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Things To Do In A Day in Tokyo Along Keio Inokashira Line

Rachel
Published Mar 22, 2017

The Keio Inokashira Line is a 17-station railway line in Tokyo, named after Inokashira Pond, the source of Tokyo’s Kanda River. It connects the western suburbs of Tokyo to Shibuya Station, a major tourist destination in the city, in around half an hour. Take the Inokashira Line to experience life out of central Tokyo conveniently within a day. This guide will provide you with the best itinerary you can follow to enjoy Tokyo’s Keio Inokashira Line in a day!

Morning: Nishi Eifukucho station - Begin the day with a rejuvenating tour

Take the train from ever-bustling Shibuya Station on the Keio Inokashira Line and enter an entirely different world at Nishi-Eifukucho Station in less than 15 minutes. Unlike Shibuya Station, Nishi-Eifukucho Station is surrounded by quiet residential streets, evoking the tranquil feel that is rare in central Tokyo.

Stroll along the unassuming neighbourhood lined with large family houses to get to the expansive Wadabori Park (和田堀公園). Energise yourself with the fresh air in this pretty laid-back park surrounded by lush greenery such as Japanese red pine, gingko and cherry trees, and the Zenpukuji River flowing through. Watch out for wild birds such as Kingfishers seldom seen in other parts of Tokyo here. Or try your luck in fishing at Musashino-en Fishing Pond within the park. Even if you are not into angling, check out this area as the nostalgic-looking food stalls and shops here make you feel like you have travelled back to a few decades ago.

Wadabori Park (和田堀公園)

Address: 2 Omiya, Suginami Ward, Tokyo

Price: Free admission, 700 JPY (6.20 USD) per hour fishing fee at Musashino-en Fishing Pond - includes rod and bait.

Opening Hours: The park is always open. Musashino-en Fishing Pond: 9 am - 5 pm daily, closed on Tuesdays.

Duration: Around 1.5 hours required.

Access: 15-minute walk from Nishi-Eifukucho Station on Keio Inokashira Line.

Contact: +81 3-3313-4247

Wadabori Park (Japanese only)

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Next to the lovely Wadabori Park is a peaceful Shinto shrine - Omiya Hachimangu (大宮八幡宮), which is not the usual spot you will find on Tokyo’s tourist map. Nicknamed the “Navel of Tokyo”, marvel at the two impressive torii gates near its east entrance surrounded by majestic trees. The shrine is dedicated to the god of learning, Sugawara no Michizane, so you will see many locals visiting this quiet shrine for help in passing exams. Seek spiritual solace without jostling with the crowds as you wander around Omiya Hachimangu off the beaten tourist path!

Omiya Hachimangu (大宮八幡宮)

Address: 2-3-1 Omiya, Suginami Ward, Tokyo

Price: Free admission.

Opening Hours: 10 am - 5 pm daily.

Duration: around 1 hour required.

Access: 7-minute walk from Nishi-Eifukucho Station on Keio Inokashira Line.

Contact: +81 3-3311-0105

Omiya Hachimangu (Japanese only)

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As you leave the sacred shrine and head towards Eifukucho Station, stop at Chasen (チャセン), a traditional Japanese tea house nestled in the serene Izumi neighbourhood. Immerse yourself in the refined atmosphere of the bygone era as you sip exquisite Japanese tea created by a Kyoto-trained tea master, alongside popular sweet Japanese desserts like Matcha Shiratama Anmitsu Parfait.

Chasen (チャセン)

Address: 3-59-19 Izumi, Suginami Ward, Tokyo

Price: around 1,000 JPY (8.85 USD) per person.

Opening Hours: 10 am - 7 pm. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, if Monday is a national holiday.

Access: 10-minute walk from Eifukucho Station north exit on Keio Inokashira Line.

Contact: +81 3-3325-8374

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Afternoon: Shimokitazawa - Spend your afternoon combing the hippy streets

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Mention youth culture in Japan and most will immediately think of Harajuku and Shibuya as the go-to places. If you have been to those touristy spots, try something different this time, by visiting the small hipster neighbourhood of Shimokitazawa in Setagaya. Affectionately known as Shimokita to the locals, Shimo-kitazawa Station is just 4 train stops west of Shibuya Station, a quick 6-minute ride. Compared with the organised street layout in the famous youth culture spots, Shimokita is characterised by narrow alleys stuffed with indie vintage shops, quaint cafes and artistic studios. Things here are much cheaper than in central Tokyo hence it is very popular among the young.

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Fill your stomach with delicious and affordable Japanese cuisine before you explore the neighbourhood for quirky finds. If you are craving for authentic Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki, Hiroki (ヒロキ) is the perfect place to head to. Using only the freshest seafood from Hiroshima, the hole-in-the-wall 16-seat cosy eatery allows you to satisfy that craving in Tokyo without all the travelling. Try to grab a seat at the counter so you can enjoy a wholesome experience watching and hearing the chef grill the divine dish right before your eyes! Or tuck into Hokkaido soup curries at Magic Spice, without going all the way to Hokkaido. Challenge your taste buds with the extensive menu offering seven levels of spiciness!

