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Nakano Broadway for Geeks

Updated on September 22, 2014

Going to Broadway

This is about the third time for me here visiting in Nakano in Tokyo. For those of you who don't know, Nakano is one of the many hot spots in Tokyo to visit. I am staying in the Nakano-ku / Nogata area which is about 10 minutes away by bus heading towards Nakano station. Putting on my lens, I will give you a glimpse of what Nakano has to offer (both old and recent).

Here I will be featuring three areas near Nakano station you might find interesting. Here are a few hidden gems unknown to some that can make your visit to Nakano both fascinating and entertaining. Whether you like nostalgic things, learning about Japan's sub-culture, shopping for things you might not find elsewhere, getting a massage, indoor and outdoor dining, exploring nooks and crannies (with corners and turns filled with elements of wonderment).

Here is something for everyone... A glimpse of both old and new Japan within walking distance of each other.

* All Pictures have been taken by me (unless otherwise stated)

Nakano Broadway

Going to Broadway

Nakano Broadway is a shopping complex in Tokyo made famous for its many stores. There are four floors that are filled with little shops including those that sells various electronics and collectible items of all sorts (including American and Japanese). And who knows what other items you might find that tickles your fancy. For me it was the Japanese superheroes and monsters I used to play with as a child. Kikaida, Kamen rider V3, Robocon, Godzilla, Gamera, etc... Here you will also find current Sci-fi American items in demand anywhere. "ALIEN" items is what I like to look for.

If you love nostalgic things, this place is HEAVEN ! Car models of all sorts, barbie dolls, old Japanese street signs and models... the list goes on.You will also find Disney, American superheroes, Hot Wheels, antiques, figurines of all sorts, you name it ! Even the weird stuff, the weirder the better. And to those Japanese anime and manga fans out there? Yes, you can find what you want there as well too. This is a place for you !

Sell some of your own items and get some cash too. Oh... and watch out for those "Gacha" machines that can be addicting. Those bubble gum look a like machines has items in small capsules that make you want to try to get your favorites. One more try. I gotta have this ! They usually cost about 400 yen or $ 4.00 a pop. So if you keep missing what you hope for, it can cost you a lot.

This place gives one the opportunity to find those hard to get items you dreamed of having and finally make it happen. I want that ! I need that ! Magazines, comics, CD's & DVD's, expensive watches, photography items, clothing stores, restaurants, massage parlor, even a small, affordable supermarket named "Seiyu" on the bottom floor with prices that will amaze you. Am I really in Tokyo? Is the prices here that low?

Nakano Broadway Video

Kotobukiya Marvel Bishoujo Collection: Elektra Bishoujo Statue
Kotobukiya Marvel Bishoujo Collection: Elektra Bishoujo Statue

A collectible figurine with great body sculpting full of beauty and detail. In a magnificent fighting stance, her hair and clothing flows along with the wind as she stands perched on the edge of a Japanese rooftop. Electrifying with impeccable detail to behold.

 
Bandai Tamashii Nations S.H. MonsterArts Godzilla 2014 Toy Figure
Bandai Tamashii Nations S.H. MonsterArts Godzilla 2014 Toy Figure

A collectible and fan of Godzilla? Then this one's for you! Beautifully sculpted with strong balance, you're be able to do poses with this one like in the movie! Not released yet but will be on October 25, 2014 ! You may pre-order now, if you wish.

 

Exploring Japanese sub-culture

In some countries you might find some things strange, or maybe even taboo. Here in America there is a program series that features some of the taboos in this world we live in. Sometimes I find myself watching this program and find it intriquing to watch. In fact there is an episode that covers some of the taboos within Japan's subculture. I am here not to judge. In my lens, I will reveal what might seem as a culture shock to you that exists within the Japanese society. In relation to all of this, Nakano Broadway caters to some of those subcultures and one might call them "Taboo". Here are some links.

1) Cosplay:

Cosplay: More info on the subculture famous in Japan.

2) Maid Cafes and massage parlors:

Maid cafes: More info

Moe Moe! Pretty maid cafe classic Lolita Cosplay Halloween L size (japan import)
Moe Moe! Pretty maid cafe classic Lolita Cosplay Halloween L size (japan import)

Maid Cafes are popular in Japan and so is Cosplay. So if you're into cosplay... or are still thinking of what to wear next on Halloween... how about this?

