A visual guide to Mandarake’s shops at Nakano Broadway, based off of the official store map. You can get a sense of the things you’ll find here in my photo essay.
Most people who are interested in anime, manga and gaming make Akihabara a top Tokyo destination. It’s a pretty interesting place to see, especially with all the lights at night. I personally prefer Nakano Broadway, the shopping mall from the 1960s that is the home of the first Mandarake. The complex is home to Mandarake’s 27 stores and a host of other independent specialty shops that range from coin collectibles and watches to video games and headphones.
For people who are visiting Tokyo for the first time, it might be difficult to imagine how Mandarake’s online shop manifests in real life. Below, I’m sharing quick and dirty visuals for what to expect when you go through this area. Give yourself at least half a day to explore!
The levels begin from the top (4th Floor) down to the ground level, where the entrance is. This is also to correspond with Mandarake’s map, which is ordered from #1 to #27.
Note: Linked items direct you to my Nakano Broadway photo essay which has close-ups.
It’s actually several store units, each specialising in their own dolls, teddy bears, and magical girls. Included some examples in my photo essay of Broadway Nakano.
It’s like a mini museum. There are story boards and cels from classic anime from the 80s right up to recent years.
I love this upper bookstore. Most of the stuff is in Japanese, but the art and design books are quite international. It’s even better than a lot of art book stores. For Japanese readers, I also found many interesting historical books (i.e. Edo Tokyo and Japan).
It’s difficult to explain what makes this shrine to vintage and tin toys so cool. Just walk through the torii.
The art books that you’re probably ordering online will be housed here! In addition to the gorgeous collections like CLAMP X and Angel Sanctuary, you’ll get the vintage comics and magazines as well.
Train models, goods and train parts, N-gauge, HO-gauge stuff here.
This is Mandarake’s Robot & Mecha store. Of course, there’s the Gundam, Macross, Evangelion, stuff. There are also many other shops within the building that sell these models!
Online Store Office
English speaking staff available
Where you can sell your items to Mandarake.
I don’t quite get their collections here, as it’s quite random. However, you’ll find collectibles from many of the most popular anime and video games, Disney movies, and LEGO collections. Basically, it’s a good first stop to see what they have.
Shounen, shojo, seinen manga. Boys Love manga, CDs. Light novels
Goods from male idol groups (Japanese & Korean), Male seiyu & actors
Superhuman / Sentai Toys (Kamen Rider, Super Sentai, Metal Hero, Power Rangers)
Seinen manga, light novels, subculture, adult manga, hobby & anime magazines, artbooks
PVC & Trading Figures, capsulre toys, One Piece POP
Basically Ultraman, Transformers, Zoids, Votoms, Kaiju characters.
American toys and artist figures. I’m not sure why Lupin the Third is also thrown in, but it is!
Game cards, trading cards & stickers. Nostalgia incarnate.
Basically, pick up your entire Anime DVD and Bluray set here. You’ll also find the soundtracks and CDs.
Since I don’t own a console anymore, I didn’t tempt myself by sifting through every isle. However, I did see plenty of games I’d not seen before in Canada. I also saw tons of cartridges! I included some items in my photo essay of Broadway Nakano.
Baseball’s huge in Japan, so one side of this store includes jerseys, signed baseballs and other related items. The rest of the store includes lots of vintage posters and is good for retro inspiration!
Complete sets that are perfect if for last-minute anicon decisions.
Find your favourite rare models here. Have one shot in my photo essay of Broadway Nakano.
This one is a hilarious mash of items. There are tons of rubber figures, 80s & 90s Anime collectibles (digimon etc.), pro wrestling toys & masks, Studio Ghibli items, and tamagochi. Check my photo essay of Broadway Nakano to see some of the items.
New & Vintage plastic scale models
Special products & auction items are right at the entrance on the ground level. It’s actually more like a showcase wall rather than a shop, although there is someone inside to help you!
Directions to Mandarake at Broadway Nakano
Map of the building: Mandarake has a handy English guide
Some of the things you’ll see: my random photo essay of figures, shops, and collectibles.
|Address:||5-52-15 Nakano, Tokyo 164-0001
|Closest Station:||Nakano (Metro Tozai Line, Chuo Line, Sobu Line)|
|Website:||http://www.nbw.jp/index_e.html (English Site)|
Varies by shop
|Generally 10:00 – 22:00
Mandarake: 12:00 – 20:00
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