The name, Harmonica Yokocho, comes from the harmonica-like scenery that consists of about 100 small stores, including shops and restaurants, standing along the narrow alley. You may have a hard time deciding which stores to go in since the place is home to a wide variety of stores from old stores to fashionable stores.
Many food shops offer a lunch menu around noon and turn into izakaya (bars) at night so the place is enjoyable regardless of the time you visit.
A grilled chicken shop with a red lantern as its trademark, Iseya Sohonten has been popular with the locals for more than 80 years. It has three branches in the Kichijoji area but all of them are very popular and always filled with people.
You will understand why they are so popular once you try their grilled chicken which are huge! It's hard to believe that it only costs 80 JPY per skewer. Some branches even offer takeout. It's recommended to try their grilled chicken in Inokashira Park when the weather is good. Stopping by for lunch is recommended as well.
Maker's Watch Knot is the store that handles Japan-made watches, and it is located in Nakamichi-dori Street where many unique shops can be found. Custom made watches are available starting at 10,000 JPY and there are over 5,000 custom variations available. Creating one that completely reflects your personality is recommended, especially for everyday wear items like watches.
Maker's Watch Knot
Maker's Watch Knot 吉祥寺ギャラリーショップ
Iori is also located in Nakamichi-dori Street and it is the specialty store of Imabari towels. Imabari towel is a brand towel that originated in Ehime 120 years ago. Only towels that have passed many strict quality tests can have the title of Imabari.
They are popular as a gift as well for their quality. The attractive point of Imabari is their variety of products from everyday towels to fashion items with excellent design such as the gauze muffler. Experience the texture that will have you addicted with one touch.
Inokashira Park is a must-see place when sightseeing in the Kichijoji area. The area boasts a total area of 380,000 square meters and the Inokashira Pond at the center of the park is very popular with locals and visits with its floating boats. The park shows a different atmosphere each season, such as spring, when cherry blossoms bloom and the place comes alive with tons of people. The park holds various other events throughout the year, including exhibitions of handmade crafts and music festivals.
*This information is from the time of this article's publication.