Japan 2.0: Tokyo – Kichijioji, Inokashira koen, Hattifnatt & goodbyes

Inokashira koen park - The cat, you and us

Konnichiwa my dear pals! Also I should add a hard Dewa mata suguni ne (See you soon) because this is going to be the last post from Japan – my heart aches!

The series will last a few more episodes since we have a little surprised prepared in a form of a giveaway for next week, and a couple other related more specific articles. Therefore, this is the last that explains a story of one of the days during our last Japan travel adventure, keep us company while we take the Yamanote line to Kichijioji, will you?

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Kichijioji is one of those neihgborhoods that are either out of the more conventional Tokyo guides or is only partially included as a visit to the close Ghibli museum. However, the neighborhood is one of the favorites among locals to live in, and have bicycles everywhere and trendy shops and cafés, while being down to earth.

We chose to visit Kichijioji because one of our favorite neighborhoods is Shimokitazawa, that has a more modern vintage-y vibe than the rest of the more modern-crazy Tokyo hoods and which we visited after a recommendation from Hello Sandwich. Kichijioji was also in her guide, and pointed out as a favorite.

Kichijioji shops - The cat, you and us

I bought a pair of wide leg (japanese style) trousers in this shop, but I would have bought many other cute outfits from head to bottom, like this one in the window.

Kichijioji - The cat, you and us

We requested the gentlemen in the car to take a picture, and in their unique Japanese ways he was super excited and put a big proud smile in his face. A kind response like his brightens up any day, right?

Kichijioji has a cute park called Inokashira koen with swan boats that is (almost) equally charming in autumn and spring. The neighborhood has also very cute clothing shops & one of the cutest stationery store I’ve ever seen (Paper message) which we confirmed as a must after the recommendation of Cassandre – check her stationery Instagram account to see she is one to trust when it comes with paper!

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Will you bring me bad luck? Swan boats are told to not bring the best of lucks for happy couples, if this legend is true or not, we wouldn’t venture to try our lucks, right?

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Maybe not swans but those tiny colorful cuties look good, let’s go sailing!

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Pink! well, they know how to please this lady :)

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We both switched driving times, but Dani likes to think he is a better sailor than I am, ha!

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Hattifnatt

At this point, after you have already seen some of the other wonders of this neighborhood, I have to confess that I would have equally visited Kichijioji only because it is where the original Hattifnatt café is located.

Hattifnatt is a naïf style decorated café built resembling a house on a tree, it is quite heaven on earth if I may add. As a bonus they also have a tiny store detached that features little knick knacks from independent artists, and where you can also buy some souvenirs from Hattifnatt: I got one of their signature plastic cups, in the same color we got at the café.

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During lunchtime they have a menu. We ordered the curry and was absolutely wonderful! yet different to every other Japanese curry I’ve tasted before, it was more tomato-ish. The menu also includes a salad and a drink.

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We couldn’t leave Hattifnatt without trying a matcha latte, could we? They are super delicious and feature the best crafted topping decoration.

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Back to Shibuya, at night

To scream our heartfelt goodbyes to Tokyo we had an exciting date planned. We were going to meet an American blogger I’ve longed followed called Kathryn (Kitsune kun, we had her featured in our first blogiversary) whom has been living for three years in Japan with her hubs Ryan.

She proposed to have dinner at a restaurant called “and people”, at an early hour so we would be able to have enough time to pack our bags. Describing the restaurant as modern or trendy will fall short for “and people”, it’s all that and much more. During our dinner we witnessed three different birthdays being celebrated just that day, everytime they projected a different performance of lights and images on a wall with curtains, impressive! For the first one, since it was quite a big show, we even thought it was going to be a proposal.

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Thanks lovely girl for this special goodbye.

It is too hard to say goodbye to a place like Japan that holds such an important place in our hearts. So I will only write a “thank you for this second round, once again it has exceeded my expectactions, a “Till we meet again” and start wishing upon the brightest star everyday till we have a third adventure. Read the rest of adventures in the following list, and also keep tuned for a several silly related posts that are missing. Thanks to everyone reading our Japan posts!

More of our Japan 2.0 adventures:
Tokyo – Part I: Shinjuku & Harajuku
Tokyo – DisneySea
Kamakura
Hakone and the Takuminoyado Yoshimatsu onsen
Osaka – Part I: Osaka Castle, Umeda views and Dotonbori at night
Himeji Castle (& the Hello Kitty café)
Osaka – Part II: Dotonbori, Namba temple and Den Den Town
Kyoto: Gion, Kamo riverside & Nishiki market
Arashiyama: monkey park, the river, Tenryuji temple and the bamboo grove
Nakasendo trail: from Magome to Tsumago
Tsumago

4 Comments / 3 

  1. cassandre - 6th April 2017

    I was so sad when starting this article to see that it is the last one, but very excited about the giveaway, and so touched by your kind words :)
    I can not wait for your third time there, fingers crossed I will go again too one day.
    I did not know about Hattifnatt, so definitely have to go back to Kichijioji sometime !
    Thank’s for taking us to Japan with you through your blog posts.
    Love !

  2. Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's - 6th April 2017

    I want to visit the Studio Ghibli museum so badly! On the other hand, I love when you find places where there aren’t too many other tourists. // The matcha latte looks so cute and I want to try it so badly! I’m always up for a matcha latte :) -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  3. Fiona - 7th April 2017

    Oh such mixed feelings, so sad to be your last adventure post, happy there are still a few more sneaky ones and super amazed at all the beautiful pictures, I’m 110% adding Kichijioji to our next Japan trip and I totally learnt a new term too – naïf style, which I think, judging by google images, has a lot of cute Damaris vibes going on! So fun to meet Kathryn and I hope we get to see these cute pants at some stage too! Oh and I didn’t know about the swan boats causing unhappiness *gulp* !!!! Good to play it safe for sure :) :)

  4. Nieves - 7th April 2017

    Es maravilloso y complicado quedarse con alguna imagen, hay algunas que te provocan asombro, otras una sonrisa, pero ninguna te deja indiferente, gracias por dejarnos ser cómplices de esta aventura.

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