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  • Ghibli Museum, Mitaka
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    4.5
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    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.

    Lovely whimsical museum, definitely worth a visit for true Ghibli fans. We got our tickets via the Ghibli website through lawson tickets on the 10th of the month before, it did take about 2 hours to...

  • Nakano ZERO (Momijiyama Culture Center)
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    3.5
    30 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.

    大小2つのホールがあります。 中野区立の小中学校の様々なイベントにも使われている、地元密着型の施設。 駐輪場はありますが駐車場はありません。

  • Ohmiya-Hachimangu
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    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.

  • Arai Yakushi Baisho-in Temple
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    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.
  • Mabashi Inari-jinja Shrine
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    23 Reviews
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    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).

  • National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
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    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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    49 Reviews
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    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 thats 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
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    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.
  • Asagaya Shinmei Miya
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    4.0
    80 Reviews
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    Tokyo Suginami-ku Asagayakita 1-25-5

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

  • nichirenshu motoyama jowazawaikesoshi horinochi myohoji
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    25 Reviews
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    Tokyo Suginami-ku Horinouchi 3-48-8

    Set apart the religious aspect, this place was famous during the Edo period as a power spot for curing eye-desease. It was founded by Kaga Ajari Niccho, the eleventh Abbot of Minobusan Kuon-ji...

  • Sun Plaza enkai Kaigi
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    Tokyo Nakano-ku Nakano 4-1-1 Nakano Sanguraza
  • Sun Plaza Training Shitsu
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    Tokyo Nakano-ku Nakano 4-1-1 Nakano Sunplaza
  • Inari Shrine
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    Tokyo Nakano-ku Chuo 3-23-15
  • Tenso Shrine
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    Tokyo Nakano-ku Chuo 4-13-10
  • Kitano Shrine
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    Tokyo Nakano-ku Chuo 5-19-18
  • Kitano Shrine
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    Tokyo Nakano-ku Nakano 5-8-1
  • Ten Shrine
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    Tokyo Nakano-ku Higashi-Nakano 1-15-9
  • Kitano Shrine
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    Tokyo Nakano-ku Matsugaoka 2-27-1
  • Inari Shrine
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    Tokyo Nakano-ku Yayoicho 2-19-4
  • Ichikineshima Shrine
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    Tokyo Suginami-ku Zenpukuji 3-18-1

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