Winter 2020 issue out now: Tokyo on a budget, with free things to do and cheap eats under ¥1,000

Also: indoor theme parks, all-you-can-eat deals, top art galleries, show pubs and more. Read the magazine now for free

By Lim Chee Wah

Tokyo's reputation as an expensive city has been grossly exaggerated. Sure, there are muskmelons that cost ¥20,000 and kaiseki meals that set you back twice as much. But even without a corporate expense account, Tokyo can still be rewarding – you don’t have to break the bank to have an enjoyable time in the city. In this issue, we’ll show you how to live life to the full in one of the world’s greatest cities on a shoestring budget.

[You can get a copy of the January-March 2020 issue for FREE at these locations starting December 20 2019. Don’t worry if you’re not in Tokyo; the FREE digital edition is available for download now.] 

One of Tokyo’s greatest cultural attractions are its elegant temples – from the iconic Sensoji Temple to the graceful Meiji Shrine – and they don’t cost a thing. Beyond that, we have compiled a list of 30 of the best free things to do in the metropolis that are well worth your time, including concerts, tours, observation decks, museums and galleries.

After seeing the sights for free, you can take the money you’ve saved and spend it on 30 of the best cheap eats in the city with a price tag of ¥1,000 or less.

Out partying and missed the last train? Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. So we’ll let you in on how we usually spend the wee morning hours in Tokyo while waiting for the first train at dawn.

Tokyo is known for its all-you-can-eat and/or -drink deals, which are perfect for group dining. So put on your elastic waist pants and get ready to feast. And if you’re craving dessert or a cup of hot chocolate to warm up the winter chills, check our list of the best chocolate shops in Tokyo.

Looking for a unique gift to bring home? These shops offer customisation and personalisation, from denim and sneakers to journals and more.

Don’t mind the freezing winter in Tokyo – you can still have fun while staying warm at Tokyo’s top indoor theme parks.

Have you ever been to a show pub in Tokyo? These casual nighttime entertainment outlets combine cabaret and burlesque performances with food and drink served to your table. Here are our five favourites.

For all this and much more – Sangenjaya neighbourhood guide, shokupan cafés, best contemporary art galleries, ski resorts near Tokyo, etc – pick up your FREE copy of the magazine at any of our distribution points in the city. You can also download the PDF version here, or get the mag delivered by placing an order here.

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