Tokyo’s Hidden Gems: A Tour of Kichijoji 2019
We all know there are many amazing places in the center of Tokyo, but do to all tourists knowing about them (along with the locals), these places can get extremely busy which makes them hard to enjoy. If you’re looking to experience amazing places in Japan but want a more ‘local’ feel, you’ve come to the right place! We are constantly showing you around Tokyo’s ‘hidden gems’ so you can experience the true Tokyo! Today we’re going to be talking about one of those hidden gems, Kichijoji!
Although many people know about Kichijoji it’s not a popular place to visit for tourists who are in Tokyo for a short time, probably due to the fact that it is a bit out of the way and doesn’t have a specific famous landmark. But nonetheless Kichijoji is still an amazing place that should be visited! Today, we’ll be showing you around the must do things in Kichijoji.
1. Visit Inokashira Park
Inokashira Park is a famous park in Kichijoji that is famous for it’s lake (which you can go boat riding on) and it’s sakura in the spring. The park itself is so beautiful it makes you feel like you’re in a Studio Ghibli film. Which is ironic due to the fact that the Studio Ghibli museum is located right next to the park!
Having a break from city life and going for a nice relaxing boat ride is extremely needed when you’ve been walking around Tokyo all day! The price for the boat ride is 700yen for 30 minute and each boat fits 2 people in! There are a few different kinds of boat, there are peddle boats (regular shaped and swan shaped) and row boats!
When you’re done with the boat ride go and explore the park! The grounds are extremely beautiful and are great for any photographers out there!
1 Chome-18-31 Gotenyama, Musashino, Tokyo 180-0005
Take the JR Chuo line to Kichijoji Station.
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2. Go Shopping For Some Cute Vintage Clothes
Kichijoji is known to Japanese young people as the town of vintage fashion and all things ‘oshare‘ (Cool/Fashionable). These stores are also very affordable, so if you’re looking for some good deals on vintage clothes, Kichijoji is the place to go!
Here are some store recommendations:
2 Chome-13-6 Kichijoji Honcho, Musashino, Tokyo 180-0004
(Most located around this area)
Take the JR Chuo Line to Kichijoji Station.
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3. Grab Some Lunch in One of the Many Cute Cafes
Kichijoji is full of super unique and cute cafes that sell amazing coffee and food! Like the Mahiko Mano Hammock Cafe that allows you to eat and drink in a hammock!! There are also many cafes that focus on ‘latte art’, but this isn’t any latte art…they do 3D Latte art!! walking throughout the town you are sure to find many cafes offering this!
If coffee isn’t your thing, what about tapioca? There are TONS of tapioca cafes in Kichijoji because it has suddenly become a super popular drink in Tokyo recently! There is even the famous ‘dirty tapioca’, which is strong black tea with milk and boba which looks very pretty when mixed!
Here are some of our recommended cafes:
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4. Go Shopping in Sun Road
Sunroad in Kichijoji is a traditional Japanese shopping street selling tons of Japanese souvenirs, Traditional teas, food and MUCH MORE! If you’re looking for some special Japanese souvenirs, this is the place to go!
The street is also full of cheap Japanese restaurants selling things such as conveyor belt sushi, soba, ramen, fried chicken, Japanese sweets and more. Making this a great place for people to go who are on budget and looking for tasty food.
1 Chome-15-1 Kichijoji Honcho, Musashino, Tokyo 180-0004
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5. Grab Some Dinner in Harmonica Alley
Want to feel the REAL Japanese culture of eating street food in tiny restaurants? Then this is the place to go! I’m sure many of you know Golden Gai, which is located in Shinjuku…well this is that but on a smaller scale! These tiny alleyways are filled with tiny bars and restaurants selling street food and beer. It is extremely common for Japanese business men to go here after work due to the food and beer being cheap! Why not experience this first hand in Kichijoji and eat dinner at one of these tiny restaurants!
1-1 Kichijoji Honcho, Musashino 180-0004, Tokyo
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