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Writer:Yuta Sakaguchi

Hi, I’m Yuta. I grew up and live in Yokohama, a port city near Tokyo. I once lived in Kichijoji, located in the western part of Tokyo. I love walking around a street and taking pictures. On my article I introduce attractions mainly of Tokyo with many wonderful pictures. Please enjoy them!

Kichijoji: a town you can enjoy Tokyo Daily Life

April 27, 2015

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Tokyuura (an area around Tokyu Department Store)

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Kichijoji is a town located in the western part of Tokyo and a popular town; for example, it is at the top of ranking list of popular residential areas. It is not a sightseeing spot but has a lot of attractions and you can see enjoyable daily life in Tokyo. First, there are various restaurants and izakayas (Japanese taverns), so the town is rich in foods and drinks. It features the broadness; some are fashionable restaurants and some are cheap izakayas, and you can eat food from each country around the world such as Japanese, Western, Chinese and Southeast Asian foods. Also shopping streets are developed and you can enjoy daily life because there are many unique shops such as general goods stores. Rich nature is another appeal of the town, for example Inokashira, one of the greatest park in Tokyo is located near the town. Furthermore it is very convenient because you can go to Shinjuku or Shibuya, which are the representative downtown of Tokyo within 20 minutes by train. The main attractions are Hamonica Yokocho (drinking district), Inokashira Park, the Ghibli Museum, Nakamichi Dori Shopping Street, Tokyuura (an area around Tokyu Department Store), Sun Road Shopping Street and Musashino Hachimangu Shrine.

Hamonica Yokocho


Hamonica Yokocho

Hamonica Yokocho is a drinking district that has roots in a black market after the World War . You can enjoy a unique atmosphere. It located near the north exit of Kichijoji station and its labyrinth of narrow streets is densely packed with restaurants, izakayas and shops. Especially in the night many people enjoy alcohols.

Inokashira Park


Inokashira Park

Inokashira Park is one of popular parks in Tokyo. Promenades are built around a big pond called Inokashira Pond in the heart of the park. It is an oasis surrounded by many trees. You can enjoy cherry blossoms in spring and colored leaves in autumn. Benzaiten Shrine, which is said to have been established in the 10th century, is also located at the edge of the pond. In addition the Ghibli Museum is located in the park. It is a museum of Studio Ghibli led by Hayao MIYAZAKI, the world famous animated filmmaker. You can enjoy Ghibli’s view of the world and the filmmaking process. For admission you need to purchase a ticket at Lawson, a major convenience store chain in advance. There are various general goods stores and restaurants between Kichijoji station and Inokashira Park and it is very fun to walk there.


The area between Kichijoji station and Inokashira Park

Nakamichi Dori Shopping Street and Tokyuura


Nakamichi Dori Shopping Street

Nakamichi Dori Shopping Street and Tokyuura (an area around Tokyu Department Store) are feature a lot of unique general goods stores and restaurants managed privately. These small stores make Kichijoji more attractive. It is enjoyable to stroll around the area.

Sun Road Shopping Street


Sun Road Shopping Street

Sun Road Shopping Street is located right next to the north exit of Kichijoji station and the main street of Kichijoji. It is a shopping street of no character because it is a common shopping arcade and there are relatively many chain stores, but you can see the common shopping street of Tokyo. There are also temples such as Gessoji Temple nearby. It is not very famous but a quiet and relaxing place.


Gessoji Temple

Musashino Hachimangu Shrine


Musashino Hachimangu Shrine

Musashino Hachimangu Shrine is familiar to people as Chinju (Tutelary Deity) of Kichijoji. It is not very famous too but the shrine has a lot of green and you can be relaxed.

Kichijoji is a town having a lot of attraction. I recommend you see enjoyable daily life of Tokyo in Kichijoji though it is good to visit famous sightseeing spots in Tokyo.


Kichijoji station and Kirarina


Iseya, one of the most famous izakaya in Kichijoji


The south exit of Kichijoji station


Inokashira Street


Kichijoji Street


Kichijoji Street and PARCO


The north exit of Kichijoji station


Daiyagai Shopping Street


Petite Road


Kichijoji Odori Street and Yodobashi Camera


An area around Yodobashi Camera


Suehiro Dori Shopping Street

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