Tachikawa Travel Guide

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  • Tachikawa
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Tachikawa Things to Do

  • Sayama Hills

    Sayama Hills is home to Tama Lake (Murayama Reservoir) and Sayama Lake (or Lake Yamagushi) and located at the edge of Tokyo and Tokorozawa in Saitama Prefecture. Lake Sayama was created in 1934 and is located next to the Seibu Dome. The area around the lake offers numerous recreation opportunities including hiking, biking, bird watching, cherry...

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  • Mount Takao - Hachioji

    Mount Takao (高尾山) is a very popular mountain in the Western Tokyo town of Hachioji, within Meiji no Mori Takao Quasi-National Park. The peak of the mountain is 1,965 feet above sea level, and it attracts an estimated 2.5 million visitors to its trails, cable cars, chair lifts, temples, and scenic overlooks. The Takaotozan...

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  • Views of Fuji from Tachikawa Area

    Mount Fuji, or Fuji-san, stands 12,389 feet and is the highest mountain in Japan. Just 62 miles from Tokyo, the mountain is within view of Japan's capital on a clear day. Fuji become a symbol of the country after about 1500 when the capital moved to Edo or Tokyo.Mount Fuji is considered an active volcano, though it has not erupted since 1707.

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  • Tachikawa's Manpaku Food & Music...

    Manpaku is an annual food and music festival held in Tachikawa's Showa Park, within easy walking distance of Tachikawa Station. The event is held for about two weeks in May and June, before the hot summer weather arrives in Tokyo. Manpaku features about 100 food vendors offering foods and drinks from Japan and around the world. Japanese foods...

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  • Fussa Cherry Blossom Festival

    The Fussa Cherry Blossom Festival takes place along the Tama River each year in Tamagawa Central Park, a 20 minutes walk from Haijima Station on the JR Ome Line. This is a large park tucked between the Tama River and the Tamagawa Waterway, with hundreds of beautiful mature cherry blossoms stretching over the walking and biking path. The 31st annual...

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  • Hamura Sakura Festival

    Each year in April, the town of Hamura, on the western edge of Tokyo, hosts a Cherry Blossom Festival. This small event features 200 massive cherry trees towering over the ancient Tamagawa Waterway. Along the canal, you will also find 40 or so vendors during the festival, selling food, drinks and toys. At night the trees are lit with bright pink...

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  • Fireworks in Tachikawa's Showa Park

    One of the biggest events of the year in Western Tokyo is the massive fireworks show at Tachikawa's Showa Park. This event is centered on the main green area in the center of the park on a Sunday evening in late July. Around the green there are a number of food and beer booths, and the city itself also has food everywhere. The closest station to...

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  • Saitama Seibu Lions Baseball

    The Saitama Seibu Lions are one of 12 baseball teams in the Nippon Professional Baseball league. The Lions, located in Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture, are also one of five teams in the Tokyo area, with the others in central Tokyo (two teams), Yokohama, and Chiba. NPB is Japan's highest level of baseball and is considered by many to be a step below...

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  • Seibu Dome - Sayama Hills, Seitama...

    The Seibu Dome, located a few miles north of Tachikawa in Tokorozawa, is home to Nippon Professional Baseball team the Saitama Seibu Lions. The team was located in Fukuoka from its founding in 1950 until 1979. The stadium was constructed in 1979 as Seibu Lions Stadium, and the team moved to its present location. The roof was constructed in 1998 and...

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  • Showa Kinen Park, Tachikawa

    Located a Nishi-Tachikawa Station, just 30 minutes from Shinjuku on the Chuo Line is Showa Kinen Park, or Showa Memorial Park. This expansive green space was created in 1983 to commemorate the Showa Emperor, Hirohito. The park was constructed on a large part of what was the former US Air Force Tachikawa Air Base. For an entry fee of 400 Yen per...

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  • Shōsen-ji Buddhist Temple,...

    Shōsen-ji Buddhist Temple has beautiful gardens and some cherry blossoms, not far from Tachikawa. When you enter the main gate The current temple was built in 1916, but the temple's history goes back many years earlier. The temple was initially established in the mid-1600s. One of the temple's bells was cast in 1686 in Tokyo, and the bell...

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  • Azusamiten Shrine, Tachikawa's Cat...

    Azusamiten Shrine is located along Route 7 just a kilometer or two north of Tachikawa Station in the western outskirts of Tokyo. The shrine, actually three or four shrines in the same compound, features an area for prayers for lost and sick cats. Its numerous cat statues and fountains are unusual for a Shinto shrine, but a nice feature for cat...

