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Suginami (杉並) is in Tokyo, west of Shinjuku.


Suginami is mostly a residential area which will provide a great view of real Japanese living in Tokyo. The area's main points of interest are the clothing shops and nightspots of Kōenji (高円寺) and the antique shops of Ogikubo (荻窪) and Nishi-Ogikubo (西荻窪).

Get in[edit]

JR Chuo Line and the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line both connect Shinjuku to Ogikubo. Also JR Chuo line, JR Chuo Sobu line and Tokyo Metro Tozai line you can go to Kōenji, Asagaya, Ogikubo and Nishi-Ogikubo. Be careful! During weekends and holidays Rapid service on JR Chuo line does not stop at Kōenji, Asagaya and Nishi-Ogikubo.

Ōme Kaidō (青梅街道) is a main street which connects Shinjuku to the western burbs, running through Kōenji and Ogikubo. Straight down Ōme Kaidō, Kōenji is a ten minute drive, 45 minute walk or ¥1600 taxi from Shinjuku Station.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Suginami Historical Museum, (Near Wadabori Park). It is small but has some interesting findings from the prehistoric and historic times.  edit
  • Namisuke ("" address=""). There is Namisuke in Suginami. Namisuke is Suginami's official charactor. Namisuke's poster sticks on the wall. And there are Namisuke loaves in convenience store. It is Namisuke motifs. It draw Namisuke's face on the loaves.  edit

  • Myoshoji Temple. Myoshoji Temple built in 1325. However, the original temple is no longer intact and the current temple was rebuilt in 1646. There is Myoshoji park and Myoshoji river near Myoshoji temple. They are named after this temple.  edit
  • Myoshoji River. The Myoshoji river is near Myoshoji temple. This river starts from Myoshoji pond in Myoshoji park. This river eventually meets the Kanda river. There are cherry trees along this river, making it a nice place for hanami.  edit
  • Myoshoji Park. The center point of Myoshoji park is the Myoshoji pond. There is a fountain in the middle of the pond.  edit
  • Suginami koukaidou ("" address=""). It walk there in 7 minute from Ogikubo station. Suginami koukaidou is building.It was built in 1957.But current building is not it. Because Suginami koukaidou is rebuilt in 2006.This building perform many kind of event.For example,perfome ceremony there for 20age's people in coming of Age Day.  edit
  • Suginami Animation Museum ("" address=""). Suginami Animation Museum is for general animation.This museum is shown animation.And people can experience to make animation . price is free.  edit
  • Omiyahachimangu, 2-3-1 Omiya Suginami ward, 03-3311-0105, [1]. 9:00~17:00. This is a shrine in Omiya.This shrine was built in 1053.Many people are called "Navel of Tokyo" because there are center of Tokyo.It is said in particular that success in prayer of the child care esey delivery.  edit

  • Zenpuku temple Park, 3-9-10 Zenpukuzi Suginami ward, 3396-0825, [2]. This park is near Tokyo Women's Christian University. there are a lot of greenery.This park is well-known for water lily in the pond.You can see take a boat and see them.You should go to there on June.  edit
  • Shouan-Inari Shrine(松庵稲荷神社) is a shrine which was built in 1934. It is located along the Itsukaichi Street. They have summer festivals and in every fall, they distribute sweet potatoes which were harvested in field nearby, and baked in the precinct of the shrine. They also have a little shrine on the left side of its tori, which offer prayers for a mummy of a fox.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Kōenji. Has many used clothing and other shops and restaurants, as well as "live houses" where bands play all genres of music. After the war many temples and shrines were moved here and now there are many walking tours to visit them.  edit
  • Tokyo Kōenji Awa Odori (阿波おどり), [3]. The Tokyo Kōenji Awa Odori is held yearly on the last Saturday and Sunday in August. About 1.2 million people show up to eat, drink and watch 188 groups (or 12,000 dancers) perform Awa dance to lively music and parade through the nine routes set up along the Shotengai station-front street. It is the second largest Awa Odori festival in Japan, after Tokushima.  edit
  • Wadabori Park. is a large park in Omiya that runs along Zenpukuji River. It is a popular place for groups and families to barbecue. There is a small pond, restaurant, and fishing tanks. There is also a children's park for bicycle training in a safe area with street signs and traffic signals. There is a traditional thatched roof house near the park as well. Kingfishers have their habitats in this area which is very rare in a city life. It's a fifteen minute walk from Nishieifuku Station on the Keio Inokashira Line, parking facilities available.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

Kōenji has a long shōtengai that is well-known for its vintage clothing and bohemian-style shops. It more or less begins adjacent to Kōenji Station and runs up to Ome-Kaido (Ome Highway) and Shin-Kōenji Station. It is composed of two sections: Pal Shopping Mall [9] and Kōenji Look [10].

