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Kichijoji (吉祥寺)

My own kind of trip, where I just put one foot in front of the other Kichijoji (吉祥寺) The common points between a film (Gou Gou is Cat) that was filmed in Kichijoji and a song (black cat from Kichijoji) was that the sights of Kichijoji can be shown using cats. Maybe it is because the shape of Kichijoji resembles the ambivalent appearance of a cat. Having grown up thanks to the black market that formed after World War II, Kichijoji has an old, worn image of more than 60 years, while at the same time, there is a touch of modernity with its large-scale coffee shops and high rises, and the unexpectedly disparate image of Japan surprisingly achieves harmony. Further, near the lake there is the beautiful Inokashira Park and art museum which includes the Ghibli Museum, a zoo, a sculpture park and even a cinema making it a fantastic tourist attraction that can give a unique experience to travelers tired of touring through urban areas. Kichijoji is not as well known to Koreans as Harajuku, Shinjuku, Shibuya or Ginza, but you should hurry to experience the charms of Kichijoji, which is a hidden gem.

[Introduction to Kichijoji PATH]

Visitors can plan a schedule that includes both Inokashira Park and checking out the popular restaurants and shops nearby, and so I recommend first visiting Inokashira Park and the Ghibli Museum which is in the park grounds and then going to the popular restaurants or shops afterwards.

Planning a trip in the reverse order is also possible, but there is easier access to Inokashira Park and the nearby attractions as soon as you come out of the Kichijoji Station exit.

Recommended PATH 1.

South exit of Kichijoji Station – Inokashira Park [Art Market – boat marina – zoo – aquarium – sculpture park] – Ghibli Museum

Recommended PATH 2.

North Exit of Kichijoji Station – Harmonica Yokocho Market –  Satou – Karel – unicoNikiTikiDans Dix ans – Sheep Meadow – MoiZootiealtBAU – Woodberry’s – Inokashira Park – 36 Sublo

Tip: Nearby attractions

Kichijoji is connected to Shinjiku and the Chūō Main Line, and can be accessed in just 15 minutes without having to transfer so it is a good idea to find accommodation in nearby Shinjuku when planning your trip to Kichijoji.

– Shinjuku (新宿)

Located in the centre of Tokyo, this is the part of Tokyo that has the tallest buildings. This area also has the largest ratio of foreigners with more than 30,000 foreigners residing here. Shinjuku Station, which sees more than 2 million passengers daily, is a representative central location in Japan with a concentration of department stores, restaurants, electronics shops and an entertainment district in the local area. The night-scapes over Shinjuku from the south tower of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office Building are beyond comparison.

Recommended PATH 1.

South exit of Kichijoji Station – Inokashira Park (Art Market, duck boat marina, zoo) – Ghibli Museum

Inokashira Park

You can get into the thick of sightseeing in Kichijoji straight out of Kichijoji Station.

Kichijoji Station has a north exit and a south exit, and the park exit takes you towards Inokashira Park while the central exit connects to a bustling street lined with shops. 

If you come out of the south exit, take the alley along the Marui Department Store all the way to the end and you will find a Starbucks there. The entrance to Inokashira Park is on the right side of Starbucks which is on a slope.

It takes about 10 minutes to get from the station to the park. After passing some shops with traditional and liberal displays, you will eventually arrive at the park.

 

Go along the park entrance and your feet will automatically start moving towards the tasty smells, wafting in from none other than the smell of “Iseya” kebabs! These are famous for being reasonably priced and the kebabs are grilled according to the different cuts of meat. I would often order take-away and eat the kebabs along with a beer.

Spring in Inokashira Park is characterised by cherry trees that highlight the sunny skies, which are all reflected in the smooth surface of the pond conveying a feeling of contrast that cannot be described.

The image of autumn foliage, quiet and calm despite the cold, with the autumn trees adamantly maintaining their positions and the migratory birds that spend their winter in the park’s pond embracing the whole area with a cool breeze as if it comforted our minds.

I head out to the park in the beautiful early morning to go for a stroll. People of all ages cross the forest next to the pond while taking in the fresh morning air, the sound of fallen leaves crushing under their feet. This really is a diverse place with 100 years of history.

