Top 15 Activities in Kichijoji

Although it may not be as high on the tourist radar as some of Tokyo’s more central areas, Kichijoji is a fascinating neighbourhood and one of Tokyo’s most desirable areas to live. Home to a large picturesque park, the Ghibli Museum, cafes, restaurants, plenty of vintage and new shopping outlets and an enviable nightlife it’s one of the city’s most diverse and culturally rich areas. In this guide we’ll break down the best spots and activities, so you can enjoy Kichijoji to the fullest with a plan all your own.

  • 01

    Explore Inokashira Park

    Inokashira Park

    Inokashira Park

    This tranquil park is truly a city oasis. Feel the changing seasons at Inokashira Pond, where the lush flora transform from vibrant cherry blossoms in spring to relaxing crimson and yellow leaves in fall, all reflecting off the pond’s smooth surface. Rent a swan paddle boat with a friend or have a walk around Inokashira Benzaiten Buddhist shrine, which has a dragon-shaped spout where you can wash coins for financial luck. No matter what you decide to do, though, the park is a nature-filled escape from the bustling Tokyo pace.

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    Interact with the Animals at Inokashira Park Zoo

    Interact with the Animals at Inokashira Park Zoo

    Interact with the Animals at Inokashira Park Zoo

    Set in Inokashira Park, this zoo is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Mondays, when it’s closed. Entry is 400 yen for adults, but it’s free on May 4th, 17th, and October 1st. Plus, elementary school children and under get free admission year-round, making it a great family trip. And you can even pet guinea pigs in a special enclosure!

    Official Website : Inokashira Park Zoo

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    The Ghibli Museum Is a Must

    The Ghibli Museum Is a Must

    The Ghibli Museum Is a Must

    The Ghibli Museum in Mitaka is a wonderland for all fans of Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki. As such, it’s an extremely popular site. Reservations are needed to gain entrance, and they should be made far in advance. But once you’re inside, it’s all worth it to be surrounded by the delightful creations of the beloved animation studio. Though the museum itself isn’t very large, it’s packed with content that’ll have you smiling. Tell Totoro we say hi!

    Studio Ghibli Museum Ticket Booking : Tickets are not available at the museum and must be bought in advance, so choose from our preorder, last-minute, or ticket guarantee options!

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  • 04

    Stroll through the Shotengai

    Sunroad Shotengai

    Sunroad Shotengai

    It’s said one of the best ways to really understand the atmosphere and local culture of Japan’s neighborhoods is to spend a little time wandering through their Shotengai, and that couldn’t be truer than here at Sunroad Shotengai   and Daiyagai.. A shotengai is pedestrian-filled, undercover walkway typically filled with small, independent and family-run shops and the occasional chain store. Each offers its own mix of eclectic shopping and restaurants, so take some time to just wander from shop to shop, pondering purchases and enjoying the vibe.

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  • 05

    Get Lost in Harmonica Yokocho

    Harmonica Yokocho

    Harmonica Yokocho

    Harmonica Yokocho actually gets its name from the streets being so narrow and tightly packed that they resemble harmonica reeds. And this area is a trip; restaurants and bars sit elbow-to-elbow to with each other through the latticework alleyways, and when the lanterns come on at night, the atmosphere becomes surreal. If you get hungry, then head to Supakichi, a buzzing restaurant with house-made fresh pasta. The Spaghetti with Meat Sauce and a Side Salad is the local favorite, and at only 950 yen, it might be worth a short wait.

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  • 06

    Visit Musashino Hachimangu Shrine

    Musashino Hachimangu Shrine

    Musashino Hachimangu Shrine

    Musashino Hachimangu is where the guardian spirit of Kichijoji is enshrined, and it’s also the most prominent “power spot” in the area, where people come to refresh themselves. Despite personal beliefs, the shrine is surrounded by camphor and zelkova trees, giving it a secluded, intimate atmosphere that lends itself well to personal reflection. Taking a walk through this time-tested shrine could be what you need after a busy trip of sightseeing.

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    0422225327
  • 07

    Make the Rounds of the Shikendera (4 Temples)

    Anyoji Temple

    Anyoji Temple

    Kichijoji has been home to a variety of temples for hundreds of years. The 4 old temples around Hachimangu Shrine are collectively known as the Shikendera Temples, and each has its own character. They are Anyoji Temple, Kosenji Temple, Renjoji Temple, and Gessouji Temple, and they comprise what’s known as “temple town.” All 4 are within walking distance of each other, so you can visit them all, should you feel like a nice walk with time to ponder.

