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Tokyo Walk: Recommended spots and delicious dishes in Kichijoji

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ReleaseJanuary 4, 2021

Located in Musashino City, the western part of Tokyo, Kichijoji can be accessed by train from Shinjuku in about 15 minutes. With a big park, department stores, shopping streets, and yokocho districts with drinking places, Kichijoji is a perfect place to enjoy eating, drinking, playing, and being refreshed in nature!

Inokashira Park


Opened in 1917 as the first suburban park in Japan, Inokashira Park has a history of more than 100 years. The park has a pond, forest, and Japanese garden.

Kichijoji Inokashira Park

The neighboring area has other facilities, such as Inokashira Park Zoo and Ghibli Museum, which is a museum showcasing the work of famous animation studio Studio Ghibli.

Kichijoji Inokashira ParkOasis in a big city


There are about 200 cherry trees around Inokashira Pond, serving as a popular cherry blossom viewing spot in spring. A view of fully-blossoming cherry flowers reflected on the water and the blossoms showering on the water is very beautiful. With fresh greenery in summer and colored leaves in autumn, you can see various attractive views in different seasons. It is a perfect place for dating, walking, and relaxing! The area has also been used as a shooting place for some dramas, movies, and anime works.

Kichijoji Inokashira ParkAutumn view


*There are no trash cans in the park. Please bring you trash home with you.
https://www.kensetsu.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/jimusho/seibuk/inokashira/en_index.html” rel=”noopener” target=”_blank”>Kichijoji Inokashira Park
Official Web Site:https://www.kensetsu.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/jimusho/seibuk/inokashira/en_index.html


INOKA


A cafe inside Inokashira Park, mainly serving to-go items.

Kichijoji Inokashira Park Cafe INOKA

Kichijoji Inokashira Park Cafe INOKA

The cafe offers some snacks, such as French fries, karaage fried chicken, and hotdogs, as well as drinks, including home-made lemon soda, hand-drip coffee, and hojicha tea latte.

Kichijoji Inokashira Park Cafe INOKA

Kichijoji Inokashira Park Cafe INOKAThe most recommended item is “tofu donuts”! There are three kinds, including plain, matcha, and cinnamon (containing no egg nor dairy products). They are freshly served, with a crispy outside and moist inside! They are not too sweet and very nice and light.

Kichijoji Inokashira Park Cafe INOKAThe handbag you get with a drink-to-go is very cute.


Official instagram:https://www.instagram.com/inoka.cafe/

【Recommended Shops】


Paper message


A shop that specializes in original paper items.

Kichijoji Paper message

Kichijoji Paper message
You can find many paper-based products, including message cards, notebooks, and wrapping papers, which are all beautiful and cute. You can make your own original notebook with paper of your choice!

Kichijoji Paper message

Kichijoji Paper message

Address: 4-1-3 Kichijoji Honcho, Musashino City
Access: 8 min. walk from Kichijoji Sta. (JR, Keio)
Official Web Site:https://www.papermessage.jp/

Sippo


Kichijoji Sippo
Half the store serves as a shop selling everyday items and sundries, while the other half serves as a restaurant.

Kichijoji Sippo

Kichijoji Sippo
With stationery, plates and utensils, and various other kinds of items, you can find everything somewhat nostalgic as well as stylish!

Kichijoji Sippo
The restaurant serves several kinds of set meals with rice, which are nutritionally well balanced, and some desserts, including cakes, as well as seasonal parfaits!

Kichijoji Sippo
Kichijoji Sippo
Kichijoji Sippo
Kichijoji Sippo
Kichijoji Sippo
Address: Kichijoji Kitamachi 1-18-25, Musashino City
Access: 10 min. walk from Kichijoji Sta. (JR, Keio)
Official Web Site:https://www.sippo-4.com/

Cafe Chairo


A modern cafe with Japanese taste that opened in June, 2020.

Kichijoji Cafe Chairo
The owner is James, an American who loves Japanese culture and architecture. He says that he produced everything about this cafe, from the shop logo to interior. While feeling a traditional Japanese atmosphere, you can enjoy a modern and stylish space.