Many famous cartoon artists and children’s book authors have been inspired by this place and were able to immerse themselves into creating works.

You may even walk past famous director, Miyazaki Hayao, sitting in the park without knowing it.

Walking along the bridge that crosses the lake you will be able to see the duck boat marina. There are even real ducks that can be seen swimming between the duck boats enjoying the sights of the park. An “Art Market” forms along the path surrounding the pond on the weekends. It will be hard take your eyes off the attractive and original works of art.

All around the park are diverse performances and things to see. The zoo inside the park is a good place to take walks with children, and the park has a romantic atmosphere, where simply walking together with your loved one with coffee in hand and chatting quietly will cause your heart to pound with the excitement of romance.

Ghibli Museum

You can easily find the Ghibli Museum while slowly walking through the park as there are signposts to it throughout Inokashira Park from Kichijoji Station. While many come to see the park, when noticing the many people who come to see Ghibli Museum one is once again reminded of the landmark status of Studio Ghibli in Japan and of the fame of the director Miyazaki Hayao.

Tickets are not sold via an on-site booth so sadly, to enter the museum you will have to purchase tickets ahead of time.

Photography is strictly prohibited inside the museum so no matter how hard you search online, the only photos that are revealed are those of the exterior of the museum. If you would like to see and experience Studio Ghibli first hand, you should secure a ticket ahead of time.

There is also the small pleasure of experiencing the novel system of making a reservation by dates ahead of time and then having the ticket printed out at a ticket printing machine at a nearby convenience store.

Another way to get to Ghibli Museum besides crossing from Kichijoji Station is to take the shuttle bus bound for Ghibli Museum from Mitaka Station. You can also buy tickets on the day by visiting the JTB Travel Land travel agency located near Mitaka Station which is geared towards services for foreigners.

If you are going along the route to the museum, I recommend taking a walk in Inokashira Park after having a look around the museum, returning to Kichijoji Station and taking the northerly street lined with shops.

Recommended Path 2.

North Exit of Kichijoji Station – Harmonica Yokocho Market –  Satou – Karel – unico – NikiTiki – Dans Dix ans – Sheep Meadow – Moi – ZOOTIE – altBAU – Woodberry’s – Inokashira Park – 36 Sublo

After having a look around Inokashira Park and the Ghibli Museum, you can exit the park and embark on more in-depth sightseeing in Kichijoji.

Without any one compelling destination, Kichijoji has the Atre shopping mall located near the station, Parco, Tokyu and Marui (OIOI) Department Stores are landmarks making this a pleasant route to simply walk freely along. Kichijoji is just the place to get lost in because you can be in harmony with three elements: freely watching, feeling and enjoy eating without a care.

Harmonica Yokocho

There are alleyways where two people can barely walk abreast, but which are packed with shops.

The way the shops are packed together in a long line resembles a harmonica, hence the moniker “Harmonica Yokocho”.

At first glance, this place resembles a bazaar, but starting off as a black market after World War II it was treated with contempt for some time. However, this place which was once held in contempt has turned into one of the most desirable neighbourhoods among Japanese and is one of the major stops on a trip to Kichijoji, and the alleys lined with romantic bars make this a hip place for young people to wander around in.

Harmonica Yokocho is right across from the north central exit of Kichijoji Station. If you enter the marketplace area with shops, you will see interspersed alleyways that grow more narrow starting from the main road, take one of these alleyways to get there. There are also yellow official-looking signs that say “Entrance to Harmonica Yokocho”. There are multiple entrances, so you can find it by starting somewhere and just roaming around. The narrow alleyways of Harmonica Yokocho were made famous when, it is said, they inspired some of the designs in the Miyazaki Hayao animation, “Spirited Away”.

Nearly 100 shops consisting of diverse restaurants, seafood and vegetable retailers, tailors, grocery stores and cafés are concentrated here. The image of a night market may first come to mind when mentioning alleyway markets, but in Harmonica Yokocho there are many places that serve pasta and taco rice and other items from lunchtime onwards. Several years ago, there was an increase in up-market cafés, making it a hot spot for a wide variety of age groups.

