Looking for places to visit in Tokyo but want to also save on money? Recently, I was able to visit Ueno and Tokyo Tower in the Tokyo Metropolitan Prefecture, and was able to do just that.
One of the most iconic buildings in Tokyo is, of course, the Tokyo Tower. This is only a few stops away from the TUJ campus, and really let’s you see all of Tokyo. The best part is a ticket only costs ¥900.
Christmas lasts forever here! Tokyo Tower was featuring their Winter Wonderland display all the way until the end of February. They even had an entire display synched to holiday music.
TUJ student Carlos Casademont couldn’t believe how pretty the observation deck was. “When I looked outside, it made me realize just how HUGE Tokyo is.”
Tokyo Tower was completed in 1958, making it one of the oldest modern structures in Tokyo. In 2011, the tower actually took some slight damage from the 3/11 Earthquake, but was soon repaired afterwards.
Tokyo Tower has a whole floor of restaurants, many of which have a ticket order system. This lets you order your meal through a machine, and have a ticket given to the chef to make it. This can be very useful and less stressful if you are still hesitant with the language.
Ueno, north of Tokyo, has an abundance of shallow ponds, parks, and museums. Here, the Tokyo National Museum is reflected. Although no pictures are allowed to be taken inside, these buildings hold centuries of valuable culture and immaculate history. This museum also offers discounts for students with IDs, making the entrance fee come to ¥410!
One of Ueno’s largest ponds is filled with lively tulips, a little odd to find in the month of February but was a pleasant insert into the harshly horizontal landscape.
Ueno’s larger pond really scales the Tokyo National Museum. It’s huge (and that’s only one of the buildings)!
Ueno has a side completely different from its parks and museums. These tiny streets are filled to the brink with stores, many of which happen to be resale and discount stores, drawing in large crowds with their low prices.
Here were some of the merchants in Ueno. Unlike some quieter marketplaces, like the ones in Itabashi near the dorms, these streets are loud. Vendors will call out to customers to come in and buy things. You will hear occasional English bits as they try to entice you to buy their wares.
Although Ueno may be a bit further than Tokyo Tower, both of these places are must sees on any map of Japan, and definitely are worth it, without emptying your wallet.