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Tokyo’s Hidden Gems: Nakano (short version)

In a series of posts we want to share with you some hidden gems of Tokyo. With just a short train ride you can escape the bustle and experience more traditional residential areas.

This time around it’s the increasingly popular Nakano!

 

Nakano hidden gems Broadway

 

Shopping mall Nakano Broadway offers you the chance to experience some pop culture whilst avoiding the crowds of Akihabara and the like. Only a few minutes walk from Nakano Station and known as a place where you can find anime and manga bargain goods, why not have a browse?

 

Nakano hidden gems Broadway

 

Leading up to Nakano Broadway is the Sun Mall a long covered shopping street with a beautiful glass roof. Home to traditional Japanese food and discount stores, it’s worth taking a look if you’re in the area.

 

Nakano hidden gems Temple

 

Located in an area of Nakano called Arai, the Arai Tenjin Kitano shrine is an oasis of peacefulness and beauty. You don’t need to face the crowds at Meiji Jingu to experience a Shinto shrine. You can walk from the Nakano station area in about 15 minutes, or take the Seibu Shinjuku line to Araiyakushimae, the closest station. Look out for beautiful details such as the dragon fountain where you can cleanse your hands and the lucky bull statue.

 

Nakano hidden gems

 

Tetsugakudo Park (or Philosopher’s Park) is known locally as a good spot for cherry blossom viewing. It got it’s name from the philosopher that opened the park, Inoue Enryo and he filled it with buildings, stonework, path works and more that all symbolize a certain philosophical idea. Also located in Arai, it’s about a 15 minute walk away from the shrine. The Myoji river runs through the park making it a great place for a stroll.

 

Nakano hidden gems

 

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