 

Cool Books and DVD's of Japan

The Otaku Encyclopedia: An Insider's Guide to the Subculture of Cool Japan
The Otaku Encyclopedia: An Insider's Guide to the Subculture of Cool Japan

A guide book to help you understand some of Japan's coolest subcultures.

 

Nakano Central Park

About 5 minutes walking distance away is Nakano Central Park. I was told this place wasn't here a year ago. It just mind boggles me how in Japan, they are so quick to build buildings. Just like at a friend's place, I came to visit a year later and I looked out the window to find what was once an empty view space was now the top of a building !

This is my first time here. We walked pass office buildings along with stores and restaurants and a university area. We soon found ourselves in a park like area. There you will find lunchwagon type vehicles or stands that sell beverages including beer and different types of pupus (foods that go well with beer), etc. It was about 7:30 pm and the sun was disappearing within the night sky. It was really a sight to see. Families with children spending some quality time together. Couples and groups enjoying themselves sitting and dining on outdoor areas under tents. Joggers passed us by along with others taking their dog for a walk. The night lights created some magic and atmosphere. I wished I could join in and have a beer or two along with some pupus but we had other plans. It was a nice walk through and to see a new Nakano area born in it's early stages. I am beginning to love Nakano even more.

* Pictures by me @ Nakano Central Park

A Hidden Gem

Every so often in Japan, you will find yourself entering through a shotengai (shopping arcade) . There are many shops and fast food restaurants in these straight and medium sized walkways with roof coverings above or arcade as they call it. It is quite lighted up and you will find them near train stations or along the way home making it convenient to shop for little things like necessities or food items to buy even with a discounted price.

In Nakano, after walking through a shotengai, we ended up somewhere as if in a new time zone or time warp. I did not know a place like this every existed. It was like walking through a modern city and all of a sudden... these nook and crannies became filled with nostalgia. These little walkway alley type roads seemed to be from a place in the past. It was as if we had entered into Japan of old, mixed in with the new. There were all sorts of bars, like an 80's bar where they play 80's music. Many indoor and outdoor dining restaurants, ramen shops, convenience stores, massage and pachinko parlors, maid cafes, and even a capsule hotel. I really enjoy walking through places like these, sometimes you never know where the next turn will take you.

* Picture by me taken @ Nakano Broadway

My Nakano Walk Thru

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Entering Nakano Broadway Shopping Complex.Japanese collectibles all around.Japanese Cosplay shop.cosplay costumes.More Galore.Wigs, fancy colors, etc.Sci-Fi Collectibles!Predator!Japanese movies, toys, and more...Nakano Central Park.Enjoying the park...Beer Garden!Beer garden and food booths.More food vendors.Crowds enjoying themselves in the park.Relax, get on the computer and chill !The coming night sky in Nakano.The nook and cranny hot spot place to go in Nakano.A Jazz Bar!Soul Music * Dance and Disco Classics Bar!An 80's Bar! Oh My!Restaurants, Ramen shops, etc...A Maid Cafe!Pachinko Parlors... famous in Japan.And more to see in these  ( nook and crannies )  crowded alleyways...
Entering Nakano Broadway Shopping Complex.
Entering Nakano Broadway Shopping Complex.
Japanese collectibles all around.
Japanese collectibles all around.
Japanese Cosplay shop.
Japanese Cosplay shop.
cosplay costumes.
cosplay costumes.
More Galore.
More Galore.
Wigs, fancy colors, etc.
Wigs, fancy colors, etc.
Sci-Fi Collectibles!
Sci-Fi Collectibles!
Predator!
Predator!
Japanese movies, toys, and more...
Japanese movies, toys, and more...
Nakano Central Park.
Nakano Central Park.
Enjoying the park...
Enjoying the park...
Beer Garden!
Beer Garden!
Beer garden and food booths.
Beer garden and food booths.
More food vendors.
More food vendors.
Crowds enjoying themselves in the park.
Crowds enjoying themselves in the park.
Relax, get on the computer and chill !
Relax, get on the computer and chill !
The coming night sky in Nakano.
The coming night sky in Nakano.
The nook and cranny hot spot place to go in Nakano.
The nook and cranny hot spot place to go in Nakano.
A Jazz Bar!
A Jazz Bar!
Soul Music * Dance and Disco Classics Bar!
Soul Music * Dance and Disco Classics Bar!
An 80's Bar! Oh My!
An 80's Bar! Oh My!
Restaurants, Ramen shops, etc...
Restaurants, Ramen shops, etc...
A Maid Cafe!
A Maid Cafe!
Pachinko Parlors... famous in Japan.
Pachinko Parlors... famous in Japan.
And more to see in these  ( nook and crannies )  crowded alleyways...
And more to see in these ( nook and crannies ) crowded alleyways...