The Chinese Restaurant, Min Min (みんみん), has been steadily popular for over 30 years for its Chinese style dumplings, and on the 3rd floor, with a standing bar, seated tables and even a terrace, is Café Moscow (モスクワ), with its diverse atmosphere. As the Chinese name suggests, you can find a range of panda-related products and illustrations, and the open-air style means you can enjoy the nights in Harmonica Yokocho, which has an atmosphere like being among street vendors.

Please refer to the websites below for details on restaurant information you may be curious about in Harmonica Yokocho.

http://bimi.jorudan.co.jp/article/topics/bimi/kichijoji/01.html

Sun Road lined with shops (吉祥寺サンロ商店街) and Daiya Gai (吉祥寺ダイヤ)

After looking around Harmonica Yokocho for a while, if you climb up to a higher floor, you will begin to notice a sign shaped like a smiling face from far away.  This is the entrance to the arcade-style shop-lined street called Sun Road. Sun Road is a place where you can enjoy shopping that is both everyday yet comfortable. There are also many well-known pharmacies making it fun to shop around and have a look around.

A must-see stop on a trip to Kichijoji is the diamond alley, “Daiya Gai”. Most of the streets lined with shops and department stores that can be called landmarks of Kichijoji are all gathered here so just by walking here you would have already passed them. The scale of Daiya Gai is quite extensive, so it can be divided into East, West and South domes – the Sun Road entrance is located in the East Dome. If you were to make distinctions based on landmarks, the West Dome would include TOKYU Department Store and the South Dome would include Parco Department Store. You don’t have to worry at all about getting lost as there are signs at each entrance as well as all along Sun Road.

Please refer to the websites below for details on Daiya Gai.

http://www.daiyagai.com/map/

 

Today, from this spot we will request help from Tomoko, who will be our tour guide, to help us quench our desire to find places that are very characteristic of “Kichijoji”. Tomoko lives nearby Saitama which is located slightly to the north of central Tokyo, but she lived here while attending university so Kichijoji is like her second home. She is currently involved in managing and helping exchange students at a college located in Shinjuku.

Satou

There is a famous minced meat cutlet restaurant if you enter Daiya Gai through the East dome. Minced meat cutlet was one of several sides that started to be sold by general butcher shops and has become a popular menu item that diners simply cannot do without.

There is always a long line of people here so you might need to wait a little before receiving your order. This is a traditional shop that satisfies the curious who have gathered here. This place is mostly busy in the mornings and at lunch time, and has a system of no longer serving take-away food when ingredients are low. You can experience the flavour and richness of the first minced meat cutlet, but by the second cutlet, you might notice the flavour diluted by greasiness.  Sato on the 2nd floor is a steak restaurant.

As we head towards the street lined with shops and enter the alleyway next to Tokyu Department Store we come across a monkey taunting and acting cute for a while before people on the street.

You can see and enjoy such unpredictable sights here at Kichijoji.

Karelcapek

In this season, which reminds you of cool air and warm tea, I enter the tea shop by the name of Karelcapek which has stand-out interior decorations.

Ask for directions by saying “How do I get to Karelcapek?” The place is that well known among the locals. You immediately notice the very Japanese-style tea cups and cute packages If you are lucky, you may be offered a sample of one of the beverages.

unico

Exit the alleyway and head straight towards the street lined with shops and you will come across an interior shop called “unico”. The quaint exterior of the shop will stop you dead in your tracks, and your gaze will stop when you see a harmony between modern and classic furniture.

The murals across the street that seem to almost announce the fact that this is a street of art, are also interesting. Even the buses passing through the narrow alleyways make Kichijoji cute.

NikiTiki

The toy shop “NikiTiki” is very popular with both children and grown-ups alike. A cute bear blowing bubbles greets us at the door. Perhaps this could be called a playground for ‘smart’ kids. The kids moving their dreams with wooden block shapes on magnet drawing paper are so charming.

