Mitaka (三鷹) is a city in Tokyo prefecture.
Mitaka is a major stop on the JR Chūō line(中央線). Chūō trains depart from Tokyo Station on platforms 1 and 2 (34 minutes; ¥380), and from Shinjuku on platform 12 (15 minutes; ¥210). Fast trains designated Special Rapid, including Chūō Special Rapid (中央特快 chūō-tokkai), Ome Special Rapid (青梅特快 ōme-tokkai), and Commuter Special Rapid (通勤特快 tsūkin-tokkai), stop at Mitaka. However, some Limited Express trains do not.
Mitaka is also the end point of the thru-service connecting the Tokyo Metro Tozai line (東西線) to the Chūō via its terminal at Nakano.
- Ghibli Museum - Mitaka is home to the famed animator Hayao Miyazaki's "Mitaka Ghibli Forest Museum." To visit the museum, you will need to purchase a ticket at a Lawson's convenience store. Currently tickets are ￥1000, less for children. You can walk there in 15 minutes, or a bus is available from Mitaka Station for ￥300 round-trip.
- Mitaka City Gallery of Art - The gallery is in the topmost floor of the Coral building, immediately adjacent to Mitaka station. Features special exhibits four times a year. Hours are 10:00-20:00 (admission ends at 19:30). Their address is CORAL 5F, 3-35-1 Shimorenjaku, Mitaka-shi, and they can be contacted at 0422-79-0033.
- MISHOP, the Mitaka International Society for HOSpitality, is an association for cultural exchange between Japanese volunteers and international visitors. MISHOP hosts various cultural events and also operates fee-based Japanese lessons. Alternatively, a system for connecting students with volunteer language partners is available for those who wish to learn Japanese on the cheap. All that is required is a ￥1000 membership fee for students. The MISHOP center is on the main street south of Mitaka Station, less than 5 minutes' walk.
- LONLON - There is a Lonlon at Mitaka station. While not as big as the one at Kichijoji, there is a bakery, food, a restaurant, a couple beauty/salon stores, and a flower shop.
- Coral Mitaka (コラル三鷹) is a mid-size building immediately to the south of Mitaka station that is home to many small shops, selling items such as clothing, groceries, specialty food, and other items. Additionally, the art gallery is on the top floor.
- Indira is an Indian restaurant a block off the main Chūō Dōri street. About 10 minutes' walk from Mitaka Station
- Bamiyan serves Chinese food and has a juice bar (all you can drink juice/sodas). On the first major intersection south of Mitaka station.
- International Christian University http://www.icu.ac.jp/index_e.html
- Welcome to Mitaka City! - the Mitaka municipal website.
This page was last edited at 00:51, on 2 March 2009 by Anonymous user(s) of Wikitravel. Based on work by Joren.