Kinshicho Superguide

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Name: Kinshicho

Kind: Town

Location: 35°41’48.26″ N 139°48’52.14″ E

Station: Kinshicho Station (Z13), Hanzomon Line, JR Chuo Line or Sobu-Chuo Line

Free Wifi: Yes

Our Rating: ⭑⭑⭑⭑⭒

Worth it? Well worth a short trip

Updated 10/1/2020

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About a mile south of Tokyo Sky Tree in east central Tokyo is the town of Kinshicho. A small town centered around the JR Kinshicho rail station, Kinshicho offers a variety of department stores, movie theaters, grocery stores, a large outdoor park, and various other restaurants and shops. The town is compact enough to see in less than a day, and is worth a short day trip. It’s also close enough to walk to from Sky Tree to the north.

Getting there

Take the Hanzomon Metro line to Kinshicho Station (Z13), or take the JR Chuo Line or Sobu-Chuo Line to Kinshicho Station and exit. There are exits on the street on the northwest side and in the basements of some of the large department stores. There is also a street-level exit on the west side of Kinshi Park at the northeast end of the town. The main JR Station sits below and underground beneath the TERMINA department store.

Area Layout

The town is roughly laid out in a grid or square less than .5 miles across. The station is in the center, with the TERMINA department store to the southwest, PARCO store complex to the southeast, AraK!T complex to the northwest and Kinshi Park to the north east (center right in this photo). To the east about a mile is the sister city of Kameido also with a JR station. On this map, Sky Tree is vivisble just a the top of the photo. The JR line tracks are visible in the lower center of the photo – just north of the main square.

TERMINA, PARCO, OIOI Department Stores

The central town area contains 3 main complexes as well as other side streets and shops. The main complexes are TERMINA, PARCO, and OIOI (pronounced “Marui”) department stores (depato in Japanese). The main east-west route at this intersection is Rt. 465. If you head west down Rt. 465, you’ll come to the fabulous Edo-Tokyo Museum, and the Hokusai Museum, both of which are located in the Ryogoku area, which also has a huge Sumo stadium.

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TERMINA

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PARCO

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OIOI (Marui) across the street from the JR Kinshicho Station.

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TERMINA also has a nice food court basement called FOOD GARDEN.

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In the basement of the PARCO is a SEIYU discount grocery store. There’s also a Metro subway entrance here. SEIYU has some great midnight grocery sales where you can find food cheap.

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This box of butter cookies is only around $.80 cents.

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In the basement of OIOI is this great Japan Meat which also has midnight sales.

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Just down the street is the Veggie House restaurant.

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Just to the south of the main area.

Japan Post Office

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Also in the PARCO bldg. is a very nice Japan Post office.

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Tokyo Sky Tree visible from Kinshicho streets.

Kinshi Park + OLINAS Core

On the northeast part of the town is a large park called Kinshi Park, which is popular with families. The park features a spectacular view of Tokyo Sky Tree. Just to the north of the park is a large mixed-use center called OLINAS Core. There is also a free parking lot at OLINAS Core but only if you purchase over 15,00¥ worth of merch from any single shop. Interesting shops include a YAMADA Denki (electronics), a Seria 100¥ shop, a NITORI furniture shop, a Taito Game Station, and a TOHO Cinema. There is also a large baseball field, tennis courts, and gymnasium.

Kinshi Park. OLINAS Core is the glass bldg. shown here on the north end. Tokyo Sky Tree is about a mile to the north.

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Kinshi Park looking south. OLINAS Core is on the left, out of view. The station is straight ahead.

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Kinshicho Station on the Hanzomon Line. Also note the Yamato Transport office with the yellow-green sign on the right. The tall bldg. is the LOTTE City Hotel, which has spectacular views of Tokyo Sky Tree.

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OLINAS Core

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Inside OLINAS Core

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Also inside OLINAS Core is a Baskin Robbins (which is known in Japan simply as 31), featuring the one-of-a-kind Pikachu Thunderbolt Fruit Mix ice cream.

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As a footnote, diagonally opposite Kinshi Park is a very nice multi-level Doutour coffee shop which has a variety of quick decent food cheap.

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Doutour lettuce hotdog + coffee: less than $5.

