Free Attractions

In Japan there are many fascinating places that you can enjoy for free. These include such diverse attractions as beer museums, food galleries, hi-tech consumer electronics showrooms, cosmetics factories and television studios. With so many different places to visit there’s bound to be something of interest for everyone.

Food and Drink Facilities

The Sapporo Beer Museum   Otokoyama Sake Museum
Description: Come here for details of beer history and a clear explanation of the brewing process. Afterwards, enjoy a glass of freshly brewed draft beer.
Open: 8:40 -16:40 (Jun.-Aug.), 9:00-15:40 (Sep.-May)
Close: Dec. 29 - Jan. 5
Contact: 011-731-4368 (Japanese)
Address: Kita 7-jo Higashi 9-chome, Higashi-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido
Access: About 10 min. by bus from JR Sapporo Sta.
http://www.sapporobeer.co.jp/ (Japanese/English)
Description: A display of various valuable items that explain the history and cultural significance of sake-brewing, a traditional Japanese technology. The exhibits include a number of documents of historical importance dating back around 330 years. Come to see not only the sake-brewing equipment, but also woodblock prints and literature featuring rice wine.
Open: 9:00 - 17:00
Close: Dec. 31- Jan. 3
Contact: 0166-48-1931 (Japanese)
Address: Nagayama 2-jo 7-chome, Asahikawa-shi, Hokkaido
Access: About 20 min. by bus from JR Asahikawa Sta.
http://www.otokoyama.com/ (Japanese/English)
 
Furano Wine Factory Furano Cheese Factory
Description: Furano is one of Japan's top winemaking areas, and the Furano Wine Factory is a key facility. Visitors can learn about the winemaking process and test taste the results. In June through August the factory is illuminated along with the adjoining lavender field, creating a beautiful and mysterious appearance.
Open: 11:00 - 20:00 (May.-Oct.), 11:00 - 19:00 (Nov.-Apr.)
Close: Late Dec.- early Jan.
Contact: 0167-23-4155 (Japanese)
Address: Shimizuyama, Furano-shi, Hokkaido
Access: 5 min. by taxi from JR Furano Sta.
http://www.furano.ne.jp/wine/ (Japanese)
 
Description: The cheese produced in this factory comes from cows milked on local dairy farms. Visitors can observe the process of making cheese and taste fresh samples. At a do-it-yourself facility, visitors can try their hand at making butter and ice cream.
Open: 9:00 - 17:00 (May-Oct.), 9:00 - 16:00 (Nov.-Apr.)
Close: Open every day (May.-Oct.). Closed on Sundays, and first and third Saturdays (Nov.-Apr.)
Contact: 0167-23-1156 (Japanese)
Address: Nakago-ku, Furano-shi, Hokkaido
Access: About 8 min. by car from JR Furano Sta.
http://www.furano.ne.jp/ (Japanese)
Yokohama Curry Museum Kirin Yokohama Beer Village
Description: Come here for an education in all aspects of curry, both Japanese and international. Key areas of knowledge include history, culture, and spices.
Open: 11:00 - 21:30
Close: Open every day
Contact: 045-250-0833 (Japanese)
Address: 1-2-3 Isezaki-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken
Access: About 2 min. walk from JR Kannai Sta.
http://www.currymuseum.com/ (Japanese)

Description: Learn more about the history and production of beer in a relaxed atmosphere.
Open: 10:00 - 17:00
Close: Every Monday (Oct.-May.), Late Dec.- early Jan.
Contact: 045-503-8250 (Japanese/English)
Address: Kirin Beer Yokohama Factory, 1-17-1, Namamugi, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken
Access: About 8 min. walk from Namamugi Sta. on Keikyu Line
http://www.kirin.co.jp/ (Japanese)
 

Suzuhiro Kamaboko (Fishcake) Museum Suntory Tomi-no-oka Winery
Description: Find out more about various types of fishcake and fishpaste through exhibits and panel displays. Watch the masters make kamaboko using a traditional method.
Open: 10:00 - 17:00
Close: Late Dec. - early Jan.
Contact: 0465-24-6262 (Japanese/English)
Address: 245 Kazamatsuri, Odawara-shi, Kanagawa-ken
Access: About 7 min. by Hakone Tozan Tetsudo from Odawara Sta. to Kazamatsuri Sta. then about 1 min. walk
http://www.kamaboko.com/ (Japanese)
 
Description: One of the largest wineries in the country. Visitors can observe winemaking, taste the wine, and go for walks.
Open: 9:30 - 16:40
Close: Late Dec.- early Jan., Every Saturday
Contact: 0551-28-7311 (Japanese)
Address: 2786 Onuta, Futaba-cho, Kitakoma-gun, Yamanashi-ken
Access: 30 min. by taxi from JR Kofu Sta.
http://www.suntory.co.jp/ (Japanese)
Mars Wine (Factory Tour) Instant Ramen Museum
Description: Visitors can observe the process of making wine through to the finished product, and enjoy the taste of luxury wine.
Open: 8:30 - 17:00
Close: Open every day
Contact: 055-262-4121 (Japanese)
Address: 126 Yamasaki, Isawa-cho, Higashiyatsushiro-gun, Yamanashi-ken
Access: About 10 min. walk from JR Isawa-onsen Sta.
http://www.hombo.co.jp/ (Japanese)
 
