Nakano Broadway 中野ブロードウェイ

Tokyo Toys and Collectibels

Nakano Broadway - 5 level shopping mall packed with vendors spanning the wide spectrum of otaku culture. There are video game, manga, cosplay, figures, antiques, audio gear, fashion to name a few types of stores. We are interested in Showa era collectibles  (1960-70’s) and found many treasures. Some shops are super organized while others are super dense but it makes it a true treasure hunt.

Travel Tip: Visit the website and print out the floor maps. Look at the individual store descriptions and mark the ones that interest you. Make a plan of attack or you will be overwhelmed. 

Address: Nakano Broadway (Sun Plaza Building) 5-52-15 Nakano, Nakano 164-0001, Tokyo Prefecture
Website: http://www.nbw.jp/index_e.html

Date Visited: Nov 21, 2014

Tsuruya Yoshinobu  鶴屋吉信

Tokyo Food

Tsuruya Yoshinobu - Shop and cafe inside the COREDO Muromachi 3 in Nihonbashi. Tsuruya Yoshinobu is a Kyoto confectionary business founded in 1803.  

We sat at the counter where the confectionary artist prepares the wagashi (traditional Japanese confectionery) in front of you. The day we went they had 2 wagashi choices for the counter. Note: a more extensive menu of deserts is available with the regular table service.

Address: COREDO Muromachi 3 103-0022 1-5-5 Nihonbashi Muromachi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Date Visited: Nov 22, 2014

Centre the Bakery (セントル ザ・ベーカリー)

Tokyo Food

Centre the Bakery is a bakery and cafe. In the morning the line was this long 30 minutes before opening. The manager gave out hand warmers and in Japanese fashion apologized for the wait. Most of the people in line were there to buy loaves of bread to go, so we got a table! Note: when we went they only serve the toast sets in the morning, if you wanted and a sandwich or other food items you have to wait until after 11:00. 

The toast set has 3 different types of bread and 3 different types of butter. They also provide you with a tray of various jams and spreads. You pick your own toaster and bring it back to your table where your server describes the breads and butters. The toaster have a sticker marking the optimum setting. Toast paradise.

Address: 104-0061 Tokyo, Chuo, Ginza, 1−2−1
Website: None
Date Visited: Nov 21, 2014