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Nakano Area Guide


Located west of Shinjuku, Nakano is a densely populated area, full of cheap retails, shopping, accommodations, and restaurants. Just like any place in Tokyo, you can find a small shrine and vintage shops any corner you turn in Nakano. With over 350 shops and endless merchandise and souvenirs, Nakano Broadway is a destination for every shopper. It is often comparable to Akihabara. Additionally, during hanami season, it is one of the great places to see cherry blossoms in Tokyo, especially at Araiyakushi Park. Nakano Central Park is a great place to relax as well. Food-wise, Nakano is home to over 50 ramen restaurants and so, finding delicious ramen will be no problem. Temples and parks can be found more north of Nakano. You can relaxed at Nakano Central Park and surround yourself with university students from the nearby Nakano campus of Meiji University. Nakano is home to six universities campuses, including the prestigious University of Tokyo. The ward is generally a great place to live in as it meets all your needs and requirements in one place.


Living in Nakano

Araiyakushi Temple
Araiyakushi Temple

Nakano is considered as one of Shinjuku’s nicest neighborhood. Though not the the most affordable, living in Nakano allows easy to access to popular areas of Tokyo such as Shinjuku and Shibuya. Like any neighborhoods in Tokyo, you will be able to find many local restaurants and a variety of dishes and meals, especially since the ward is closer to popular central spots in the city. The locals are generally families, businessmen, and university students, easily integrating yourself in a Japanese neighborhood. Once you live in Nakano, most likely you won’t want to move out.


Nakano ward is served by six railway lines: JR East Chūō (Rapid) and Chuo-Sobu lines, Seibu Shinjuku Line, Tokyo Metro Tozai and Marunouchi Line, and the Toei Oedo Line. One of the biggest station in Nakano is Nakano Station.

Points of Interest

  • Araiyakushi Temple

    Nakano Renga Zaka street
    Nakano Renga Zaka street
  • Egota Park
  • Jouganji Temple
  • Momijiyama Park
  • Nakano Broadway
  • Nakano Central Park
  • Nakano-ku History and Folklore Museum
  • Nakano Rengazaka Street
  • Nakano Shiki no Mori Park
  • Nakano Street
  • Nakano Sun Mall Shopping Street
  • Nakano Sunplaza
  • Nakano Zero, Momijiyama Culture Center
  • Tetsugakudo Koen
  • Yakushi Ai Road Shopping Street
  • Zenkoji Temple



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Cyrielle Ugnon Administrator
Cyrielle is a French woman living in Tokyo since October 2018. She loves food, traveling and people.