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Updated: October 11, 2019
This west Tokyo neighborhood is popular with families and students for its cool shopping streets, cozy cafés and spacious parks. Head south to Inokashira Park or meander the narrow streets of stylish homewares and fashion boutiques on the north side of the station.
Convenient to Shinjuku and Shibuya, the station is served by the Chuo Sobu Line, Chuo Line Rapid and the Keio Inokashira Line. Given the desirable location, it's no surprise the station houses a variety of fashionable stores, international cafés and organic grocery stores.
A popular spot for picnickers, families and couples, Inokashira Park surrounds a large pond that turns pink with cherry blossom petals in spring. Stroll the forest-like parklands, visit the red lacquered Benzaiten Shrine or rent a rowboat for a romantic afternoon.
While the zoo is famous for its international animals (Hanako, Japan's first elephant once lived here), it also has a large collection of native animals, from squirrels and deer to monkeys and cranes, plus an aquarium. There's also a small museum dedicated to the sculptor Seibo Kitamura.
On the north side of the station, this shopping arcade retains its 1970s atmosphere. With everything from fashion and accessories to daily necessities, it's a great place to find a bargain. The arcade is covered, so it's convenient in all weathers.
Just off Kichijoji Sun Road, this atmospheric maze of lanes lit by paper lanterns, is a popular place for cheap eats and drinks. Though it started as a flea market after the war, you'll now find delicious local food and traditional sweets, though barhopping is the main attraction.