Dans Dix ans

If you walk a way around the corner to the right of the NikiTiki building, you will notice a small garden overgrown with weeds. The uninitiated would think it was a privately owned empty lot and would simply pass by, but under the guidance of Tomoko we enter the yard without hesitation.  Descend the stairs after passing the clothing store on the left and you will arrive at the secret bakery in the basement, “Dans Dix ans”. A long line of customers has formed. At first glance there does not seem to be a great selection, but through a kitchen open on the inside you can see and experience the end results of a skilled baker. The small, yet orderly and luxurious atmosphere and the appearance of friendly staff leave us in anticipation of what the food will taste like. After biting off a chunk I was captured by the taste and joined the queue once more to buy some for the road, and as I left there was a spring in my step.

도쿄키치죠지''Dans Dix ans'가게내부모습 호텔스닷컴 도쿄가볼만한곳
도쿄키치죠지''Dans Dix ans'에서빵굽는모습 호텔스닷컴 도쿄가볼만한곳
도쿄키치죠지''Dans Dix ans'빵 호텔스닷컴 도쿄가볼만한곳
도쿄키치죠지''Dans Dix ans'식빵 호텔스닷컴 도쿄가볼만한곳

 

Sheep Meadow

Sheep Meadow, which is just across from the bakery, is a place that sells knitting wool which they spin themselves. Three or four skilled women sit together knitting, pulling and spinning thread while chatting. I am very interested in knitting, and was enthralled by the wool in pastel tones and when I tried knitting the woman told me to stop by whenever I liked.

 

Moi

After checking out the knitting I did an about-face and saw on the other side of the street there was a shop/café selling cute post cards and stationery by Finnish artists. This is café ‘Moi’ which was made famous after being introduced in a book titled Tokyo Café. The main item on the menu is the Finnish cinnamon roll. With its cosy size, it has a nice atmosphere for simply stopping by and spending time here. It’s not easy to find an available seat in any café at the weekend, and unfortunately it appears it is no different here, and we head elsewhere after having a look around the shop.

While searching for the café, we found the sentimental scenery of Kichijoji to be impressive.

These days, the concept of a mill has disappeared from both Korea and Japan. Still, whenever coming across something old, I am not sure why but a lump forms in my throat and I smile with joy. The mill is filled inside with rice. Just in front of the mill is a public bath house that is an even less common sight. Just how many years have they been in that position. Kichijoji is the place where modernity and history coexist.

ZOOTIE

Kichijoji in particular has many vintage shops in one place, and one vintage shop named Zootie was considerate enough to mark the year of manufacture and country of origin on the tags, which is very helpful for students of fashion. There is more antique merchandise on the inside and they even offer custom shoe creation.

도쿄키치죠지빈티지숍'ZOOTIE'의셔츠들 호텔스닷컴 도쿄가볼만한곳
도쿄키치죠지빈티지숍'ZOOTIE'의외부 호텔스닷컴 도쿄가볼만한곳
도쿄키치죠지빈티지숍'ZOOTIE'의내부 호텔스닷컴 도쿄가볼만한곳

 

altBAU

Looking for a place to eat we stumbled upon the café “altBAU”. We saw the large signpost from the street and as we ascended to the 2nd floor, just before us there was a table decoration that gave us the feeling of a large console. The sofa and tables had a classic look and no details were overlooked in creating this vintage type of interior.

In Japan, lunch menus are usually served from 11 am or 12 noon and lunch stops serving at 3 or 4 pm, but lucky for us this café was still serving lunch. The dishes we ordered included spicy tandoori curry, Hamburg steak with demiglace sauce, and a Japanese-style pasta and salad. The food was visually appealing and tasty.

Woodberry’s

After finishing our meal and leaving the building we noticed it was getting dark, but there were still many people about.

Then Tomoko saw the frozen yoghurt shop she used to frequent – a place where you can enjoy a wide selection and healthy flavours.

We decided to take a walk to aid our digestion and to take in the night air. Quite different from in the day, the nights in Kichijoji have an electric atmosphere. There are diverse interior shops, an abundance of Bohemian items that seem to have come from far across the sea, and souvenir shops fitting for a tourist attraction. 

Sublo

While leisurely deciding whether we should head back after talking a walk, we decide to check out an interesting stationery shop on Tomoko’s suggestion. There is a sign in front of a door that only the initiated know about – the uninitiated would just pass it by. Ascending the narrow, flat stairs bring us to an unknown treasure trove. There is a sticker that says ‘no photos’, but thankfully we were granted permission to take photos after asking. 

