Living in Hino, Tokyo: Guide for Foreigners

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Hino, Tokyo

"Hino, Tokyo" by Robert Paske is licensed under CC BY 2.0 

Hino is a city on the western side of the Tokyo Metropolitan Area and currently has a little less than 200,000 residents. It is a part of the Keihin Industrial Zone, and its economy is thriving in the automobile industry. The area has many green spaces as well and doesn't lack in the dining and shopping scene. 

Additionally, being only a 30-minute train ride from Shinjuku, it is also a popular commuter town. 

Interesting Things To See In Hino 

When travelers and locals from the surrounding areas visit Hino, they're most likely to explore the Tama Zoological Park. First opened in 1958, this Zoo covers 52 hectares and showcases animals in their natural habitats. You can meet and learn about many animals here, including those native to Asia, Africa, and Australia. 

Though not as popular as the Tama zoo, the gorgeous Takahata Fudoson Kongo-ji Temple is considered to be the city's hidden gem. This 1,100 year-old temple showcases intricate Japanese architecture, beautiful religious sculptures and also organizes festivals for pilgrims throughout the year.

Fudo Hall at Takahata Fudoson in Hino, Tokyo

"Fudo Hall at Takahata Fudoson" by jpellgen (@1179_jp) is licensed under CC BY 2.0 

For some time in nature, go for a walk near Tama river and explore Kurokawaseiryu Park and Mogusaen Park, both offering relaxing areas and trails to soak in the natural scenery before heading on to work in the busy streets of central Tokyo.

Hino also has its fair share of museums. Keio Rail Land is an interactive train museum perfect for families, Shinsengumi Furusato History Museum is a place to go to learn about the city's most esteemed samurai, and Hinojuku Honjin is a lovely spot to discover the lifestyle of the Edo period. 

Great Things About Living In Hino 

Tama Monorail in Hino, Tokyo"Tama Monorail" by Toshihiro Gamo is licensed under CC BY 2.0 

Hino is easy-going and great for families or those who plan to commute to central Tokyo. It's only a 30-minute train ride from the city center, which you can catch at central Hino station. 

The restaurants are mostly dotted in the city's center, and you can find everything from KFC to Italian, Chinese, and, of course, traditional Japanese restaurants. The city is also packed with stores that will cater to all your needs, whether you prefer to shop department stores or small, specialized shops. 

The suburban feel of Hino also keeps the rents quite low, and you won't have trouble finding a single bed apartment below ¥50,000 ($450), while the prices get higher for apartments in new buildings, or those surrounding the central station. 

The Takeaway

"Tama Zoo main gate" by Toshihiro Gamo is licensed under CC BY 2.0 

Hino is a commuter town designed to cater to those who work in central Tokyo and surrounding cities. This keeps the rents low, but also creates a laid-back atmosphere and a pleasant neighborly feel. It is fantastic for foreigners who are newly arriving in Japan with their families, as it is safe, quiet and has all the facilities and "extras" you need for a comfortable life. 

Sources: TokyoCheapo, Real Estate Japan, Britannica, Tokyo Zoo, Trip Advisor, Japan Hoppers

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