Today (October 1) is Citizen’s Day in Tokyo, celebrating the independence and welfare of the area’s residents. And what better way to do that than by giving them free access to over 20 of Tokyo’s cultural attractions from museums to art galleries to gardens and even zoos.

Now, considering it’s Citizen’s Day you might be thinking that such a deal is only open to people living in Tokyo, but no! Anyone who can get out here today and today only can get free admission to the following places.

Zoos and Aquariums

Ueno Zoo
Tama Zoological Park
Inokashira Park Zoo
Port of Tokyo Wild Bird Park
Tokyo Sea Life Park

Botanical Parks

Jindai Botanical Gardens
Yumenoshima Tropical Greenhouse Dome Park Administration
Mukojima-Hyakkaen Gardens

Art and History Museums

Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum
Edo-Tokyo Museum (regular exhibits only)
Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Musem (garden entrance fee)
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum (Thematic Exhibitions only)
Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo


Hama-rikyu Garden
Rikugien Garden
Kiyosumi Garden
Kyu-Shiba-rikyu Garden
Kyu-Iwasaki-tei Garden
Kyu-Furukawa Garden
Koshikawa Korakuen Garden
Tonogayato Garden

Again, these 21 places listed above are not only offering free admission to Tokyo citizens but to people from everywhere. So, if you’re in one of the neighboring prefectures like Saitama feel free to hop a train in and take advantage of these deals. And even if you just happen to be visiting from abroad, today is your lucky day!

There are also other locations around Tokyo celebrating Citizens Day with special deals such as the Arakawa Amusement Park giving general admission for free. Asakusa’s Hanayashiki is even giving some limited free admission to special Tokyo-based work or study groups.

So if you’re planning to do anything in Tokyo today, check and see if you can get a Citizen’s Day deal too!

▼ “Citizen’s Day, October First Ueno Zoo is open with free admission! Of course we offer free admission to non-residents too!”

▼ “October First is Citizen’s Day, so admission is free. Also check for more events this month!”

▼ “October First is Citizen’s Day. Everyone, citizen or not, can get free admission! Please come to our garden.”

Source: Tokyo Metropolitan Government [1], [2] Twitter/@UenoZooGardens, Arakawa Amusement Park, Hanayashiki
Original Article by Meg Sawaii
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