This is a fairly lively little area. Not worth going to if you are a tourist (center of Tokyo much better) but if you are there for business, it is fine to walk around.
I lived in Kichijoji for one year and i can't begin to tell you how much i love this area. Sure there are other nice areas (Daikanyama, Meguro, Jiyugaoka, Shimokitazawa, Aoyama etc) but Kichijoji has that little extra something. It has everything you need (Loft, Parco, Marui, StarbuckSSS etc) and lots of cute little shops. It feels so calm compared... More
It helped that the summer O-bon festival was in play. Kichijoji just has it going on. It's a vibrant and liveable neighborhood on the Chuo line, several train stops away from the more famous neighborhoods of Shinjuku and Shibuya. What you get for coming out to Kichijoji is human scale, manageable enjoyment of all things Japanese. There's lovely, calm Inokashira... More
at the JR station, there's ARTE departmental store. out of the station, there's a major shopping street. you can also find a mode off and a book off here. mode off is a 2nd hand shop that you can buy branded stuff at reused price.
I used to walk around when its possible with my family. it is special place for me. Last time I visited there was almost 2 years ago.
For a really fun day rather than using the south exit of Kichijoji Station to go to Inokashira Park, which is supposedly the "highlight" of Kichijoji go out of the north exit. Across the bus plaza and almost directly to the north of the west side of the plaza is an area of shops, restaurants, izekaya, and you name it... More
Great park that is always well maintained, along with 2 small zoos and a Shinto shrine. Good for a quick jog (it's barely a mile around the pond, unless you go to the adjoining sports park with a track).
We have stayed at Kichijoji many times when visiting family. It is such a great place we feel like it is a second home to us gaijins. Inokashira Park is a gorgeous retreat on any day and is so close to the action. There is a fabulous vibe in Kichijoji. It is a happening place, yet laid back and chilled... More
This place is a blast! There are tons of places for shopping, and don't forget to try some of the Japanese karaoke. When they say it's much more fun there, you can't understand until you do it, even if you're like me and normally hate karaoke. Make sure you go to a place where you pay to have all you... More
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