Spots in Kichijoji / Shimokitazawa / Nakano Area

  • Ghibli Museum, Mitaka
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    4.5
    1897 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Mitakashi Shimorenjaku 1-1-83 Metropolitan Inokashira Park In Saiten
    This is an animation art museum managed by Studio Ghibli's Hayao Miyazaki with a motto of “Let's get lost together.” In addition to displaying materials and storyboards of past Ghibli works, the museum always features various sections that will expand one's perception of animation such as the replicated animation studio and the screenings of short animated films made just for the museum. With a nostalgic building and a route that blends in greenery, this is a place that both adults and children can enjoy just as they please. Entry to the museum is only by reservation and the closest station is Mitaka Station.

    They wouldn’t let me mark earlier, but I actually went in fall of 2017. No photography allowed, which almost made the experience more special. There’s Ghibli themed food, and inside looks into the...

  • Inokashira Park Zoo
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    4.0
    251 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Musashinoshi Gotenyama 1-17-6
    This is a zoo occupying approximately one-third of Inokashira Onshi Koen (Inokashira Park) in Tokyo’s Musashino City. It is famous for its elephant Hanako, who had lived for a long time, passed away in 2016. Inside the park are small paths where the squirrels roam free, a petting corner, and a square where visitors can search for wildlife (Sundays 11 am-12 pm. Second Sunday only from January-March and November-December) and displays for the very popular capybara. In the separate zoo are exhibits of aquatic animals such as fish, amphibians, insects and waterfowl. Altogether both zoos keep more than 200 species of animals.

    The zoo itself isnt anything special but, a nice place to pass the time, a surprising thing was that there is an statue museum inside.

  • Nakano Sunplaza
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    3.5
    48 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Nakano-ku Nakano 4-1-1
    This white building comprised of a triangular design is a complex facility that has become a familiar landmark in Nakano. Inside it contains such facilities as a concert hall, accommodation, a wedding hall, restaurants, banquet halls, training rooms and amusement facilities. Called the holy land of idols (pop stars), it is particularly famous for its concert hall. Developers aim to demolish the structure in 2022 and a new facility with an arena that can accommodate a maximum of 10,000 people is scheduled to be constructed. The closest station is Nakano Station.

    I am totally satisfied with its location and services... However, bed size is quite small and short for tall people. Also, not enough towels are offered... Dont forget to order a Japanese cuisine...

  • Nakano Broadway
    Shopping
    Tokyo Nakano-ku Nakano 5-52-15
    As a complex building that opened in 1966, the lower level floors are a shopping center while the upper level floors are condominiums. Known as a holy land for subculture, the space from the second floor to the fourth floor is occupied by many specialist-oriented shops carrying anime, manga, used books and premium toys. From the first basement floor to the ground floor there are a row of shops related to food products, daily necessities, and fashion. The area is frequented by many women and non-Japanese, and is a popular shopping spot regardless of age or nationality.
  • Kichijouji Satou
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    4.0
    162 Reviews
    Shopping
    Tokyo Musashino-shi Kichijoji Honcho 1-1-8
    "This Japanese black beef restaurant has appeared in various media outlets as the store with the longest lines in Kichijoji. The shop is located facing the street, almost at the center of the town's famous Sun Road shopping district, and offers high-quality, domestically produced black wagyu beef. In addition to selling by weight for things like sukiyaki, shabu-shabu and rib roasts, they are also known for their freshly fried ""original minced cutlets."" From the moment you bite into it, this dish is bursting with piping hot, juicy meat and a crispy-crunchy texture, and since it's cooked through to the center on low heat, waiting five minutes or so before digging in is a must. Depending on the timing, there may be wait times of several hours."

    Satou holds a fond place amongst my tastebuds, as its the place where I had my first ever menchi katsu, and it took me a few years to get back there to have a taste of it again. Every morning when...