Kichijoji Cafe Chairo
The food served at the cafe is all based on his original recipes. The recommended items are miso-dango dumplings, seasonal yokan, and matcha-an muffin.

Kichijoji Cafe ChairoMiso-dango


Kichijoji Cafe ChairoMatcha au lait and seasonal yokan


According to James, he opened this cafe hoping for Japanese young people, who are gradually losing touch with traditional Japanese culture, to rediscover and become more familiar with it.

Address: 3F, Kichijoji Honcho 1-11-21, Musashino City
Access: 5 min. walk from Kichijoji Sta. (JR, Keio)
Official instagram:https://www.instagram.com/cafechairo/
※Temporary closed

Iseya Sohonten


Opened in 1928, this long-established izakaya pub has a history of more than 90 years.

Kichijoji yakitori Iseya Sohonten
In addition to various kinds of yakitori, the signature dishes, you can enjoy various dishes and daily recommended dishes. There was a major renovation in 2008, in which the current building was created based on the image of the old building. The exterior and interior decorated with lots of lanterns are a must-see!

Kichijoji yakitori Iseya Sohonten
Kichijoji yakitori Iseya Sohonten
Kichijoji yakitori Iseya Sohonten
Kichijoji yakitori Iseya Sohonten
Kichijoji  yakitori Iseya Sohonten

Address: Gotenyama 1-2-1, Musashino City
Access: 5 min. walk from Kichijoji Sta. (JR, Keio)
Official Web Site:http://www.kichijoji-iseya.jp/publics/index/13/

Kichijoji Sato


Located in “Daiyagai” shopping street stretching in front of the station, this popular shop specializing in selling Japanese black beef, is especially famous for menchi-katsu (breaded and deep-fried ground beef patty).

Kichijoji Sato

It also offers delicious korokke, gyu-katsu (breaded and deep-fried beef on a skewer) and buta-katsu (breaded and deep-fried pork on a skewer). There is always a long line of people for the famous menchi-katsu and other delicious items.

Kichijoji SatoMenchi-katsu


Kichijoji SatoButa-katsu


Kichijoji SatoGyu-katsu


Kichijoji SatoKorokke


Address: Kichijoji Honcho 1-1-8, Musashino City
Access: 1 min. on foot from Kichijoji Sta. (JR, Keio)
Official Web Site:https://www.shop-satou.com/shop/kichijouji1/

Yakitori Monden


Located a short distance away from the busy area in front of Kichijoji Station, this cozy little restaurant specializes in yakitori.

Kichijoji Yakitori Monden
Using various parts of chicken and grilled with charcoal, the yakitori is soft and juicy. You can also enjoy a wide selection of local sake from all over Japan.

Kichijoji Yakitori MondenChef’s selection of yakitori


Kichijoji Yakitori MondenChicken wings


Kichijoji Yakitori MondenMini-tomatoes wrapped with bacon on skewer


Kichijoji Yakitori MondenGrilled firefly squid


Kichijoji  Yakitori MondenDeep-fried taro


Address: Kichijoji Kitamachi 1-10-22, Musashino City
Access: 10 min. walk from Kichijoji Sta. (JR, Keio)
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【Recommended Souvenirs】


Ozasa


A long-established shop making and selling exclusively yokan (thick, jelly-like sweet made of red bean paste, agar and sugar) and monaka (sweet azuki bean paste sandwiched between two thin crispy rice wafers), which are categorized into namagashi, a type of wagashi with high water content. Both are hand-made by craftsmen. They attract people with their perfect balance of sweetness and sophisticated taste. The yokan is especially famous and people make a long line for the yokan even before the shop opens.

Kichijoji Ozasa monakaA set of 15 monaka


Kichijoji Ozasa monakaMonaka


Address: Kichijoji Honcho 1-1-8, Musashino City
Access: 1 min. walk from Kichijoji Sta.
Official Web Site:https://www.ozasa.co.jp/guide.php

*The information herein is as of July 2021.

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