, you can sit in the helitack set up outside. Why not try considering some disaster prevention?

Fire Museum / 消防博物館
Address: 3-10, Yotsuya, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Phone Number: 03-3353-9119

Korakuen Garden: Let Your Eyes Sweep Across the Night Sky From the Observation Lounge

Only a select few people know about the observation lounge located on the 25th floor of the Bunkyo Civic Center. The fine construction of the windows, including a careful slope of the glass in order to avoid reflection of the lights within the room, makes for a lovely experience. You can gaze upon a panoramic view of northern Tokyo, Shinjuku, Sunshine 60, and the TOKYO SKYTREE(R).

Bunkyo Civic Center Observation Lounge / 文京シビックセンター 展望ラウンジ
Address: Bunkyo-ku, 1-16-21, Kasuga, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Phone Number: 03-3812-7111

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