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10 Things To Do in Akihabara That Will Satisfy Anyone

Akihabara in Tokyo is the place to go for anime, manga, cosplay, and electronics. Find computer parts and have lunch at a maid cafe. Some things can only be experienced here.

Tokyo is full of different places to visit and see. If you are looking for something a little different yet something only found in Japan, you don’t have to look further than Akihabara. This town in Tokyo is the epicenter of all things anime and electronics. Whether you are looking for a place to eat or looking to get some shopping done, you will find it here and maybe even more. Akihabara is one place that offers a unique culture and atmosphere even within Japan. Take a chance and spend a day in Akihabara, you will not be disappointed but simply amazed at what you will find, see, and experience here.

 

#1. Maid Cafe

Maid Cafe
Photo Credit:@home cafe

Another great thing about Akihabara is the unique culture that is immediately apparent when you arrive. This mixture of pop culture and anime / manga influences game centers, shops, and even the types of restaurants. One of the more unique type of eateries in Japan, more specifically to Akihabara, includes the famous maid cafe. Here, you can enjoy light sweets, drinks and the occasional meal while being catered to by young women dressed in maid costumes. This is certainly a cultural experience.

Maid Cafe
Photo Credit:@home cafe

@Home Cafe is one of the most popular maid cafes in Akihabara. The maids greet the guests, shows them to the table, and food is about 800 yen to 1,500 yen. When the food or drinks show up, the maids chant a phrase and it is suppose to make the food taste better.
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@Home Cafe 

Address: 1-11-4 Sotokanda, Chiyoda, Tokyo

Access: 5 minute walk from Akihabara Station

Hours:
11:30 AM – 10:00 PM (Weekdays)
10:30 AM – 10:00 PM (Weekends and Holidays)

Admission Fee: 600 yen

Phone: 03-5207-9779

Website: @Home Cafe

 

#2. Gundam Cafe

Gundam Cafe
Photo Credit:Rog01@flickr

By this point, even if you weren’t aware of it, Akihabara is anime central. Filled with shops and restaurants featuring prominent characters, this is certainly a unique place within Tokyo.

Gundam, if you aren’t familiar with the series, is a show focused on space battles and large piloted robots fighting. This show has created numerous series and dozens of spin offs. In Akihabara, you can even enjoy a cafe that is themed after the series. Prices are reasonable and they even serve specialty cocktails here. If you are a fan of the series then this is a must visit however, if aren’t a fan this place will give you one of those uniquely Japanese experiences.
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Gundam Cafe

Address: 1-1 Kanda Hanaoka-cho, Chiyoda ward, Tokyo

Access: 1 minute walk from Akihabara Station

Hours: 10:00 AM – 10:30 PM

Phone: 03-3251-0078

Website: Gundam Cafe

 

#3. Akihabara Electric Town

Akihabara Electric Town
Photo Credit:IQRemix@flickr

So what exactly is Akihabara and what makes it worth visiting? Well, the answer is pretty simple. Akihabara is known as the “electric town” and for good reason. Aside from the anime themed everything, you can find pretty much any sort of electronic device from security cameras to computer super conductors from an original 1990 Super Nintendo. There are multi story electronic stores like Yodobashi Camera, where you can find things like computers, game systems, head phones, camera equipment, and even electric heated toilet seats. Streets are lined with used electronic stores too selling parts and some stores even sell fake old display cell phones. If it’s any type of electronic, you can definitely find it here if you look hard enough.

 

#4. Gachapon

Gachapon at Akihabara
Photo Credit:Steve Nagata@flickr

Another staple of Japan are the cute key chains and trinkets found almost anywhere. However, in Akihabara, you  may find more than you bargained for. In fact, if you visit Akihabara Gachapon Kaikan, you will certainly find the perfect key chain or trinket that you never knew you wanted.

