We’re not trying to squash the romance and wonder of the season, but winter illuminations have become something of an arms race with the various districts of Tokyo trying to out-gun each other with more and more fantastically produced illuminations. Until recently, it was all about the number of bulbs – LEDs make it possible [...]November 11, 2013 -
Akihabara, the Otaku capital of Japan, is a great place to spend the afternoon. Between the anime paraphernalia, the maids on the side of the street, and the great hole-in-wall technology shops, there is a little bit of something for everyone. Even us Cheapos. Akihabara is one of those places everyone should visit once. But [...]September 3, 2013 -
Tokyo is a treasure chest of free entertainment for families with small children and far more green and imaginative than you would expect from a concrete jungle. Luckily you are not alone in trying to locate all these hidden gems as a new bilingual website, playmap.jp is attempting to map all the playgrounds in Japan, [...]August 16, 2013 -
There are plenty of fun and interesting things to do in Tokyo that are either cheap or free – even in the most expensive of neighbourhoods – like a modern architecture tour of Omotesando. And be sure to check out our infamous 101 things to do in tokyo.
There are always events, parties and festivals happening in Tokyo. In summer there are fireworks festivals everywhere and in spring there is hanami – cherry blossom viewing. Almost every weekend (especially during the warm months) there is plenty of free entertainment to be had at Yoyogi Park. Whether you’re living in Tokyo or you’ve timed your visit well, you should check out a Sumo tournament at least once.
To make sure you don’t miss anything, keep an eye out every Thursday for the Cheapo Weekend which gives you the lowdown on free and cheap events for the weekend.