Tokyo can be expensive if you have multiple children, but take heart there are some amazing attractions that are awesomely free. Kids under four years are usually free at most locations, but the list below includes free locations for elementary school age kids and some for junior and senior high school kids. Not included on the list are many free play parks and water play areas that we love and are free all the time!! Also, remember if a Monday check to make sure the attraction is open. Please help us add to our list of Tokyo Free Attractions for kids elementary and younger by adding in the comments below. Have fun and save money! Also check out our recommendations for Tokyo Nights with Kids, Tokyo Teens List and the Tokyo Family Bucket List.
100+ THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN TOKYO
JOIN BEST LIVING JAPAN FOR A JAPANESE COOKING OR CRAFT CLASS – CLASS SCHEDULE HERE!
30+ Tokyo Free Kids Attractions
- Tokyo Sea Life Park (Edogawa-Ku, Tokyo)– Free for Elementary and below, also free for Jr. High School if attending a school in Tokyo. Tokyo Sea Life Park is a modern Aquarium located on the border of Tokyo and Chiba on the Bay of Tokyo. You can study sharks, eagle rays, and penguins. It is housed in Kasai Rinkai-koen Park which is a huge public park with a massive ferris wheel, food stalls, plenty of parking and enough space to play ball and bike around. You can also combine with a trip to the Tokyo Subway Museum or the Yumenoshima Botanical Garden . An easy drive or train ride from central Tokyo, or have a true adventure and take a water taxi.
2. Tokyo Police Museum (Kyobashi, Chuo-Ku, Tokyo)– Free for everyone. The Tokyo Police Museum 警察博物館 will inspire all youngsters to be a person in blue. If you are a fan of the Tokyo Fire Museum, the Police Museum is a must visit. The museum reopened in May 2017 following a one year remodel. Five floors of Tokyo police history, criminal investigation techniques and hands-on games and simulations about safety.
3. Panasonic Center Tokyo (Ariake, Koto-Ku, Tokyo) – Free for everyone. The Panasonic Center Tokyo is filled with 3 floors of FREE interactive fun! Begin your journey on the main floor Active Learning Camp discovering facts about the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
4. The Tokyo Water Science Museum (Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo) – Free for everyone. The Tokyo Water Science Museum is a great FREE hands-on educational museum. The museum takes about 60 – 90 minutes to tour depending on how much Japanese you can read and how much time the kids want to spend at the exhibits.
5. Ueno Zoo (Ueno, Tokyo – Free for 0-12 years
6. Inokashira Park Zoo (Musashino-shi, Tokyo) – Free for 0-12 years
7. Sunday Biking at the Imperial Palace (Hibiya, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo) – Free for everyone
8. Edo Tokyo Museum (Suimda-ku, Tokyo) – Free for Elementary and below, also free for Jr. High School if attending a school in Tokyo
9. Edo-Tokyo Open-air Architectural Museum (Koganei, Western Tokyo) – Free for Jr. High and below
10. Fire Museum (Yotsuya, Tokyo) – Free for everyone
11. Tokyo Metropolitan Building (Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo) – Free for everyone
12. Gas Science Museum (Toyosu, Koto-ku, Tokyo) – Free for everyone
13. National Museum of Nature and Science (Ueno, Tokyo) – Free for high school and below for regular exhibit – extra for special exhibits
14. Ukiyo-e Ōta Memorial Museum of Art (Jingu-Mae, Shibuya-ku) – Free for Jr. High and younger
15. Meguro Parasitological Museum (Meguro-ku, Tokyo) – Free for everyone
16. 21-21 Design Sight (Roppongi, Tokyo) – Free for elementary and below
17. National Art Center Tokyo (Roppongi , Tokyo )– Free for Jr. High and younger
18. Suntory Museum of Art (Roppongi, Tokyo)– Free for Jr. High and younger
19. Nezu Museum and Garden (Aoyama, Tokyo) – Free for Jr. High and younger
20. Kiyosumi Teien Gardens, Koto-Ku – Free for Jr. High and younger
21. The Institute of Nature Studies, Shirogane, Minato-Ku – Free for Jr. High and younger
22 Akasaka Kids-Teens Hall Nandemo – Free for all
23. Galaxcity Indoor Playcenter, Adachi-ku – Free for all
ALMOST FREE – below 300 yen for elementary and younger
- Tokyo Subway Museum, Kasai – 100 yen for elementary and below
2. The Shitamachi Museum, Ueno – 100 yen for high school and below
3. The Science Museum Tokyo, Chiyoda-ku – 260 yen for kids 4-12 years
4. Drum Museum (Taikokan), Taito-Ku – 150 yen for Elementary kids
5. Kyu Asakura House, Daikanyama, Shibuya-ku – 50 yen for Jr. High and below
6. Japan Folk Crafts Museum, Meguro-Ku – 200 yen for Jr. High and below
7. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Shinjuku-Ku – 50 yen for Jr. High and below
P.S. If your family members are suffering from excessive sneezing, watery eyes, runny nose or a scratchy throat you might be experiencing an allergy from Japanese cedar pollen, or sugi tree, known as kafunsho (花粉症)/hay fever. Read our Top 10 Ways to Survive Hay Fever (kafunsho) Season in Japan. Also, Spring Break is approaching! Escape the city with these Top Recommended Family Friendly Day Trips from Tokyo.
Top 30+ Tokyo Free Kids Attractions