Discover Kichijoji on a Free Guided Tour

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*Tour spots have now been filled to capacity and the application form has closed. We hope you enjoy it. If you didn’t get a place, watch this space for similar events in the future!

If free sightseeing, cultural experiences, local food and a chance to meet other Tokyoites sounds like a good way to spend a few hours on a weekend then this one-time tour is for you.

Hoping to promote tourism to the area, representatives from Musashino City are inviting up to 100 foreign residents and tourists to take part in a half-day, guided tour of the local area.* It will feature street exploration, traditional workshops, performances, and the all-important free food and drink!

The organizers are hoping that the tour will show people all the great things that Kichijoji has to offer. The catch? You’ll have to fill in an easy-peasy questionnaire at the end with your feedback. The Musashino City folks say that they’ll use that information to improve and expand on tourism services within the ward — so you could be instrumental in helping to make the area more attractive to foreign visitors.

Details

There are three different tours to choose from on a first-come-first-served basis (up to 25 people per time slot). After that, it’s a bit of a lottery as to what itinerary you get. All part of the excitement!

Tour A

  • Participate in a Kenbu (sword and poetry) dance experience
  • Explore the historic alleyways of Harmonica Yokocho
  • Sample healthy french food at Orchestra Cafe

Tour B

  • Watch and take part in a samurai action show
  • Discover the chic shopping street of Nakamichi
  • Dig into creative cuisine at Cafe Zenon

Tour C

  • Get all dressed up in a traditional Tomesode kimono (which you’ll get to wear for the whole tour!)
  • Visit Inokashira Park and the mystical Inokashira Benzaiten
  • Take part in a Furoshiki-making workshop

Tour times

The tours will take place on Feb. 25 and 26. Choose from the morning or afternoon slots as below (you can select as many as you like):

Sat, Feb. 25
9 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1:30-5:30 p.m.

Sun, Feb. 26

9 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1:30-5:30 p.m.

How to apply

Fill out the online application form (one per person) or email event@next-local.co.jp with the following info:

  • Name
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • Requested tour
  • Requested date and time
  • Any specific requests regarding allergies and religious reasons (if any)

*Deadline to apply is Thursday, Feb. 16 and don’t forget to bring your friends!

Please note: If the tour capacity is exceeded, organizers will take participants on a first-come first-served basis.

Here’s a little sneak preview from the official partners of what you can expect:

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