Kichijoji in Tokyo: great for fashion, relaxing and a lovely park
Lee Jay Walker
Modern Tokyo Times
Kichijoji is a very desirable place to reside in Tokyo and just like Jiyugaoka, Shimo-Kitazawa and Nakano each place attracts many people because of the trendy feel to each area. Fashion is more independent and you have smaller companies to search out and many places to relax for coffee, wine or a nice meal.
These places are outside of the main central Tokyo hub and the more famous places like Ebisu, Ginza, Ikebukuro, Harajuku, Omotesando, Shibuya, Shinjuku, Ueno and other parts of Tokyo may hog the limelight; however, Kichijoji, Jiyugaoka, Nakano, and Shimo-Kitazawa have their own special feel and they add to the power of Tokyo which is awash with fashionable places to visit.
Therefore, when you visit places like Kichijoji and Shimo-Kitazawa you can walk around many shopping streets and alleyways and often you will find somewhere new which attracts your eye.
The boutiques and other shopping stores have a more independent feel and this attracts the younger generation and this is the beauty of places like Kichijoji. After all, it is nice to have exquisite fashion, fancy restaurants, coffee shops and a lovely park to relax in.
Also, the pace of life is more soothing than the high octane nature of Shinjuku and other main areas in Tokyo which are all fantastic places to visit but in Kichijoji you can find that extra breathing space within minutes of leaving the main area. Therefore, the younger generation and all generations can make the most of this ambient part of Tokyo and Kichijoji is a very desirable place to move to and relocate if you reside in Tokyo.
Inokashira Koen (park) adds to the quaint alleyways and independent stores which sell unique products and trendy clothing. This park is a lovely place to visit and unwind from the stresses of life and it adds to your visit to Kichijoji.
Another appealing nature of this part of Tokyo is live house, blues bars, jazz kissa (jazz coffee shops) and many a young band began in this environment. Therefore, the musical nature of Kichijoji appeals to the younger generation and avid music fan.
Therefore, if you want to experience another part of Tokyo then Kichijoji is a great place to visit and relax and the stunning park means that you can have a most enjoyable day.
All in all, Kichijoji is great for fashion because of department stores and more importantly, elegant and independent boutiques can be found in abundance. The area is very busy in the central location but the streets and alleyways enable you to relax. Therefore, the environment changes quickly and the park and architecture comes together and expands the richness of this upmarket and trendy part of Tokyo.
The music scene is also vibrant and you can feel the energy of the next generation and this aspect means that it is a magnet for the younger generation.
Kichijoji is a lovely part of Tokyo!