Different from typical stationery shops, this one has merchandise with a unique, rare and precious feel. This place has a pleasant, restless atmosphere as if a coexistence of memories from one’s childhood and witty modern sense. It takes a very long time to view all of the many cute stationery items despite the rather narrow space. The merchandise and clever arrangement itself suit the interior design well, and it gives off the air of a sophisticated vintage store.

도쿄키치죠지호숫가 호텔스닷컴 도쿄가볼만한곳
도쿄의거리 호텔스닷컴 도쿄가볼만한곳
도쿄의거리 호텔스닷컴 도쿄가볼만한곳
도쿄의밤거리 호텔스닷컴 도쿄가볼만한곳
도쿄의밤거리 호텔스닷컴 도쿄가볼만한곳

 

There are many restaurants and things to see after taking a leisurely stroll in the park. This is a how a full schedule of events in Kichijoji ends. We saw every nook and cranny of this place that we would have otherwise just passed by if it weren’t for Tomoko, and I suppose it was a moment where we could experience the real Kichijoji. There are still places we would like to travel to, but with a little lingering we plan to visit those places on our next trip to Kichijoji.

The charming neighbourhood of Kichijoji, the place where tourists can experience many things and one of the most desirable areas among locals. The number of tourists is steadily growing, but I believe that my hidden-treasure of a travel destination will remain.

The appearance of a street that is painted with the flow of time, the coexistence of the street, the busy yet cosy neighbourhood, Kichojoji.

Map URL https://www.google.com/maps/@35.7024181,139.5752526,16z

Inokashira Park

Famous for being one of the most representative tourist attraction parks in Kichijoji, it is famous in the spring for its cherry blossom festivities, and at the entrance of the park are shops brimming with personality that are an attraction in themselves. There is of course strolling and jogging available in the park, but visitors can also enjoy duck boats on the large pond. What’s more, at the weekends the park is crowded with people coming to visit the art market and for events.

Address : 1-18-31, Gotenyama, Musashino, Tokyo-to

Telephone: 0422-47-6900

Website Opens in a new window (http://www.kensetsu.metro.tokyo.jp/seibuk/inokashira/annai.html)

Ghibli Museum (三鷹の森ジブリ美術館)

From Mitaka Station, walk about 15-20 minutes or from Kichijoji Station you can pass through Inokashira Park, follow the signs and after exiting the park you will see the Ghibli Museum after about 10 minutes of climbing. After getting your tickets (which you much make reservations for ahead of time), it has the unique feature of setting a time for each guest with a ticket to enter. You can also purchase Ghibli-related products and books, while a small cinema plays short films that are around 15 minutes long. Historical Ghibli characters are waiting there for you, like My Neighbor Totoro which has been introduced to Korea.

Address : 1-1-83, Shimorenjaku, Mitaka, Tokyo-to

Telephone: 0570-055-777

Opening times: 10 am – 6 pm

Reservation information: Tickets can be reserved from Lawson Convenience Store               General admission/university students – JPY 1,000              Children (13-18 years) – JPY 700              Children (7-13) – JPY 400              Children over 4 – JPY 100              Children under 4 – free admission

Website Opens in a new window (http://www.ghibli-museum.jp/)

Harmonica Yokocho

From the north exit of Kichijoji Station, the densely packed shops line up like a mouthpiece-type of structure in a long line that resembles a harmonica, hence the moniker of ‘Harmonica Yokocho”. Nearly 100 shops consisting of seafood retailers, vegetable stores, clothing stores, grocery stores and cafés are concentrated along a narrow alleyway, appearing as a microcosm of a bazaar, and the alleyway is filled with minced meat cutlet restaurants, famous snack shops and other shops.

Address : 1 Chome-1-1 Kichijoji Honcho, Musashino-shi, Tokyo-to

Satou (minced meat cutlet)

Minced meat cutlets are well known for being popular so there is always a long queue. Prospective customers should take this into account when planning a purchase. While there are tables set up inside the restaurant, most customers purchase food to take away.