  • Ohmiya-Hachimangu
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    4.0
    94 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokyo Suginami-ku Omiya 2-3-1
    A Shinto shrine located in Omiya, Suginami City, Tokyo. The shrine was built in 1063 by Minamoto no Yoriyoshi. The shrine is dedicated to Emperor Ojin and his father and mother, Emperor Chuai and Empress Jingu. Due to the many events attesting to the deep bonds between these three, many worshipers visit the shrine to pray for aid in easy childbirth, childrearing, and finding marriage. The shrine grounds are host to several subordinate shrines, such as the Ohmiya-Tenmangu, which is dedicated Sugawara no Michizane.

    Though I do not know when it is right here from, it is the shrine which is the nearest from a house. I can feel the four seasons of Musashino when you come here.

  • Nakano ZERO (Momijiyama Culture Center)
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    3.5
    32 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokyo Nakano-ku Nakano 2-9-7
    This is a complex facility for lifelong learning located in the Nakano district of Tokyo’s Nakano City. The main hall with its excellent acoustics is often used for concerts and as a venue for symposiums. In addition the facility also includes small halls, practice rooms, study rooms and a support corner for lifelong learning. In the basement is the Nakano City Library, and there is a planetarium in the West Building. Located right next to Momijiyama Park with its abundant nature, this facility functions as a place for interaction among the city residents.

    仕事で西館・小ホールを利用しました。初めての訪問ですがアクセスも線路沿い一本道で分かりやすいです。案内板も道々出ています。1974年(昭47)建築で結構施設は古いです。ただ場内は客席数500余りで見易い会場でした。終日の利用でしたがお昼を取る飲食店がなく駅前まで行きました。(隣の本館にはレストランありましたが、当日は臨時休業でした。)公園が隣接され蒸気機関車C-11が展示されています。

  • Tetsugakudo Park
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    4.0
    73 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Nakano-ku Matsugaoka 1-34-28
    "A municipal park established in the Matsugaoka area to the north of Nakano Ward in 1904. Called the ""Philosophy Theme Park,"" the roughly 56,000 square meter grounds have pathways, stone structures, and unique buildings that are all related to philosophy. Enjoy a leisurely walk while getting a peak into the world of founder Enryu Inoue. Also known as Professor Yokai Japanese ghost, he founded today's Toyo University. There are 100 cherry, plum, and other flowering trees on site, making it the ward's leading spot for blossom viewing."

    Its nice year round. Nice waking trails along the river. Japanese garden features. Statues of world religious leaders.

  • Inokashira Park
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    3.0
    2 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Musashinoshi Gotenyama 1-18-31
    Inokashira Park is a metropolitan park that straddles the boundary between Musashino City and Mitaka City in Tokyo. Opened in 1917, it was the first park of its kind in Japan to be located in the suburbs of a major city. The Park is close to the commercial districts of Mitaka and Kichijoji, and is situated very near to a railway station; as an “oasis” of greenery within the metropolis, it receives many visitors every day, not only from the immediate neighborhood but from other areas as well. There are street vendors (selling handmade goods, etc.) and street performers, giving the Park and the surrounding area a lively atmosphere. Inokashira Park is famous for the cherry trees (of the Somei Yoshino variety) that flower near the pond inside the Park in spring; it is ranked among the Top 100 best places in Japan to view cherry blossom.

    友人が泳遊亭のご主人と友達になって、井の頭公園が花見でごった返す時期に一部屋を2時間貸し切りにしてくれました。満開の桜を見ながら、イタ飯とワインを楽しめました。

  • Honda Gekijo theater
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    4.0
    4 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Setagaya-ku Kitazawa 2-10-15
    This playhouse dedicated to theater and located in the Kitazawa district of Tokyo’s Setagaya City opened in 1982. Boasting the largest size of all the Honda Gekijo Group’s small theaters in the area, it has 386 seats and a complete set of stage equipment. Its existence has helped drive small theater culture not only in Shimokitazawa but in Tokyo as well, and it is often used for performances of famous theater troupes. It is located about two minutes from Shimokitazawa Station.

