Only five-minutes by train from Shinjuku station is Nakano, home to a long strip of shops and restaurants known only as Nakano Sunmall. Stretching 225 meters, at the end of the Sunmall you will find the shopping complex of Nakano Broadway. Both are worth a look at for their own reasons.
The Sunmall hosts all your different stores for cloths, food, medicines, and miscellaneous goods. As you approach Nakano Broadway to the north, you can slip down one of the side streets on your right for a bite to eat. These alleyways are filled with different izakayas where you can enjoy some excellent Japanese food.
The Broadway building itself offers its own commodities, and gets an average 10 million visitors every year! The second and third floors have a range of anime and Japanese pop-culture goods, if you’re into that scene. If not, then they have some other things like Star Wars, including a giant frozen Han Solo that will bring back some childhood memories! The basement is great for locals who want to get cheap groceries too. There you can also find one of the largest ice-creams you’ll ever eat from ‘Daily Chico.’ Towering about 30cm and with eight flavours, dozens of people queue to taste this cold treat.
During April, the main street outside the mall is littered with cherry blossoms. The blossoms line each side of the road, which is further decorated festively in spring. It’s one of the less busy areas you will be able to see dozens of cherry blossoms. After shopping, you can go relax in the Nakano Central park, about a five-minute walk away.
Nakano Broadway can be of interest to anyone, and is an ideal place if you’re looking to see a different side of Tokyo. Getting there is easy: just catch the JR Chuo Line from Shinjuku (this is also the same train you’d catch for the Ghibli Museum) and take the north exit from the station. Give it a go if you have a spare afternoon!