Description: Panels and models illustrate the history of instant ramen, now a globally popular dish.
Open: 10:00 - 16:00
Close: Every Tuesday (or the next day, Wednesday, when Tuesday is a national holiday)
Contact: 0727-52-0825 (Japanese)
Address: 8-25 Masumi-cho, Ikeda-shi, Osaka
Access: About 7 min. walk from Ikeda Sta. on Hankyu Takarazuka Line
http://www.nissin-noodles.com/ (Japanese)
Kawachi Wine Kan Kobe Shushinkan
Description: A display devoted to the history of winemaking and the tools that are used. Wine-tasting is an option.
Open: 10:00-17:00
Close: Open every day
Contact: 0729-56-0181 (Japanese)
Address: 1027 Komagatani, Habikino-shi, Osaka
Access: About 8 min. walk from Komagatani Sta. on Kintetsu Minami-Osaka Line
http://www.kawachi-wine.co.jp/ (Japanese)
Description: Four sake-making facilities including a brew house are used to offer insights into the process of producing rice wine, and into Japanese culture itself. There's also a sake-tasting area.
Open: 10:00 - 18:00
Close: Open every day except Jan. 1-3
Contact: 078-841-1121 (Japanese)
Address: 1-8-17 Mikagetuka-machi, Higashinada-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo-ken
Access: About 9 min. by Hanshin Line from Sannomiya Sta. to Ishiyagawa Sta. then about 8 min. walk
http://www.shushinkan.co.jp/ (Japanese)
 
Rice Gallery Ginza Rice Gallery Shinsaibashi

Description: Come here to get a clear idea of the rice-production process. Feel free to take home and try out the rice recipes provided. Possible purchases include cosmetics, ice cream and tableware--all made using rice.
Open: 11:00-19:00
Close: Every Monday
Contact: 03-3289-7300 (Japanese)
Address: 1 & 2F, Ginza Gas Hall Bldg., 7-9-15 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Access: About 3 min. walk from Subway Ginza Sta.
http://www.gohan.ne.jp/(Japanese)
 

Open: 11:00-19:30
Close: Every Monday
Contact: 06-6245-4219 (Japanese)
Address: 1F, Chiyoda Seimei Midosuji Bldg., 1-5-5 Nishi-Shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Access: About 3 min. walk from Shinsaibashi Sta. on Subway Midosuji Line
http://www.gohan.ne.jp/(Japanese)

Rice Gallery Tenjin

Open: 10:00 - 20:00
Close: Third Tuesday
Contact: 092-725-4841 (Japanese)
Address: 6F, IMS, 1-7-11 Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka-ken
Access: About 3 min. walk from Subway Tenjin Sta.
http://www.gohan.ne.jp/ (Japanese)

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IT Fun Sports

Ginza Sony Building

  Yokohama Mobile Port
Description: A building filled with displays of Sony products. You can also see a studio where TV programs are made, and watch while sound and vision are recorded. Enjoy a giant screen presentation with breathtaking sound and pictures, and also some of the latest electronic games.
Open: 11:00 - 19:00
Close: Open every day
Contact: 03-3573-2563 (Japanese/English)
Address: 5-3-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Access: Near Ginza Sta. on Subway Ginza Line
http://www.sonybuilding.jp/ (English/Japanese)
Description: Here you can have fun using the latest mobile devices to send mail and surf the Internet.
Open: 10:00 - 17:00 (Mon.-Fri.),11:00 - 18:00 (Sat.-Sun.)
Close: Late Dec.- early Jan.
Contact: 045-650-8910 (Japanese)
Address: 1F, Yokohama Media Tower, 4-7-3 Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken
Access: About 15 min. walk from JR Yokohama Sta.
http://www.bay.nttdocomo.co.jp/ (Japanese)

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Showcase of Motor Vehicles

Toyota Autosalon Amlux Tokyo

  Toyota Autosalon Amlux Osaka
Description: A display of 70 or so of Toyota's latest cars. A live-experience theatre stimulates the senses, and the other attractions include original games.
Open: 11:00 - 19:00 (B1F until 21:00)
Close: From the end of the year to the beginning of the year
Contact: 03-5391-5900 (Japanese)
Address: 3-3-5 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Access: About 10 min. walk from JR Ikebukuro Sta.
http://www.amlux.jp/Tokyo/english/index.html
Description: A showroom displaying Toyota vehicles. Visitors can try out a driving game, marvel at the event space with its 120-inch screen, and enjoy the facility in numerous other ways.
Open: 11:00 - 20:00
Close: Every Monday (or the next day, Tuesday, when Monday is a national holiday). Late Dec.- early Jan.
Contact: 06-6363-8600 (Japanese)
Address: 1F-3F, OS Bldg., 3-3 Komatsubara-cho, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Access: About 5 min. walk from JR Osaka Sta.
http://www.amlux.jp/Osaka/english/index.html