ArcaK!T + Park

To the northwest of the station is another shopping complex called ArcaK!T which has a multitude of shops + cafés as well as a very nice organic Life Grocery. There’s also a small concrete park here.

Food

There is plenty of food around Kinshicho. All the depatos have multiple floors of great restaurants, cafés, steak and noodle places – just about aything you want. Lots of great grocery stores too.

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Another Doutour – in the basement of the PARCO.

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Just to the left of JR Kinshicho Station is Café Le Monde. Just to the left of the café is a long shopping street.

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Most of the department stores have fabulous food basements (deepchika) where you can get all kinds of specialty foods, snacks, desserts, and gifts.

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Butter Pancake @ PARCO

In the PARCO department store is a nice pancake shop called simply Butter which serves stacks of a dozen pancakes with fruit, whipped cream, and other goodies:

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Crazy stacks of a dozen pancakes with fruit, butter, syrup, whipped cream, ice cream @ Butter in PARCO. Get ready to walk that 15 miles to walk it off.

Rakeru @ OIOI Kinshicho

Also in the OIOI bldg. is Rakeru. While not particularly high-end, this quaint western-style restaurant serves a variety of pancake plates with fruit, ice cream, whipped cream, and other toppings. Prices range from $6-$18. Not a bad little shop. There are loads of other nice restaurants on this floor also.

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Thai Restaurant Keawjai

Thai Restaurant Keawjai

About 2 blocks west of the town center on Rt. 465 is the really awesome Thai Restaurant Keawjai. It’s right down from the corner around 35°41’45.61″ N 139°48’42.56″ E. Head west on 465 then turn north (right) up a side street. It’s on the left. It’s 1 block south of the ArcaK!T complex. From the street you will have a clear view of Tokyo Sky Tree to the north.

There is also a nice AEON supermarket in Kinshicho not too far away.

East to Kameido

If you head east down Rt. 465 and cross the Jokojikken River at the Matsushiro Bridge, you’ll come to Kinshicho‘s sister city Kameido. We have another post on Kameido. It’s a smaller town and there’s not as much to do, but it’s less than a mile from Kinshicho so if you have time it’s worth a short hike. There is a station there but it’s only served by the Tobu Kameido Line and Chūō-Sōbu Line. There is no Metro stop. The 3 biggest features of Kameido are the atré shopping plaza, the huge Don Quijote 100¥ shop, and huge Mister Donut right across from each other.

Heading west on Rt. 465. Kameido is just ahead.

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On the way you’ll pass numerous apartment buildings, and pass through this tunnel. This photo is facing back west towards Kinshicho.

Harley Davidson Kameido

On the way you’ll also pass a very nice Harley dealer.

That’s it for now. Enjoy Kinshicho!

LINKS

https://www.tokyometro.jp/en/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinshich%C5%8D_Station

https://www.tokyometro.jp/lang_en/station/kinshicho/index.html

https://www.tokyometro.jp/lang_en/station/line_hanzomon/index.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tobu_Kameido_Line

https://www.japanvisitor.com/tokyo/tokyo-area-guides/kinshicho

https://tokyocheapo.com/locations/east-tokyo/kinshicho/

https://kinshicho.parco.jp/en/

https://www.termina.info.e.zi.hp.transer.com/

https://www.olinas.jp/english/

https://www.google.com/search?q=Kinshicho

http://rakeru.jp/

https://www.timeout.com/tokyo/attractions/kinshi-park

https://www.31ice.co.jp/

https://www.tripadvisor.com/RestaurantsNear-g1066459-d7274865-oa120-Toho_Cinemas_Kinshicho_Rakutenchi-Sumida_Tokyo_Tokyo_Prefecture_Kanto.html

https://www15.j-server.com/LUCSUMIDA/ns/tl.cgi/https%3a//www.city.sumida.lg.jp/?SLANG=ja&TLANG=en&XMODE=0&XCHARSET=utf-8&XJSID=0

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kameido_Station

VIDS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peLv9IKVpGM&feature=emb_logo

Nakano – Shinjuku’s charming satellite town

Name: Nakano

Kind: Town

Location: 35°42’27.12″ N 139°39’49.53″ E

Our Rating: ⭑⭑⭑⭑

Free WiFi? Yes.

Worth it? A must-see.

Updated 7/9/21

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Nakano is a charming little town just to the west of Shinjuku in western Tokyo. It’s well worth a day trip.

