Have you ever heard of the Tokyo neighbourhood, Machida? Are you thinking about visiting this unique area of Tokyo or even staying in Machida, and wondering what are some things to do, places to visit and restaurants to check out?
There are so many neighbourhoods and areas in Tokyo. Besides the famous towns like Shinjuku, Shibuya and Harajuku, there are many incredible places and spots in Tokyo that are worth a visit. If you’re looking to visit a local neighbourhood and check out some hidden gems, Machida might be a great place to check out. In this Machida area guide, let’s have a look at what to do in Machida, where to eat and drink in Machida, where to stay in Machida and some hidden gems in the area.
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Machida is located in the Tama Hills of southern Tokyo, around an hour’s journey from Tokyo station. Machida city is a great place to go if you want to escape from the chaos of central Tokyo and enjoy a slow-paced day discovering the beauty of this city. With lots of things to do from squirrel parks to graphic art museums, we have written a list of interesting places to visit and eat down below!
Things to do in Machida
Machida Tenmangu 町田天満宮
Machida Tenmangu is situated 10 minutes away from Machida Station, it is a calm and quiet space to collect your thoughts and wander around this beautiful shrine. It is said that Tenmangu shrines bring good luck to people during examination season, so if you need some extra support be sure to visit the Shrine and pray! You can see beautiful wood carvings of dragons and shishi’s as well as an antique market at the start of every month.
Kashima Shrine 鹿島神社
With lots of greenery and trees surrounding the Shrine, it radiates peaceful energy as you walk through the wooden Torii entrance. It is unknown when Kashima Shrine was established but it is certain that people have come here to pray for business prosperity for centuries which adds to the mystery of this beautiful Shrine. Many festivals such as Setsubun and seasonal festivals are hosted here so be sure to check them out!
Machida Bungakukan 町田市民文学館 ことばらんど
Machida Bungakukan is a place for everyone, whether you want to rent a book from the library on the first floor or check out cool and unique exhibitions on the second floor, this Literature museum welcomes you with open arms. Many families with children visit here as there are special events and workshops for children held to teach younger generations about the beauty of literature.
Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts 町田市立国際版画美術館
Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts is a great place to go and see cool and unique prints, they hold frequent exhibitions of famous graphic artists that are known from around the world such as Yoshimoto Nara. Since its opening in 1987, the museum has been able to collect over 30,000 prints and materials from not only in Japan but overseas too! Their motto is to showcase art and culture from Japan and across the world through graphic art and also hold many educational lectures.
Mochio Shrine 母智丘神社
Mochio Shrine is placed next to Serigatani Park, so if you are feeling a change of scenery then make your way over to the hidden gem of Mochio Shrine.
Yutakaiwao Historical Museum 泰巖歴史美術館
A 5-minute walk from Machida station is Yutakaiwao Historical Museum which has recently opened in 2020! The main attraction is the replica of Azuchi castle tower which is very impressive to look at. There is an exhibition centred around the history of Oda Nobunaga that is very popular amongst history lovers. There is also a whole floor dedicated to battle equipment such as swords and armours which is truly incredible.
Machida Nakamise Shopping Street 町田仲見世商店街
Stepping into Machida Nakamise Shopping Street takes you back to the Showa era of Japan, the retro atmosphere draws you in along with the mouth-watering smell of different foods from Chinese to Okonomiyaki restaurants. It is a great place to go and browse the variety of dishes if you haven’t chosen a place for lunch. If you are in Machida during the evening, there are many izakayas on this Shopping Street so it is a good opportunity to get friendly with the locals to get a real authentic feel of Japanese society.
Honmachidaiseki Park 本町田遺跡公園
Honmachidaiseki park has the remains of four dwellings from the early Jomon period and is located north of Machida city away from the busy bustle of people. It is a good place to escape the chaos and have a nice stroll whilst looking around the ruins. We highly recommend you check this site out as it is registered as a municipal Historical Site.
Machida Squirrel Garden 町田リス園
Machida Squirrel Garden is a unique place to go that allows you to interact with squirrels. There even is an opportunity for you to feed them! With a small price of 400 Yen admission fee (adults), you get to wander around the garden looking at squirrels living their daily life which is absolutely adorable. Additionally, the garden is home to rabbits and guinea pigs as well so if you love small fluffy animals then this is the place for you!
