Translated by Hilary Keyes
Tokyo Citizen's Day: When Zoos, Museums And Gardens Are Free
Written by Hiromasa Uematsu
Tomin no Hi, or Citizen's Day, is a special holiday in Tokyo that takes place on October 1st where many government-run facilities are free to visit. Here you will find information on this day including our top places to visit.
What's Tomin no Hi (Tokyo Citizen's Day)?
Every October 1st in the Tokyo Metropolitan area, a special event called Tomin no Hi (Tokyo Citizen's Day) takes place. On this day, various events are held at different facilities, and some facilities even open their doors to the public free of charge. Although called Citizen's Day, it goes without saying that non-Japanese citizens are welcome to take part in these festivities as well.
This is a rare and unique opportunity for anyone to enjoy different popular facilities with ease! Here we have put together some information on Tokyo Citizen's Day, as well as on popular facilities to visit.
As expected, with entrance fees being waived for the day, many facilities become incredibly busy on this day. In other words, you can expect large crowds and long wait times in many different places.
If you are the type to prefer a relaxing, slow day sightseeing, then this is not the ideal day for you to visit any zoos, museum or galleries.
There are also many other facilities in Tokyo that are not operated by the regional or national government, and these will be running as usual on Tomin no Hi. Some government-run establishments will also be operating normally (i.e. will still have their usual fees in place) at this time, so it is a good idea to check in advance whether or not a given place will be taking part in Citizen's Day or not.
Free Entrance or Viewing Facilities
On Citizen's Day, viewing or entrance fees will be waived at several facilities in the Tokyo Metropolitan area. For more information on whether a facility will be taking part in Tomin no Hi, please refer to their individual official websites.
The following are facilities that had free entrance or viewing fees in 2016. We will update this article as soon as the information for 2017 is published.
Hama-rikyu Gardens, Kyu-Shiba-rikyu Gardens, Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens, Rikugien Gardens, Kyu-Iwasaki-tei Gardens, Mukojima-Hyakkaen Gardens, Kiyosumi Gardens, Kyu-Furukawa Gardens, Tonogayato Gardens , Jindai Botanical Garden, Tama Zoological Park, Ueno Zoo, Tokyo Sea Life Park, Inokashira Park Zoo, Yumenoshima Tropical Greenhouse Dome, Port of Tokyo Wild Bird Park, Edo-Tokyo Museum (permanent exhibitions only), Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum, Tokyo Metropolitan Garden Art Museum, Tokyo Photographic Museum (permanent exhibitions only), and the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum (permanent exhibitions only).