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October 10, 2018

2020 On the Way: Chofu

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Chofu is a Tokyo commuter town surrounded by greenery. First, we take a look at a new sports facility set to host Olympic and Paralympic competitions, then check out an ancient temple district popular with sightseers.

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Musashino Forest Sport Plaza A sports facility that will host competitions for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics. Its main arena, which can accommodate about 10,000 people, is the largest indoor playing surface in the Tokyo area.

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Jindaiji Temple A temple founded in the 8th century. It is dedicated to a water deity owing to the area's plentiful spring water. Also known for one of east Japan's oldest Buddha statues, which is registered as a national treasure.

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Suzume no Oyado A soba noodle restaurant tucked away in a charming bamboo grove. In addition to soba, it serves local craft beer, coffee, sweets and more. Pets allowed.

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Daru-chan no Ouchi Sells original daruma good luck charms created by local Chofu women. You can even make your own cloth-covered daruma here.

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Yumori no Sato A natural hot spring that uses local hot spring water. The bath, surrounded by lush greenery, makes it feel like you've left Tokyo.

Further Info

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1) Musashino Forest Sport Plaza
Address: 290-11 Nishimachi, Chofu-shi
2) Jindaiji Temple
Address: 5-15-1 Jindaiji Motomachi, Chofu-shi
3) Suzume no Oyado
Address: 5-15-2 Jindaiji Motomachi, Chofu-shi
4) Daru-chan no Ouchi
Address: 5-5-1 Jindaiji Motomachi, Chofu-shi
5) Yumori no Sato
Address: 2-12-2 Jindaiji Motomachi, Chofu-shi

Others

Chofu Airport
Address: 290-3 Nishimachi, Chofu-shi
JAXA Headquarters Office/Chofu Aerospace Center
Address: 7-44-1 Jindaiji, Higashimachi, Chofu-shi

Reporter

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Romain Toniolo

Nationality:
France
Occupation:
Model and Talent 
When did you first come to Japan?:
In 2012
Reason for coming to Japan:
To discover the culture and become a part of the Japanese world which was always my dreams. Even after 3 years here in Tokyo, everyday is full of new surprises.
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