There are actually 2 main areas – and 3 stations in Nakano – the first area is closer to Shinjuku on the east and has a Metro stop at Nakano-sakuae on the Maronuchi Line (M06) at 35°41’49.45″ N 139°40’55.78″ E

Halfway between this stop and the main Nakano Station to the northwest is Shin-Nakano station at 35°41’50.97″ N 139°40’08.17″ E. It’s mainly just a Metro substation so you don’t have to walk the 1.6 miles between the other 2 stations.

If you’re up for a hike of about 1 mile, get off at Nakano-sakuae. There’s a few interesting things to do here. There’s a huge Life Supermarket which is quite good, and you can also stroll south on the main road for a few miles for general sightseeing. On this street there is also Tokyo Polytechnical University. There’s also a huge Asahi Brewery distribution warehouse in this area. There’s a temple along this route. In fact, from this vantage point, you’re still close enough to Shinjuku that you can see the Tokyo Metropolitan Gov’t building only a few miles to the east. You can take in a few shops + other interesting sights as you come up to street level out of Nakano-sakuae station. As a footnote, if you head right (east) in the photo below, you’ll arrive @ downtown Shinjuku.

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Just outside Nakano-sakuae station (out of frame to the left), facing north. If you turn right here and head east, you will come to downtown Shinjuku. See the video below for a reverse walk:

Once you’re done around the station, head west along Rt. 317 (Ome Hwy.) for about .85 miles (left in the photo above). When you come to the Super-Seven pachinko parlor, head north along Nakno Dori St. There are lots of shops + restaurants along Ome Hwy. .6 miles north on Ome Hwy. is the main JR Nakano Station. This is where the Tozai Line terminus is. When you’re done for the day you can take the JR line back to Shinjuku, or any other point from Shinjuku on JR or Metro.

As a footnote – just 2 + 3 stops away on the Tozai Line are Waseda University, and one stop beyond that, Kagurazaka – another charming small town well worth a quick stop. Both these areas are definitely worth a day trip.

The Tozai Line is invaluable because it can shoot you from east of Shinjuku in Nakano, to several interesting stops: Waseda, Kagurazaka, Iidabashi, and beyond that Otemachi + Nihonbashi right near the central finance district on the east side of Tokyo – all in just minutes, all bypassing the crowds + mess @ JR Shinjuku Station. Note also Metro Otemachi is an interchange point for several other important Metro lines – namely Hanzomon which can shoot you right out to Sky Tree (Oshiage), and Maronuchi which can shoot you back to Shibuya fast, or to Ikebukuro. One stop beyond that at Nihombashi will connect you to the Ginza Line, and Yurakucho which drops you right into Ginza. You can even get to Tokyo Dome from Iidabashi station just one stop away on Maronuchi – at Korakuen Station. For these reasons, Tozai is often the fastest way to get around Tokyo west to east.

Nakano Station is in the main downtown area and is near Nakano Broadway – arguably the town’s most popular street. Nakano Station has both a JR line stop as well as a Metro Subway stop (T01). In fact, it’s the eastern terminus for the Metro Tozai line shown here:

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Tozai o1 – Nakano, on the Tozai Line @ JR Nakano Station.

There is also Nakano-Shimbashi station on the Maronuchi Metro line further to the southeast.

City Layout

This map image shows JR Nakano Station on the right, center, Nakano Broadway in the right upper corner, and Nakano Central Park in the upper left. All within a few blocks of each other. Nakano Sunplaza is the square building in upper center right above the station. The pachinko parlor on Ome Hwy. is to the south on Rt. 420. Nakano-sakuae Station is to the east (right).

Another view of NakanoJR Nakano Sta. is on the right. Nakano Central Park is in the lower center behind the tall bldg. which is Nakano City Hall. Sunplaza is the sloped bldg. in the upper right. Nakano Broadway is just above that in the upper right corner. There is also a massive bike parking lot just to the northeast of the park. The street that runs southeast to northeast above Sunplaza has a lot of interesting cafes and shops – including a Don Quijote. j.s. Pancake Café is just to the northeast of the park – at the lower corner of the smaller office bldg. next to City Hall. If you cut southeast down the street by Sunplaza and then east a few blocks down onto Nakano-Dori Ave., you’ll come to Nakano-Sakue – another part of Nakano a few miles down – there is also a Metro subway station there. From the JR station you can shoot into Shinjuku in just a few minutes – or take the Tozai Metro Line from there as well. Nakano (T01) is the western terminus for the Tozai Line .