    下北沢から…徒歩2分で着く、丁度よいキャパの劇場です。 今回は、芝居「神の子」を観てきました。 今売れっ子の俳優さんの、芝居が近い距離で見られるのも魅力です。 本多劇場系列は当日券で通路にも補助椅子置きますが…これはかなり昔からだから、私は良いと思います。 「スズナリ」も、昔、松尾さんの一人芝居が面白かったです。 この劇場で、大人計画の俳優さんが演じるのが一番楽しいと思います。

  • Kirarina Keio Kichijoji
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    3.5
    23 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Musashinoshi Kichijoujiminamichou 2-1-25
    A mall connected directly to JR Kichijoji Station and Keio Kichijoji Station. Filled with clothing stores, lifestyle goods shops, and restaurants, Kirarina Keio Kichijoji's convenient location ensures that it's always bustling. Easy to stop by on the way home from work, the facility also has an eye clinic, cooking classroom, and nail salon.

    A great place to visit if you want to get a small gift for someone. Very friendly and knowledgable staff. Food available as well and quality products. Quality genuine Japanese products from...

  • Ozasa
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    4.0
    120 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokyo Musashinoshi Kichijoujihonchou 1-1-8
    A Japanese confectionary shop located in the Daiya-gai shopping arcade which extends away from the north exit of Kichijoji Station. Osaza only sells two things: yokan bean jelly and monaka wafer cakes with bean jam. Even so, these two products are so popular there's a constant line of customers outside waiting to purchase them. The yokan, in particular, is made entirely by the hands of skilled artisans without the use of any machines, and many customers come back time and again to enjoy its delicious flavor. It's so popular, you usually can't purchase any unless you come very early in the morning, and fans refer to it as the phantom yokan. Osaza's offers two varieties of monaka filling-shiro-an white bean jam and azuki-an red bean jam, and you can buy mixed sets which include both flavors. These sets make great souvenirs and presents.

    吉祥寺で朝から大行列ができる 老舗和菓子屋『小ざさ』に行ってきました♡ 朝の7:30ごろ、日課のお散歩前に 小ざさに立ち寄ってみると 40名ほど並んでいましたが、 購入出来そうだったので並んでみました♬ ★1日先着50名★ (1人3本まで購入可能) 私の前に並んでいた常連さんによると… 「今日は珍しく少ないな〜。 普段は7:00頃には50名になるんだよ。」 「先週は九州から買いにきた方...

  • Farmers' Cafe (Shimokitazawa Branch)
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    3.5
    32 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokyo Setagaya-ku Kitazawa 2-27-8
    Farmers' Cafe raises its own ingredients and incorporates them into its menu items. The organic rice is grown in paddies owned by Farmers' Cafe in Futtsu City, Chiba prefecture. The rice is cooked over an open flame and combined with safe and tasty organic vegetables grown by their associates. Eating on the outdoor seats and terrace seats are recommended on sunny days, and the cafe also allows take-out.

    Stumbled across this place and had a fabulous meal - fresh seasonal veggies and curry. Highly recommended. The lunch special is an absolute bargain - and they have English menus. A great find.

  • Gelateria SINCERITA
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    4.0
    30 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokyo Suginami-ku Asagayakita 1-43-7
    Located in Asagayakita 1 Chome in Suginami City, this gelato specialty shop creates gelatos sweetened with a refreshing honey base together with non-homogenized low temperature pasteurized milk. This exquisite combination of flavors makes for a simple taste that never grows old. They offer both the classic flavors along with flavors enhancing the fresh seasonal produce for both eat-in and take-out servings.

    This place is a hidden gem. It’s a cute little place located less than half a mile from the Asagaya train station. They serve a variety of flavors, all excellent. It is well worth the short walk...

  • Muteppou (Tokyo Nakano Shop)
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    4.5
    18 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokyo Nakano-ku Egota 4-5-1
    The broth for Muteppou's popular tonkotsu ramen is rich in collagen and made with just high quality domestic pork bones and water. This flavorful yet simple broth, made without the use of lard or other fats or oils, is so tasty it's addictive. Be sure to enjoy your ramen with a side of gyoza pot stickers, homemade extra spicy mustard greens, and a homemade soft-boiled egg.

    Im in Tokyo for a couple weeks on a business trip, and I have had some pretty good Tonkotsu (pork based ramen). I really liked it, so I did some research and found that Muteppo has a pretty good...

