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Tachikawa, a town located 30 minutes away by train from Shinjuku, is one of the biggest towns in the western area of Tokyo. It has the atmosphere of a futuristic city with department stores, shopping malls and office buildings lined up by the station. On the other hand, the Showa Memorial Park is a 10-minute walk so there are plenty of suburban benefits such as being able to enjoy the richness of nature. It has become a competitive area for ramen shops and izakaya (taverns), which makes it a good place for enjoying some excellent gourmet.
- Tachikawa, Tokyo
- Tachikawa Station on JR Line, Tachikawa North or Tachikawa-Minami Station on Tama Toshi Monorail
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Biggest downtown in West Tokyo
The JR line, which connects Tokyo from the east to west and the Tama Toshi Monorail, which connects the south to the north, cross paths in Tachikawa, the biggest downtown area in west Tokyo. The many commercial facilities and office buildings lined up in front of the station are surrounded by restaurants, making the area quite lively until late into the night.
Showa Memorial Park
The Showa Memorial Park located in the north west of Tachikawa Station is a famous spot for sakura (cherry blossoms) in spring, colored leaves in autumn and illuminations in winter. The park has a Japanese garden, a swimming pool, a barbecue garden and you can even rent bicycles and enjoy some cycling.
Department stores and fashion buildings, endless commercial facilities
In front of JR Tachikawa Station, there is one large-scale facility after the other: department stores like Isetan Tachikawa and Tachikawa Takashimaya, large-scale commercial complexes like Granduo, Ecute and fashion complex, Lumine. The selection includes all kinds of things from food to souvenirs.
Lalaport Tachikawa Tachihi
Lalaport Tachikawa Tachihi just opened in December 2015. It is located right in front of Tama Toshi Monorail's Tachihi Station, South exit, and is the largest shopping mall in west Tokyo with approximately 250 stores. There is a food court inside from where you can see Mt. Fuji on a clear day adding to the joy of your shopping experience.
The Swedish giant furniture store Ikea is located at a 12-minute walk from Tachikawa Station's North exit and is crowded with families especially on weekends. There is a wide selection of products other than furniture like kitchen utensils and small Japanese items, so it's perfect for souvenir shopping as well. You can also enjoy reasonably priced food in the restaurant inside.