History of Mandarake
Established in 1987, Mandarake is one of the longest-standing and biggest manga and anime stores not only in Japan but also in the whole world. Its flagship store, which is a complex of various shops, is located at Nakano Broadway, and most of Mandarake’s shops occupy three floors of the shopping mall.
With a total of 32 shops offering a variety of merchandise and collectibles, every Japanese pop culture lover and otaku is sure to find a shopping paradise in Mandarake.
Collectible toys, and new and retro video games
The second floor of Nakano Broadway is occupied by a myriad of Mandarake shops. For collectors of superhero toys and figures, and video games and consoles, head to this area.
For cosplayers, the second floor also houses cosplay shops that have an extensive supply of costumes and other materials.
Manga, anime magazines, and idol goods
Big shops with numerous shelves of manga and magazines await manga and anime enthusiasts on the third floor. You can find shonen, shojo, and seinen manga, as well as BL manga, CDs, and light novels. There are also shops with idol merchandise on the same floor.
The fourth floor holds precious items that certainly hold a great value for collectors. The Henya shop, distinguished by an Instagram-worthy entrance with torii gates, holds vintage toys and other promotional items from classic anime and Japanese TV favorites.
Magical girl items and anime memorabilia
The fourth floor also contains shops of Sailor Moon and other magical girl dolls and accessories. Close to these shops is a shop that displays anime cels, genga, scripts, and storyboards.
For avid shoppers, 5,000 yen to 10,000 yen and 1,000 yen to 3,000 yen for casual shoppers.
Purchases with a total of 5,000 yen are tax-exempt. The Tax-Free Counter is located on the fourth floor. Tax refund is available only for foreign shoppers, who must present their passport and receipts.
12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How to get there
Nakano Broadway is only five minutes by foot from the North Exit of Nakano Station. From Tokyo Station or Shinjuku Station, take the train on the Chuo Line going to Nakano Station.
Nakano Broadway, 5-52-15 Nakano, Nakano Area, Tokyo Prefecture