Address: Musashino-shi, Tokyo Kichijojihon-cho, 1-1-8

Telephone: 0422-22-3130

Opening times: 9 am – 8 pm

Website Opens in a new window (http://www.shopsatou.com/shop/kichijouji1/index.html)

Tea Shop Karelcapek

8 minutes’ walk from Kichijoji station you can find a great selection of warming teas, along with books on tea, saucers, tea cups and other characteristically Japanese novel products on display. If you are lucky you may be served tea by the owner!

Address: 2-17-5-2F, Honcho, Musashino, Tokyo-to

Telephone: 0422-23-0488

Opening times: 11 am – 8 pm

Website Opens in a new window (http://www.karelcapek.co.jp/)

Shop Unico

Furniture that is a combination of retro and modern stops onlookers in their tracks, and reels customers in with its simple yet creative interior. You can find the right furniture for you by sitting down on it and feeling it in person.

Address: 2-15-4, Honcho, Musashino, Tokyo-to

Telephone: 0422-28-7357

Opening times: 11 am – 8 pm

Website Opens in a new window (http://unico-lifestyle.com/)

NikiTiki

Children can try out European-style toys and a hands-on educational system where they can enter themselves, figure out which toys are fun by playing with them and choose one to buy. This is an adorable place to relive your childhood.

Address: 2-28-3, Honcho, Musashino, Tokyo-to

Telephone: 0422-21-3137

Opening times: 10 am – 7 pm

Closed on Thursdays

Website Opens in a new window (http://www.nikitiki.co.jp/)

Dans Dix ans (Dandijong)

10 minutes’ walk from Kichijoji Station, this is unique both in location and for its system of serving customers, as only those in the know can find the basement location. It boasts the taste of a high-end bakery in a narrow space turning out 4 main items on the menu along with breads large and small. There is a system of having to form a line in order to make a selection and to make a purchase, so it is best to first have a look at what to buy before getting in line and buying.

Address: 2-28-2, Honcho, Musashino, Tokyo-to

Telephone: 0422-23-2595

Opening times: 10am – 8 pm / Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Website Opens in a new window (http://www.dans10ans.net/)

Sheep Meadow (wool shop)

Some old women are gathered together knitting inside a small yarn shop knitting and talking. The distinctly Japanese colours and luxurious wool is spun and then sold so the price is not that cheap, but it is pleasant to the touch and there are a variety of beautiful colours making it the right place to buy wool for anyone keen to try knitting.

Address: 2-27-8, Honcho, Musashino, Tokyo-to

Telephone: 0422-21-0589

Opening times: 10 am – 7 pm

Closed Thursdays

Website Opens in a new window (http://sheepmeadow.weebly.com/)

Finnish-style café, “Moi

The entrance is filled with adorable European postcards and there is a café area inside the cute shop. With the Finnish-style cinnamon roll as its competitive product, it has a separate hours of operation for take-away, so if you are able to get there in time you are lucky! You can enjoy items for reasonable prices such as cinnamon roll (JPY 380), carrot cake (JPY 500), coffee (JPY 550) and hazelnut “ore” (650 yen).

Address: 2-28-3, Honcho, Musashino, Tokyo-to

Telephone: 0422-20-7133

Opening times: Thursday-Monday 12 pm – 8 pm (last order at 7:30 pm) / Wednesday 1 pm – 4 pm / Closed Tuesdays

Website Opens in a new window (http://moicafe.blog61.fc2.com/)

Vintage shop ‘ZOOTIE’

This is the second shop under the High-water mark brand that opened in 1988. After opening the flagship store in 1996 in England, it has been focusing on European items from the 1940s through to the 1970s. You can find European vintage antiques, general merchandise and imported accessories, with items on offer for retail and wholesale. Customers can also check out Zootie-ide, a brand of handmade items.

Address: 2-26-12, Musashino-shi, Kichijojihon-cho, Tokyo

Telephone: 0422-22-3290    

Opening times: 12 pm – 8 pm

Website Opens in a new window (http://www.zootie-styling.com)

altBAU

This is a cafe/restaurant that has a lot to see in the way of antique-style furniture and interior pieces, and is the perfect place to catch your breath. This restaurant offers very good value for money.