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  • Tamagawa Canal

    Tamagawa Canal fed Edo Castle and to the city of Edo, the predecessor of modern Tokyo. The water was needed because the Tokugawa shogunate had moved the household to Edo in 1600, though the capital did not move until centuries later. As the city expanded, water was in short supply, so six canals were constructed to feed water to the city and its...

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  • Tama River

    The Tama River flows 86 miles from Mount Kasadori in Koshu in Yamanashi Prefecture to Tokyo Bay next to Haneda Airport. The river begins outside of Tokyo, forms the western boundary of Tokyo in places, then flows through Tokyo on its way to the bay. In the city, its banks are lined with parks, bike paths, and sports fields, making the river a...

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  • Waterfowl Lake

    Showa Kinen Park Tip: Waterfowl Lake is located close to Nishi-Tachikawa Gate of the park. You can also enjoy riding a boat at the huge pond.

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  • Showa Kinen Park: Open...

    Most of the large scale parks in Japan is either in around the hills or mountainside. This park has been created on such flat space you can play in the grassy ground as wide as 11 ha. It is probably one of the reasons the park attracts more than 3 million visitors each year keeping the TOP 10 position among all the amusement spaces in Japan. At the...

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  • Showa Kinen Park: Japanese Garden

    Visiting the Japanese Garden created in 1997 was the main reason why I visited Showa Kinen Park this time. It is located at the northeastern section of the huge flat park about 20 minutes walk from Nishi-Tachikawa gate of the park. Unlike many Japanese Gardens in Tokyo this garden is nearly free of urban noise. The garden is enclosed by neatly...

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  • Showa Kinen Park:Overview

    Showa Kinen Park(Showa Memorial Park, Showa Commemorative National Government Park) is the largest park in Japan on the flat land that has the area of 180 ha(440 acres) about half of the area of Central Park, New York. It is one of the 17 National Government Parks and was opened in 1983 as the seventh of its kind. It was formerly an U.S. Air Base...

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Tachikawa Hotels

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  • Tachikawa Grand Hotel

    2-14-16 Akebonocho, Tachikawa, Tokyo Prefecture, 190-0012, Japan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Hotel Mets Tachikawa

    3-1-1 Shibasakicho, Tachikawa, Tokyo Prefecture, 190-0023, Japan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Tachikawa Urban Hotel

    1-2-16 Nishikicho, Tachikawa, Tokyo Prefecture, 190-0022, Japan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

Tachikawa Restaurants

  • Hiraroku Sushi Tachikawa Station North...

    Hiraroku Sushi is located just outside of the Tachikawa Station North Exit. It is the best conveyor belt sushi in Tachikawa, and very cheap, with all plates of sushi at 130 Yen. It is good, but pretty standard sashimi, with a good variety on the belt even late in the evening.The restaurant seats about 25 or 30, and the staff is friendly.

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  • Grilled Fish Restaurant...

    Near Tachikawa Station is a restaurant called 磯坊主, which might mean something along the lines of "Rocky Shore" or "Breakwater." Both are logical names for a place that specializes in fresh grilled seafood. We had a few beers and some grilled shellfish here one night, followed by a huge slab of grilled tuna jaw that was...

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  • Penta Merone

    Penta Merone (ーペンタメローネー) is a nice, new coffee shop on the south side of Tachikawa Station. The cafe sits just a few blocks from the station and is easily recognized by its big green sign with the name in cartoonish back letters.You order at the counter, then the friendly and helpful...

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  • New Gyoza 1059 (aka Communist Gyoza)

    New Gyoza 1059 is a tiny restaurant just southeast of Tachikawa Station that sells nothing but gyoza, beer, sake, and a few side dishes. The gyoza are massive, very flavorful, and freshly made to order, on the premises. The restaurant was established in 1971, and it moved to its present location in 1998. Many westerners jokingly call this place...

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  • Yakiniku Haikara-tei

    Haikara-tei is a simple, family oriented yakiniku restaurant with good, reasonable priced food and fast service. Twice I have been here with a young baby in tow, and they were happy to see the child, and we were in and out so fast the child didn't cause a fuss.They have a good variety of meats including, according to the menu "chicken things." They...

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  • Table of Roh Korean Restaurant -...

    Table of Roh (ノさんの食卓) is a nice Korean restaurant located a few short blocks north of Tachikawa Station in western Tokyo. A group of four stopped here for dinner one rainy night and enjoyed some great, traditional samgyeopsal (Korean bacon) with kimchi, lettuce, garlic, and other basic sides. We also shared...

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  • Ishikawa Brewery - Fussa

    Ishikawa Brewery is a great place to see historic buildings, learn about sake, eat flavorful food, and try some outstanding local sake and beer. This is the home of Tamajiman Sake and Tama no Megumi beer, and the premises has a museum, shop and two restaurants. Fussa no Birugoya restaurant serves Western-style food and Zougura is a Japanese...

