Nakano is best known as Japan's most densely populated neighborhood (19,992.94 people per km2).
Despite the crowding, Nakano is one of the most popular places to live in Tokyo.
Nakano BroadwayNakano's has a somewhat nerdy reputation. It's home to some of Tokyo's best otaku shops.
Nakano Broadway is a 3 floor shopping mall full of otaku related shops including arcades, manga, anime, toys, JPop and idol shops. It's known as the best place in Tokyo to find rare toys, manga and other Japanese pop culture items. If you need a 2 meter replica of a Japanese super hero this is the place to go.
Birth of a Retail TitanNakano was the location of the first Marui department store. Nakano Marui opened in 1931. Marui (0I0I) is now one of Japan's largest department store chains.
Living in NakanoMost residents of Nakano live in residential buildings like this one. There are also many (smallish) houses in Nakano.
Tokyo people tend to be loyal to their hometowns (neighborhoods). People who grew up in Nakano will tell you it's the best neighborhood in Tokyo. It tends to be a sticky place — once you live in Nakano you stay in Nakano.
Nakano restaurants, cafes and bars have a style all their own. Despite Nakano's incredibly dense urban environment — the area has a laid back feel.
Nakano is ranked #19 of 21 best places to live in Tokyo.