Intermediatheque

Intermediatheque is one of Tokyo’s best curated yet least talked about museums. Whether you are interested in seeing a selection of ‘abnormal antlers’, a double-headed tortoise, or an impressive display of taxidermied birds, the museum quickly reveals itself to be one giant curiosity cabinet.  Whilst the collection itself is reflective of Japan’s scientific cultural andContinue reading “Intermediatheque”

Sony Building

Want to try out the latest technology, from VR headsets to the latest games? The Sony Building in Ginza is a nice retreat from the noise of downtown Tokyo, and also offers tax-free shopping for a range of Sony goods. Note that the Sony Building will be closed until 2022. Information Cost: FREE Open: 11Continue reading “Sony Building”

NTT InterCommunication Center

NTT InterCommunication Center (NTTインターコミュニケーション・センター) is a free media, art and communications gallery in Shinjuku, Tokyo. NTT is Japan’s main telephone provider, and this museum was started to commemorate the 100th anniversary of telephones in Japan. The museum has an excellent and selection of innovative, fun and thought-provoking art and multimedia pieces, and shows off someContinue reading “NTT InterCommunication Center”

Arashio Stable

Watching sumo (相撲) is a special and deeply rewarding cultural experience. Many watch it in the big stadiums, but seeing the sumo wrestlers train and prepare gives a fascinating insight into Japan’s national sport. Watching Keiko (morning practice) can be done for free in Tokyo at Arashio Stable. Note that viewers do not actually goContinue reading “Arashio Stable”

Tokyo Tower

Tokyo Tower (東京タワー) is an icon of Tokyo, helping to boost spirits and symbolising the renewal of the mega city after the war. While the free Metropolitan building and the Skytree beat it in the height game, Tokyo Tower definitely the most iconic and special in the hearts of Tokyo people. Budget travel tips FreeContinue reading “Tokyo Tower”

Top 5 Free Art Galleries in Tokyo

Tokyo has a rich art community with a huge selection of large and small galleries. From huge complexes to galleries hosted in an apartment, there is something for all interests. Some charge a fee for entrance, but there are enough free ones to satisfy an art fan! SCAI The Bathhouse Located in an old bathhouse, SCAI TheContinue reading “Top 5 Free Art Galleries in Tokyo”

Kanda Myojin Shrine

Kanda Myojin Shrine (神田明神) is a major Shinto shrine near Akihabara and Ueno. Over 1000 years old, the buildings have been stunningly reserved and the garden even more so. People visit the shrine to pray for prosperity and wealth. Budget travel tips Walk from Akihabara. After geeking out, walk north up the main street (Chuo Dori) andContinue reading “Kanda Myojin Shrine”

Museum of Yebisu Beer

Are you into beer? Want to try out some famous Japanese beer? The Museum of Yebisu Beer (ヱビスビール記念館) is the place for you! The museum features a good number of displays on the history of Yebisu Beer, as well as Japanese beer in general. The Tasting Salon is the highlight here, and the shops featuresContinue reading “Museum of Yebisu Beer”

Todoroki Valley

Todoroki Valley (等々力渓谷) is a wonderful retreat from all the hustle and bustle of Tokyo. Not far from Shibuya, it offers lush forests and occasionally luminously blue waters. Not sure why this place isn’t on more tourist maps! Difficulty: Easy Length: 1.2km Time: 30 mins How to get there From Shibuya station, take the TokyuContinue reading “Todoroki Valley”

Imperial Palace Walk or Cycle Route

Making your way around the Imperial Palace complex is a simple to follow, flat walking route in central Tokyo. It the most must-do walk in Tokyo and a favourite for locals looking to relax or exercise. Difficulty: Easy Walking time: 3-4 hours depending on ability. Start at Tokyo station, and make your way out of Maronouchi CentralContinue reading “Imperial Palace Walk or Cycle Route”

Advertising Museum Tokyo

The Advertising Museum Tokyo (広告とマーケティングの資料館「アド・ミュージアム東京」) is a surprisingly interesting (and free!) museum, showcasing Japanese advertising over the centuries. From Kimono ladies selling beer to retro packaging, the museum is a fascinating change from the usual museums in Tokyo. Information Cost: Free Open: Tuesday to Friday 11:00 to 18:30, Saturdays and holidays 11:00 to 16:30  Closed:Continue reading “Advertising Museum Tokyo”

Meguro Parasitological Museum

The Meguro Parasitological Museum (目黒寄生虫館) is a truly ‘only in Japan’ experience! This free museum is dedicated to bugs, parasites and other creepy crawlies. It claims to be the only such museum in the world, and the experience is definitely not a standard tourist one. Be prepared to be both shocked and amazed! Especially at theContinue reading “Meguro Parasitological Museum”