Nishi-Ogikubo (西荻窪), one station down from Ogikubo, has a good selection of antique (骨董 kottō) shops with reasonable prices, but they're scattered over a fairly large area. Ask at the station for a map.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Baan-Esan, 2F Mitsuwa Kaikan, 3-33-15 Kita Koenji, Suginami-ku, +81 03-5327-3629. 5PM-3AM. A trip to Thailand just a minute's stroll from Koenji Station's south exit. Located on the Koenji shotengai, they serve good-sized portions of traditional Thai food but not at Tokyo prices. Most dishes are ¥580 and great for sharing. The service is less than stellar, but the Thai woman in charge of the kitchen makes the wait worth it.  edit
  • Miyagawa (みやがわ), ("About). Another yakitori-ya. It is small but has outdoor seating for about eight, and is arguably some of the best yakitori you can find. Decorated with rock and blues paraphernalia spanning from the 1940s, it's got friendly staff, good prices and great food. Miyagawa has a 40 year history, the current owner took it over from his father.  edit
  • Taishō (大将), (Right across from Kōenji Station's south exit). A popular open-air yakitori restaurant. Cheap and good, it's crowded late into the night with the young and old working on tomorrow's hangover. Just look for the big red sign and tables made from milk crates. Two other locations of Taishō are also near the station: one about 100 meters west of the station adjacent to the train tracks out the same exit, and another about two blocks straight north of the north exit.  edit
  • Zats Burger Cafe, [4]. A growing burger chain serving up the famous Sasebo Burger, which is the result of homemade recipes handed down by American troops during the 1950s in Sasebo, Nagasaki. Burgers run ¥690 for a regular size (which is generally enough) and ¥1,380 for a large. Alcoholic beverages run from ¥530 to almost ¥1,000 so it's definitely not the cheapest place to drink in Koenji.  edit
  • Ebisu Yakitori, (Turn right just outside the south exit and follow the smell of grilling chicken.), [5]. Don't let the glitzy photos on the website fool you. This branch consists of a sometimes changing string of tiny storefronts, kiosks, and rickety tables in the alley running west from the south exit of the station. Get ready for a raucous and very crowded and chaotic but fun experience. Per piece fromas low as ¥90.  edit
  • Harukiya (春木屋), 1-4-6 Ogikubo, Suginami-ku, 03-3391-4868, [6]. 11AM-9PM. A great place to get authentic Tokyo-style Shoyu Ramen in the part of Tokyo where it started.  edit
  • Echigo Tsuruya(越後鶴屋)is a rice cake(Omochi-おもち)shop in Nishiogikubo which is becoming famous recently. Famous people also visit there frequently. It is famous for a Japanese sweet called Ichigo-Daifuku(いちご大福), which they wrap strawberries and red bean paste with rice cake. They use sugar called “Wasanbon” which is made by Japanese method of making sugar. The match of the rice cake, big strawberry, and plenty red bean paste is very delicious. It is additive free, so you can enjoy the natural taste. Products which is made for each season or festivals are also famous.
  • Shouan Bunko(松庵文庫) is a Gallery and Book café. It takes about 15 minutes by walk from the JR Nishiogikubo(西荻窪)station. Chuo Line (中央線) and Soubu Line(総武線) would be useful lines to get to the station. It is located in a residential area and as its appearance is very natural, it might be hard for you to find it, but there are many fans and worth visiting. Many cultural events takes place at this shop, and it is also used as a drama filming location for one of the Japanese famous dramas.

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • B-Glad. A large restaurant-bar just north of the intersection of Ome-Kaido and the main street leading to Kōenji Station. The menu is a blend of Japanese and Western dishes (pasta, salad, pizza, yakitori) ranging from ¥450-1200. Located in the basement, it's extremely spacious by Japan standards, with comfortable seating, free billiards, and two electronic dart boards. Highballs are ¥550 and beer ¥600. Very friendly staff and 50s music.  edit
  • Bar Rumholic, Koenji-Kita 3-3-9, +81 03-3310-3461, [7]. 8PM-3AM. Rumholic is a nice small rock'n'roll oriented bar located near the Koenji station. The owner is a friendly guy who plays guitar and also builds them. cheap.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • The Koenji, 2F,3F 3-22-2 Koenji (1 minute walk from Koenji Station on the Chou Line), +81 080-3416-9048, [8]. The place has 7 rooms (4 single and 3 double) all efficiently laid out. There may be noise from nearby bars on weekends. ¥2500.  edit


Routes through Tokyo/Suginami
NagoyaTachikawa  W noframe E  Tokyo/NakanoTokyo
Mitaka  W noframe E  Tokyo/NakanoTokyo/Shinjuku

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