  • The Suzunari
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    3.0
    1 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Setagaya-ku Kitazawa 1-45-15
    The first of the Honda Gekijo troupe's many theaters in Shimokitazawa. Originally it was a wooden two-story building with a bar on the first floor and apartments upstairs. It was reinforced with steel framing during large-scale renovations and resurrected as an unusual space hosting bars, long-term lodging, and a theater. It was then a rehearsal hall, but there was growing demand for a theater, leading to the facility as it is today. Shimokitazawa is called the Theater District, and some say The Suzunari was its start. Nowadays, a wide range of actors performing in everything from underground plays to comedies appear, and the playhouse is known for its unique performances.

    本多劇場グループの劇場のひとつです。若者の街下北沢にある、小規模の芝居小屋です。下北沢駅北口から近いです。

  • Takaido Tennen Onsen Utsukushi no Yu
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Tokyo Suginami-ku Takaido Nishi 2-3-45
    A day-use hot spring bathhouse situated along Tokyo Metropolitan Road Route 311 a two-minute walk from Takaido Station on the Keio Inokashira Line and also where you bathe while taking in seasonal beauty right in the heart of the city. The amber waters of the bathhouse' sodium-chloride, highly saline spring well up from 1,600 meters underground and are said to treat such ailments as nerve pain, muscle soreness, joint pain, and chronic women's diseases. The bathhouse is replete with a restaurant which uses agrichemical-free vegetables grown indoors using LED lights. The restaurant's fare has been highly rated thanks to the rich flavor of these nutritious, entirely organic vegetables.
  • Tsukimiyu Onsen
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    4.0
    2 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Tokyo Setagaya-ku Akatsutsumi 5-36-16
    A six-minute walk from Shimo-takaido Station. This public bathhouse is located close to Matsubara High School and its baths are filled with the waters of a natural hot spring which contain metasilicic acid, iron, and iron ions. These waters are said to treat such ailments as nerve pain and muscle soreness as well as recovery from fatigue. The bathhouse has a free-flowing bathtub heated from below popular with athletes as well as a variety of stimulating baths such as an electric massaging bath and a hyper-jet bath. The bathhouse is also replete with men's and women's saunas. The bathhouse sells towels, shampoo, and other bathing supplies, making it easy to stop by without an advance preparation.

    下高井戸駅から徒歩10分弱。住宅街の中にあります。天然温泉と銘打ってますが、温泉の浴槽は一つだけ。薄茶色い東京近辺でよくあるタイプの温泉。それ以外は電気風呂とかプチスーパー銭湯。一つだけとんでもなく熱い浴槽があるのでご注意。

  • Sunday Brunch Shimokitazawa
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokyo Setagaya-ku Kitazawa 2-29-2-2F
    This cafe and knickknack shop is in Shimokitazawa. The shop interior has large windows and high ceilings for a free, easy feeling. It has lots of greenery and you can buy the decorations on display, making it particularly popular with ladies. The menu offers a daily lunch special with drink included, as well as pasta dishes, curry, rice omelets, and more, all served in generous portions to satisfy a hungry appetite. The seasonal fruit thick-made hotcakes from the sweets menu are particularly popular for Instagrammability.
  • Mu-Hung
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    4.0
    40 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokyo Suginami-ku Nishiogikita 3-21-2 Tokuda Building 1F
    A three-minute walk from Nishi-Ogikubo Station. The Southeast Asian cuisine restaurant can be reached by taking the station's North Exit, going past the intersection in front of the station, and taking the next left. The restaurant's signature dish is its Hainanese chicken rice, which comes with your choice of one of three sauces. You can also get a version which comes with fried instead of steamed chicken. You can also enjoy a variety of other dishes that are at once familiar and exotic, such as curry rice, congee, and fried bread. The establishment also serves special dishes primarily on Saturdays and Sundays such as laksa spicy noodle soup and bak kut the pork ribs in broth. Note that the restaurant closes when its supplies run out.

    Mu-Hung does one dish really well - Hainan Chicken, and some reviewers praise it as one of relatively scarce Singaporean eating spots in the Tokyo suburbs. There is also Roti Chennai, but we always...

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