Kichijoji is a bit out of the way but well worth a visit if you have the time. As well as some great shopping, there’s a huge park full of attractions and it’s close to the Ghibli Museum too.
Shopping in Kichijoji
The huge Kichijoji branch of this craft store is a must-visit for crafters as it sells all the sewing, knitting, crochet and craft supplies you could ever need. Almost half of the store is dedicated to fabric! See my full post »
¥100 store with a product range that’s a little more fancy and fashionable than Daiso. Website »
Karel Capek Teatime Shop
Adorably packaged tea, sweets and gifts. The main branch is in Kichijoji with a few others across Japan. Some have cafes too. Website »
Where to Eat
Nana’s Green Tea
Chain of cafes across Japan specialising in matcha drinks and desserts, plus a affordable noodles and rice bowls. Website »
Muji Cafe & Meal
The Shinjuku branch of this famous minimalist lifestyle goods store also has a cafe serving deli lunches and desserts. You can pick up own-brand packaged foods to take home too. Website »
Art, Culture & More
This huge park is really nice to explore as it surrounds a huge lake, which is often full of people in swan boats. You’ll also a find a zoo, temples and shrines, plus nice walks that will lead to you to Ghibli Museum. Website »
Ghibli film fans won’t want to miss this chance to see this unique building covering the studio’s history. Meet Totoro at the gate, watch an exclusive short film in the cinema and have your photo taken with a giant robot from Laputa, plus a huge shop. See my full post »
Temari no Ouchi
Cat cafe with a dreamy forest interior. Website »
On the way back to Tokyo, stop at Nakano station for this amazing shopping centre. It has 3 floors of tiny stores selling vintage toys, anime goods and manga and is as good as museum. The brave can also try the famous giant soft serve ice cream with 8 flavours piled on top of each other! Website »
The easiest way to get to Kichijoji is the Keio Inokashira Line from Shibuya, but this is a private railway so you can’t use your rail pass or Suica card. You can also take the JR Chuo Main Line from Tokyo or Shinjuku but it’s very confusing as to which trains stop where. You can always just stay on until Mitaka, by the Ghibli Museum and walk to Kichijoji through the park.
Last updated: 15 May 2017
Useful Links & Guides
- Top 10 Things to do at Inokashira Park – great guide by Texan in Tokyo
- My Tokyo Shopping Guide (craft & kawaii shopping in Tokyo and beyond)
- My Japan Trips (more links and guides)
- Planning For Japan (my Japan guide with 200+ shops, cafes and places of interest plus tips and resources to help you plan the perfect trip!