As we approach autumn and the weather gets cooler, now’s the perfect time to get out and explore Tokyo again. The best day to do so is this Saturday October 1, as it’s Tokyo Citizens Day.
Though not a public holiday – i.e. you don’t get the day off work – this special day was established in 1952 to commemorate Tokyo’s transition into a proper city with its own mayor in 1898. Every year on this day, a host of attractions run by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government across the city, including museums, art galleries, zoos and aquariums, will open to the public for free.
Here’s the full list of attractions that offer free admission on October 1.
Museums and art galleries
Tokyo Photographic Art Museum (applicable only for these two exhibitions: Reinventing Image-Making, and Seeing as Though Touching – Contemporary Japanese Photography Vol.19)
Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (only applicable for the MOT Collection exhibition)
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum (only applicable for the Finn Juhl and Danish Chairs exhibition)
The Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum garden
Zoos, aquariums and botanical gardens
Note that some venues may restrict admission when it gets too crowded. More information here (in Japanese only).
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