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Updated: March 16, 2023
Nishitokyo is one of the 30 municipalities in the Tama region, which lies to the west of Tokyo's 23 special wards. It is mainly a residential area for commuters who work in the city. While often not publicised as a tourist location, Nishitokyo has parks, shrines and sake factories to explore.
Nearest station is Tanashi Station on Seibu Shinjuku Line
From Haneda airport: Around one hour 15 minutes by train.
From Narita airport: Around two hours 10 minutes by train.
From Shinjuku Station: Around 30 minutes Walk to Seibu Shinjuku Station 10 minutes to get to Tanashi Station by Seibu Shinjuku Line Express.
From Tokyo Station: Around 55 minutes to get to Takadanobaba Station by JR Yamanote Line and change to Seibu Shinjuku Line Express to Tanashi Station
Nishitokyo is filled with parks that are perfect for relaxing, picnicking and people-watching. Kitayama Park near Higashimurayama Station is filled with trees and has a pond with lily pads and lined with flowers. Sayama Park is recommended for its beautiful views overlooking Tama Lake. Rokusen Park and Hachikokuyama Park are just a few of the other parks in Nishitokyo that provide an idyllic escape from the busy city.
While the major shrines and temples within Tokyo can become quite crowded with tourists, Nishitokyo offers you the chance to experience the spiritual side of the city without the crowds. Pay a visit to Tanashi Jinja Shrine with its origins dating back to the 13th century. Every year in May, a market of handmade goods called "Yaoyorozu no Sanpoichi" is held in the precincts of Tanashi Shrine. Listen to a musical performance, find an interesting souvenir made by local craftsmen and artists, and sample some delicious food from the local restaurants and cafes.
Nishitokyo offers more than just parks and shrines. If you've ever wanted to try ice skating, the DyDo Drinco Ice Arena offers lessons. The Tamarokuto Science Center features several exhibitions in English that are great for children.
If you’re interested in sake, be sure to check out Toshimaya Shuzo, one of the oldest sake breweries in Tokyo, which has been in operation since the 1935. For information about tours, please check the brewery website in advance.
Tanashi Tower, also known as the Sky Tower West Tokyo, is a 195-meter-high communications tower. It is illuminated at night, with colors corresponding to the weather forecast for the following day. Special colors are used for annual events and special occasions such as Christmas and New Year.