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.

    See and collect some of your favorite Ghibli creations/characters. Caution:No photography within the museum. You can buy sets of post cards and photobooks Let your inner-child out to enjoy a...

  • 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.
  • 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...

  • Ohmiya-Hachimangu
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    4.0
    93 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.

  • Kichijouji Satou
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    4.0
    158 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...

  • Nakano ZERO (Momijiyama Culture Center)
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    3.5
    31 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.

    中野駅から徒歩で10分程です。道はわかりやすいので迷う事は無かったです。 今回は映画の試写会で小ホールを利用しました。 建物は古く感じましたがゆっくり映画を見ることができました。 ホールの中は自販機はありました。トイレは数はありますが狭かったです。

  • Tetsugakudo Park
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    4.0
    74 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.

  • Gyukatsu Motomura (Kichijoji location)
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokyo Musashinoshi Kichijoujihonchou 1-24-6 Fukusuke Building B1F
    A gyukatsu (breaded beef cutlet) restaurant located in 1 Chome, Kichijoji-honcho, Musashino City, Tokyo. The shop's cutlets are breaded with a thin layer of finely ground bread crumbs and deep fried medium rare. Served over a hot stone plate, Motomura's gyukatsu may be enjoyed with wasabi soy sauce, rock salt, or a special mountain wasabi sauce. The shop serves two gyukatsu set meals-the gyukatsu mugimeshi (boiled barley and rice) set, and the gyukatsu mugimeshi tororo (grated yam) set. Additional gyukatsu can be ordered, and diners can also choose an extra-large serving of rice (diners are entitled to one free extra helping of rice as well).
  • Mabashi Inari-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    24 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokyo Suginami-ku Asagayaminami 2-4-4
    A Shinto shrine located in Asagayaminami, Suginami City, Tokyo. Believed to have been founded at the end of the Kamakura period, the shrine is primarily dedicated to the gods Ukanomitama no Kami and Omatonozu no Kami. During the Hatsuuma Festival in February, a mochi glutinous rice ball pounding ceremony is held in which shrine parishioners sing traditional songs while pounding the mochi rice with a mallet.

    Tranquil little shrine in an artists neighborhood in a Tokyo suburb. Quiet woth birds chirping and some cute little statues of dog/fox/wolf (not sure).

  • Inokashira Park
    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.
  • Inokashira Park Zoo
    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.
  • Ozasa
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    4.0
    118 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.

    近くにメンチカツで有名な肉屋があり長蛇の列ができています。すぐそばの小さな売店ですが、ここも有名店。数名並んでいるのはざらにあります。

  • Cafe Amrita
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    4.0
    52 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokyo Musashinoshi Kichijoujihonchou 2-17-12 Fujisa Building 1F
    A Thai restaurant located in 2 Chome Kichijoji-honcho, Musashino City. The restaurant serves dishes based on cuisine from Thailand's northeastern Isan region as well as recommended menu selections incorporating seasonal ingredients. During lunch time on weekdays, the restaurant offers the Amrita Special, which comes with your choice of steamed or glutinous rice; noodle dishes; Thai curries; and a daily changing array of lunch meals. Weekday lunch meals all include a soup and salad buffet and, for an additional fee, a drink bar and dessert.

    Usually I visit on weekdays. I saw a lots of ladies and kids. I love green curry! Coconut ice cream will be the recommended for dessert. Next time I want to taste tom yam ramen.

  • Honda Gekijo theater
    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.
  • Muteppou (Tokyo Nakano Shop)
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    4.0
    16 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...

  • Farmers' Cafe (Shimokitazawa Branch)
    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.
  • Magic Spice Tokyo Restaurant
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    4.0
    45 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokyo Setagaya-ku Kitazawa 1-40-15
    "Located midway between Shimo-Kitazawa Station and Ikenoue Station and a short distance north, this restaurant serves a unique take on Sapporo-style soup curry. Customers can choose from among seven levels of spiciness and a wide variety of toppings, while the restaurant's Asian-inspired decor gives it a distinctive atmosphere. In addition to standard toppings like chicken and seafood, the keema and beans, vegetables and beans, and vegetables and mushrooms soup curries are only offered here at the Tokyo restaurant. There are also special seasonal soup curries as well as the ""kimagure"" (""capricious"") soup curry, whose price, contents, and even when it's offered depends entirely on the whims of the staff."

    The Soup Curry is originated in Sapporo of Hokkaido, Japan. The soup curry of Magic Spice is based on the Soto ayam of Indonesia. You can select the spice level, there are 6 spice level. If you...

  • 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...

  • TOKYO POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY, SUGINAMI Animation Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Suginami-ku Kamiogi 3-29-5 Suginami Hall 3F
    "A facility where you can learn about, experience, and gain a deeper understanding of Japanese animation across the generations. This is the first facility in Japan that provides a comprehensive introducing to the entire genre, from its history to its future. Entry is free. They screen a wide range of anime, including historic films, art anime, and popular works. They also hold exhibits providing the latest anime information. In addition, there is a monthly ""picture-story show"" as well as ""Parapara Animation"" workshops where you can learn about the anime creation process. The weekends can get crowded with families."

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