Musashino City may be known for its splendidly popular Inokashira Park and local atmosphere around Kichijoji Station but the city has quite the history with landmarks to go with it. From well-loved animals to World War II reminders, here is a simple introduction to some of the history and landmarks of Musashino City and how to reach them.
Hanako Elephant Statue
Possibly Japan's most well-known elephant, Hanako was an icon of Inokashira Zoo until her passing in 2016. Funded by donations, the life-size statue of the Thai-born elephant stands proudly outside of Kichijoji Station, drawing any number of visitors looking to recall one of the city's most beloved immigrants.
Direct access from Kichijoji Station on the JR Chuo Line.
Musashino Clean Center
A waste management center may not be high on most people's list of things to do but the Musashino Clean Center is a definite standout. More museum than waste center, the building's modern outer wall design recalls the region's natural geography while an interactive interior helps pique the interest.
An 8-minute no.1, 2 or 3 bus ride from Mitaka Station on the JR Chuo Line.
World Federal Peace Statue
The World Federal Peace Statue was designed by renowned sculptor Kitamura Seibo, the man who created the Peace Statue in Nagasaki. The statue features a foundation of stones sourced from all around the world. On top of the global base stands a woman exultantly riding a horse in the uniquely human quest for peace among nations.
Direct access from Mitaka Station on the JR Chuo Line.
Former Anti-Aircraft Gun Positions in Sekimae
The Former Anti-Aircraft Gun Positions in Sekimae are a series of public information boards dotted around Musashino Central Park. The Nakajima Aircraft Company once manufactured munitions during World War II here and was successfully targeted and bombed by US forces. The positions now act as a reminder and poignant lesson on the area's tragic 20th century history.
An 8-minute no.13 bus rider from Mitaka Station on the JR Chuo Line.