What Is Araiyakushi-mae Station Area Like?

What Is Araiyakushi-mae Station Area Like?


Town & Local Area Info

When moving to a new place, how do you choose which area to live in?

We all have different priorities as to what makes a place comfortable: public security, accessibility to schools and work places, abundance in shopping facilities, etc.
No matter the preference, it is often difficult to find a suitable area without acquiring enough understanding of the place in advance.

In this article, I’ll tell you about the public transportation and atmosphere of Araiyakushi-mae Station area.
To those who are interested in Araiyakushi-mae Station area, or are on the lookout for a good place to live in―this may be the article for you.


What Is Araiyakushi-mae Station Like?

Araiyakushi-mae Station along the Seibu Shinjuku Line, is not far from Nakano and Shinjuku. Despite being in such a central area, this place has a laid-back atmosphere which is populated by many families. You can also find a shopping street with an atmosphere reminiscent of the old days. As the name suggests, this area is famous for the temple, Araiyakushi Baishouin.

It is the largest temple in Nakano Ward.

Known as the “God of Eyes” after the temple responded to 2nd Edo Shougun Hidetada’s prayers and cured his daughter’s eye disease, Araiyakushi Baishouin is also believed to bring good luck for child-raising.

Furthermore, at every 8th,18th and 28th of the month, a market called “Hachi no ichi” is held, where antiques as well as foods and flowers are sold.

At the “Ai Road Shopping Street”, also regarded as the path leading to Baishouin, there are around 130 big and small stalls lining up and bustling with customers.


Public Transport And Accessibility Of Araiyakushi-mae Station

≪Trains Running Through Araiyakushi-mae Station≫
①Seibu Shinjuku Line

≪Approximate Travel Time From Araiyakushi-mae Station To Central Stations≫
– Shinjuku Station: 20 min (1 transfer)
– Tokyo Station: 32 min (2 transfers)
– Roppongi Station: 32 min (1 transfer)
– Shinagawa Station: 36 min (1 transfer)
– Ikebukuro Station: 14 min (1 transfer)
– Shibuya Station: 24 min (1 transfer)

The starting station of the Seibu Shinjuku Line, Seibu Shinjuku Station is within walking distance from Shinjuku Station. If you want to get to Shinjuku, you can get off at Seibu Shinjuku Station to avoid unnecessary transfers (travel time will be approx. 12 minutes).
If you get off at Takadanobaba Station along the Seibu Shinjuku Line, you can also transfer to the Yamanote Line, which will make traveling even more efficient.


Popular Restaurants Around Araiyakushi-mae Station

①Honkaku Tokyo Zja jiang mian
●A restaurant alongside the Nakano-dori(Nakano Street).
They serve the specialty of Beijing called Lao Beijing zhajiangmian, recreated into an authentic Tokyo-style dish.
Counter seats are available, creating a welcoming atmosphere for single customers.
Small servings are 780 yen, regular servings 880 yen, large servings 980 yen.
You can also adjust the amount of Sansho Pepper: (1)Shibire nashi [No sting], (2) Kaori yoshi [Aromatic], (3) Biri biri [Stingy], and (4) Hi-ha [Extremely Spicy].
During lunch hours, the dish comes with a free small bowl of Mala Sichuan rice.*Limited to 15 servings
The menu in the photo below is a regular serving with soft boiled egg(100 yen). Mix it well before eating.

●Restaurant Information
Address: Tokyo, Nakano Ward, Arai 2-7-12 Entopia Nakano 1F
TEL: Not available
Opening Hours: 11:30~14:30/17:30~22:30
Regular Holidays: Sundays
Store Link: Not available

②Ryoshi no Aburiya (Araiyakushi Store)
●A restaurant serving creative Japanese cuisine to enjoy with alcohol. They have a great supply of alcohol drinks. The restaurant’s structure resembles a rustic Japanese-style house, and has a relaxing atmosphere to it. Business workers as well as families can come to spend a good time here.

Lunch set meals: Charcoal-broiled, salted mackerel 750 yen/ Tender beef tendon in miso stew 880 yen/ Thick fried horse mackerel and Sashimi 1000 yen.

●Restaurant Information
Address: 3-40-10 Kamitakada, Nakano, Tokyo
TEL: 03-5942-7660
Opening Hours: 11:00~14:30/ 17:00~1:00 following day (L.O. 24:00)
Regular Holidays: Wednesdays
Store Link: Not available


Main Shopping Facilities In Araiyakushi-mae Station Area

・Maruetsu Araiyakushi-mae Store (9:00~1:00) 1 min walk from Araiyakushi-mae Station South Exit
・mini Piago Arai 5 Chome Store (open 24 hours) 1 min walk from Araiyakushi-mae Station South Exit
・Corno Araiyakushi (10:00~1:00) 2 min walk from Araiyakushi-mae Station North Exit
…and more.

●Drug Store(Medical supplies & Daily Life Essentials)
・Sugi Drug (09:00~21:00) 6 min walk from Araiyakushi-mae Station South Exit
・Smile Araiyakushi (09:00~22:45) 2 min walk from Araiyakushi-mae Station North Exit

●Other Shopping Streets and Large Scale Shopping Facilities
・Ai-road Shopping Street: 8 min walk from Araiyakushi-mae Station South Exit

A 24-hour opening supermarket can come in handy for residents of the area.
Other shops are also open until late at night, which may be helpful for those who cook regularly.

Rental Market Value In Araiyakushi-mae Station Area

●General Rent Values From A Current Real Estate Agent
[For Singles] Separate Bath and Toilet/ 2nd floor and above/ 1K
▹10 min walk from station⇒75,000 yen~
▹15 min walk from station⇒75,000 yen~

[For Couples] Separate Bath and Toilet/ 2nd floor and above/ 1LDK
▹10 min walk from station⇒130,000 yen~ *depends on room space (m2)
▹15 min walk from station⇒130,000 yen~ *depends on room space (m2)

[For Families] Separate Bath and Toilet/ 2nd floor and above/ 2LDK
▹10 min walk from station⇒150,000 yen~ *depends on room space (m2)
▹15 min walk from station⇒150,000 yen~ *depends on room space (m2)

Rent values do not vary depending on distance from station, due to the JR Chuo Line Nakano Station being located nearby.
Apartments closer to the Nakano area tend to be much more expensive.


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The Araiyakushi-mae environment provides various places to shop and eat, while also balancing well with the peaceful residential area and rustic shopping street atmosphere.
From the station, walk through the shopping street past the residential area, and you can reach Tetsugaku-dō Park which abounds in nature, in just 10 minutes. This park serves as a community space for the local residents. It’s great for taking a stroll during weekends.

I’ve also published articles about other station areas, so be sure to check them out.

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