Hiroki (ヒロキ)

Address: 2-14-14 Honey Shimokitazawa 1F, Kitazawa, Setagaya Ward, Tokyo

Price: From 900 JPY (7.95 USD).

Opening Hours: 12 am - 10 pm daily.

Access: 3-minute walk from Shimo-Kitazawa Station south exit on Keio Inokashira Line.

Contact: +81 3-3412-3908

Hiroki (Japanese only)

Magic Spice (マジックスパイス 東京下北沢店)

Address: 1-40-15 Kitazawa, Setagaya Ward, Tokyo

Price: From 900 JPY (7.95 USD).

Opening Hours: 11.30 am - 3 pm (lunch) and 5.30 pm - 11 pm (dinner) on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. 11.30 am - 11 pm on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays. Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Access: 6-minute walk from Shimo-Kitazawa Station on Keio Inokashira Line.

Contact: +81 3-5454-8801

Magic Spice (マジックスパイス)

Explore the trendsetting neighbourhood’s indie shops selling cool items like handmade products, vintage toys, vinyl and secondhand clothing. Jet Set is a popular record shop stocked with soft rock, soul, house, disco and techno. Japanese pop fans will be surprised by its limited-edition 7/12 inch records. You can also catch a live performance in one of the small theatres, live houses or even on the streets. Or soak your fatigue away in a traditional public bath at Ishikawa-yu (石川湯) before you leave Shimokita. With so much to do in Shimokita, I’m sure it’s gonna be a fun-filled afternoon!

Ishikawa-yu (石川湯)

Address: 3-12-8, Kitazawa, Setagaya Ward, Tokyo

Price: 460 JPY (4.10 USD) per adult, 180 JPY (1.60 USD) per child age 6 to 12, and 80 JPY (0.70 USD) per child under 6 years old.

Opening Hours: 3.30 pm - 11.45 pm. Closed on Monday, and Tuesday if Monday is a national holiday.

Duration: around 1 hour required.

Access: 8-minute walk from Shimo-Kitazawa Station on Keio Inokashira Line.

Contact: +81 3-3466-4305

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Late Afternoon: Inokashira Koen station & Kichijoji station - Enjoy Tokyo’s favourite neighbourhood as dusk approaches

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Make your way to Kichijoji, voted as the most liveable city in Tokyo before dusk. The Ghibli Museum is a must-visit for Japanese animation fans. Everything within the museum compounds is carefully constructed to recreate famous works of Studio Ghibli such as My Neighbour Totoro and Castle In The Sky for a truly enchanting experience.

Ghibli Museum (三鷹の森ジブリ美術館)

Address: 1-1-83 Shimorenjaku, Mitaka City, Tokyo

Price: 1,000 JPY (8.85 USD), reserve your ticket online up to 1 month in advance (see official website for details)

Opening Hours: 10 am - 6 pm. Please refer to official website for closing dates. Reservation is a must!

Duration: around 1 hour required.

Access: 18-minute walk from Inokashira-koen Station on Keio Inokashira Line.

Ghibli Museum (三鷹の森ジブリ美術館)

Right next to the fascinating animation museum is the beautiful Inokashira Park, lined with rows of tall trees. Relax and unwind under the shady trees and enjoy the fresh air amidst beautiful nature. The park is a much-welcomed oasis in a built-up metropolis like Tokyo.

Inokashira Park (井の頭恩賜公園)

Address: 3, 4, 5 Inokashira, Mitaka City, Tokyo

Opening Hours: Always open.

Access: 5-minute walk from Kichijoji Station, or 1-minute walk from Inokashira-koen Station on Keio Inokashira Line.

Contact: +81 422-47-6900

Inokashira Park (井の頭恩賜公園)

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As night approaches, head towards the area around Kichijoji Station. The Hamonica Yokocho (Harmonica Alley) located right next to Kichijoji Station retains a nostalgic Showa era ambience with a bizarre feel as the lights are switched on after dark. Check out the quaint clothing stores, traditional Japanese bars (izakayas) and cosy restaurants tucked in the narrow alleys here. Down a sake or two at the popular bar, Plat Stand Moto, offering a wide selection of Japanese alcohol at affordable prices.

Plat Stand Moto (吉祥寺 PLAT STAND 酛 島田)

Address: Family Plaza B1F, 1-9-10 Kichijoji Honcho, Musashino City, Tokyo

Price: free.

Opening Hours: 12 pm - 11 pm from Mondays to Saturdays, and 12 pm - 9 pm on Sundays. Irregular shop holidays.

Access: 1-minute walk from Kichijoji Station on Keio Inokashira Line.

Contact: +81 422-27-1640

Plat Stand Moto (Japanese only)

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Experience the local way of life with Keio Inokashira Line

Breeze through the charming suburbs of western Tokyo conveniently with Keio Inokashira Line. There is so much more to Tokyo than just the typical tourist spots like Harajuku, Shinjuku and Meiji Shrine. Go beyond the beaten tourist path to enjoy a day living like a local with a relaxed pace!

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Rachel has forgotten when and exactly how she caught the travel bug. What she does remember is the triumphant feeling she enjoys when she sees the fascinating world out there with her own eyes. She...Read more

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