What to do and see in Chofu, Japan: The Best Places and Tips

August 18, 2017 Randal Brittian

Chōfu (調布市, Chōfu-shi) is a city located in Tokyo Metropolis, Japan. As of 1 February 2016, the city had an estimated population of 228,663, and a population density of 10,590 per km². Its total area is 21.58 square kilometres (8.33 sq mi).
Restaurants in Chofu

1. Tokyo Metropolitan Jindai Botanical Park

5-31-10 Jindaiji Motomachi, Chofu 182-0017, Tokyo Prefecture +81 42-483-2300
Excellent
35%
Good
52%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 165 reviews

Tokyo Metropolitan Jindai Botanical Park

Reviewed By Banda-in-Japan - Tokyo, Japan

This botanical garden is a wonderful green space in suburban Tokyo with ponds, paths, open spaces and woodlands. It also has various types of flowers in their season. The greenhouses are currently being rebuilt, but you can enjoy wandering through the rest of the garden, with a stop for ice cream or a drink when you feel like it. Easiest to access by car, but there is also good bus service from Mitaka and Chofu stations.

2. Jindai-ji Temple

5-15-1 Jindaiji Motomachi, Chofu 182-0017, Tokyo Prefecture +81 42-486-5511
Excellent
26%
Good
56%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 293 reviews

Jindai-ji Temple

Reviewed By Gemini6_tadvisor - Lyon, France

This temple is in Tokyo, but outside of the 23 wards of Central Tokyo. From Shinjuku, Chuo (or Sobu) line or Keio line will take you to the station nearby, and in either case you have to take a bus from the station to the temple. We took the way, which seemed quickest, and took Keio line to Chofu station (15 minutes) and a bus (15
minutes). It is possible via Tsutsujigaoka station of Keio line, but Chofu station is much bigger, meaning that all the rapid and semi-rapid trains stop there, whereas only local trains stop at Tsutsujigaoka station.
From the bus stop, a short path way leads to the temple, on both sides of which there are souvenir shops as well as estaurants, where you can have Soba (noodles).known for Jindaiji soba.
The temple is rather small and quiet, and it seems to us that most of the visitors are local people without coaches of tourists, which for us is a positive thing. As soon as we got off the bus, we felt as if we were in a small country side town of Japan, although the temple is in Tokyo. In the temple we found Daruma omikuji (oracle) for 300 yen/pce. You get a small Daruma for 300 yen. The Darumas are in several different colors for different fortunes like money, health, etc), and when you buy it you don't see the color of the Daruma you are buying.
As for the Soba (noodles), we regret a little having dropped in one of the first restaurants, but, as there are plenty of them, we should have walked around first especially in the path way perpendicular to the entry of the temple, right and left, before choosing one.
As a whole, we had a nice moment in the temple, and as we did not see everything and in details, we will certainly go back.

3. Ajinomoto Stadium

376-3 Nishimachi, Chofu 182-0032, Tokyo Prefecture +81 42-440-0555
Excellent
16%
Good
52%
Satisfactory
26%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 118 reviews

Ajinomoto Stadium

Reviewed By Flyngdtchmn - Utrecht, The Netherlands

Ajinomoto is the stadium where FC Tokyo plays the home games. It is a modern stadium with helpful employees, very well organized in and outs. There are even employees who are collection the trash regularly. Moreover, when you enter the stadium they gave you match day magazine, some booklets and even a shopping bag with FC Tokyo's colours and badge on it. It is easy to reach by metro and a 10 minutes walk. There are catering options in and out of the stadium. One tip, it is not a "football stadium" which designed for football games only, so they have athletics track.

4. Fudaten Shrine

1-8-1 Chofugaoka, Chofu 182-0021, Tokyo Prefecture +81 42-489-0022
Excellent
15%
Good
58%
Satisfactory
24%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 53 reviews

Fudaten Shrine

Reviewed By blehblehbleh82 - Shinjuku, Japan

This is located near my neighborhood in Chofu. This is a great place to visit if you wish to experience serenity before you start your busy day. The are is quite small but a nice place to stretch your muscles while breathing the fresh air in the morning.

