Take a limited express train on the Keio Line from Shinjuku Station and be at Chofu Station in about 15 minutes.
Statues of the famous yokai (specter) character, Kitaro, and his fellow characters created by cartoonist Shigeru Mizuki stand along Tenjin Street starting from Old Koshu Kaido Street at the north side of Chofu Station to Fudaten Shrine. Go further north for another 30 minutes and you will be at Jindai-ji Temple. Jindai-ji Temple is one of the oldest temples in Tokyo. This peaceful area is blessed with an abundance of lush vegetation and natural spring water. Pass through the temple gate, pray at the main hall, and stroll around the area. Outside the gate, there are many soba restaurants serving the area’s specialty, Jindai-ji soba. A daruma (an egg-shaped doll usually made of papier mache and painted red) fair is held in March every year. Drop by and enjoy the Suisei Shokubutsuen (aquatic garden) and Jindai-ji Onsen (hot spring) in this area.
Jindai Botanical Gardens Park is located next to the temple. Approximately 100,000 plants of 4,800 species are growing on the grounds of the park. This park is also known for beautiful Japanese apricot and cherry tree blossoms. Spring and autumn rose festivals are held in the rose garden and festival visitors can enjoy a concert and the illuminated trees. The Chofu Aerospace Center operated by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has an exhibition for visitors to learn about general aerospace-research activities.
The area around Sengawa Station including Sengawa Theater and Tokyo Art Museum, both designed by world-famous architect Tadao Ando, is popular because it is the forefront of artistic and cultural trends.
Keio Tamagawa Station
Near Keio Tamagawa Station, enjoy the beautiful seasonal flowers and trees at Keio’s floral garden Ange. This area is called “movie town” because of the Kadokawa Daiei and Nikkatsu Studios (not open to the public) and the many location shootings. Enjoy strolling from the embankment of the Tama River through a walking path with sculptures to Somechi Seseragi-no Sampo-michi (walking path). Not far from the station, Next to the Tama River is Tokyo Oval Keiokaku where you can enjoy keirin, a Japanese original track bicycle race. Races are held in the evening depending on the season.
Kondo Isami (1834-1868), a commander of the Shinsengumi special police force of the late Edo period, was born in Chofu. The place where he was born and grave are still there. Chofu Airport is an active hub for airlines connecting the main land with the Izu Islands. Enjoy a cup of tea while watching airplanes taking off and landing. Ajinomoto Stadium (formerly Tokyo Stadium) near the airport is where various sports such as J-League soccer games and multi-purpose events including concerts and flea markets are held through the year.
Chofu is not very far from Shinjuku. Please enjoy the verdant nature while strolling around the town.