Kichijoji is one of my favorite Tokyo neighborhood’s where you can find many cute cafes, small/big businesses, and casual/fancy bars. The neighborhood is also known as one of the most desired places to live in the Kanto region. I enjoy taking a walk at Inokashira-park, famous for cherry blossoms during the Sakura season. There is a shrine, zoo, and a lake which you can even ride a swan boat. There is an art market during the weekend (usually starts at 9am) and you might encounter some puppet performers, magicians, or simply people playing their musical instruments. It’s a popular spot to get out especially on a sunny day.
There are a few cafes in the park and Pepacafe Forest is a casual Thai restaurant which is perfect for a family, a couple, or a group of friends.
If you like Thai food, this place is a must try! If you are not a fan of Thai food, you can still enjoy their drinks and desserts. I visited with my sister on a weekday for lunch. I had a lunch plate for ¥1100 (without tax).
I also visited on a weekend for a piece of cake and a drink (they have wine, beer, and cocktails.) The restaurant is spacious and I love how it’s surrounded by nature. You’ll have a view of the park if you get a window seat. I saw some families with little ones with high chairs available. The menu is listed in Japanese and English. I recommend going there during the weekdays since it could get very busy during the weekend. If you see people sitting on chairs right outside the restaurant, that means they are waiting in line, so you can sit next in line and wait. If the line is not so bad, I think it’s worth a try. – Mai Takahashi May 2016
Read more about Kichijoji neighborhood from past posts from here: Kichijoji
HOURS: Mon-Fri 12:00pm-10:00pm, Sat-Sun 11:30am – 10:00pm
GENERAL TRAIN DIRECTIONS to Kichijoji station: Take the Ome Line from Fussa to Tachikawa, then transfer to a Tokyo-bound Chuo line train and get off at Kichijoji. If you catch a rapid train from Fussa, you will not have to transfer at Tachikawa. Just stay on the train. Note that the special rapid doesn’t stop in Kichijoji, so if you’re on one, get off at Mitaka and take the next train.
To Pepacafe restaurant from Kichijoji station:
Exit through the Park Exit.
After going down the stairs/escalators after the exit, you’ll cross a road and keep going straight.
You’ll see a bigger street (called Inokashira street) and Marui department store in front of you (keep an eye out for “OIOI” (Marui) sign).
You’ll cross the Inokashira street and walk down the street to the right side of the Marui department store.
Keep going down the street and you’ll reach Inokashira park.
After entering the park, keep going straight and cross the bridge. Then you’ll see the boat pier on your left.
Pass the boat pier and keep going straight and you’ll see the restaurant.