Address: 1-1-10, Minamicho, Musashino, Tokyo-to

Telephone: 0422-26-9722

Opening times: 11:30 am – 11:30 pm

Website Opens in a new window (http://www.atticroom.jp/altbau/)

Woodberry’s (Frozen Yoghurt)

This shop sells freshly made frozen yoghurt by mixing home-made fresh yoghurt with fresh fruit. The store is very cosy in size. There is a calm atmosphere from the wood and glass interior. You can also choose from a range of ice cream flavours. Good to eat and good for you!

Address: 1-4-1 Kichijoji-minamicho, Musashino-shi, Tokyo-to

Telephone: 0422-48-3315

Opening times: Weekdays 12 pm – 10 pm, Weekends 11 am – 10 pm

Website Opens in a new window (http://woodberrys.co.jp/)

36 Sublo (サブロ)

A shop where it is fun just to look at the many novel and interesting products. It is one of those places that are easy to pass by, so when found it is like discovering a treasure trove. From basic stationery items that conjure up memories to cute items on display, there are items in all price ranges and it is good fun making a selection.

Address: 2-4-16, Honcho, Musashino, Tokyo-to

Telephone: 0422-21-8118

Opening times: 12 pm – 8 pm

Closed Tuesdays

Website Opens in a new window (http://www.sublo.net/)

Kichijoji Tokyu REI Hotel

Near the Kichijoji Tokyu REI Hotel located in Musashino, you can find Inokashira Park, Jindai Botanical Garden and Jindaiji Temple. Other nearby tourist attractions include the Fuda Tenjinsha Shrine and the Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum.

Features: The hotel has 4 restaurants and a coffee shop.

        Wireless and wired high-speed Internet is available for free in public areas.

        Also available for guests are a free newspaper (lobby), dry cleaning/laundry service and a lift.

        There is also a car park available for an additional charge.

Address: 1-6-3, Minamicho, Musashino, Tokyo-to

Reservations Opens in a new window (http://uk.hotels.com/ho144177/gichijoji-dokyu-rei-hotel-musasino-ilbon/?rffrid=seo.hcom.kr.webzine.01.Ti.detail.map.BTN)

Kichijoji Dai-ichi Hotel

Near the Dai-ichi Hotel located in Musashino are Inokashira Park and the Jindai Botanical Garden. Also nearby are tourist attractions including the Fuda Tenjinsha Shrine and the Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum.

Features: The dining facilities include a bar/lounge and meals are served at 3 restaurants in the hotel. Also available for guests are a free newspaper (lobby), hair salon and storage available for valuables at the front desk.

Address: 2-4-14, Honcho, Musashino, Tokyo-to

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Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku

This Tokyo hotel is conveniently located directly across the road from Shinjuku Station, 0.3 km away from Takashima Times Square and 0.5 km away from the NTT Docomo Yoyogi Building.

Features: The 14-storey Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku has a conference room and catering facilities, and provides catering and other business services. There are 2 restaurants, a bar/lounge and customers can use the room service (available at certain times). Multilingual employees staff the 24-hour front desk. The hotel also provides parking (charged extra) and laundry services. Guests may use the round-trip airport shuttle (charged extra) service that runs on a schedule.

Address: 2-3-1 Yoyogi Shibuya Tokyo, Tokyo-to, 151-0053

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Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo

This hotel located in Shinjuku, Tokyo is 5 blocks away from Shinjuku Station. Across the street is the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. A street lined with shops is also nearby.

Features: The Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo offers an outdoor swimming pool depending on the season, and has public bath and fitness facilities. A hair salon and beauty services are provided at this 4-star Tokyo accommodation. A business centre, high-speed Internet, small-scale meeting room and secretarial services are available as part of the business facilities. Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo has a restaurant, a bar/lounge and a coffee shop. 24-hour room service is also available.

Address: 2-2-1 Nishi-Shinjuku Shinjuku-Ku Tokyo, Tokyo-to, 160-8330

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Shinjuku Prince Hotel

This hotel located in Shinjuku, central Tokyo and is walking distance from Studio Alta and Hanazono Shrine.

