April 14, 2024

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10 Cheap Vacation Spots In Tokyo That Won’t Break The Bank

Tokyo, the capital of Japan, is a bustling metropolis that offers a unique combination of modern and traditional culture. With its unique skyline, lively neighborhoods, and scrumptious cuisine, it’s no wonder why Tokyo is one of the most famous travel destinations in the world. However, a trip to Tokyo can also be expensive, which may discourage some budget-conscious travelers. However, there are a bunch of ways to enjoy Tokyo’s vacation spots without breaking the bank. From exploring the city’s countless parks and gardens to indulging in tasty street food, many budget-friendly activities and attractions won’t compromise someone’s travel budget. Here are some of Tokyo’s top vacation spots that are perfect to experience without breaking the bank.

The accommodations selected for the places to stay were carefully researched to ensure that they offer the best quality possible for travelers visiting Tokyo on a budget. To qualify for this list, each accommodation had to have an overall rating of 8 or higher based on the experiences of previous guests. By following these criteria, we are confident that each of these places that we recommend a stay at will provide an unforgettable experience for any traveler looking for an exciting adventure in Tokyo without breaking the bank.

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10 Visit The Anime District Of Akihabara

Buildings in Akihabara, Tokyo
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Buildings in Akihabara, Tokyo

Akihabara is a busy district and the heart of Otaku culture. It contains various stores specializing in manga, anime, quaint video games, figures, and card games. It is also famous for its electronic shops, ranging from tiny stalls to big retailers. People also find various anime-related enjoyment in Akihabara, such as Maid Cafe, a cafe where servers dress up and act super cute like housekeepers or anime characters.

  • Travel tips:
    Manga Kissa is also an internet cafe worth visiting, where people can read comic books and play video games all day and night.

  • Where to stay:
    Akihabara Washington Hotel

  • Address:
    1-8-3 Sakumacho, Kanda, Tokyo 101-0025

  • Amenities:
    Restaurant, free Wi-Fi, coffee shop, flat-screen TV, free toiletries, parking, laundry service

Related: A Tokyo Adventure Is Not Complete Without Adding These Things To Your Itinerary

9 Get A Spectacular View From Tokyo Skytree

Tokyo Skytree in Japan
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Tokyo Skytree in Japan

People consider going to Tokyo Skytree, the highest tower in the world, to witness a sense of Tokyo’s size, content, and structure. The tower offers guests scenic views of the surrounding metropolis. When the weather is clear, people can see Mt. Fuji on the distant horizon. After seeing the observation deck, they should perhaps peruse the galleries of the shopping complex or visit the aquarium, both set at the bottom of the tower.

  • Travel tips
    : The best time to visit Tokyo Skytree is around sunset, as this urban metropolis seamlessly transitions from day to night.

  • Where to stay:
    Akihabara Washington Hotel

  • Address:
    1-8-3 Sakumacho, Kanda, Tokyo 101-0025

  • Amenities:
    Restaurant, free Wi-Fi, coffee shop, flat-screen TV, free toiletries, parking, laundry service

Related: Check Out These 10 Cool And Unusual Tokyo Hotels For A Fun Stay In Japan

8 Shop And Eat At Takeshita Street

An aerial view of Tokyo, Japan
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An aerial view of Tokyo, Japan

Takeshita Street is one of the busiest shopping streets in Tokyo, offering stylish but sometimes weird specialties. With colorful yet crazy shopping items, Takeshita Street is a great place for people into alternative fashion. The road is full of modern unique shops, used clothing stores, and fashion boutiques. This street also houses a food paradise with distinct stores selling crepes, cotton candy, and the “Zaku Zaku”, a crunchy cream puff stick identical to churros.

  • Travel tips:
    While in Takeshita Street, it is recommended to explore the Harajuku area.

  • Where to stay:
    Trunk (Hotel)

  • Address:
    5-31 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001

  • Amenities:
    Restaurant, free Wi-Fi, bar/Lounge, coffee shop, flat-screen TV, free toiletries, parking, laundry service

7 Enjoy The Streets And Nightlife Of Shinjuku

The skyline of Tokyo at night
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The skyline of Tokyo at night

Shinjuku is a prominent area to appreciate the nightlife in Tokyo. Kabukicho is Japan’s biggest red-light district offering a bunch of restaurants, clubs, bars, and pachinko. One of the most popular areas in Kabukicho is Golden Gai, a little but exciting area with small bars and eateries.

