Tama ( Tama-shi) is a western suburban city of Tokyo.
One of the first things you see on arrival at Tama Center train station is a glowing sign proclaiming "Tama is Hello Kitty's Town". Although there is more to Tama, getting up-close-and-personal with Sanrio's signature feline is the main draw for visitors to this part of Tokyo.
On the Keio line (¥330), take a Rapid (kaisoku; 快速) or Express (kyūkō; 急行) train bound for Hashimoto, and get off at Keio Tama Center (京王多摩センター). These trains generally leave from Shinjuku every 10 minutes during most of the day, with departures alternating between the main Keio platforms, and the adjacent Toei Shinjuku Line platforms. (Toei Shinjuku Line trains merge with the Keio line at Sasazuka.)
On the Odakyu line (¥360), the stop for Tama is, appropriately, Odakyu Tama Center (小田急多摩センター). You'll need to change to a Tama Line train at Shin-Yurigaoka (新百合ヶ丘).
The Tama Toshi Monorail is less useful for those coming from central Tokyo; it connects to the JR Chuo Line at Tachikawa.
phone: +81 42-591-1611address: 7-1-1 Hodokubo, HinoLike its better-known counterpart in Ueno, this park is run by the Tokyo municipal government. While it's not spectacularly large, the conditions seem more humane than at the older Ueno Zoo, which many western visitors find downright depressing. Directly across the street from the entrance to the Tama Zoo is a small train museum, including a very large model train set.
Tama CenterA major shopping center, and if you're this far from central Tokyo, it's probably worth your while to do some shopping here before making a special trip all the way to Shinjuku or Ginza. As Tama Center has become a major destination for residents of western Tokyo, it's grown from a big lifeless mall to a local landmark. Musicians, jugglers and other performers often play at the station, and the mall is illuminated for Christmas from November 6th to the New Year.
Warner Mycal Cinemas
phone: +81 42-338-6837address: 2-35 OchiaiA park with a lot of nature and a pretty big pond. It's nice to see people reading books, talking, and sitting on the grass.
phone: +81 42-339-1111address: 1-3 OchiaiA theme park dedicated to Hello Kitty and her cute clones.
phone: +81 44-966-1111address: 4015-1 Yanokuchi, InagiAn amusement park.
phone: +81 42-357-8626address: 1-30-1 OchiaiA large public hot spring.
MitsukoshiA high end department store. This is a chain; there are branches across the country.
Grand Cruphone: +81 42-371-7788address: Odakyu Tama-Center Station, 1-11-2 OchiaiA cake shop. The cream-filled rolled sponge cake is popular.
Cross Garden Tamaphone: +81 42-313-8439address: 2-33 OchiaiBuy miscellaneous goods, clothes, furnitures, and accessories! There are some restaurants, too.
phone: +81 42-355-7370address: Ochiai 1-8-1A Japanese izakaya chain.
Masalaphone: +81 42-374-1912address: Sekido 1-1-5An Indian curry restaurant.
Uotamiphone: +81 42-375-9188address: Magurebu Building 4F, Ochiai 1-39-2
Alo Alophone: +81 42-311-4190address: Ochiai, 1-2-19A Hawaiian bar.
phone: +81 42-374-0111address: 1-43 OchiaiA high-end hotel chain with mediocre service.