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  • Hamazushi - Akashima Station

    Hamazushi (はま寿司) is a large chain of conveyor belt sushi restaurants located throughout the country. The chain was established in 2002, and is owned by the same company that oversees the fantastic CoCo's Curry and the Sukiya and Nakau beef bowl restaurants.Hamazushi restaurants are large, inexpensive, and pretty good. We...

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  • Steak Hamburg & Salad Bar Ken - Musashi...

    Steak Hamburg & Salad Bar Ken is an American style steak restaurant with about 100 locations in Japan. I use the term American-style loosely, since it resembles a Denny's restaurant, with its brightly lit interior, odd music, low quality food, and unusual salad bar. We had dinner at the Restaurant Ken in Musashi Murayama near Tachikawa. I...

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Tachikawa Nightlife

  • Jimmy's Stand Bar - Tachikawa

    In early 2014, Jimmy's has closed for good. Jimmy passed away at 87 years old. RIP, Jimmy.For a real taste of post World War II Tokyo, check out Jimmy's Stand Bar just to the north of Tachikawa Station. This hole-in-the-wall bar is located in the basement of a building built in the 80s, but it was originally established on Tachikawa Air Base in the...

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  • Tachikawa's Paradise Yokocho

    Tachikawa has some of the best nightlife and restaurants in the western Tokyo suburbs. Paradise Yokocho is one of the newer places with an old, post-World War II feel, located a short walk north of Tachikawa Station. This "food village" is made of of about 15 restaurants set on two alleys in the shape of a "T." This area was just opened in the last...

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  • Irish Pub County Claire - Tachikawa

    Irish Pub County Claire is a good Western-style pub with a friendly Japanese staff located just north of Tachikawa Station on the outskirts of Tokyo. They have a number of European beers, some local beers, and surprisingly good food.We stopped in early on a quiet Saturday evening, and took two of the seats at the bar. We decided to try some of the...

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Tachikawa Local Customs

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    by Ewingjr98 Updated Oct 9, 2014

    While wandering around Fussa in the late summer and early fall, you may hear whistles, drums, and chants; go check it out! You may see a mob of Japanese men and women, all dressed in similar "happi" shirts carrying a gold shrine, kind of like the ark of the covenant. The shrines are probably five feet by five feet at the base and perhaps five feet tall, supported on four 20-foot poles resting on about 40 people's shoulders.

    The shrines, called mikoshi, carry the spirits of a Japanese deity who was worshiped at a local Shinto temple. The shrines often weighed about 400 kg (almost 900 pounds), but again this spread out among about 40 people at any one time. The shrine bearers wear no shoes, as per custom and the wear a traditional cotton happi coat (that is really what it's called; Google it). If you ever get the chance to try it, bring a towel to pad your shoulder (though you may still end up with a bruised and sore shoulder).

    Dozens of people crowd around to help lift the shrine. The up and down motion of the group makes it look like the bearers are slowly jogging in place as they move the shrine around town. The bearers stop occasionally to point the shrine at various business and homes, as if to bless the buildings and their occupants. At other stops, they set out wooden saw horses in the middle of the street to park the shrine. Parking can be quite an ordeal, and the drill sergeant makes the troops back up and realign on the horses a number of times before he is satisfied. He blows his whistle and claps his wooden blocks together to let the bearers know they are in place. The front is slowly lowered, all of the people under the middle of the mikoshi scurry out, and the remaining bearers lower the back on another saw horse. Next the participants do the ritual clapping (clap, clap, clap…. clap, clap, clap… clap, clap, clap… clap!), and enjoy beer and sake provided by the sponsor business. They also often have soup, noodles, corn on the cob, soft drinks, and candies. This was really a family event, both wives and children in tow, though a few of the women even helped carry the shrine.

    Some festivals also have large wheeled mikoshi shrines with drummers, flutists, and people dressed like dragons and monsters.

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Tachikawa Off The Beaten Path

  • Kamaikaze Brewery - Nishikunitachi...

    Kamaikaze is the name of a small brewery next to Nishikunitachi Station one stop east of Tachikawa. According to legend, Tachikawa Air Base was used to train Kamikaze pilots at the end of World War II, when the end of war was approaching. Even more interesting, some of the pilots apparently lodged at a hotel on the grounds of the brewery.The...

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  • WWII Japanese Munitions Factory at Tama...

    Tama Hills, now a US Air Force recreation facility, was established as a Japanese Imperial Army weapons factory during World War II. At its peak, the site's three factories employed 2,085 people, and it was used to produce explosive chemicals. The natural topography and forest cover so concealed the factory, that it remained undetected throughout...

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