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Published on 03.31.2016
For anyone visiting Japan Akihabara is one of the top five things to do. This is the world’s otaku capital with endless maid cafes and anime merchandise shops. This world of Akihabara is far from what most of us are used to seeing and experiencing, therefore deserving its place in the top five.
However, about half an hour away by train from this anime wonderland, on the other side of Tokyo is Nakano Broadway which rivals Akihabara with its own anime wonderland, but with less crowds and more peace.
Nakano Broadway, located only five minutes’ walk away from the north exit of Nakano Station, is a shopping complex selling anime goods, collectibles and idol goods. The building is comprised of 10 storeys, four of which are dedicated to shops and restaurants, while the rest are apartment complexes. Two of the floors are dedicated to anime, one to shops selling clothes and the last is the grocery store (in case you need it). Like Akihabara, this place is also a reflection of Japan’s pop culture, but as mentioned earlier, without the hustle and bustle of the crowds.
The opening of a shop named Mandarake in the 1980s saw Nakano Broadway becoming an otaku haven (or for anyone who loves anime). This is a second-hand shop that specialises in selling anything related to anime, from the latest magazines to rare collectibles. As such, the prices here range from a few pennies to thousands of yens. On the other hand, if you have any anime merchandise that you don’t want anymore, Mandarake is most likely to be interested in buying it. In doing so, you will be joining a queue of people carrying suitcases loaded with anime merchandise and wishing to sell them.
Outside of the mall, is Nakano Sun Mall which is the street visitors take from Nakano Station to Nakano Broadway. This is a street covered by a glass ceiling featuring many shops, such as jewellers and game centres. Branching off from Nakano Sun Mall to the side streets are where many restaurants and bars located, each with its own unique style. After a long day of shopping this is where visitors can take a break and relax from shopping.
Hours: different for every shop, however, most are closed on Wednesdays and on the third Wednesday of February the whole building is closed for maintenance
Address: Nakano Station (JR Chuo Line or Tozai Subway Line)
Source: Okano TV (Youtube)