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Review of Kichijoji

Kichijoji
Ranked #2 of 64 things to do in Musashino
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Reviewed April 21, 2013

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.

1  Thank Lolligoespop
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Reviewed March 6, 2013

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.

Thank fumi3japan
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Reviewed February 18, 2013

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 straight out of immediate post war Japan. This area is called Harmonica Yokocho and covers about 6 square blocks. It is jamb packed with tiny alleys most no more than 2 meters wide lined with shops, resturants, bars, izekaya, everything under the sun. It is like going back to Tokyo in the 2-5 years after the end of World War II. A fantastic experience, where you can spend hours poking through stores, drinking beer, eating ramen, teriyaki, etc.

The Eel Shop at the south central end of this area is clearly the best in Tokyo and the owner is there daily killing, gutting and roasting live eel, not inexpensive but absolutely the best eel I have ever eaten. You have to take it home as there is no in store eating space, but that is the way the locals do it. Get there early as by 3 in the afternoon he is normally sold out and closing up.

There are no restrooms that I could find/see but a Tokyu Department store on the north side of the neighborhood has excellent public facilities.

You will see rather few foreigners in this area as it is very little known, but is normally crowded with Japanese particularly on weekends. Don't be afraid to go into the restaurants as the staff in almost all is super friendly, the prices very reasonable and the ambiance casual and not the formal presentation of expensive Tokyo restaurants. There is a steak house, on the 2nd floor of the street on the west side of Hokocho which is excellent, you probably will have to wait in line outside, and then stand on the stairs for a while to get in, but worth the time and the price is RIGHT.

4  Thank Ted C
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Reviewed December 25, 2012

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).

Thank 555NewYorker
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Reviewed December 10, 2012

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 out.
The restaurants - we have been to so many and have only scratched the surface of what there is to offer here. We have our favorite yakitori, Iseya, favorite yakiniku, Richoen, favorite Japanese curry place, Mamezo and still love Doutoru for coffee and a lettuce dog or Donq for a Danish.
Shopping arcades and department stores. And what is this huge daily queue-up for the menshikatsu (meat croquettes) in the arcade? I've had them once and they were good, but this is ridiculous!! We definitely have a lot of menshikatsu afficionados living here.
The Harmonica Yokocho markets on Sunday are gorgeous and the Nakamichi area interesting to wander through.
It is a community and a village with its own character in a vast city.

Thank swordfish24
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