Explore the world of anime and subculture in the "holy land of otaku".
Nakano is known to be the "holy land of otaku".
In contrast to Akihabara which has all the newest and most popular works of anime and its merchandise, Nakano is a place that has a series of much more maniacal anime merchandise. These include anime from older generations that are still loved to this day and the less mainstream anime. Unlike Akihabara, all the shops are huddled together in one area of Nakano, so you will easily be able to tick-off anime goods from your shopping list.
Jump into the world of Otaku as you window shop for figures, cosplay costumes, second-hand books and games, fanzines and much more!
- Enjoy shopping in Nakano which has more of a maniacal selection of merchandise and places to visit, compared to Akihabara!
- You will visit Japanese game center and eat huge soft cream and introduce recommended spot of Broadway building.
- Spend some time in a famous maid bar in Nakano, after a day of shopping.
・Adores, Nakano branch: Let's explore a Japanese game center such as UFO catchers and medal games. This is a game center that has both old and new models of games.
・Mandarake, Nakano Branch: The center of Nakano. There are all kinds of Otaku goods, such as manga, toys, games, and anime books. Mandarake originally started as a secondhand book store, but today it has expanded to cover all floors of Nakano Broadway.
・Liberty, Nakano 2nd Shop: Lined with figurines, this is a spot for maniacs! Keep your eyes open to find some rare goods!
・Apple Symphony: Find animated cell drawings. This shop has both old and new works of art, so you might be able to find one of your favorite anime scenes!
・Daily Chiko: One of the go-to spots in Nakano! Enjoy a soft cream, 8 layers tall! Each of the 8 layers are different in color and taste. Contrary to its size, you'll be able to finish it in no time.
・Tezukuri Tenshin Mata Ashita: Freshly, handmade dumplings everyday. The meat dumpling is recommended! With a delicious smell, it is continuously lined with customers.
・Maid Bar Maple: A bar with alcohol and other bar food served by maids! Enjoy the food as you talk to the maids. It is a great spot to take a break.
・It depends on what you are planning to buy, but we recommend you bring a bigger bag than you usually carry around with you, just in case you buy more than you plan to!
・On Wednesdays, the shop Anime World Star, and on Sundays, the shop Mata Ashita, are closed. If you visit on either of these days, and if any of the other planned locations are closed on the day you visit, we will take you to alternative locations.
・"Maid Bar Maple" opens from 6pm, so if you start the tour between 11am and 2pm, it is possible that you won't be able to visit the bar during the tour.
The following expenses are not included in the tour fee. Please bring extra money to experience this tour to its fullest.
-Travel expenses and entrance fees (about JPY 1000)
-Money for food, souvenirs and extra activities not mentioned in the explanation of the tour above.
The North Exit of the JR Chuo Line (JC06), Nakano Station