Nakano is convenient as a place to live or visit, with fifteen train stations in the ward, the Seibu Shinjuku line and the Toei Oedo line running in the North, the Marunouchi line running in the South, and with, at the center of the ward, Nakano station, which is only four minutes on the JR Chuo line from Shinjuku station.
At the North Entrance to Nakano Station is “Nakano Broadway”, which is known as a hub for subcultures such as manga and anime. Not only subcultures, but also stores that handle antique high-quality watches, model train stores, and other stores that support various enthusiasts are gathered there. Also, it contains stores like grocery stores, butchers, fish shops, and eateries like the underground one known for its extra large eight-tiered ice cream cone. It is a shopping mall that contains everything necessary for everyday life.
Here is the link to Broadway’s English Website→http://www.nbw.jp/index_e.html
On the Eastern side of Nakano Broadway, a shopping district that has many individualistic stores is growing.
Not only does it contain Japanese style restaurants and izakaya (Japanese drinking houses), gathered there restaurants with cooking from all over the world, such as Italian, Spanish, Thai, Nepalese, Indian, Korean, and Chinese.
Please, whether it be noon or night, step in and enjoy these back alley hole-in-the-walls.
When you exit Nakano station’s North exit and head West, Nakano’s new face, “the City of Four Seasons”, spreads out before you. There is Nakano’s Forest of Four Seasons Park, which is lush with greenery, and the newest office building, Nakano Central Park, as well as Meiji University, Teikyou Heisei University’s Nakano campus, and Waseda University’s Nakano International Community Plaza. Lined up are stores that have terrace seats from which you can enjoy a meal or teatime while gazing at the greenery.
In Nakano there is a famous Tokyo scenic spot called Tetsugakudou (Temple of Philosophy) Park. Tetsugakudou Park is unusual across the world as a park that is philosophy themed, and was built by the late Dr. Inoue Enryo, who was a philosopher and the founder of Toyo University. The building inside of the park has been given names such as Limitless (mujinzou), Space Museum (uchyukan), and Absolute Castle (zettaijyou), any of which includes some philosophical meanings. Also, the famous Hungarian sculptor Wagner Nandor’s piece “Garden of Philosophy” is installed in the Southern area of the park. This piece is composed of images of Laozi, Christ, Buddha, Abraham, Echnaton, Bodhidharma, St. Francis, Gandhi, Prince Shotoku, Justinian I, and Hammurabi, and shows a unique worldview.
Near Tetsugakudou Park is the Nokata Water Tower. A building with a unique form, it is designated as the country’s Tangible Cultural Property.
Beyond the above mentioned, Nakano has many sightseeing spots. Maps of the city can be downloaded from the link below.
Please, everyone, come visit Nakano!
(Translation by Kathryn Lovett, Meiji University School of Global Japanese Studies, Yamawaki Seminar 3rd Year)
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