”Nakano Broadway Shopping District,” the Mecca of Subculture like comics, games and figures
It is located at north exit of Nakano station, straight ahead through the Nakano Sun Mall shopping street. It was opened in 1966 as the biggest shopping mall in the East. The number of subculture shops such as comics and figures, has increased since around 1980s, and the place is now drawing attention as a base for spreading otaku culture. In addition to shops selling used books/comics/games, figures, anime celluloid art or dressing-up costumes, those selling a wide variety of other subculture goods like old signboards, mini-cars or giveaway toys cluster together. Since rare figures item shops gather in this district and there are items that are only available here, this place is also called the “Mecca of Subculture,” attracting a number of tourists and figures shopper even from abroad every year.