Hachioji – A Complete Travel Guide

Surrounded by nature and packed full of things to do, Hachioji is the perfect destination for a retreat from big city life. To find out more, take a look at our definitive Hachioji guide.

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Photo Credit: Yoshikazu TAKADA via Flickr cc

Hachioji is a city in the west of the greater Tokyo metropolis, not far from central Tokyo but quite different in feeling. Hachioji is much quieter and more peaceful than its big brother; the mountains that surrounded it on three sides providing a sense of relative isolation and a closeness to nature you won’t find in many other places this close to Tokyo.  

Mount Takao is undeniably the highlight of the area, a popular hiking spot for nature hungry migrants from the city. Alongside the mountain, Hachioji offers a lot more to those wanting to experience a different side to the Tokyo metropolis. Luckily for you, we’ve got the full lowdown on Hachioji and its surrounding area in our guide, bursting with top tips and recommendations for making the most of it. 

Things to Do in Hachioji 

Mount Takao

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Mount Takao is Hachioji’s crowning glory and one of the most popular destinations for those wanting to retreat from Tokyo for a day. Plus, taking just 50 minutes and costing less than 500 yen – it is well within most budgets. 

Takao is covered in lush forest, the winding paths up through the trees making the ascent quite magical. There are three options for ascending Mount Takao: hiking, cable car or stair lift. For those wanting to hike, there are six different trails, each taking a differing root and with differing difficulty levels.

Along the way, don’t forget to stop off at some of the mountains many sites of interest, like the Yakuoin Temple, the summit observatory and if you get thirsty, the beer garden overlooking the surrounding countryside. 

For a full guide to everything Mount Takao has to offer and all the vital info you need to get there and make the most of it, check out our dedicated article, here

 

 

Komiya Park

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Located in the north of Hachioji, Komiya Park is a nice spot for taking it easy, strolling and breathing in the fresh air. Find here walking trails and boardwalks that cut through the park’s dense groves of konara and sawtooth oaks, fauna that lends the park an almost rainforest-esque feel. Not far from Hachioji’s main station, Komiya Park couldn’t be further away in terms of atmosphere, a contrast that is brilliant to experience first hand.  

Address: 2 Akatsuki-cho Hachioji, Tokyo

 

Hachioji Castle

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Built in 1570, Hachioji Castle was once a great sprawling defensive complex, covering the mountaintop in battlements and barricades as far as the eye could see. Unfortunately, following the defeat of Hojo, the lord of the castle, in 1590, the castle was gradually left to erode, leaving today only traces of what it once was.

Despite this, Hachioji Castle is a fantastic place to visit when in the area, especially for history buffs with a good imagination. To aid this, archaeologists have done a great job over the years of excavating and partially rebuilding areas of the castle to give visitors more of an idea of the scale and grandeur that the castle once possessed. 

­ 08.30am – 05.00pm                              

­ Free

­ 2030 Kamiongatamachi, Hachioji, Tokyo

­ Closed on New Year Holidays

 

The Trick Art Museum

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Located at the foot of Mount Takao, the Trick Art Museum is dedicated to showcasing illusional visual effects that have proven a huge hit with visitors. This ‘trick art’ often involves hyper-realistic paintings that utilise scale to fool the eye, and there’s even a portion of the museum with a deceptively angled floor. The museum is great for a light-hearted afternoon and guarantees some brilliant snaps to take home. 

­ Open every day                    

­ 06.00pm – 09.00pm                                 

­ 1300 yen

­ 1786 Takaomachi, Hachioji-shi, Tokyo

­ 042-667-1081

­ Coupon Discount of 200 yen available here

 

Mushashi Imperial Tombs

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The Mushashi Imperial Tombs are another must-see for history buffs or even those with just a passing interest in Japan’s past. Historically, Japanese emperors were buried in Kyoto, but after the Emperor Meiji’s death, the imperial graveyard was shifted to Tokyo. Four people are buried in Mushashi Imperial Tombs:  Emperor Taisho and his wife Empress Teimei, and Emperor Shōwa, or Hirohito, and his wife Empress Kōjun. 

Though perhaps a slightly macabre sightseeing spot, the historical and cultural significance of this site and its unique atmosphere make it a great choice for your Hachioji itinerary. 

Address: 1348-2 Nagabusamachi, Hachioji, Tokyo

Hachioji Events

Hachioji Festival

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Photo Credit: Saku Takakusaki via Flickr cc

Hachioji Festival is an annual festival held over the first weekend of August. The highlight is the mishoki parade involving roughly 19 floats and portable shrines which are carried through the streets of Hachioji to much fanfare from locals and visitors alike. Accompanying the parade is a so-called musical ‘battle’, or buttsuke, in which bands of musicians compete for the affection of the crowd as the floats pass by. This musical spectacle takes place long into the night and is one of Hachioji Festival’s most distinctive traditions. Also look out for taiko drummers, ice sculptures, dragon dancers and much, much more. 

­ First Weekend of August (Fri-Sun)                          

­ 06.00pm – 09.00pm (Fri)

     12.00pm – 09.00pm (Sat-Sun)                    

­ Free

­ 2030 Kamiongatamachi, Hachioji, Tokyo 

­ 042-652-3072

­ Crowd participation is always welcome

 

Hachioji Ginkgo Festival

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Photo Credit: Ans_jpn CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Hachioji Ginkgo Festival is an annual festival held in honour of the blooming of the Ginkgo trees. As summer turns into autumn, the Ginkgo trees’ leaves burst into life, cheered along by this Hachioji tradition. The festival attracts huge crowds and is often accompanied by additional events such as the popular parade of Showa era classic cars. 