6 Explore Senso-Ji Temple

People visiting Senso-ji Temple, Tokyo, Japan
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People visiting Senso-ji Temple, Tokyo, Japan

Built-in 645, the Sensoji temple is the biggest and oldest temple in Tokyo. Nakamise’s shopping street leads to the temple and has a lot of beautiful products to offer and Japanese food to try. Before entering the main temple, visitors should wash their hands in the classic Japanese way. The aim of this is to wash away the dirt from the physical body and purify the spirit of sins and crimes.

  • Travel tips:
    Senso-Ji temple is full of tourists in the morning, so visitors could avoid the masses by visiting at night.

  • Where to stay:
    Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo

  • Address:
    6-106-5 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061

  • Amenities:
    Restaurant, bar/Lounge, free Wi-Fi, night club, hairdryer, 24hr front desk, refrigerator, air-conditioned

5 Explore Ameyoko Market

Ameya Yokocho, Ameyoko, an open-air market in Tokyo, Japan
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Ameya Yokocho, Ameyoko, an open-air market in Tokyo, Japan

People into shopping looking for good deals should head to Ameyoko Shopping Street. Located near Ueno Park, Ameyoko Market is one of the best places in Tokyo. It is a busy shopping street offering various products, from fresh veggies and seafood to souvenirs and clothing. Various food kiosks sell mouth-watering dishes, from Kebabs to Korean food and Chinese dishes. These booths are always full of people, so you should hurry and get your order.

4 Lounge At Ueno Park

People playing in the water surrounded by cherry blossom at Ueno Park in Tokyo
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People surrounded by cherry blossom at Ueno Park in Tokyo

Located near Ueno Station, Ueno is a beautiful park in the heart of Tokyo with different areas, including a zoo. The park is home to countless statues, shrines, and particularly the lovely Shinobazu Pond, where people can rent a boat and row around. The lovely trees and surrounding nature make the park a great place to escape the metropolitan congestion of Tokyo. The park is a wonderful place to see Sakura, the infamous Japanese cherry blossom trees in full bloom during springtime.

  • Travel tips
    : The best time of year to visit Tokyo and see the cherry blossoms in full bloom is from late March to early April.

  • Where to stay:
    Route Inn Grantia Wakuranoyado Igauenojomae

  • Address:
    1-131 Ueno-Marunouchi, Iga 518-0873

  • Amenities:
    Restaurant, free Wi-Fi, coffee machine, free parking, flat-screen TV, cable or satellite TV, laundry service

3 Stroll Around Tokyo Imperial Palace

Tokyo Imperial Palace behind a bridge
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Tokyo Imperial Palace behind a bridge

Located on the former Edo Castle in the core of Tokyo, the Tokyo Imperial Palace is a famous spot to visit. Although it is not allowed to visit the private setting of the Palace, people can get a lovely view of Nijubashi Bridge. While the Imperial Palace is not the most unusual by Japanese standards, the gardens around the Palace are worth walking around.

  • Travel Tips:
    There are two guided tours for the palace floor. Each visit is led in English and Japanese and takes 75 minutes to finish.

  • Where to stay:
    Palace Hotel Tokyo

  • Address:
    1-1-1 Marunouchi, Tokyo 100-0005

  • Amenities:
    Indoor pool, spa and wellness center, fitness center, restaurant, bar/Lounge, room service, free Wi-Fi, coffee machine

Related: Here’s Why Imperial Tokyo Is So Famous (& How To See It)

2 Unwind At Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Cherry blossoms at Shunjuku Gyoen park

People head to Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden to relax and unwind. Considered one of the largest parks in Tokyo, Shinjuku Gyoen offers a break from the city’s busy streets. The park boasts different gardens, including English, Japanese, and French gardens, with an exceptional lake system. Visitors can enjoy the peaceful environment surrounded by a mass of flora and fauna systems.

Related: 14 Japanese Cities To Visit Besides Tokyo And Kyoto

1 Try Sushi At Tsukiji Market

Sushi at Tsukiji Fish Market in Japan

Tokyo is an excellent destination for travelers who love sushi. Tsukiji Outer Market is one of the finest places in Tokyo to try sushi at the various sushi restaurants that offer fresh fish. Travelers have breakfast or lunch at one of the local restaurants and undergo a memorable experience.

  • Travel Tips:
    People can also find shops selling seafood and other dishes on narrow roads.

  • Where to stay:
    Hotel Vista Tokyo Tsukiji

  • Address:
    4-chome-3-9 Tsukiji, Tokyo 104-0045

  • Amenities:
    Free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV, free toiletries, laundry facilities, hairdryer, 24hr front desk, refrigerator, no smoking