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Nakano (中野) ward, adjacent to Shinjuku, is the near edge of the endless urban sprawl of western Tokyo.


The region was mostly an agricultural area during feudal times but by the mid-1960s nearly all of it had been changed to urban development. Nakano has rail lines running through it from east to west, as well as buses that connect to Shibuya, Shinjuku, and Ikebukuro. The area has fewer parks and green areas, making it the second highest population density among the 23 Tokyo wards.

Get In[edit]

Nakano is a stop on the JR Chuo and Sobu lines. It is also a terminal stop for trains on the Tozai subway line (stop T01).

JR Chuo Line Rapid trains operate on a frequent schedule from Shinjuku Station (4 minutes, ¥160) and Tokyo Station (20 minutes ¥220).

See[edit][add listing]

  • Nakano Central Park (中野セントラルパーク), 4-10-1 Nakano, Nakano-ku (From Nakano Stn North Exit, toward Broadway, go left and follow the road past the Nakano Ward Office. The road should turn right and then take the 1st left), [1]. Opened in 2012, it is designed as a business area, but with a green urban island. There are a variety of shops and the place is quite pretty at night. There are plenty of places for a picnic and it gets crowded in the cherry blossom season.  edit
  • Araiyakushi Baishoin Temple (新井薬師 梅照院), 5-3-5 Arai, Nakano-ku, 03-3386-1355, [2]. 9AM–5PM. Founded in 1586. While far from the best that Japan has to offer, this temple is quiet and peaceful, with some interesting decor like its lotus temizuya water fountain. It also has very nice blossoms in the spring, and a flea market on the first Sunday of the month.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Takasago-Yu (高砂湯), 4-49-2 Central, Nakano-ku, 03-3380-4126, [3]. 3PM–12:30AM, Closed Mon. There is one good bath house in the area, with both indoor and outdoor baths, and sauna. ¥470.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Nakano Broadway (中野ブロードウェイ), 5-52-15 Nakano (enter the covered arcade on the north side of JR Nakano Stn, for about 5 min), 03-3388-7004. Varies; some stores open late morning or early afternoon, especially on weekends.. Renowned throughout Tokyo and beyond for its jam-packed stores catering to the otaku culture of comics, anime, collectible toys, and the like. If you're looking for two-meter-high Godzilla figure, this is where you'll find it. There are also some used and specialty audio and video equipment stores. Broadway is on the second floor; the first floor is just a normal suburban shopping mall, so make sure you check upstairs instead of walking around the ground floor and then leaving.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Rerachise (レラ・チセ), 1-37-12 Arai, Nakano-ku (12 min. north from JR Nakano, continuing past Broadway), 03-3387-2252. Dinner only, 5PM-11PM; Closed Mon. A Japanese rarity even in Tokyo, this restaurant serves cuisine of the Ainu, the indigenous inhabitants of Hokkaido. Try the crushed salmon snouts and venison steaks.  edit
  • Mitsuboshi Curry (ミツボシカレー), 2-1-1 Arai, Nakano-ku (Walk through Broadway and go to your left. Cross the street to the right side and you should see the name written in katakana). Very friendly staff, speaks a little English. English menu available. ¥680-¥1380.  edit
  • Dairy Chiko (デイリーチコ), 5-52-15 Nakano (B1 floor of Nakano Broadway, near the entrance to the Petit Paris section.). Enormous 8-story soft-serve cones. Fun to eat, even more fun to watch other people attempt to eat. Normal-sized cones also available, in eight flavors ranging from vanilla to ramune to yuzu. Often romanized as "Daily Chiko." ¥400 and under.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Business Hotel Crescent (ビジネスホテル クレセント), 3-3-4 Nakano, Nakano-ku (A few min on foot south of stn), 03-5385-0300, [4]. checkin: 15; checkout: 10. Spartan, but clean and decent business hotel with optional ¥500 breakfast and conveniently located near Nakano Station. ¥6800~.  edit
  • Nakano Sunplaza (中野サンプラザ), 4-1-1 Nakano, Nakano-ku (A stone's throw north of Nakano Stn), 03-3388-1151, [5]. checkin: 14; checkout: 11. Upscale 3-star hotel with spacious rooms, reataurant, banquet halls, and wi-fi. ¥9800~.  edit
  • Liveinasia, [6]. Small but comfortable and convenient apartments available for weekly rentals and five minutes from Nakano Station.  edit
  • Yadoya Guest House, [7]. Yadoya Guest House is a good place to stay if you're looking for somewhere cheap for long-term stays. Ginrei is their newest building and if you're a woman, the Suzushiro C Female Bldg is in better condition than the Suzushiro A branch. It should be strongly noted, however, that the rooms are very cramped with no AC, and you must pay per use to use a heater in winter. ¥48000/mo~.  edit

Routes through Tokyo/Nakano
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