|Mt. Fuji in the background.|
We caught the bus at the station (you can buy a cheaper round trip ticket at the machine there) instead of walking as it takes another 20 minutes to get there on foot for an adult. If you're lucky, it'll be a bus with Ghibli decorations.
|The Ghibli Bus at the Mitaka Bus Stop.|
|View out to Kiki's World at the museum.|
|Life Size Totoro as Cashier (this is a fake ticket booth)|
|Laputan Giant Robot|
|Look for this covered shopping street from Nakano Station.|
|Covered shopping street. Many places to stop and have a snack, grab a burger, etc.|
|At the end of the street is the Nakano Broadway Mall.|
|Vintage Collectibles Store. Ultraman and much more.|
|Great little store that sold opened gashapon toys. You get to pick what you want to buy from what is hanging on the walls. The prices were reasonable and it is a good way to complete your gashapon collection if you are missing an item.|
|Inside the store. Bags of figures, keychains, etc., to choose from.|
|Gashapon Capsule Shop|
|Giant Evangelion 01. I think it cost several thousand dollars.|
|Classic Mazinger and Giant Robot Toys. I remember these from when I was a kid.|
I had never been here before and had a great time browsing and checking out the little shops. There was a great Mandarake shop on the third floor selling old tin robots and big items of memorabilia (e.g. human-sized Evangelion). On the second floor it was interesting to see a large Mandarake receiving area where people come to sell them their old books and collectibles. Quite an operation they have here. I've heard people say that some of the stores here have closed, but it did seem pretty lively when I visited and there was more than enough to keep us there for hours.
Some other Nakano Broadway links
|Bustling Shinjuku Station - the busiest train station in the world. Over a million people a day pass through it.|
View Shibuya Shinjuku Harajuku in a larger map
|Tokotsu Restaurant Displays.|
|Arcade with UFO catchers on the main floor, more electronic arcade games on the upper floors.|
|Colourful vending machine display. I like these old style machines and will be sad when they get replaced by the new digital display models that are popping up now.|
|Amazing food display at this pub restaurant.|
|Seafood Restaurant with Animated Crab|
|Yasukuni Dori (The main street with all of the bright lights - the Lost in Translation Street that Bill Murray sees at the beginning of the movie) I have it marked on the map above by the Don Quixote Store.|
|Yasukuni Dori at night.|
|Kabukicho - bar district.|
|Shinjuku East Side Square|
View Day Six of the travelogue here.
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