Nakano can be reached on the JR Chuo line by rapid train from Shinjuku. It only takes about 5 minutes from Shinjuku station. From Nakano station, take the north exit and then head along the covered shopping street to reach Nakano Broadway. Nakano Broadway is a shopping center that caters to manga and anime fans and is filled with a variety of figurine and comic stores. Recently, lots of tourists visit this area so several stores have English-speaking staff (pictured above).
One of the most well-known stores, Mandarake, has lots and lots of second-hand manga comics, rare figurines and hard-to-find items. Unfortunately, the English versions of the manga comics tend to be more expensive than the Japanese versions and there are far fewer of them. Of course the rare figurines are also pricey, but it's fun to wonder around and see all the figurines on display.
Taking a stroll through Nakano Broadway gives an interesting glimpse into the anime and manga subculture of Japan. As all the stores are housed together in one shopping complex, it is also less difficult to navigate than places like Akihabara. While Akihabara is also well-known for its anime and manga subculture, the stores are much more spread out and it can be difficult to know where to go without some research. At Nakano Broadway, you can window shop easily without having to plan your trip beforehand.
What kind of anime or cartoons did you watch as a child? Sailor moon? Naruto? One piece? Bleach? Captain Tsubasa? Dragon Quest? Dragon ball?
You'll find all these and lots more at Nakano Broadway. Second-hand manga or cheap figurines can be great gifts for people back home. Why not wander through Nakano Broadway, enjoy the atmosphere and pick up a few presents when you are next in the Shinjuku area?