5. Mushano Koji Saneatsu Memorial Museum

1-8-30 Wakabacho, Chofu 182-0003, Tokyo Prefecture +81 42-481-7656
Excellent
21%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
34%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 23 reviews

Mushano Koji Saneatsu Memorial Museum

Reviewed By bamboozler - Chofu, Japan

Unless you have a specific interest in Saneatsu Mushanokōji or the Shirakaba school, you could be forgiven for overlooking this. A small park in the backwoods of Sengawa, about 12 minutes walk from the station, it's in a residential part of the town but nonetheless is well worth a visit just for the secluded tranquility of the carp-filled ponds, the miniature bamboo glade. Such a sense of peacefulness looking out from the lower pond area. I'll be heading back in later November just to catch those maples turning red. There's a small charge if you want to take the escorted weekend tours round the house.

6. Chofu Aerospace Center

7-44-1 Jindaijihigashimachi, Chofu 182-8522, Tokyo Prefecture +81 50-3362-2600
Excellent
6%
Good
74%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 15 reviews

Chofu Aerospace Center

Reviewed By tottoko - tokyo

調布市の北のはずれ三鷹市役所に近い場所にこのセンターが有ります。普段は平日のみですが展示室を無料で見学することが出来ます。また時々イベントも開催されています。

7. Kokuryo Shrine

1-7-1 Kokuryocho, Chofu 182-0022, Tokyo Prefecture +81 42-482-5207
Excellent
5%
Good
66%
Satisfactory
29%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 17 reviews

Kokuryo Shrine

Reviewed By 2ji3 - Tokyo, Japan

この神社に千年乃藤と呼ばれる御神木があるので藤の花が満開のころ行って来ました。
境内は広くはありませんが、ほぼ藤棚で覆われています。
藤の木は、樹齢約4~500年といわれ、人々から畏敬の念を込め、「千年乃藤」と呼ばれているそうです。以前はもっと房が長かったようです。残念ながら樹勢が衰えてきている様です。

8. Keiokaku Velodrome

4-31-1 Tamagawa, Chofu 182-0025, Tokyo Prefecture +81 42-490-3100
Excellent
26%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
38%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 19 reviews

Keiokaku Velodrome

Reviewed By Kerubou

one of famous bike gambling racing truck of TOKYO
especially, Night Race (nitghter) is recommended,
sun down purple sky is good view

new building is clean, you can see exciting bike race!
9 bikes race is bit won earn money
betting is complicated, so you may check web site (english available) in advance.
usually foreigner very few,...It means still domestic gamble sports....
anyway, you may feel Japanese mid-SHOUWA era mood.

9. Jindai Aquatic Botanical Garden

2 Jindaiji Motomachi, Chofu 182-0017, Tokyo Prefecture +81 42-483-2300
Excellent
33%
Good
56%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 9 reviews

Jindai Aquatic Botanical Garden

Reviewed By koro3 - Tokyo, Japan

春、秋に行きますが秋がおすすめです。
稲穂や、彼岸花が綺麗です。木道を進むと深大寺城址への上り口がありますが、そこを上ると蕎麦の花が咲いていました。

10. Tenjindori Shotengai

1 Fuda, Chofu 182-0024, Tokyo Prefecture +81 42-481-7183
Excellent
4%
Good
59%
Satisfactory
29%
Poor
8%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 24 reviews

Tenjindori Shotengai

Reviewed By kazuhi-w

調布駅のそば、布多天神社の表参道に当たる通りだそうです。
水木しげる先生ゆかりの場所だそうでいたるところにゲゲゲの鬼太郎に出てくるキャラクターがいます。
歩きながらキャラクター探しするのもいいですね、時間があるときは。

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