What Is Kichijōji Station Area Like?
Town & Local Area Info
When moving to a new place, how do you choose which area to live in?
We all have different priorities as to what makes a place comfortable: public security, accessiblity to schools and work places, abundance in shopping facilities, etc.
No matter the preference, it is often difficult to find a suitable area without acquiring enough understanding of the place in advance.
In this article, I’ll tell you about the public transportation and atmosphere of Kichijōji Station area.
To those who are interested in Kichijōji Station area, or are on the lookout for a good place to live in―this may be the article for you.
What is Kichijōji Station Like?
Many residents of Japan are familiar with the name Kichijōji, even those living outside of Kanto region.
This town is a regular in the ranking for Tokyo’s most popular town to live. Until a few years ago, Kichijōji had been awarded 1st place for consecutive years. (As of 2019, the town ranked 3rd place *according to SUUMO)
Kichijōji affords easy access to city center(within a mere 15-30 minutes), and has multiple shopping facilities, such as the Sun Mall shopping street. All in all, it is a very convenient place to live. In addition, due to its firm foundation, this area is comparitively resistant to earthquakes and floods.
Public Transport And Accessibility Of Kichijōji Station
≪Trains Running Through Kichijōji Station≫
①JR Chuo Line
②JR Sobu Line
③Keio Inokashira Line
≪Approximate Travel Time From Kichijōji Station To Central Stations≫
・Shinjuku Station: 15 min (No transfer)
・Tokyo Station: 28 min (No transfer)
・Roppongi Station: 31 min (1 transfer)
・Shinagawa Station: 36 min (1 transfer)
・Ikebukuro Station: 27 min (1 transfer)
・Shibuya Station: 16 min (No transfer)
Kichijōji is in a convenient location, and it takes only about 30 minutes to reach Tokyo’s central stations.
Popular Restaurants Around Kichijōji Station
・A metropolitan park, as well as Japan’s first suburban park.
It is a historic park that celebrated its 100th year anniversary in 2017.
Boat rides are available at the Inokashira lake.
・5 min walk from Kichijōji Station [JR Chuo Line/ Keio Inokashira Line]
1 min walk from Inokashira-kōen Station[ Keio Inokashira Line]
②Harmonica Alley (Otherwise known as “Harmonica Yokocho”)
・A lively and nostalgic alley reminiscent of the postwar black market.
Market stalls form a line into a shape similar to the mouthpiece of a harmonica, which was how the alley came to have its name.
・1-1 Kichijōji Honcho, Musashino 180-0004, Tokyo
☆Stores To Recommend In Harmonica Alley☆
（1）Shanghai Yaki-Shoronpo (pan-fried dumplings)
Shanghai Yaki-shoronpo is crispy on the outside, and juicy on the inside. The buns are filled with piping hot meat juice, so be careful not to burn your tongue! Even so, they taste the best when freshly made.
Address: 1Chome-1-4 Kichijōji Honcho, Musashino, Tokyo (harmonica alley entrance)
Closed on Wednesdays
A store specializing in Taco rice. The shredded cabage makes for a filling meal. You can order them to go to eat at the Inokashira Park.
Address: 1-chome-1-8 Kichijōji Honcho Musashino Tokyo-to
A store specializing in roast chicken dishes. Their meat is tender and scented with rosemary. On christmas and for home parties, their dishes will be the star of the day!
Address：1 Chome-1-1 Kichijōji Honcho, Musashino, Tokyo
This shop supplies miscellaneous items and imported goods.
They also sell handmade delicatessen rich with vegetables. Especially popular among female customers, their specialty is the Bukkake Bento. You can choose 3 types of food from a variety of 16 delicatessens.
Address：2 Chome-10-12 1F Kichijōji Honcho, Musashino, Tokyo
Opening Hours：【Mon to Sun】10:30～21:30【Delica】11:30～21:30
There are many more stalls and shops in the alley, so they won’t leave you bored!
Take a stroll and search for your favorite shop.
Main Shopping Spots In Kichijōji Station Area
Life（10:00～25:30）2 min walk from Kichijōji Station south exit
Kitchen Court（10:00～22:30）Direct pass from Keio Inokashira Line Kichijōji Station
Seiyu（10:00～23:00）5 min walk from Kichijōji Station north exit
Chisan Marche（10:00〜20:00）4 min walk from Kichijōji Station east exit
…and many more.
Cocokarafine（10:00～23:00）1 min walk from Kichijōji Station south exit
SUGI Drug（09：00～21：00）4 min walk from Kichijōji Station east exit
Tomod’s（10:00～21:00）Atre Kichijōji 2F
Matsumotokiyoshi（09：00～22：00）3 min walk from Kichijōji Station north exit
●Other Shopping Streets and Shopping Facilities
・PARCO（10:00～21:00）2 min walk from Kichijōji Station
・Kirarina（10:00～21:00）Direct pass from Keio Inokashira Line Kichijōji Station
・Atre（10:00～21:00）Direct pass from Kichijōji Station
・Coppice（10:00～21:00）2 min walk from Kijichoji Station north exit
・Tokyu Department Store（10:00～20:00）7 min walk from Kichijōji station west exit, 8 min walk from central(north side) exit
・Marui（10:30～20:00）2 min walk from Kichijōji Station Park Entrance gat
Other shopping facilities include Don Quijote and Loft.
From large-scale commercial complex to privately-run store, there is a great range of small and large shops in the Kichijōji area. Almost anything you’d ever need could be sought for here.
Rental Market Value In Kichijoji Station Area
●General Rent Rates From A Current Real Estate Agent
①Separate bath/ toilet, 2nd floor and higher, auto-lock system, 10 min walk from station, 1 K⇒80,000~100,000 yen
②Separate bath/ toilet, 2nd floor and higher, auto-lock system, independent wash basin, 10 min walk from station, 1 K⇒100,000~120,000 yen
③Unit bath, system kitchen, 10 min walk from station, 1K⇒65,000~75,000 yen
④Unit bath, 10 min walk from station, 1K⇒55,000~65,000 yen
Areas within 10 min walk from the station is the business district, so there aren’t many rental apartments.
Within 15 min walk from the station, there will be more apartments to choose from.
Well located apartments tend to maintain high values devoid of age.
How was this article?
Kichijōji is a wonderful place to live from various aspects: accessiblity to city center, shopping, food, etc. That’s why it is always in the top rank for the most livable town.
I’ve also published articles about other station areas, so make sure to check them out.