4 based on 370 reviews
Didn’t plan to visit but stopped by as it’s on the way home from Ghibli Museum (20 mins or so). It’s also not far to/from Shinjuku.
Unusual place, lots of used luxury watch shops and toy shops in amongst pharmacies and small restaurants - there are a lot of toy shops with the acrylic boxes where people rent and sell their toys, I’ve seen loads of these in Hong Kong too. Cute toy culture is in abundance here if that is of interest.
4.5 based on 368 reviews
Probably my new favorite neighborhood! Loved the relaxed vibes and the tons of vintage shops around. If you love vintage clothes shopping and a really lovely neighborhood, visit this place!
4.5 based on 507 reviews
I visited in early March hoping to see the Sakura (Cherry Blossoms) in full bloom. I was a few weeks early, but the park still did not disappoint. Large trees, benches and food stands are every. Clean restrooms and the Zoo is also part of the park.
This is a very much used park on the weekends and holidays. You will see families everywhere, having picnics, riding paddle boats (some boats looking like swans) playing and just having fun. It is a popular jogging park and and connects Inokashira to Kichijoji if you want to walk between the two.
4.5 based on 1 reviews
The brainchild of award-winning Japanese animation director Hayao Miyazaki, this museum includes a theater showing film excerpts, a whimsical children's play zone, a rooftop garden, and exhibits related to his movies, including Spirited Away.
This gorgeous museum is the embodiment oid Ghibli- no phones/ pictures, highly sensory, very earthly (wooden tones, nature details, roof top garden) and cosy throughout in its design.
It's a reasonably compact place with four main Exhibitions and the theatre. You're given a snippet of a film reel to show on your way in to watch the short film - great peice of memorabilia. We watched one about wrestling rats. No English subtitles but not really needed.
My favorite room was the three artist rooms that were laden with sketches from all movies and you could just imagine Hayao Miyazaki sitting there.
The rooftop Robot from Laputa was spectacular amongst the greenery an flowers.
My only complaint is that they need an adult cat bus so that we can play too.
Highly recommend for any Ghibli fan
As a side note: yes it gets crazily busy and yes buying the tickets is hard (in fact, we missed tickets for March and April and our only option was to visit as part of a full day tour). But its ski heartening to see so many people appreciating the artwork and philosophy of Studio Ghibli films. Go, relax and enjoy. Who knows if you'll get the chance again.
4.5 based on 277 reviews
Harajuku is the capital for youth fashion and culture. A walk along the iconic street, Takeshita will allow you to experience an extreme Kawaii-ness with many fashion boutiques, cafes and crepe stands. Not far away is Omotesando, which offer more mature fashion stores. Don't worry if you are not an fashionholic, the famous Yoyogi park and Meiji Jingu shrine are only few minutes walk from the station. If you got lost or did not know what to do in Harajuku, please do not hesitate to stop by our Harajuku Tourist Information Center. Our staffs will be happy to answer all your questions. In addition, we also provide currency exchange, baggage storage, data sims card and tours to popular destination in Japan (beside, there is free WiFi in-store).
The staff are very friendly and speak English. They are also very helpful with whatever questions you may have about travelling in Tokyo. We booked the hedgehog & owl cafe package through them and it's actually cheaper to book it through here than you paying at the cafes.
4 based on 166 reviews
Just a short walk from Shakujii-Koen station is this beautiful gem. It's a fairly large park with a variety of activities set around a lake. I might have missed it except for the size of the lake on the map. There are information plaques on the trees, trails throughout, a small temple, paddle boat rentals, fishing & a small bandstand. After several visits I still have not seen the whole park. I prefer to take in in small parts. But it's a very relaxing environment. And there are always lots of families with small children, young adults exercising & seniors meeting to chat. The snack area has everything including prices written in Japanese. So if you feel adventurous, just point & nod.
4.5 based on 277 reviews
I really liked it - Kichijoji is a very chilled neighborhood with character and things to do. Very livable - the type of neighborhood I would move to if I were to relocate to Tokyo. Conveniently busy with lots of shops near the train station, but once you venture out on one side, there are lovely shops and eateries before you get to a beautiful park with a pond (Inokashira Park). Coincidentally when I was there, there were celebrations for the park's 100th year anniversary. There was a band playing, stalls and activities. Even without that, it is lovely to just walk around or just sit/ lie on a picnic mat while enjoying the sights and sounds.
I didn't visit the zoo or the Ghibli museum.
On the other side of the train station, there is a mix of little shops in a residential-like area - reminds me of the beginning of Nottinghill in London. Plenty of streets and shops to browse around and venture into, and quaint little cafes to sit and take a break at. It was a wonderful change from the busyness of Tokyo.
4 based on 104 reviews
This is right out of Nakano station, a small area of stores that leads directly into Nakano Broadway. There are some chain stores, like Matsumoto Kiyoshi, Lawson, some small restaurants, some other small stores. The roof of the area was very distinctive and I think I found that the most interesting thing about this area. I wouldn't make this a destination by itself, but it is nice to stop in for a bite to eat before or after visiting Nakano Broadway.
4.5 based on 4 reviews
The park is a great place to view the cherry blossoms if you're traveling when they are in full bloom. Large open spaces where children can run, picnics allowed on the grounds.
4.5 based on 247 reviews
I went just a few days ago. There were lots of people just taking pictures and enjoying the whole scenario. The autumn colours were great, very photogenic. A very well spent afternoon. And you can also buy the little cats and leave it next to the others for good luck.
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