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  • Nakano Sunplaza
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    3.5
    33 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... Don't forget to order a Japanese cuisine...

  • Ghibli Museum, Mitaka
    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.
  • Nakano ZERO (Momijiyama Culture Center)
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    3.5
    23 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.

    会議のできるホールというからもっと便利なところかと思ったら、駅南口からあまり広くない道沿いに7-8分離れたところだった。斜め向かいには島忠ホームセンターもあり、結構道は混んでいた。

  • Honda Gekijo theater
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    3.5
    2 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.

    下北沢はお芝居を観に行く場所です。年に数回訪れます。300人ちょっと入る劇場で、ほどよい距離感です。コーヒーが250円で、手頃なお値段のスイーツの品揃えも豊富で、気に入っています。

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ohmiya-Hachimangu
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    4.0
    83 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.

  • Harmonica Alley
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokyo Musashinoshi Kichijoujihonchou 1
    Just after exiting Kichijoji Station you’ll come across this shopping area with a series of narrow alleys. Its roots lie in a market that opened up in front of the station in 1945. Close to 100 tiny shops are packed into the area of all sorts of genres, including restaurants, clothing shops and shops selling miscellaneous goods. This is a fun place to visit on a stroll around Kichijoji, and the locals recommend trying shoronpo (steamed buns) or taiyaki as you walk through the intricate passageways.
  • Heavy Sick Zero
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Nakano-ku Nakano 5-41-8 Kasug Nakano B1, B2F
    This club with live performances in Nakano City, Tokyo has a unique atmosphere where the audience and performers feel like there's no distance between them at all. The club is split into two floors with a dance floor and lounge where attendants can enjoy a variety of entertainment. This space operates as a regular music bar when there are no special events occurring.
  • Inokashira Park
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    4.5
    562 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.

    Make sure you visit the pond where most of the activities are. The swan peddle boat cost 700¥ for 30mins - good fun for couples or with family / kids. Try to go during a clear sunny day so you can...

  • Cafe & Gallery HATTIFNATT Kichijoji House
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokyo Musashinoshi Kichijoujiminamichou 2-22-1
    Located in the Kichijoji district of Tokyo’s Musashino City, this café has a cute fairy-tale-like exterior. Passing though the entrance, walls decorated completely with pop-style wall paintings meets the eye, leaving one with the impression that they have nearly found themselves lost in the world of a storybook. The restaurant has a full-scale food menu with a variety of items to choose from including fresh cakes that are made after receiving the order, their signature taco rice dish, and fresh-baked pizza. The drink menu with cute latte art is also popular.
  • Free Design[Import Northern Europe/Design]
    Shopping
    Tokyo Musashinoshi Kichijoujihonchou 2-18-22F
    A select shop built around the concept of “quality living” carrying a carefully assembled array of lifestyle goods and tableware from northern and central Europe, the United States, Japan, and other countries around the world. Offering a wide selection of highly original items, with a focus on ease of use and design, the shop also sells products from such popular brands as Marimekko and Hakusan Porcelain. The closest station is Kichijoji Station.
  • Rilakkuma Store Kichijoji
    Shopping
    Tokyo Musashinoshi Kichijoujihonchou 1-11-5 Kopichi Kichijoji Building A 6F
    A shop dedicated to the popular Rilakkuma character located in the Character Park section on the sixth floor of the Coppice Kichijoji shopping center. Built around the concept of a “happy life with Rilakkuma,” the shop carries Rilakkuma, Korilakkuma, and Kiiroitori merchandise and lifestyle goods.
  • Theater Minerva
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Setagaya-ku Kitazawa 2-7-14-B1F
    This is a small theater located four minutes on foot from Shimokitazawa Station South Exit. Since opening in December 2013, it has been used mainly for comedy events and live talk performances. The auditorium has a maximum of 80 seats, and the stage and audience are very close. Enjoy an enthusiastic live event where the entertainer and audience are united, unique to a small theater. There is also equipment for NicoNico live broadcasts.
  • Arai Yakushi Baisho-in Temple
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    4.0
    58 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokyo Nakano-ku Arai 5-3-5
    A Buddhist temple located in Arai, Nakano City, Tokyo. The official title of the temple is Araisan Baisho-in; it is also popularly known as the Arai Yakushi. The temple's principal object of worship, ordinarily hidden from general view, is a sculpture of Bhaisajyaguru and Cintamani-cakra merged into one (the sculpture is only revealed during the year of the tiger according to the Chinese zodiac). After Tokugawa Masako, the son of the second Tokugawa shogun Hidetada, was cured of an eye illness through prayer here, the temple came to be known for healing eye diseases. The temple is also believed to aid in childrearing and healing child illnesses.

    花見のシーズンも綺麗でかつ、酔っ払い天国でない花が見れるし、初詣も時期遅らせればそれほど人多くなく、楽しめます。都心なのに、神域という感じが残っている数少ない聖域かと。 This Place is small but Japanese old traditoinal temple. If you visit spring,you see best Cherry blossom.

  • Mabashi Inari-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    15 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).

  • Rokka
    Style / Fashion
    Tokyo Suginami-ku Shouan 3-1-11
    A lifestyle goods store located in Nishiogi modeled after a casual, everyday Japanese-style neighborhood diner. Look for the shop's simple white exterior marked only by the number 6. The shop's name, loosely meaning six treasures, refers to the owner's belief that one can enjoy a good life if one has clothing, food, shelter, and the three elements necessary for living comfortably. Kitchen utensils, glasses with original painted designs, pottery, knickknacks, and more-the shop's shelves and display tables are crowded with items for adding color to your life, chosen by the owner with a focus on the needs of homemakers.
  • 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).
  • Kokeshiya
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    4.0
    50 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokyo Suginami-ku Nishiogiminami 3-14-6
    A Western confectionary shop and French restaurant located close to Nishi-Ogikubo Station in Nishiogi-Minami, Suginami City. A monthly changing course menu of French home-style cooking is served on the third floor of the main building. The second floor is a cafe, while cakes and other sweets are sold on the first floor. A terrace restaurant and buffet-style banquet hall can be found in the annex, and a morning market is held every second Sunday of the month in the parking lot in front of the annex where you can enjoy a variety of foods.

    People coming to Kokeshiya for the cakes mostly, and you will not make mistake whichever you chose. Grab something to go, or enjoy it inside with a cup of coffee or a tea.

  • Eifuku-cho Taishouken
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    4.0
    82 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokyo Suginami-ku Izumi 3-5-3
    Opened in 1955, Eifuku Taishouken has been serving delicious ramen for over 50 years. The restaurant's lovingly prepared niboshi dried sardine-based broth is made with a blend of three varieties of niboshi from Nagasaki, Yamaguchi, and Ibaraki. Eifuku-cho Taishouken's ramen is prepared with great care paid to even the smallest details, from the ingredients to the methods of preparation; the shop's ramen is so delicious, you'll want to drink every last drop while it's still piping hot, and this tasty flavor is something you'll never tire of.

    Super big, super hot, and super good legendary Tokyo Ramen. The soup is made with chicken and sea food (bonito flakes and konbu) and is so smooth and mild. The noodle is two serving amount so very...

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