Located on the bustling shopping street Nakamichi-dori, Ichien Honten is hard to miss – there’s usually a queue outside the shop. The big draw is the jumbo pan-fried gyoza (¥500 for five) which go well with the satisfying shoyu ramen. Other dumpling options include chicken and shiso leaf gyoza, miniature one-bite gyoza and a premium pork variety. If the line looks a bit daunting, just get the gyoza and nikuman (steamed buns) to go.
Tokyo’s western suburb of Kichijoji is close to the city centre (with direct trains from Shibuya and Shinjuku) and yet far enough removed for a spot of tranquility, especially at the lush Inokashira Park, known for its iconic swan boats and cherry blossoms. So don’t just come for the nearby Ghibli Museum; explore a little further and you’ll discover a cool neighbourhood peppered with stylish restaurants, cafés and boutiques to keep you browsing for hours on end.
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