Turn right (north) at the Super Seven pachinko parlor to get to the JR station.

The main attraction at the JR station is on the northeast side and is called Nakano Broadway. It’s a large covered arcade with side streets, as well as an underground mall. It’s known as Little Akihabara for all its shopping + electronics shops. The entrance to Broadway is just on the northeast side of the JR station and is shown in the Tokyo Explorer video at the end of this article.

Free Nakano City WiFi

The City of Nakano provides free WiFi near most major infrastructure in the city. They have a site you can use on your phone for access:

Nakano Broadway – A Covered Shopping Arcade

Just to the north exit of Nakano Station is Nakano Broadway – a long large covered shopping arcade which heads north for almost a mile. There’s every conceivable kind of shop here and it’s well worth a look. If you want to see it and Sunplaza (shown next), you can stroll through the arcade, then head left at the end, and walk back south towards Sunplaza in sort of a loop. Nakano Central Park (aka Nakano Shikinomori Park) is then just to the west of Sunplaza (see video below).

Nakano Sunplaza

Nakano Sunplaza is an old hotel restaurant complex built in the 1970’s – it’s very popular for weddings + receptions. The upper floors have some good upscale restaurants. It looks like something out of a 1970’s sci-fi movie such as Logan’s Run. There are also a variety of shops just to the east along Nakano Dori.

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Nakano Sunplaza just north of JR Nakano Station. Note the retro 70’s architecture.

If you head out of Sunplaza north along Nakano Dori, within a block or two you’ll find a nice Don Quijote (Donki to locals) – although this one seems to be a little lacking in food selection.

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Nakano Don Quijote, northeast of Sunplaza.

Nakano Central Park

The modern jewel of the town is Nakano Central Park to the northwest of the station. There’s a huge office complex here, and just behind it a large park + several shops including lots of cafes + dining areas. Well worth a stop. It’s just a few blocks west of Sunplaza. There is also a giant bike locker just across the street. On weekends in spring and fall, the park is mobbed with young families with kids. So be aware.

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Nakano Central Park in the fall.

The hidden treat in Central Park is a giant pancake shop called j.s. Pancake Cafe. It’s on the southeast corner of the park in the corner of an office building. This place is huge + has a massive selection of insane pancake delights. Plates run $10-$14 USD. $10 bucks gets you a giant stack of pancakes, with ice cream + mixed fruit.

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j.s. Pancake Cafe in Nakano Central Park

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There are a variety of other parks in the area, as well as several onsen.

Well that’s it. Enjoy your trip to Nakano – you can easily see everything in 1 day.

Additional Photos

Walking north towards Sunplaza.

Looking back east over the square north of the station. Straight ahead is the hidden east side street.

Hidden east side street is to the right. This is just to the right of the arcade on the north side of the station – turn right here and discover some really awesome backstreets with cool shops such as this Kale Juice Shop:

North side of the station. Sunplaza is up to the right.

South side of the station.

JR Ticket Office. There some helpful folks inside + lots of brochures.

A small Koban (police box) down a side street.

LINKS

https://www.japanvisitor.com/tokyo-area-guides/nakanobroadway

Nakano Central Park

Google Earth web map

39 Things to Do in Nakano, Shinjuku’s Stylish Neighbor

Nakano, Tokyo: where to stay, eat and drink

One day in… Nakano

Don Quijote

5 Nakano Restaurants That Are Incredibly Delicious

Nakano Izakayas: 5 Places That Are Simply Awesome

We snag sleek T-shirts celebrating JR Higashi-Nakano Station’s 115th year in operation

VIDS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mKfpXjcG8k&feature=share

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KadHVXh1_e0&feature=share

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZ-sDuN_JYg&feature=share

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u73ui9slmPM&feature=share

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_1L4rPAqIs&feature=share

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02oThPLY5kU&feature=share

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYwL2Jc_Os4&feature=share

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42NkawvPWRA&feature=share

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tUC3Du5pHA&feature=share

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhauRgFUvUU&feature=share

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pmbh_FqmNHc