Hachioji Travel Guide

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Hachioji Things to Do

  • Tama Zoo

    The Tama Zoo stretches over 129 acres on the western outskirts of Tokyo. It has three main areas, the Asiatic Garden, African Garden and Australian Garden, along with a large Insectarium. The Asiatic Garden features many Japanese animals (including common animals like sika deer, macaques, and tanuki), as well as animals from across Asia like...

  • Trick Art Museum, Takaosanguchi Station

    The Trick Art Museum in Hachioji opened in 1996 and is near the base of Mount Takao. The museum features trick art, or trompe l'oeil, which is painted in a very realistic fashion to appear in three dimensions. The museum also has some rooms with angled floors and wall to make people appear taller than they really are. The theme in the museum is...

  • Mushashi Imperial Tombs

    Far on the western edge of Tokyo, in the rural areas of Hachioji, you may find the Mushashi Imperial Tombs. Historically Japanese emperors were buried in Kyoto, but after the Emperor Meiji passed, the imperial graveyard shifted to Tokyo. In 1926, Emperor Taisho, also known as Yoshihito, died and was buried at the quiet site. In 1951, a second tomb...

  • Hachioji Used Book Festival

    The Hachioji Used Book Festival takes place each year in the middle of October (10-14 October 2014) along Hachioji's pedestrian street to the northwest of the station. The festival began in 2003, making this the 11th consecutive year. In 2014, the festival consisted of about 25 booths, probably 15 of them selling books and magazines, with the...

  • Don Quixote Department Store

    Don Quixote (ドン・キホーテ) is a discount department store with hundreds of locations in Japan and Hawaii, with new stores opening at a rate of about two per month in 2014. Known locally as Donki (ドンキ), the stores sell a bit of everything including groceries, clothing, cosmetics,...

  • Takiyama Castle Ruins

    Hachioji Takiyama Castle was constructed in 1521, overlooking the Tama River. The founder is said to have been Oishi Sadashige. the Oishi and Hojo families defended this earthen fortification until Hachioji castle was completed in 1573. The castle used the natural bluffs of the river, along with the steep hills and narrow valleys as natural...

  • Hachioji Ginkgo Festival

    Koshu Highway, or Route 20, in Hachioji is famous for its street lined on both sides with ginkgo (or ichou) trees, which turn bright yellow in the fall. For one weekend each year in late November (16-17 Nov 2013), the city holds a festival to celebrate the colorful leaves, the changing of the season and the vibrant town of Hachioji. We arrived on...

  • Hachioji Geisha Parade, September 2013

    Each September Hachioji holds a series of Geisha Parades on the streets just north of Hachioji Station. These women, dressed in traditional kimonos, dance and play music as they weave through some of the small streets in town. In 2013, the geisha parades covered four small streets from about 6pm to 9pm with each parade lasting about 30...

  • Torii

    The Torii is the gate to the temple. They can be seen all over Japan wherever there are temples. The most famous of the gates is the one in Miyajima's Itsukushima Shrine.The Grand Gate (Otorii) is a very famous symbol of Japan. If you've been to Epcot Center, you'd have had some memories of it.Alternatively, I've also visited Itsukushima Shrine in...


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Hachioji Restaurants

  • Sakae Chaya Soba Restaurant

    Sakae Chaya is a soba noodle and seafood restaurant located on the road of traditional shops at the base of Mount Takao. This is one of the biggest restaurants on this small road, and you will notice it's cooks preparing soba noodles in the window along the street. Inside, there are about eight table on tatami mats and a few dozen small...

  • Curry House CoCo

    Japan's ubiquitous CoCo's Curry has a location just north of Shibuya Station, in a very lively shopping and nightlife neighborhood. We stopped here one afternoon after visiting the Hachioji Used Book Festival. We had pork tenderloin curry and beef katsu curry, for about 1800 Yen.The British introduced Japan to curry in the late 1800s, when Britain...

  • Niraikanai Hachiojiten Okinawan...

    Niraikanai Hachiojiten (ニライカナイ 八王子店) is an Okinawan restaurant located just a minute north of the JR Chuo Line's Hachioji Station. This small, rustic restaurant is well designed to resemble a beach-side shack on the tropical island of Okinawa. And the food and drinks in this...

  • Sumibi Yakiniku Mau - Hachioji

    Sumibi Yakiniku Mau is a fantastic barbecue restaurant in Hachioji, at the western edge of Tokyo. It is located within a few hundred meters north of Hachioji Station, and there is a sign along the street in English, which makes finding the small restaurant relatively easy. The restaurant is located on the second floor, and it is relatively small,...

  • Kusidore Restaurant - Hachioji Station

    Kusidore is the name of a simple Japanese restaurant located on the second floor near Hachioji Station in central Hachioji. We wandered into the warm, cozy establishment just because the sign looked inviting, and we had a great meal. The menu was all in Japanese, and we were too lazy to translate, so we just pointed a the basic nabe stew for two....

  • Iijima Noodle Shop - Mt Takao, Hachioji

    Iijima Noodle Shop is a soba restaurant located at the base of Mt Takao, near Takaosansuchi Station in western Hachioji. We stopped here is gas up before a trip to the top of Takao-san. The sign out front had pictures of the soba options, but the menu was only in Japanese, so I walked the owner out to the sign to show him what we wanted for...

  • curry & ramen

    (last date visited - June 10, 2007)HachinosaiVegetable Kitchena. pork curry - 600 yenb. seafood curry - 750 yenc. hachioji ramen - 650 yen

  • Get something cheap 4€ Bento

    near Kogakuin University. It is some kind of fast food japanese style. You can order all kinds of things. Don't ask me what, I always just point on the pictures :)

  • Why don't you cook yourself?

