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  • 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
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    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。

  • 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.
  • 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).

  • Tsumikusa
    Shopping
    Tokyo Musashinoshi Kichijoujiminamichou 2-20-3 Kichijoji Flat 1F
    Tsumikusa is just a six-minute walk from the Koen exit of the Kichijoji Station. The Tsumikusa is a containers and tools store that opened in 2009 on a site along the Suehiro Boulevard in Kichijoji. The beautiful container and tools, created by artisans, exhibiting discriminating handiwork, are arranged on display in this store with a quintessentially serene feel of Japanese harmony. The owner travels around Japan looking for lacquer ware or glass, wood works or traditional local toys, which are easy to use in one's daily life, and will only become more beloved with use. Seasonally, exhibits for various artists are held.
  • Nakano Sunplaza
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    3.5
    33 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Nakano-ku Nakano 4-1-1

    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...

  • Suginami Public Hall
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Suginami-ku Kamiogi 1-chome 23-15
  • Nakano Sunplaza Hall
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Nakano-ku Nakano 4-1-1
  • National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Mitaka-shi Osawa 2-21-1
    The headquarters of the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, an inter-university research institute which promotes large-scale astronomical research and the development of astronomical equipment. Possessing cutting edge astronomical observation facilities, the facility engages in activities as a top international research institute designed to further the field of astronomy. As an open research institute, the facility has facilities open to the public and regularly holds events. During the twice monthly astronomical observation sessions (application required; participant numbers limited), participants observe astronomical objects with a focus on astronomical bodies and features where have become difficult to view due to city lights such as the surface of the moon, planets, and double stars. In addition, there’s an astronomy history museum on the grounds and some of the facilities, such as the solar tower telescope, have been designated Tangible Cultural Properties.
  • TOKYO POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY, SUGINAMI Animation Museum
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    4.0
    42 Reviews
    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."

    it was free entry, so that's the best thing obviously. It was really epic to see where and how animation started. They had some interactive areas and some places were you could sit down and trace and...

  • Nakano ZERO Planetarium
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Nakano-ku Nakano 2-9-7 Naka no ZERO Nishi 4F
    In an age of digital projector planetariums, here you can experience the fun of an old-fashioned optical planetarium. Optical planetariums are still the most common type in Japan and work by shining a bright light behind plates pierced by countless small holes, projecting their patterns on the planetarium dome. This particular planetarium displays around 8,500 stars and planets in an analog recreation of the night sky. Shows are usually only held on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays (excluding special events). One of this planetarium’s charms is its live shows, narrated in real time by a live presenter.
  • Musashino Citizen Cultural Hall
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Musashino-shi Nakacho 3-chome 9-11
  • Asagaya Shinmei Miya
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    4.0
    66 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokyo Suginami-ku Asagayakita 1-25-5

    Very small shrine but lovely kabuki scene building on the premises - the shrine's flea market is very small. But the neighborhood around, kind of interesting.

  • Mitaka Art Culture Center
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Mitaka-shi Kamirenjaku 6-chome 12-14
  • Mitaka Public Hall
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Mitaka-shi Nozaki 1-chome 1-1
  • Tetsugakudo Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Nakano-ku Matsugaoka 1-34-28
  • IgusaHachimangu Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokyo Suginami-ku Zenpukuji 1-chome 33-1
  • Sun Plaza enkai Kaigi
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokyo Nakano-ku Nakano 4-1-1 Nakano Sanguraza

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