Nezu Shrine

Nezu Shrine is a small shrine complex and garden, famous for it’s yearly Azalea Festival. It has around 3000 azaleas, while the shrine itself is a great example of Edo period architecture. Budget travel tips It’s quite a small shrine complex, so only come here during the Azalea Festival in early April to early May. How toContinue reading “Nezu Shrine”

Chinzanso Garden and Shinedogawa Park

Probably the best free Japanese garden in Tokyo, Chinzanso Garden (椿山荘の庭園) is an amazing garden in central Tokyo. It’s part of a very posh hotel, but everyone is free to enter the garden.  There are Japanese tea houses, a pagoda and lots of nice features you would expect from a real, traditional Japanese garden. Budget travel tips VeryContinue reading “Chinzanso Garden and Shinedogawa Park”

Rikugien Garden

Rikugien Garden (六義園) has to be one of our favourite Japanese gardens in Tokyo.  It’s got it all; cherry blossoms, autumn colors, a reasonably priced tea house, stunning lake and lots of interesting paths to take. Budget travel tips Sakura Hot Spring is a 5 minute walk away, so it’s best to combine the two.Continue reading “Rikugien Garden”

Kichijoji

Kichijoji is a nice place to spend a cheap day, just walking around and doing an odd bit of shopping, eating or relaxing in the park.  It’s the most interesting suburban town outside central Tokyo, and has many things to keep all types of people occupied. Budget travel tips Make sure you have a printContinue reading “Kichijoji”

Former Yasuda Garden

The Former Yasuda Garden (旧安田庭園) is a medium sized traditional Japanese garden night next to the Edo-Tokyo Museum. While not the biggest, it is a very beautiful garden and most importantly it’s free! Budget travel tips It’s only a minute or two from Edo-Tokyo Museum, so it’s an easy walk. Former Yasuda Garden is a nice place toContinue reading “Former Yasuda Garden”

Nikko

One of Japan’s many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Nikko is a great way to spend a few days away from Tokyo. It’s a town full of temples, shrines, waterfall and lakes.  In other words, lots of cheap touristy things to do! Excellent English language signage and maps. Budget travel tips The cost of buses andContinue reading “Nikko”

Kasai Rinkai Park

Kasai Rinkai Park is a theme park in Tokyo that is free to enter. It features Japan’s second tallest Ferris wheel, which sometimes offers views of Mount Fuji, an large aquarium and a good collection of free activities and sights. Blog report here. Top Tips Bring a picnic or bento box and relax on the beachContinue reading “Kasai Rinkai Park”

Takahata-Fudoson Temple and Park

While the name is quite a tongue twister, Toritsu Tamakyuryo Natural Park and the associated shrine and pagoda complex make for a great tourist attraction in suburban Tokyo. Top Tips It’s little far from central Tokyo, so consider combining it with Mount Takao and/or Showa Memorial Park. Great for Autumn colours.  Check our report here. How toContinue reading “Takahata-Fudoson Temple and Park”

Showa Memorial Park

Showa Memorial Park is a huge ‘park of parks’ not far from Shinjuku.  There are all sorts of things to see and do, such Japanese gardens, attractions for children, cherry blossom areas, lakes and much more. Budget travel tips The free part may be enough for you. We got our Autumn Colours fix (pics here), andContinue reading “Showa Memorial Park”

Kamakura

Kamakura (鎌倉) makes for a great day trip from Tokyo, and when combined with the Enoshima Kamakura Freepass is a really cheap way to see a more traditional area. Kamakura is full of interesting shrines, great Autumn colour and cherry blossom areas, and a huge Buddha! Top tips Try to just do places in the Enoshima KamakuraContinue reading “Kamakura”