Located on the west side of Tokyo, Hino City is famous for being the home of the Shinsengumi, Japan's final group of samurai. In addition to places connected to the Shinsengumi, Hino City has a variety of charming tourist spots, including the 1100-year-old Takahatafudotake Kongo Temple and one of Japan's leading zoos, Tama Zoological Park.
This efficient five-hour (approx. half-day) circuit narrows down Hino City's many tourist spots to highlight the places that allow you to experience the history of the Shinsengumi. With easy-to-understand access methods and images that display the charms of the places, this is a must-read for tourists considering a visit to Hino City!
Hino City has seasonal events that everyone can enjoy – including tourists.
One such event is the Hino Shinsengumi Festival. Held on the second weekend of May every year, this massively rousing event sees approximately 400 taishi (historical regimental soldiers) in Shinsengumi outfits gathering in Hino and marching through Hino City's Shinsengumi spots!
The most convenient way to get to Hino City is to take a train from Shinjuku Station. The trip takes as little as 30 minutes!
Even though you are still in Tokyo, you can feel a charm which is completely different to urban areas such as Shinjuku.