AKIHABARA: Your Destination for Anime and Electronic Needs

by Yuri - TripleLights travel specialist

Akihabara as a destination for manga, anime, and game enthusiasts

 

Akihabara is now known as a home to the anime subculture in Tokyo. Everything related to anime can be found in Akihabara including anime specialty shops, manga and light novel book stores, specialty game shops, maid cafes, random street cosplayers, big anime billboards, and a whole lot more. Akihabara is sometimes called "Akiba" as a shorter term especially by youngsters. 

 

AKIHABARA: Your Destination for Anime and Electronic Needs

photo from tokyo-fashion.tumblr.com

 

A little bit of history

Akihabara, prior to being known as the anime capital of Japan, was once a famous district for electronic needs. It was once known as Akihabara Electric Town where you can shop for all kinds of electronic appliances, gadgets, and parts for relatively lower prices. You can also avail repair services on various household electronic items such as radios, television, computers, and the like. 

 

AKIHABARA: Your Destination for Anime and Electronic Needs

Photo from teckler.com

 

Manga, anime, and game attractions in Akihabara

 

GUNDAM Cafe

The GUNDAM cafe is a must-go destination for all long time Gundam fans. The cafe features a unique and original menu inspired by the Gundam series. The staff are also beautifully dressed as your favorite Gundam characters. 

 

AKIHABARA: Your Destination for Anime and Electronic Needs

Photo from islandstyling.blogspot.com

 

Maid cafes

Maid cafes are places where you can dine while being served by young and cute ladies dressed in lovely maid outfits. Maid cafes are scattered all around Akihabara. It is also not unusual if you pass by some maids calling out for customers while you stroll the streets. 

 

AKIHABARA: Your Destination for Anime and Electronic Needs

Photo from bitemytrip.com

 

Tokyo Anime Center

The Tokyo Anime Center is located in Akihabara Crossfield. The place exhibits a display of anime and game-related merchandise. Live concerts, host events, and launching fairs are also regularly held in the Tokyo Anime Center. Of course, an official shop filled with anime merchandise is also available.

 

AKIHABARA: Your Destination for Anime and Electronic Needs

Photo from otakumode.com

 

Akihabara Gamers

The head branch of the Gamers store in Akihabara sells not only merchandise of anime and game characters, but also a wide variety of anime, manga, and game CDs, DVDs, magazines, and books, which makes it a perfect destination for enthusiasts.

 

AKIHABARA: Your Destination for Anime and Electronic Needs

 Photo from japan-logs.blogspot.com

 

Super Potato

If retro gaming is your style, then Super Potato is the place to go. Super Potato is probably the most famous game shop in the area. It features several floors of pure gaming fancy with the top floor as a gaming arcade.

 

AKIHABARA: Your Destination for Anime and Electronic Needs

Photo from trendy.nikkeibp.co.jp

Toranoana

Toranoana, similar to Mandarake and Animate, is yet another heaven for anime lovers. A wide array of merchandise and books can be bought from this store. Doujinshi or fanmade comics are also sold here.

 

AKIHABARA: Your Destination for Anime and Electronic Needs

 

Akihabara has more in store for you

 

Akihabara, despite becoming famous into the anime subculture, still preserves its nature of being a center for electronics and gadgets up till now. In fact, a lot of the prominent establishments in Akihabara including famous electronics stores such as Yodobashi Camera, Sofmap, and Yamada Denki are frequented by locals and foreign tourists alike. 

 

AKIHABARA: Your Destination for Anime and Electronic Needs

Photo from blog.livedoor.jp

Planning Tokyo Itinerary?

If you are interested to know more and save your time during your trip to Tokyo, You can send me a message to our local guides to get a customized itinerary and quotation for an unforgettable experience.

In the TripleLights website you can find the best professional guides all over Japan to help you plan your trip. Check our local guides for Tokyo


26 Aug 2014

Plan your trip to Tokyo

Chat with a local tour guide who can help organize your trip.
Get Started

Recent Tour Reviews in Tokyo

“ A great guide for a great tour ”

Excellent
9 hours ago Traveler: Samuel -   Tour Guide: MAYUMI

Mayumi has all the qualities of a great and professional guide: her punctuality, knowledge about Tokyo, flexibility and her sweet personality make her one of the best guide we ever had.
read more

“ "An Eye-opening Experience" ”

Excellent
14 hours ago Traveler: Chai -   Tour Guide: Kaoruko

Kaoruko is the BEST guide we've ever had! She is very warm and friendly, super informative throughout the whole tour. She made sure that everyone is together at all times as Japan can be quite hectic at times and her hospitality is top-notch! Very passionate and genuine as well as being aware with our needs. Definitely would recommend her to anyone who is interested, you'll surely enjoy the tour e...
read more

“ INSIDE NAKAGIN ”

Very Good
1 day ago Traveler: Robert -   Tour Guide: Showcase

My partner and I enjoyed our private tour of the Capsule Tower interior. The guide was friendly, the English was good and useful information was provided.
read more

“ Nobu was Great ”

Excellent
1 day ago Traveler: Daniel -   Tour Guide: Nobu

Nobu was a great tour guide. He showed us around to some key places in the Tokyo area. Fun day with a knowledgeable and neat guide.
read more

“ Wonderful! ”

Excellent
1 day ago Traveler: Nicole -   Tour Guide: Makiko

We spent the day with Makiko and she tailored our trip to all the sites we were interested in seeing and adjusted our trip based on the weather. She also made great suggestions about other places we should see/things to do on our other days in Tokyo. We highly recommend her and it was such a pleasure meeting her.
read more

“ Tokyo Half Day Highlights ”

Excellent
2 days ago Traveler: Caroline -   Tour Guide: Makiko

I enjoyed a wonderful morning with Makiko! She was very knowledgeable and spoke excellent English. She understood I wanted to see as much as possible in a short time and delivered.
read more

“ Wonderful time in Tokyo ”

Excellent
2 days ago Traveler: Vivian -   Tour Guide: Mack

We had an amazing time with Mack. He is very friendly and approachable and was very flexible to attend our wishes. Highly recommended for sure.
read more

“ Lovely, patient, and skillful. ”

Excellent
2 days ago Traveler: Family -   Tour Guide: YUKIKO

Yukiko taught an origami lesson to three children, 8,10, and 12 years old. She was wonderful! She began with simple objects and moved to increasingly complicated creations as the kids caught on quickly through her patient and skillful instruction. She wore a kimono which they also loved, and really enjoyed their time with her. I'd highly recommend Yukiko to any family!
read more

“ TOTAL SATISFACTION!! Covered a variety of sights and experiences with our charming and fun guide ”

Excellent
2 days ago Traveler: Sonja -   Tour Guide: MAYUMI

Mayumi San is a lovely, fun person with great English and knowledge about Tokyo. My 17 year old son and I spent 2 fantastic days ( Mon and Wed) being taken about Tokyo by Mayumi. The first day was in typhoon weather but still thoroughly enjoyable, due to Mayumi’s delightful personality and the thrill of being in this awesome city. She changed the schedule to better suit the weather and we ended...
read more

“ Wonderful Day in Tokyo ! ”

Excellent
3 days ago Traveler: Sharis -   Tour Guide: Yuki

I came to Japan as a solo female traveler and figured it would be a good investment to tour the Tokyo area with a local, and I do not regret doing it with Yuki one bit. I spent about half a day with him and we went to the Tsukiji Fish Market, Akihabara, Meji Shrine, Asakusa and the Senso-Ji Temple. He was extremely accommodating (met me at my hotel and traveled with me back) and knowledgeable on t...
read more

Related cities

Plan your trip to Tokyo

Chat with a local tour guide who can help organize your trip.
Get Started