GeGeGe no Kitaro" and Jindaiji Temple CourseAround Jindaiji Temple spreads the beautiful scenery of a remnant of leafy Musashino.
There are various shops－tea houses for visitors and restaurants serving a local specialty “Jindaiji Soba (Japanese buckwheat noodle)” that dates back to the Edo era (1603-1868)－lined up on the path leading to the gate of the temple.
Chofu city is “the birthplace of Mizuki manga (cartoon)” and a city where Shigeru Mizuki, a cartoonist whose representative work is “GeGeGe no Kitarō,” lived for more than 50 years.
There are many sightseeing sports relating to his work, such as monuments standing on Tenjin-dori Street.
(A) Chofu Station
As the Keio Line was taken underground, a new commercial facility was completed.
At present, a spacious square attracts a lot of people as a place of relief.
Nearby spots ① Tenjin-dori Street
Tenjin Dori shopping street stretches northward from the central exit of Chofu Station through the former Koshu-kaido Road to the path leading to Fudaten Shrine.
You can meet the monuments of GeGeGe no Kitarō and his friends on the street.
1 Fuda, Chofu, Tokyo
(B) Fudatenjin Shrine
Fudatenjin Shrine is one of the oldest shrines in the Tama region.
According to shrine legend, it was established as many as 1,940 years ago.
It is said that GeGeGe no Kitarō lives in miscellaneous trees at the back of the shrine.
1-8-1 Chofugaoka, Chofu, Tokyo
(C) Salesio Seminary
There is a model of him for the Hollywood movie “Silence” (released in 2017). The monument represents his fateful destiny.
3-21-12 Fujimicho, Chofu, Tokyo
Nearby spots ② Jindaiji Onsen Yumori-no-sato
The jet-black hot spring from the underground 1500m contains the ancient kelp and ferns of organic matter (humic acid).
It is effective in neuralgia, muscle pain, joint pain, frozen shoulder, stiffness, sprains, digestive disease, poor circulation, fatigue, burns, constipation, women’s diseases.
Also available to use a variety of bath; Goemon-buro*, carbonated water bath, electric bath, indoor baths, outdoor bath, sauna.
2-12-2 Jindaijimotomachi, Chofu, Tokyo
Open All Year
※ Temporarily closed due to maintenance
1,000 yen (weekdays)
1,100 yen (Saturday, Sunday, public holidays, busy season)
(D) National historic site Jindaiji Castle Ruin
In the early 16th century, the “Age of Civil Wars (Sengoku-period)”, this Jindaiji castle was built by general Oogigaya Uesugi for the battle against general Odawara Hojo.
Some parts remnants of the castle are visible as they left in good shape.
2 Jindaijimotomachi, Chofu, Tokyo
Nearby spots ③ Jindaiji Soba
More than 20 Jindaiji Soba shops are located around Jindaiji Temple, attracting lots of attention as one of the most famous places of soba noodles in Tokyo.
5 Jindaijimotomachi, Chofu, Tokyo
(E) Jindaiji Temple: Water in Musashino, Greenery, Temple, and Soba
Blessed with lush greenery and affluent spring water, Jindaiji temple is located in a place where the original landscape of Musashino remains vividly intact. Besides the historic buildings and Buddha statutes, you can enjoy the experience of Buddhist prayer services and a Raku pottery workshop as well as soba dishes making use of water of Jindaiji Temple and food and drinks at Japanese-style cafés.
5-15-1 Jindaijimotomachi, Chofu, Tokyo
Nearby Spots ④ Kitarō Chaya
In the tea room, which is imbued with a nostalgic atmosphere reminiscent of Shōwa period Japan, there are sweets available based upon yōkai characters and unique dishes made from carefully selected ingredients.
We look forward to greeting and serving you.
5-12-8 Jindaiji Motomachi, Chofu, Tokyo (opposite of Jindaiji Temple gate)
Mondays (in the event a national holiday falls on a Monday, the shop will be closed on the following day)
(F) Jindai Botanical Gardens
Jindai Botanical Gardens are Tokyo Metropolitan botanical gardens located in Chofu city and it is the leading botanical garden in Japan.
In the gardens, set in a style reminiscent of old Musashino, around 100,000 trees of 4,800 kinds are planted.
5-31-10 Jindaijimotomachi, Chofu, Tokyo
9:30 ～ 17:00 (admission is until 16:00)
General Adults 500 yen (Group discount available)
Adults over 65 years old 250 yen (Group discount available)
Junior high school students 200 yen (Junior high school students living in Tokyo or going to high school in Tokyo are free)
Elementary school students and younger free
(G) Gionji Temple
Gionji Temple is a temple belonging to the Tendai sect. It is said that Manku-shonin, who established Jindaiji Temple, founded the temple between 729 and 749.
It offers a tea ceremony class as well as a trial lesson of the tea ceremony and a Zen meditation trial class.
2-18-1 Sazumachi, Chofu, Tokyo
(H) Kokuryo Jinja Shrine
This shrine is known as "Millennial Wisteria (Sennofuji) Shrine" because in the precinct, there is a wisteria tree called “Sennofuji” which is said to be about 400 to 500 years old and it’s enshrined as a “Millennial wisteria”.
1-7-1 Kokuryocho, Chofu, Tokyo
9:00～17:00 (except 12:00～13:00)
(I) Fuda Station
Fuda station underwent a renewal in recent years and was moved underground.
As such, many areas around the station have gotten much quieter.
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