­ Nov 19th- Nov 20th                                

­ 12.00pm – 06.00pm

­ Free

­ Between Oiwake-cho and Kobotoke Sekisho 

­ 042-652-3072

 

 

Hotaru Kansho no Yube (An Evening of Firefly Viewing)

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Every summer, from mid to late June, the vast greenery of Hachioji’s surrounding nature provides the perfect setting for one of Japan’s most magical natural phenomenon to burst forth – the fireflies. Experience this at Yuyake Koyake Fureai no Sato, a recreational facility in Hachioji that hosts an annual Hotaru Kansho no Yube, or, ‘evening of firefly viewing’. Two and a half thousand fireflies light up the night, creating a magical visitor experience that should not be passed up.  

­ June 11th- June 26th                                

­ 06.00pm – 09.00pm

­ Free*

­ 2030 Kamiongatamachi, Hachioji, Tokyo

­ 042-652-3072

­ Group Discount Available

 * Free of charge during these hours, otherwise Adult: 200 yen, Children: 100 yen 

 

Geisha Parade

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Every September, Hachioji holds a series of Geisha parades on the streets surrounding Hachioji Station. Geisha, dressed in traditional kimonos, dance and play music as they weave through the small streets and alleys, always to the delight of the crowds of onlookers. As one of the main stop-offs for travelers heading to Tokyo in the Edo period, Hachioji became home to a bustling Geisha culture which is still celebrated today. However, it is estimated that only roughly 20 practicing Geisha remain in the city. 

­ Early September                         

­ 06.00pm – 09.00pm

­ Free

­ Hachioji Station, Hachioji, Tokyo

­ 042-652-3072

­ each parade last 30 minutes

 

Hachioji Fireworks

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Photo Credit: Saku Takakusaki via Flickr

With a history dating back to the Edo era, Hachioji’s fireworks festival is a tried and tested hit. Hachioji Firework Festival is on the smaller side compared to other similar Tokyo festivals, but if you appreciate the benefits of less people and more space, this could be the perfect choice for you. Alongside the fireworks there is always a wide array of food stalls to try out. 

­ July 30th, 2017                               

­ 07.00pm – 08.30pm

­ Along Hachioji Shimin Kyujo Baseball Park, Fujimori Park

­ For a good view, get there at least an hour early. 

Hachioji Restaurants

Ramen Jiro

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Ramen Jiro is a Japanese ramen chain found throughout the country. Though not unique, this restaurant is a top choice for any ramen fanatic, combining as it does the key qualities of value for money and deliciousness. Ramen Jiro offers ramen varieties from across the country but specialises in shoyu ramen made from an endlessly slurpable pork broth. 

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­ 600 – 1500 yen

­ 2-13-16 Horinouchi, Hachioji, Tokyo

­ 042-675-6806

 

Ukatei

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Ukatei is a Teppanyaki restaurant which cooks with only premium ingredients, including the much-loved wagyu beef. It is, admittedly, pretty expensive but it’s no doubt worth every penny. As a bonus, there is an exceptional wine list and the service is top-drawer so don’t miss out. 

­ (Sat-Sun): 11.30am – 09.00pm

 

­ 5000- 10000 yen

­  2 Chome-14-6 Akatsukicho, Hachioji, Tokyo                                                              

­ 042-626-1166

­ Close on New Year

 

Densetsu no Suta Donya

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Densetsu no suta Donya is a Japanese donburi chain found throughout the country. Donburi, for those not in the know, is a bowl of rice topped, classically, with pork, as well as a variety of other toppings. This particular restaurant is inexpensive, delicious and you get plenty of it. A simple but comforting meal, perfect for warming yourself up in the winter.

­ 11.00am – 02.00am                              

­  500-1000 yen

­ 34-11 Matsugi, Hachioji, Tokyo Prefecture

­ 042-675-6632

Shopping in Hachioji

Mitsui Outlet Park Tama Minamiosawa

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Mitsui Outlet Park Tama Osawa is a factory outlet home to around 60 stores and a “markets & restaurants zone” featuring restaurants, supermarkets, gardening supplies and a culture centre. With domestic and international brands at the lowest price you’re likely to find them, this is where to head for a bargain.

­ Mon-Sun                            

­ 10.00am – 08.00pm

­ 1-600, Minamiosawa, Hachioji-shi, Tokyo

­ 042-670-5777

Hachioji Hotels

Hachioji Hotel New Grand

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Located along the Yoko River, this hotel, strangely, is designed in a Victorian style and boasts large rooms containing as the essentials. Although the interior design is a little dated (not as dated as the exterior, luckily) and there is no WiFi access, the atmosphere, great service and charm of this hotel make it a good option if you’re looking to spend the night in Hachioji.  

­ Between 5,000-15,000 yen                                 

­ 6-1-6 Owadamachi, Hachioji, Tokyo

 

MaRRoad Inn Hachioji

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Located just 10 minutes from Hachioji Station, this cozy hotel, the Marroad Inn Hachioji, provides fully equipped rooms and even a sento and sauna. Reasonably priced, comfortable and in a great area, this is another ideal Hachioji hotel choice. 

­ Between 4,000-8,000 yen                                 

­ 6-11 Misakicho, Hachioji, Tokyo                  

 

Keio Plaza hotel Hachioji

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Keio Plaza Hotel, near Hachioji Station and close to all the attractions the city has to offer is a great hotel for a guaranteed good nights rest. Rooms are reasonably sized, the staff are ever-helpful and even able to communicate in English if needs be. As a chain hotel, there won’t be too many surprises from a stay here, but what it lacks in flair it makes up for in convenience and reliability.  

­ Between 8,000-25,000 yen                                 

­ 14-1 Asahicho, Hachioji, Tokyo                      

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