 
MEGA WEB Honda Welcome Plaza Aoyama

Description: Here you can see all of the cars that Toyota makes. Use a state-of-the-art simulator to go for a virtual drive. You can also enjoy the display of vintage cars from around the world. And there's a 1.4 km test-drive course.
Open: 11:00 - 21:00
Close: Please call to check
Contact: 03-3599-0808 (Japanese/English)
Address: Aomi 1-chome, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Access: Near Aomi Sta. on Yurikamome Line
http://www.megaweb.gr.jp/ (Japanese)

Description: In addition to enjoying a display of Honda's latest models, here you can buy a variety of goods and gather the latest news about motor sports.
Open: 10:00 - 18:00(Sep.-Apr.), 10:00 - 19:00 (May-Aug.)
Close: Late Dec.- early Jan.
Contact: 03-3423-4118 (Japanese)
Address: 2-1-1 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Access: About 2 min. walk from Aoyama 1-chome Sta. on Subway Ginza Line
http://www.honda.co.jp/welcome-plaza/ (Japanese)
 
Jetro Imported Car Showroom Tokyo Jetro Imported Car Showroom Nagoya
Description: A permanent display of imported cars, representing a number of global manufacturers.
Open: 11:00 - 19:00
Close: Every Monday (or the next day, Tuesday, when Monday is a national holiday)
Contact: 03-5232-3100 (Japanese)
Address: 3-9-6 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Access: About 10 min. walk from JR Tamachi Sta.
http://www.jsr.gr.jp/japanese/tokyo.html (Japanese)
 
Open: 10:00 - 19:00
Close: Every Monday (or the next day, Tuesday, when Monday is a national holiday)
Contact: 052-963-7700 (Japanese)
Address: 3-25-20 Nishiki, Naka-ku, Nagoya-shi, Aichi-ken
Access: Near Sakae Sta. on Subway Higashiyama Line
http://www.jsr.gr.jp/japanese/nagoya.html (Japanese)
Jetro Imported Car Showroom Osaka
Open: 11:00 - 19:00
Close: Every Monday (or the next day, Tuesday, when Monday is a national holiday)
Contact: 06-6373-8400 (Japanese)
Address: Umeda Center Bldg., 2-4-12 Nakazaki-nishi, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Access: About 9 min. walk from JR Osaka Sta.
http://www.jsr.gr.jp/japanese/osaka.html (Japanese)

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Great Locations for Cosmetics

Shiseido Cosmetic Garden [C] Omotesando

  Shiseido Kamakura Factory
Description: A showroom featuring Shiseido's cosmetic products. You can refer to monitors for guidance on technique as you explore the product range. Specialist staff are on hand to offer further advice.
Open: 11:00 - 19:30
Close: Every Monday, second Tuesday
Contact: 03-5474-1534 (Japanese)
Address: 1F, Harajuku Piaza Bldg., 4-26-18 Jingu-mae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Access: About 7 min. walk from Omotesando Sta. on Subway Ginza Line
http://www.shiseido.co.jp/garden/html/top.htm (Japanese)
 
Description: The Shiseido Kamaura Factory includes the Shiseido Gallery. Here there is an area for trying out cosmetics.
Open: 9:00 - 16:00
Close: Every Saturday and Sunday. National holidays
Contact: 0467-44-6141 (Japanese)
Address: 1-2-3 Iwase, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa-ken
Access: About 10 min. walk from JR Ofuna Sta.
http://www.shiseido.co.jp/s9610kou/html/index.htm (Japanese)
Menard Cosmetage  
Description: As well as trying out cosmetics, you can also help yourself to a leisurely cup of tea. Staff can offer advice about how to care for skin.
Open: 11:00 - 19:30
Close: Every Sunday and national holidays
Contact: 0120-194362 (Japanese)
Address: 1F, Shinjuku L-Tower, 1-6-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Access: About 5 min. walk from JR Shinjuku Sta.
http://www.menard.co.jp/cosmetg/ (Japanese)
 

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TV Studios and Other Broadcast Facilities

NHK Broadcast Museum

  Fuji Television
Description: The world's first museum dedicated to broadcasting. Clear exhibits cover the history of broadcasting, broadcasting equipment, scripts, and examples of broadcast sound and vision. A visitor can conduct a search for a specific radio and TV program, and watch or listen to it. You can also watch videos of NHK programs, enjoy HDTV presentations and consult a library of broadcasting.
Open: 9:30 - 16:30
Close: Every Monday, and Dec 26 - Jan. 3
Contact: 03-5400-6900 (Japanese)
Address: 2-1-1 Atago, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Access: About 10 min. walk from Kamiya-cho Sta. on Subway Hibiya Line
http://www.nhk.or.jp/bunken/index-e.html
Description: Studio Promenade on the 5th floor offers visitors a chance to see a recording studio, including sets and props.
Open: 10:00 - 20:00
Close: Every Monday
Contact: 0180-993-188 (Japanese)
Address: 2-4-8 Daiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Access: Near Daiba Sta. on Yurikamome Line
http://www.fujitv.co.jp/en/

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