Tokyo's Most Underrated Neighborhood

It is a convenient neighborhood 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.

It is an area we recommend you to consider exploring if you live or travel to Tokyo. It’s a district located just a 10-min train ride from the urban jungle of Shinjuku, yet this city has its local vibe and a distinctive character from the rest of Tokyo’s wards.

Nakano Highlights

Train stations, schools, universities.

The location of this city is excellent because it is surrounded by Shinjuku, Suginami, Nerima, Shibuya and Toshima wards and thus the commute is fast and cheap. It is a great place to live with a family, as a salaryman and even for a student.

It also has access to a diversity of train lines, and includes the following stations:

  • Higashi-Nakano, Nakano stations (JR Chuo, Chuo-Sobu Lines)
  • Arai Yakushi-mae, Numabukuro, Nogata, Toritsu-Kasei, Saginomiya stations (Seibu Shinjuku Line)
  • Shin-Nakano, Nakano-Sakaue, Nakano-Fijimicho, Nakano-Shimbashi stations (Marunouchi Line)
  • Nakano, Ochiai stations (Tozai Line)
  • Nakano-Sakaue, Higashi-Nakano, Shin-egota stations (Toei Oedo Line)

For a family, it is essential to have easy access to a public school, university or at least be sure they are located close enough so the commute won’t eat all the time and money, which you can spend on your beloved ones. This city meets all the requirements, as it the following school and universities are located on its territory:

Public Schools:

  • Fuji High School
  • Minorigaoka High School
  • Musashigaoka High School
  • Nakano Technical High School
  • Saginomiya High School
  • Yotsuya Commercial High School
  • Horikoshi Gakuen High School

Colleges and universities:


Where to have fun?

Unique places to visit

The famous “Nakano Broadway” is located on the north exit of the station. It is known as a hub for subcultures such as manga and anime. You can discover not only manga/anime related stores, but also ones that sell high-quality antique watches, model train stores, and other stores that support various enthusiasts.

On the Eastern side of the Broadway, there is a shopping district that has many individualistic stores. Not only does it have Japanese style restaurants and izakaya(Japanese drinking bar), it brings together restaurants with cuisine from all over the world, such as Italian, Spanish, Thai, Nepalese, Indian, Korean, and Chinese.

The famous Tokyo scenic spot – Tetsugakudou (Temple of Philosophy) Park is also located in this city. Tetsugakudou Park is known across the world for being a unique philosophy-themed park. Tetsugakudou Park was built by Dr. Inoue Enryo, who was a philosopher and the founder of Toyo University.
Near Tetsugakudou Park is the Nokata Water Tower. A building with a unique form, it is designated as the country’s Tangible Cultural Property.

When you exit the station North exit and head West, “the City of Four Seasons,” spread out before you. Forest of Four Seasons is a unique park – a mix of greenery, new office buildings, Central Park, as well as Meiji University, Teikyou Heisei University, and Waseda University’s International Community Plaza. The park also has shops with terrace seats from which you can enjoy a meal or teatime while gazing at the greenery.

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