On the 1st of October, Tokyo celebrates Tomin-no-Hi (Tokyo Citizens’ Day), a day dedicated to appreciating the culture and beauty of the city.
This special day opens up a host of opportunities for both locals and tourists to explore Tokyo’s rich heritage without spending a dime.
The city’s public parks, zoos, art exhibitions, and museums warmly welcome visitors with free admission, making it a perfect occasion to delve into the mesmerizing attractions Tokyo has to offer.
Tokyo’s gardens are a blend of meticulous design and natural beauty.
On Tomin-no-Hi, entry to enchanting gardens like Hama-rikyu Gardens, Rikugien Garden, Kiyosumi Garden, Kyu Shiba Rikyu Garden, Kyu Iwasaki-tei Gardens, Kyu-Furukawa Gardens, Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, Mukojima-Hyakkaen Gardens, and Tonogayato Garden is absolutely free.
These gardens present a serene escape amidst the bustling city, offering a glimpse into the traditional Japanese landscape design.
Zoo / Aquarium
For the animal and nature enthusiasts, Tokyo’s zoos and botanical gardens also throw open their gates without any entry fees.
Facilities such as Jindai Botanical Gardens, Kasai Rinkai Park Aquarium, Tokyo Port Wild Bird Park, Tama Zoological Park, Inokashira Park Zoo, Ueno Zoological Gardens, and Yumenoshima Tropical Greenhouse Dome are ideal for a close encounter with a diverse range of flora and fauna.
Art / Museum
Art aficionados aren’t left behind on this exciting day.
The doors of many art galleries and museums are flung open to the public for free.
Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, and Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo invite everyone to explore the vast and varied artistic heritage of the city.
For more details, you can visit the official Tokyo Metropolitan Government website at https://www.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/tosei/hodohappyo/press/2023/08/23/07.html
Make sure not to miss this chance to immerse yourself in the cultural richness of Tokyo on Tomin-no-Hi!