Features: Built in 1977, the Shinjuku Prince Hotel has several restaurants, a bar/lounge and a coffee shop/café. In terms of business facilities, the hotel offers wireless Internet, a computer station, business services, a banquet hall and a 190 m² assembly hall. The hotel also has multilingual employees, air-conditioned public areas, concierge services, a gift shop and a newspaper kiosk. You can get a massage here (by appointment).

Address: 1-30-1 Kabuki-cho Tokyo, Tokyo-to, 160-8487

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Citadines Central ShinjukuTokyo

The Citadines Central Shinjuku Tokyo, located in central Tokyo, is convenient for families and is walking distance from the Hanazono Shrine, Shinjuku Isetan and the Shinjuku Isetan Department Store. Nearby, you will also find the Meiji Shrine and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building.

Features: This family-oriented hotel has an on-site restaurant. Guests can use free wireless and wired high-speed Internet in public areas. Additional amenities and services include multilingual employees, concierge service, ticketing information and a convenience store. This hotel has designated smoking areas.

Address: 1-2-9, Kabukicho Shinjuku-ku Tokyo, Tokyo-to, 160-0021

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Nishi-Shinjuku Hotel MyStays

Studio Alta, Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building and the Meiji Shrine are all near the Nishi-Shinjuku Hotel MyStays, which is located in Tokyo (Shinjuku). The Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and Yoyogi Park are also nearby.

Features: This hotel also has a restaurant. Wireless and wired high-speed Internet is available for free in public areas. Laundry facilities are available for a fee, coffee (lobby) and dry cleaning/laundry services are also available. There is also a car park available for an additional charge. This hotel has designated smoking areas.

Address: 7-14-14, Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku Tokyo, Tokyo-to, 160-0023

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Shinjuku Washington Hotel Annex

The Shinjuku Washington Hotel Annex is close to the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, Meiji Shrine and Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. Other nearby attractions include Yoyogi Park and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building.

Features: Wireless and wired high-speed Internet is available for free in public areas, and there is a computer station in the hotel as well. This 3-star hotel provides business services and facilities such as a business centre and conference room. Hotel staff can help guests to choose from a wide selection of services such as tourism and ticketing information and wedding services. In addition, there are multilingual employees, a grocery/convenience store and laundry facilities.

Address: 3-2-9 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku Tokyo, Tokyo-to, 160-8336

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APA Hotel Shinjuku Gyoemmae

The APA Hotel Shinjuku Gyoemmae located in Tokyo (Shinjuku) is close to the Shijuku Isetan Department Store, the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden and the Meiji Shrine. Also nearby are the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building and Yoyogi Park.

Features: This hotel also has a restaurant. Guests can use free wireless and wired high-speed Internet in public areas. In addition, the hotel also has public baths, spa services and laundry facilities. Parking is available for a fee.

Address: 2-2-8 Shinjuku, Shinjuku Tokyo, Tokyo-to, 160-0022

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Hyatt Regency Tokyo

Located in central Tokyo, the Hyatt Regency Hotel is walking distance from Shinjuku Central Park and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. Also nearby are the Meiji Shrine and the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

Features: The Hyatt Regency Tokyo has an indoor swimming pool and health club. Equipped with wireless and wired high-speed Internet, which is available in common areas (charged extra) This 4.5-star hotel provides business services and facilities such as a business centre and conference room. This luxurious hotel has dining facilities that include a restaurant and bar/lounge. In addition, there are multilingual employees, a grocery/convenience store and 24-hour room service.

Address: 2-7-2 Nishi-Shinjuku Shinjuku-Ku Tokyo, Tokyo-to, 160-0023

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Hilton Tokyo

Located in the Shinjuku region of Tokyo, this hotel is 0.3 km from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, and less than 1 km from Studio Alta.

Features: The Hilton Tokyo has tennis courts, a health club, an indoor swimming pool, a spa, baths and public baths. This 4.5-star hotel also has a massage and treatment room and a hair salon, and offers beauty services. A business centre, high-speed Internet, a small-scale meeting room and secretarial services are available as part of the business facilities. The Hilton Tokyo has 4 restaurants, 2 bar/lounges and a patisserie.

Address: 6-6-2, Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku Tokyo, Tokyo-to, 160-0023

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