About Nakano Broadway
Located in Nakano-ku, Tokyo, Nakano Broadway is a complex building consisting of shopping and residential zones. B1 to 4th level are commercial facilities and the fifth level and above are residential facilities. Although there are markedly many stores specialized in "otaku" and "subculture", tenants are diversified in trade from entertainment, clothing, household goods to clinic. How different is Nakano Broadway from Akihabara, a Mecca for otaku people? To sum up, it is really "hard-core." While Akihabara is dealing with anime, manga, video games and other specialties for otaku people in general, Nakano Broadway specializes in retro items, secondhand comic books, premium toys, etc. to the satisfaction of hard-core enthusiasts.
The basement level is a marketplace of groceries as well as fashions stores. The ground level houses shops selling bags, shoes, jewelries and other general merchandise with a video game arcade. Those interested in otaku and subculture are recommended to start with the ground level and proceed to higher level.
The second, third and fourth levels are where many anime, music and toy shops are located, as well as rental showcases dealing with anime character figurines, collectables and hobby items, and maid cafes. Among those, secondhand comic bookstores under a franchise "Mandarake" are most popular. Many of the staff are dressed in costume (cosplay). Here, shoppers can find secondhand manga, dojin-shi (magazine published by fans) and books as well as character figurines, anime DVDs, video games, etc. It is no exaggeration to say that this is the place otaku people must have been at least once.
The higher level above the second level, you go, the hard-coreness is getting more intense. As the atmosphere is so strange wired, which could be described as "Den of Demons" or "Kowloon Fortress in Japan", you need some courage to step in. Take a look at it if you are interested.
By train, JR East Nakano station is nearest. It is a 5 minute walk from the north exit of the station. By car, exit at Nakano-choja-bashi Exit on the Metropolitan Expressway Inner Circular Route. Parking is available in the basement, at a charge of 300 yen/30 minutes. If you want to park your car, check on the height limit, because station wagons and other vehicles with taller vehicle height may not be parked. Or there are parking lots in the neighborhood: Nakano SUNPLAZA parking (250 yen/30 minutes), Nakano Gymnasium parking (150 yen/30 minutes), etc.
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Description: Nakano Broadway
|Sights||Nakano Broadway (中野ブロードウェイ)|
5-52-15 Nakano, Nakano-ku, Tokyo
|Phone / Fax||Phone: 03-3388-7004|
|Closed dates||7 days open|
|Admission Fee||Free admission|
Spring (March - May)Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
|Recommended target||Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller|