Akihabara is located in Tokyo and is famous for being a hub of all things otaku. Due to this, Akihabara is extremely popular for all anime and manga lovers and Japanese pop-culture lovers to visit in Tokyo. Akihabara is full of anime merchandise shops, arcades, maid cafes and many more anime and manga attractions. This makes it the perfect place to visit if you’re looking for an otaku themed day out in Tokyo! On top of this, Akihabara is also known for the unique experiences that it has to offer and wide variety of electronics shops. In this article we will be compiling all of this and showing you 5 must-do things in Akihabara. So, if you’re in Tokyo and are planning to visit Akihabara, make sure to keep reading!
1. Visit Akihabara Arcades
One thing Akihabara is most famous for is its arcades. The town is home to multiple arcade buildings that are all filled with various arcade games and prize machines! The UFO catcher machines are particularly popular due to them having good quality prizes up for grabs, such as anime merchandise, character goods and Japanese souvenirs! On top of this, the arcades are also full of arcade games, both old and new, including classics like ‘Dance Dance Revolution’ and ‘Mario Cart’. If you’re someone who loves arcades and are planning on visiting Akihabara soon, you HAVE to visit Akihabara’s arcades, but first don’t forget to read our beginner guide to Japanese arcades!
Super Potato: 101-0021 Kitabayashi 3F/4F/5F building 1-11-2 Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
SEGA Arcades: Four different buildings around Akihabara!
H.E.Y: 101-0021 Tokyo, Chiyoda City, Sotokanda, 1 Chome−10−５
2. Go Shopping at Akihabara’s Anime Merchandise Stores
Another thing that Akihabara is full of is anime merchandise stores! These stores sell merchandise and goods from tons of different anime and manga, as well as both English and Japanese manga. There are many different stores dotted around the city, all of which sell different kinds of anime merchandise all for different prices. Some of the most famous anime merchandise shops in Akihabara include Animate, Mandarake and K-books. All these stores have a wide selection of anime merchandise all of which is sold at a fairly good price. So if you’re looking for anime merchandise in Tokyo then make sure you visit Akihabara’s anime merchandise stores!
Animate: 4 Chome-3-2 Sotokanda, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 101-0021
Mandarake: 3 Chome-11-12 Sotokanda, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 101-0021
K-books: 101-0021 Tokyo, Chiyoda City, Sotokanda, 1 Chome−15−16, Akihabara Radiokaikan, 3F
3. Visit Akihabara’s Maid Cafes
Maid cafes are located throughout Tokyo but many of them are located in Akihabara. Maid cafes are cafes where the waitresses dress up and act as maids, treating customers as if they are the ‘house master’. Although this may sound a little strange for those hearing about it for the first time, maid cafes are extremely fun to visit and provide a unique experience that cannot be experienced in western countries. If you’re looking to experience something new and are in Akihabara, you should definitely check out the maid cafes located there.
Recommended Maid Cafes:
Cafe Maidreamin: 3 Chome-16-17 Sotokanda, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 101-0021
@Home Cafe: 101-0021 Tokyo, Chiyoda City, Sotokanda, 1 Chome−11−4
4. Visit Akihabara’s Real-Life Anime Locations
Akihabara is full of spots that have been featured in various anime. Due to Akihabara being known for its otaku scene, the town has been featured in many animes over the years as a place for characters to hang out. Visiting these real-life anime locations is super fun as you can take pictures at real-life spots that look like they are straight out of your favorite anime. Some of the most famous real-life anime locations in Akihabara include: Radio Kaikan entrance (featured in Steins;Gate), around Akihabara station (featured in Sword Art Online) and Cure Maid Cafe (featured in Love Live!). If you’re an anime lover, you have to visit some of these real-life anime locations in Tokyo!
Recommended Real Life Anime Locations:
Radio Kaikan (Steins;Gate): 1 Chome-15-16 Sotokanda, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 101-0021
Cure Maid Cafe (Love Live!): 101-0021 Tokyo, Chiyoda City, Sotokanda, 1 Chome−2−7
5. Go Shopping for Electronics
Before Akihabara became known for its otaku culture and anime scene, it was actually a famous electronics town. Many people would go there to buy good quality yet well-priced electronics. That scene has not completely died out as the town is still full of electronics stores that sell a wide variety of technology for a reasonable price. If you’re someone who loves technology or building your own electronics, Akihabara is the perfect place for you to visit!
Recommended Electronics Stores:
Yodobashi Camera: 1-1 Kanda Hanaokacho, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 101-0028
Bic Camera: 4 Chome-1-1 Sotokanda, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 101-0021