Living in Higashi-Kurume, Tokyo: Guide for Foreigners
Located 25 km away from central Tokyo, Higashikurume is a densely populated, energetic, and modern town. Close to the crowds and opportunities on the west, and mountain ranges on the east, it offers the right balance of urban and nature.
An Ideal Bedtown For Commuters
"Higashikurume Station" by Suikotei is licensed under CC BY 4.0
Higashi Kurume is considered to be one of the best choices for those commuting to Japan, which results in it having more than 9,000 residents per square kilometer.
Though it is densely populated, it still feels surprisingly tranquil, more so when you leave the area surrounding the central train station. This busy area around the station, though, is a perfect place to enjoy local food or shop, whether you enjoy small shops or want to go on a shopping craze in Aeon Mall Higashikurume.
The western part of the city offers something entirely different. There you can explore the beautiful area around Ochaiai River and Minamisawa Springs. This area has walking trails and is a great place to go for a walk or hike after a long day at work. Also, nearby are several religious hubs, such as the Minamisawa Hikawa Shrine and Daien-ji Temple.
A Balanced and Comfortable Home for Foreigners
"Super Yamazaki Higashikurume Higashiguchi" by Suikotei is licensed under CC BY 4.0
Higashi Kurume offers a balance of nature and modern facilities that can’t be found in many other areas of Tokyo Metropolis. If you want to get lost in nature for a while, take a quick train ride to the west, or join the bustling streets of Tokyo - you can arrive there in less than 30 minutes.
The city itself offers diverse restaurants and shops, as well as clubs where you can meet and hang out with the locals. Stadium Japon is a unique spa facility where you can energize, Higashikurume Golf Center is loved among those who like hitting the green, and Ryusenen Ground Park is a center dedicated to sports activities.
If you’re interested in renting an apartment, you can expect to pay between ¥45,000 ($410) and ¥60,000 ($547) per month for a 20 square meter space, while a two-bedroom apartment costs between ¥60,000 ($547) and ¥100,000 ($913) per month. The price primarily depends on the location, and luxury lodgings are also available.
"Higashikurume Station Concourse" by Ichiken-home is licensed under CC BY 4.0
If you are planning to work near Tokyo Downtown, yet want to get away from the craze at the end of your shift - Higashi Kurume is a fantastic option for you. Located near the agricultural and natural sites, yet providing all the facilities you’d expected from a modern city, it is a comfortable and colorful town that is easy to fall in love with.
Sources: Tokyo Room Finder, TokyoCheapo, Life in Tokyo, Trip Advisor, Gainjin Pot
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