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On certain holidays throughout the year, many zoos, museums, art galleries, gardens, etc. in Japan have free admission! In this article we will introduce the dates and facilities that you will surely want to know about before sightseeing in Tokyo.

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There are 16 national holidays each year in Japan, as well as other holidays designated by regional governments too. As sightseeing spots can become quite crowded on these dates, it is a good idea to know when they take place before making any travel plans.

On one hand, there are many benefits to visiting during these holidays.

Many Japanese zoos, museums, art galleries, gardens, and other sites have free admission on specific national holidays. In this article, we will be talking about which facilities will have free entry on certain holidays so that you can plan your trip to Tokyo accordingly.

On the other hand, if you don't mind paying the entry free just to avoid the crowds, then consider this article your guide to "when to avoid traveling to Japan" instead.

The facilities introduced in each section are only some of those that have free admission on that date.

Read also:

Not Just For Tokyo Citizens! City Day: When Zoos And Gardens Are Free
The Ultimate Guide To Japan's National Holidays For 2017-2018

Showa Day (April 29th)


Showa Memorial Park
Showa is the era before the present one in Japan, which lasted from December 25th, 1926 to January 7th, 1989. April 29th is the birthday of the Emperor Showa who was the Emperor of Japan during this time period.
On this day, Showa Memorial Park in Tachikawa City and Shinjuku Gyoen in Shinjuku Ward are free of charge.

Major Facilities with Free Admission:

Shinjuku Gyoen (Shinjuku)
Showa Memorial Park (Tachikawa)

Greenery Day (May 4th)


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Greenery Day (May 4th) is said to be "a day to familiarize and appreciate the benefits of nature, a day to nurture and enrich the heart ", and as such, nature-based facilities such as parks and botanical gardens will be free. Shinjuku Gyoen, Hamarikyuku Gardens, and many others are charming places where you can relax in an idyllic natural setting on this day.

Major Facilities with Free Admission:

Koishikawa Botanical Garden (Bunyko ward)
Hamarikyu Gardens (Chuo ward)
Rikugien Gardens (Bunyko ward)
Inokashira Park Zoo (Mitaka)
Tama Zoological Park (Hino)
Tokyo Sea Life Park (Edogawa ward)

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