Why would you go to Nakano?

What would draw you to Nakano Broadway area.

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Japanese Superheroes From the 70's DVD Collectibles !

Kamen Rider V3 DVD Box Set
Kamen Rider V3 DVD Box Set

The Japanese superhero Kamen Rider V3 ...from the 70's! Rare,Collectible box DVD set. Region 1.

 
Majin, Return of Giant Majin
Majin, Return of Giant Majin

The God of all Superheroes !

The oppressed are victimized, and some murdered by evil warlords. So some of the villagers go up into the mountains where a peaceful warrior statue sits. Praying to their GOD for help... the statue eventually awakens into a GIANT... known as Majin and all hell breaks loose as he seeks their revenge.

Instant viewing RENT or BUY (SD). Also available on DVD as you scroll down and read. Region 1.

 

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      Looks like an interesting place to visit.

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      Anja Toetenel 3 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      I had never heard of Nakano. Thank you for your lovely Lens about it, it sounds like a great place to visit!

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      VinnWong 3 years ago

      Thank you for writing about this place Minoru10, I live only around 10 minutes away from here and it's such a great place to hang out!

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      Michael Yoshinaka 3 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

      @darkflowers: Thank you for reading my lens. : D

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      Michael Yoshinaka 3 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

      @WriterJanis2: Thank you for reading my lens. : D

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      sierradawn lm 3 years ago

      Thank you for this entertaining and informative tour of Nakano! I never heard of it before and I had so much fun going there on this excellent tour you provided here!

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      Michael Yoshinaka 3 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

      @sierradawn lm: Thank you for reading and enjoying my lens. I am looking forward to reading more of your lens,

      : D

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      Michael Yoshinaka 3 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

      @VinnWong: Thank you VinnWong. Can't wait to read more of your lens and the last one was awesome !

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 3 years ago from Texas

      Sounds like this would be a great place to visit in person. Thanks for your guided tour.

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      Michael Yoshinaka 3 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

      @DANCING COWGIRL: Thank you for reading and commenting. I really appreciate it !!! : D

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      Martina 3 years ago from Croatia, Europe

      Great Lens!

      Thank you for this nice tour :)

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      Michael Yoshinaka 3 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

      Thank you so much MarathonRunning, I am so glad you have enjoyed my lens.

      Thank you for commenting and liking it. : D

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      Mary Norton 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      We are now planning a visit to Japan so your lenses are really useful.

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      Michael Yoshinaka 3 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

      @aesta1: I'm so glad for you. Where are you planning to go in Japan?

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      Mobley5 3 years ago

      Really interesting lens - thank you.

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      DanceMomOnline 3 years ago

      I enjoyed reading your lens. I appreciated the photos - they really helped capture the feeling of the area. I would love to visit Japan and will definitely keep in mind Nakano if I ever make it there.

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      Michael Yoshinaka 3 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

      @DanceMomOnline: Please do if you can. Thank you for reading my lens.And there are so many places in Japan to visit, especially in Tokyo. : D

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      golfstrongly 3 years ago

      Good job. I enjoyed reading your lens.

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      Renae Lucas-Hall 4 months ago

      It's a place I'd never think to visit when I'm in Tokyo but it reminds me of Tokyo in the '90s so just walking around here would make feel very nostalgic.

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      Michael Yoshinaka 4 months ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

      You should go there Renae...if you're in Tokyo again. It's a pretty cool place and so nostalgic...

      If you like Japanese anime, collectibles toys (Japanese and American, etc.)and old stuff you would be surprised seeing there and

      geeky stuff too. There is even a supermarket like place. Ben there a few times already.

      : D

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