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Slideshows of Nakano School, Nakano Prison maps now ready!

January 23, 2020

I, Nakano-chan, am delighted to announce that we have launched the slideshows of the maps of the past and present of the ex-Army NAKANO SCHOOL and the now-defunct NAKANO PRISON in our Nakano Dark Tourism site.

The Imperial Japanese Army Nakano School slideshow of seven maps, from 1936 to the present, shows the exact geological scope of the clandestine spy academy that had existed in the north of Nakano Station. The school covered areas now known as the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Hospital, campuses of Meiji and Teikyo Heisei universities and part of Nakano Shiki no Mori Park.

The other slideshow about Nakano Prison contains four maps from 1923 to the present. The prison was closed in 1983 and the place is now Heiwa no Mori Park, a Tokyo metropolitan government sewage disposal facility and some buildings linked to the Justice Ministry.

Enjoy them!

Google Maps now display Nakano Prison Main Gate in Tokyo, Japan,  as HISTORICAL LANDMARK!

January 15, 2020
"旧 中野刑務所表門" = Nakano Prison Main Gate

Google Maps recently began displaying Nakano Prison Main Gate in Tokyo, Japan, citing it as a HISTORICAL LANDMARK!

We are very pleased by the news because we have promoted the relic as one of the main Dark Tourism sites in Nakano Ward, along with Nogata Water Tower and Nakano School memorial.

The gate, the only remaining part of the now-defunct Nakano Prison, had not existed on the maps before. Now visitors and tourists are able to go close to the gate, although it's been closed within fences, with the instruction of the maps.

The Nakano Ward government has not decided on the fate of the gate. But its education board decided in mid-January 2020 to consult the local cultural property protection committee on the value and conservation plans of the gate.

Please wait for follow-ups!

Viewing of inside Nogata Water Tower in Nakano, Tokyo, to be studied!

December 25, 2019
Nogata Water Tower. Photo taken on Dec. 25, 2019.

The municipal government of Nakano, Tokyo, will study the feasibility of opening the inside of Nogata Water Tower for public viewing.

I, Nakano-chan, the little bat, am looking forward to seeing it soon!

The project was made public as the municipal government submitted a report to the local assembly on Dec. 2, 2019, on a basic plan for the conservation and use of the former water supply tower built in 1929.

The local government will do quick repairs in fiscal 2020 and full repairs later while studing from fiscal 2021 how to make use of the 34-meter-tall structure.

Plans to be studied include opening it simply as a cultural property, using it as a concert hall, library, museum or sports facility, and allowing visitors to walk on the top of the tower.

Enjoy autumn leaves at Dark Tourism sites in Nakano, Tokyo, Japan!

November 28, 2019
Leaves have changed color around Nakano Prison Main Gate in Nakano Ward, Tokyo, Japan. Photo taken on Nov. 27, 2019.

It's autumn, a good season to visit Tokyo. Leaves have changed color to red and yellow. You may enjoy them also at Dark Tourism sites in Nakano Ward, Tokyo, Japan, including the Nakano Prison Main Gate, Nogata Water Tower and Imperial Japanese Army Nakano School memorial.