    Kosenji Temple

    Kosenji Temple

    Renjoji Temple

    Renjoji Temple

    Gessouji Temple

    Gessouji Temple

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  • 08

    Go Shopping at coppice KICHIJOJI

    coppice KICHIJOJI

    coppice KICHIJOJI

    This busy shopping mall has it all, from interior design to the latest fashions to airy cafes. With 10 floors in all, including the rooftop barbecue area, you might want to pace yourself for all of the retail therapy you’re about to indulge in. If you head up to the 6th floor, then you can find Kyara-Park Kichijoji, an area with specialty shops selling items from all your favorite characters, like Hello Kitty, Star Wars, and Disney. And the 7th floor has the Kichijoji Art Museum, which hosts rotating exhibitions as well as a general collection of serious and colorful works. Of course, that also means the less retail-inclined can still enjoy themselves while their friends shop till they drop.

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    Enter the World of Picture Books

    Kichijoji Petit Mura

    Kichijoji Petit Mura

    Kichijoji Petit Mura is a storybook come to life. The whimsical buildings host a cat cafe, and a teahouse, as well as a crepe stand and a picture gallery. It’s full of amusements that will remind you of the magic of days gone by and take you back to a simpler time. This mini amusement park is made for relaxing, so you can sit back and bask in that warm, fuzzy feeling.

    Kichijoji Petit Mura

    Kichijoji Petit Mura

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    Mix Some Manga with Your Café

    Mix Some Manga with Your Café

    Mix Some Manga with Your Café

    Cafe Zenon serves up an especially interesting vibe, with all the trappings of a stylish cafe combined with manga art displays. Sip on a picture-perfect latte and try a specialty dish while taking in the inspired illustrations of Japanese comics. It’s a cafe that caters to both your inner-child and adult tastes. Hop next door to Zenon Sakaba if you want a lively restaurant/bar with a similar vibe. They even offer manga characters on their glasses.

    Zenon Sakaba

    Zenon Sakaba

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    Go shopping at select antique shops and general stores

    Go shopping at select antique shops and general stores

    Go shopping at select antique shops and general stores

    There are many antique shops and general stores in Kichijoji. We introduce recommended shops among them.
    PukuPuku is an antique store that combines modern presentation with genuine items, and their collection holds an assortment of small items ready for you to pack into your suitcase. The main attraction is their tableware, though, which offers handcrafted bowls, plates, and cups that are over a century old. They have 2 locations in Kichijoji, so feel free to check out both if you get the itch for antiques.

    PukuPuku

    PukuPuku

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    Have a Walk around Nakamichi Dori

    Have a Walk around Nakamichi Dori

    Have a Walk around Nakamichi Dori

    If a more relaxed shopping experience is what you’re after, then Nakamichi Dori should be on your list. Second hand clothing shops, general stores, and cafes stand next to restaurants, galleries, and even a couple parks, so the vibe is easygoing but not uninhabited. You don’t necessarily need a plan, except to show up and let your feet take you where they will. You might find exactly what you’ve been looking for.

    Have a Walk around Nakamichi Dori

    Have a Walk around Nakamichi Dori

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    Cruise through Second Hand Clothing Shops

    Cruise through Second Hand Clothing Shops

    Cruise through Second Hand Clothing Shops

    Kichijoji is a sought-after residential neighborhood with a sense of style, and that comes together to create an array of second hand clothing stores. From trendy to low-key, there are all types of atmospheres that suit their particular area. And since people are consistently moving in or out, item stocks are kept fresh when people sell their used clothes to make room or move on. Take a gander at what the shops have to offer; you could be pleasantly surprised.

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    Cruise through Second Hand Clothing Shops

    Cruise through Second Hand Clothing Shops

  • 14

    Have a Snack while You Stroll

    Have a Snack while You Stroll

    Have a Snack while You Stroll

    People know how to eat in Kichijoji, and there’s no shortage of opportunities to quickly pick something up from a vendor and munch while you march. There’s no wrong answer to what you decide to snack on during your sightseeing, but our recommendation is the Original Menchi-Katsu, or deep-fried ground meat patty, from Kichijoji Satou. These extra-juicy, spherical patties are 240 yen apiece, but there are discounts for purchases of 5 or more. Bring a friend.

    Kichijoji Satou

    Kichijoji Satou

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  • 15

    See Mitakadenshakokosen Bridge

    From the outside, this pedestrian bridge over a tangle of railroad tracks doesn’t look like much, but once you climb the stairs, you’ll see why this spot was a favorite of Japanese author Osamu Dazai. The intersecting tracks backed by the city expanse create a mystifying scene, especially when, during certain winter sunsets, Mount Fuji appears on the horizon. The closest station is Mitaka (next to Kichijoji), but a little extra walk will be more than rewarded by the experience.

    Mitakadenshakokosen Bridge

    Mitakadenshakokosen Bridge

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