- -- Tons of stylish shops, cafes, restaurants, and bars for those who enjoy a lively nightlife.
-- Close to Inokashira Park where you can enjoy beautiful natural scenery.
-- With the Keio Inokashira Line you can ride a train direct to Shibuya without having to transfer.
-- Rent tends to be on the expensive side.
- Kichijouji Station is located on the JR Chuo Line (Rapid) and Keio Inokashira Line.
- From Kichijouji Station on the JR Chuo Line (Rapid):
-- 16-min direct to Shinjuku Station
-- 29-min direct to Tokyo Station
From Kichijouji Station on the Keio Inokashira Line:
-- 21-min direct to Shibuya Station
Kichijoji at a glance
Kichijoji is without a doubt one of the more expensive areas west of Shinjuku. This is quite apparent when you exit the station and are surrounded by massive department stores on all sides. In addition, popular restaurants and bars are abundant, giving the area a lively feeling even into the evening. Once you move away from the station it starts to feel a bit quieter and calmer – and there’s even Inokashira Park for when you want to take a quiet walk or boat ride. Most apartments are going to be a fair bit more expensive than those found in neighboring stations (Nishi-Ogikubo, Mitaka).
Located on the JR Chuo Line (Rapid), Kichijoji is also the terminal station for the Keio Inokashira Line (connecting Kichijoji directly to Shibuya). This gives you great options for getting into downtown Tokyo. The Keio Inokashira Line is also very popular with those who like to spend time in the hip neighborhood of Shimokitazawa!
There’s no way around it – rent in this area is expensive!
Studio/1K/1DK ¥79,900/month (About $750 assuming an exchange rate of ¥106/US dollar)
1LDK/2K/2DK ¥176,800 (About $1,670)
2LDK/3K/3DK ¥238,800 (About $2,250)
Of course, these are averages so it is possible to find cheaper listings (most likely those farther away from the station, or in older buildings, etc.) if affordability is your main concern. For a better idea of currently available properties in the area, check out listings here: Kichijoji Apartments.
For example, rent for 1R apartments in the Kichijoji area starts at around ¥54,000 per month.
Apartments for rent in the Kichijoji area
- Kichijoji Station apartments
- Mitaka Station apartments
- Nishi-Ogikubo Station apartments
- Inokashirakoen Station apartments
- Mitakadai Station apartments
Ease of living
The sheer amount of stores close to the station makes Kichijoji an extremely livable area – there’s an incredible variety of all kinds of shops available within walking distance! There’s always something to do, see, or eat, which means the streets around the station can get a little crowded. But you don’t have to walk too far to put the crowds behind you and step into the residential areas of this neighborhood.
Even with all the modern shopping malls and department stores, you can find a slice of the past at Harmonica Yokocho. As the sun begins to set, these narrow alleys will be packed with both locals and tourists enjoying the various izakayas (Japanese style bar) and restaurants here.
It is possible to find respite in Kichijoji by going for a leisurely walk through Inokashira Park. There are a few cafes around the walking path to keep your energy up while you draw inspiration from the beauty of nature. You can also visit a small zoo/aquarium in the park (Inokashira Park Zoo) or rent a boat!
You’ll find a good selection of grocery stores near the station for when you do decide to put your kitchen to use (instead of patronizing one of the many restaurants in the area). Most seem to close around 9-10 PM, but the LIFE supermarket just south of the station is open until 1:30 AM, giving you plenty of time to pick up groceries well into the night. Likewise, you’ll find a variety of gyms nearby.
Who is this area ideal for?
When it comes down to it, Kichijoji is a livable area for those who are single and want to have a LOT of easily accessible shopping/dining options. Of course, this premium convenience comes at the price of expensive rent; but for those who understand the pros and cons of choosing to live in a lively neighborhood, this could be a good fit. For those with young children, just be aware of the fact that the area around the station gets busy and crowded – especially when compared to nearby stations like Nishi-Ogikubo or Musashi-Sakai.
Lead photo: Scott Kouchi