Machidayakushiike Park 町田薬師池公園
Machidayakushiike Park is home to many different facilities which you can check out depending on the season. There are several flower parks that are specific to flowers such as peonies and dahlias. It is truly beautiful and mesmerising and we highly recommend you go if you appreciate pretty landscapes.
Restaurants in Machida
This ramen restaurant sparks controversy as the thought of putting pineapples into ramen can be questionable, but this restaurant makes it work! The shio based ramen compliments the sweetness of the pineapple creating an unusual but delicious dish that you should try if you are craving a unique meal.
This store is a famous xiao long bao store in Machida, with a reasonable price of 110 Yen per dumpling. Koyosei Senjuya attracts locals and tourists every day, especially on a cold days. Everything from the thickness to the skin to the soup in the dumpling is absolutely delicious and is definitely worth lining up to grab some dumplings!
Dan Chicken Dan
From great service to delicious dishes, Dan Chicken Dan is a great place to go with family. The atmosphere here is wonderful and there are different menus for lunch and dinner. They even offer a magic show at 18:00 on certain nights so be sure to keep up with their social media!
Angkor Thom アンコール・トム
This Cambodian restaurant has an authentic vibe and taste which makes it feel as if you are really in Cambodia!! With lots of varieties of foods from dessert to appetisers, Angkor Thom is the place to go if you want to try something different. The fried spring rolls are very popular with returning customers.
STRI is an Italian restaurant buffet where you can choose the delicious food that goes on your plate. For around 2000 Yen you can taste Italy in so many different forms, from yummy pizzas to fresh and healthy salads you should rejuvenate yourself at STRI so that you are fully energised to continue your adventure in Machida.
Hotels in Machida
Rembrandt Hotel Tokyo-Machida
Located a 2-minute walk from JR Machida Station, Rembrandt Hotel Tokyo-Machida offers simply furnished rooms with free WiFi access.
There are many shops and restaurants within a walking distance while the popular Shinjuku, Shibuya, Yokohama areas can all be reached with a 35-minute train ride. Hakone is 60-minutes away on the Odakyu Line.
Rooms at Machida Best Western is equipped with air conditioning and heating facilities and come with a flat-screen TV, a fridge and an electric kettle. With a bathtub, the private bathroom comes with free toiletries and a hairdryer.
Guests can store luggage at the 24-hour front desk, use the currency exchange service or savour a massage. There is a public library located on levels 4 to 6.
The on-site restaurant Palm Tree located on the 2nd floor offers a buffet-style breakfast from 07:00 to 09:00 (07:00 to 10:00 on weekends and before public holidays).
Address: 194-0013 Tokyo-to, Machida, Haramachida 3-2-9, Japan
Hotel Resol Machida
A 4-minute walk from Machida Station, Hotel Resol Machida features a restaurant. Free parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property.
All rooms are equipped with an LCD TV, a refrigerator and Japanese tea.
Restaurant Shishimaru serves a carefully prepared Japanese set breakfast. Kyushu region’s specialities can be enjoyed at the restaurant for dinner. Drinks and snacks are available at vending machines.
The hotel offers PC rentals for in-room use. For guests’ convenience, there is a coin launderette on site.
Hotel Resol Machida is a 2-minute walk from Machida Bus Centre. Shin Yokohama Shinkansen (bullet train) Station is a 20-minute train ride.
Address: 194-0022 Tokyo-to, Machida, Morino 1-12-15 , Japan
Busoan Library & Hostel
Busoan Library & Hostel in Machida provides adults-only accommodation with a bar and a shared lounge. The property is around 5 km from Field Athleteic Yokohama Tsukushino Course, 6 km from Kodomo-no-Kuni and 8 km from Machida Stadium. The accommodation provides luggage storage space and free WiFi throughout the property.
All units include a shared bathroom, slippers and bed linen.
An American breakfast is available daily at the hostel.
Minami-Osawa Station is 16 km from Busoan Library & Hostel. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 54 km from the accommodation.
Address: 194-0013 Tokyo-to, Machida, Haramachida 4-10-12, Japan
Machida is a great place to go with lots of different things to do. We hope we were able to provide you with some places to visit or eat. Make sure to let us know where you went and what you thought of it! Remember that Machida will always welcome you with open arms so don’t be afraid to visit as many times as you want.