It’s hard to miss the stunning Asakusa Culture and Tourist Information Center designed by Kengo Kuma, located across the street from another visitor magnet, Sensoji Temple’s Kaminarimon gate. Besides offering free guided tours, currency exchange and an information desk, the eight-storey building also sports a (covered) rooftop observation deck, which offers the best view of Sensoji without having to jostle through the crowds. The deck is open until 10pm so you can also admire the grand temple lit up at night. You’ll find exhibitions and cultural events on the other floors but if you’re short of battery power, best make a beeline for the street-facing counter on the second floor – it’s fitted with electrical charging points.
By some measures, Tokyo is one of the world's most expensive cities to live in, but you don't have to take out a loan to have a good time. From free views of the city skyline to cheap Michelin meals, hanging out in the big city doesn't have to cost you anything. That's right: you can enjoy Tokyo's best art, music and entertainment without spending a single yen.
So put your wallet away and follow our guide to the finest free attractions Tokyo has to offer, from local concerts to galleries featuring up-and-coming and established artists. And once you start feeling peckish, consult our cheap eats guide for the best grub under ¥1,000. Going out on a budget has never been this fun.
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