    Get some fresh food at a local super market and have a little dinner party. I just love Japanese Food! There are so many great dishes you have to try!


Hachioji Nightlife

  • Silk Hat Game Center

    In Japan Game Centers (ゲームセンター), sometimes shortened to “Geh-sen,” are a major draw fro the under 20 crowd, who are too young for pachinko. The Geh-sen feature a variety of video games, claw games (UFO Catcher), photo booths, taiko drums, and sometimes horse racing games and pachinko.We really like...

  • The Gulliver Pub - Hachioji, Tokyo

    The Gulliver Pub is a Western-style bar in the fun town of Hachioji, in the far west of Tokyo. The bar is clean and has a traditional European pub atmosphere. We sat at the bar, next to the unique saxophone beer tap, and we enjoyed a few pints of beer while we relaxed. They offer a good selection of bottled and draft European beer, most around 700...

  • The Galway Irish Pub - Hachioji

    The Galway Irish Pub is one of four or five nice Western-style pubs in the western Tokyo city of Hachioji (the other nice pubs I have visited are The Hub, Gulliver, and Sherlock Holmes). This bar is located in the 6th floor of a building just a few blocks from the Hachioji Station. The space is rather large inside, with a small bar, but many tables...

  • Sherlock Holmes English Pub, Hachioji...

    Sherlock Holmes is a new English pub with a traditional feel, located just a few dozen meters from the north entrance to Hachioji Station. This was recently opened by the same owners of the well established, nearby Gulliver's Pub. We stopped in one night and sat at the bar, where we enjoyed watching 1980s and 90s music videos and watching the...

  • Apple Martini Bar - Hachioji Station

    Apple Martini is a great little Korean-owned bar in downtown Hachioji three streets west of Hachioji Station's North Entrance. This can be a fun spot late in the evening, as it is full of a mix of Japanese and Westerners, enjoying good food and drinks. They play a variety of Western music, and the food is a mix of various Asian dishes and American...

  • The Hub Pub - Hachioji Station

    The Hub is a chain of British pubs in Japan with about 25 Tokyo locations, 5 more throughout the broader Kanto Plains area, and 6 other locations in Kobe, Osaka, Kyoto, and Nagoya. I have visited a number of Hub locations in the Tokyo area including Ikebukuro and Roppongi.I recently visited the hub location in Hachioji. This Hub, located less than...


Hachioji Transportation

  • Ekipo - Walking route at Hachioji...

    Hachioji Minamino Station on the JR Yokohama LineCourse: appr. 9 km / 2:35 hoursSights: (Links to sights included on my personal page !!)(1) JR Hachioji Minamino Station (JR八王子みなみ野駅 - JR Hachiōji Minamino-eki)(2) Koizumi Homestead (小泉家屋敷 - Koizumi-ka...

  • Ekipo - Walking route at Katakura...

    Katakura Station on the JR Yokohama LineCourse: appr. 7 km / 2:10 hoursSights: (Links to sights included on my personal page !!)(1) JR Katakura Station (JR片倉駅 - JR Katakura-eki)(2) Katakura Castle Ruins Park (片倉城跡公園 - Katakura-jōseki-kōen)(3) Inari Shrine...

  • Chair Lift

    From the entrance to Takao-san, the chair lift(or cable car) will take you a lot of the way to the top, although not all the way.It's quite a long journey, and the scenery is nice. Once you have reached the top, it's about 40 minutes on foot to the summit.900 yen return.


Hachioji Off The Beaten Path

  • Hachioji Castle

    Hachioji Castle (八王子城) is considered one of the best castles in the Tokyo area. Constructed around 1570, it was used by a feudal samurai lord named Hōjō Ujiteru. In 1590, he took most of his forces from Hachioji and attacked Toyotomi Hideyoshi's forces which had aid siege to the Hōjō clan's Odawara...

  • Ninomiya-jinja (Shrine)

    The Ninomiya Jinja (Shrine) is located a bit west of Haijima Station in western Tokyo. The origin of the shrine is unknown, but the main hall dates back to the Edo Period. The area of the shrine is thought to have been the site of a castle of the regionally powerful Oishi clan. Remains of structures dating back to the 14th Century have been...

  • Stroll around the town and...

    Stroll around the town and study the old style houses and public buildings such as the post office. There is a small town charm and intimacy that will make Japan seem less foreign and more immediately accessible. See my Travelogue for sketches of local buildings.


Hachioji Sports & Outdoors

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    by Ewingjr98 Written Oct 31, 2014

    Ryonan Park, just west of downtown Hachioji is a nice park located along a scenic river, with views of the nearby mountains. On nice Saturdays, locals gather here to play and watch baseball, exercise, paint pictures, or just relax.

    The park, located next to the Minami-Asakawa River, housed the velodrome for the 1964 Olympics before being converted to the public park.

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Hachioji Favorites

  • Getting out of the concrete jungle

    Not that I dislike Tokyo, but it's nice to get out and see some of the countryside, nice scenery, and real greenery. Takao-san offers all of that.A great place to take a picnic lunch and chill out.

  • Hamouras & Jeremmy

    Here's the 2 VTers who have been very kind to put up with me on this wonderful hike to Takao-san.Our very own Dimitris (from Greek) & Atsuko! (Purple vs Pink; wasn't there a movie with the title Kramer vs Kramer? Something like that? ;-))Atsuko has so kindly invited me to stay at her apartment! Well, may be one day... Thanks! :-)In the mean time,...

  • Pink / Purple ?

    Here I'm back in the office, looking out of the windows & day-dreaming...Trying to build a page & looking at photos from last week's trip... Then memories began to return & brought back something funny ... :-)))Ok, ok, don't remind me of what I should or should not do in the office ;-)There's the freedom of thought, remember? Anyhow, the word...


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