Kichijoji Town Walk (Rugby Tour A)
Meeting Place 11:00@ in front of the ticket gate of Mitaka Sta. (JR Line)
11:15-16:30 ★Yuzo Yamamoto Memorial、★Lunch、★InogashiraPark、★Kichijoji Street
Final location 16:30@ Kichijoji Sta.
★ Yuzo Yamamoto Memorial
Lunch and beverages friendly to the body.
★ Inokashira Park
Inokashira Park, with a total area of four hundred and thirty thousand square meters, or one hundred acres, spreads over Mitaka city and Musashino city. It is a recreational area with a zoo, an aquatic life park and a museum for Mitaka citizens. The most important thing in the history of Musashino was the spring water that came from here. Parts of the Edo (Tokyo) area were reclaimed from Tokyo Bay in the 17th century, but the water in the area was no good for drinking because it contained too much salt. So, by drawing 16km of spring water from this area and providing it to Edo, Edo became a city where people could reside.
Inokashira Park is a big park located in Mitaka and Musashino city. It is blessed with beautiful nature. In 1917, the park was opened as the first suburban park in Japan. The area is 428389.99 square meters and is almost 8.7 times bigger than the Tokyo Dome ballpark.
The nearest stations are JR Mitaka, JR Kichijoji and Keio Inokashira-koen. You can walk from any of these to the park. It takes about 15 minutes from JR Mitaka. From there, you can walk down a beautiful sidewalk set along a small stream and enjoy the seasonal changes of nature while you take your stroll. If you get off at JR Kichijoji, it takes 5 minutes to the park, and you have the chance to walk down its lively shopping street. However, the nearest of the three stations is Keio Inokashira-koen. From here, it takes less than 1 minute. Soon after exiting the station, you are welcomed by the green leaves of the park.
The park has a large pond, which is almost the same size as the Tokyo Dome ballpark, where many boats can be seen on sunny days. During spring, cherry blossoms bloom around the pond, touching the hearts of its many visitors.
The “I” in “Inokashira” means “water spring”, and “kashira” means “head” or “top”. So, “Inokashira” literally means “the top of the water springs”. One theory about the park is that the area was blessed with abundant water long ago, which lead to the name “Inokashira”.
Tired after a long walk? Have a cup of tea at one of the traditional tea houses near the pond.
There are other things in the park too, such as a zoo and a museum. They are called the Inokashira Park Zoo and the Ghibli Museum, Mitaka. Though an entrance fee is charged, I recommend you go see the small animals and fish at the zoo if the weather is nice. If you would like to visit the museum, please prepare your tickets well in advance because it has a reservation system. I hope you enjoy this wonderful park.
★ Kichijoji Street
While a great number of commercial districts have expanded in Japan, and there are many nationwide chain stores, Kichijoji town is different. Originally many wealthy people resided in the area. However, according to city planning, eventually four commercial facilities were set in the town to create a planar stretch of land. Since then the city gradually integrated surrounding areas, so more commercial facilities and shops could open with ease. Many entrepreneurs now come to this town and the town itself has turned into somewhat of an innovative, experimental facility. At the same time, business in this town is extremely competitive, so many shops withdraw if they have no support from visitors. Amid such dynamic movements, Kichijoji has become one of the most popular towns to live in and visit.
You can conveniently get to Kichijoji from either Shinjuku or Shibuya station. If you prefer to go via Shinjuku, please take the JR Chuo line and get off at the JR Kichijoji station. It takes only 14 minutes by express. From Shibuya, it takes 17 minutes on the Keio Inokashira line express. When taking this line, please get off at the Keio Kichijoji station. Although the names may differ, both stations are at the same place.
The “ji” of Kichijoji literally means temple, but this area has no “Kichijoji” temple. So, what is the origin of its name? We need to go back to the Edo period when we think about this matter. In 1657, a big fire occurred in Hongo, Bunkyo-ku and everything around it was incinerated. Kichijoji temple and the neighborhood located in Suidobashi were also destroyed and the people there lost their houses. The Tokugawa shogunate offered them a new location to move to. They moved to this new area and together named the town Kichijoji after their previous home. This was the start of Kichijoji town.
Nowadays, both sides of the station are well developed and lively with lots of stores and people.
The most interesting and famous place in north side of the town is Harmonica-yokocho. After coming out of the north exit, you can find it diagonally across from you. The entrance is small and narrow, so you might miss it if you aren’t paying attention. After going through the small entrance, there are alleys with many bars and stores. You may notice that the shape of the area looks like a harmonica. That’s why it is called Harmonica-yokocho. It is said to have begun after WWⅡ．Even now, they have more than 100 bars and stores there, and once you step inside, you may experience a sort of nostalgic feeling.
At the south side of the station, you can enjoy the street leading to Inokashira Park. It takes no time to get to the park if you explore the small path with its restaurants, coffee shops and stores.
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★Deadline for booking of this program is 10:00 am of 2 business days (JST) prior to the program date.
Total Price = Basic Fee + Fee per Person * Number of Participants + Tax
Guiding fee, Lunch
Public Transportation fee, Admission fee for visiting sites, Transportation fees to the meeting point
Please advise us if you have any religious or health restrictions, allergies, or the case where you would like to request a special care for participants, including children.