So what is Gachapon? Gachapon are capsule-vending machines. You pay about 100 yen to 500 yen, turn the lever, and out comes a capsule holding a collectible figurines, a key chain, stickers or other small trinkets. You may be familiar with the ones in America but the quality of these are not comparable. The Akihabara Gachapon Kaikan has about 500 unique machines with new inventory coming each week.
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Akihabara Gachapon Kaikan

Address: 3-15-5 Sotokanda, Chiyoda ward, Tokyo

Access: 10 minute walk from Akihabara Station

Hours:
11:00 AM – 8:00 PM (Monday – Thursday)
11:00 AM – 10:00 PM (Saturday)
11:00 AM – 7:00 PM (Sunday and Holidays)

Phone: 03-5209-6020

Website: –

 

#5. Oden-kan

Oden Can
Photo Credit:Takanori Nakanowatari@flickr

Oden is a traditional Japanese dish featuring vegetables stewed in a soy sauce with dashi soup. This is one of the best dishes to eat on a cold winter evening.

So what is Oden-kan? Well, it is exactly what is sounds like, hot Oden served in a can… from a vending machine. You may be familiar with the variety of goods that can be bought from a vending machine, but this one is unique to Akihabara. The idea came from a demand in food that could be enjoyed instantly with minimal garbage while shopping in Akihabara. Although this may seem like an odd choice for a vending machine, it is a staple of Akihabara. If you ever get a chance to try it, I highly recommend it because not only is Oden delicious, this is another experience found only  in Akihabara.

 

#6. Tetsudo Izakaya – Little TGV

Another staple of Japan is the Izakaya. These bar-restaurant type eateries are popular in Japan serving smaller dishes designed to be shared among friends and family. Of course, the Tetsudo Izakaya, or “Little TGV” in Akihabara has a little twist on this Japanese style restaurant.

For those familiar with Japanese culture, you may have already guessed it’s a railroad themed Izakaya. Not only do people come here to enjoy the special menu or the staff dressed in cute uniforms, they also offer many rare, valuable train and railroad memorabilia. The decor and seating inside creates an atmosphere similar to trains.
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Address: 3-10-5 Sotokanda, Chiyoda ward, Tokyo

Access: 5 minute walk from Akihabara Station

Hours:
6:00 PM – 11:00 PM (Monday – Friday)
12:00 PM – 11:00 PM (Weekends and Holidays)

Phone: 03-3255-5223

Website: Little TGV (Japanese)

 

#7. Amusement Arcade

Taito station
Photo Credit:IQRemix@flickr

Amusement arcades have various types of games such as pinball, electro dance machines, claw cranes, and air hockey etc. Some arcades have gambling such as pachinko machines. Many arcades have a large section for purikura (photo stickers), purikura is popular among middle and high school students. Prizes in the claw crane machines can be large expensive figures or they could be small stuffed animals. Since it’s Akihabara, girls can cosplay as their favorite character for free and take photos together. All ages come to play arcade games, there will be students and the working crowd.
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Taito Station Akihabara

Address: 4-2-2 Sotokanda, Chiyoda ward, Tokyo

Access: 3 minute walk from Akihabara Station

Hours: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Phone: 03-5289-8445

Website: Taito Station

 

#8. mAAch ecute Kanda Manseibashi

mAAch ecute Kanda Manseibashi
Photo Credit:nakashi@flickr

Maach Ecute Kanda Manseibashi opened in 2013, this is a building with restaurants, cafes, and retailers. The building was originally the Manseibashi viaduct, it stretches along the Kandagawa River from Manseibanshi to Sotobori Street. The building is pay tribute to the history of the former Manseibashi Station and later the Transportation Museum. This commercial area is hoping to be revived by re-opening the old station that hasn’t been used since 1943.
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mAAch ecute Kanda Manseibashi

Address: 1-25-4, Kandasudacho, Chiyoda ward, Tokyo

Access: 4 minute walk from Akihabara Station

Hours:
11:00 AM – 10:00 PM (Monday – Saturday)
11:00 AM – 8:00 PM (Sundays and Holidays)

Phone: 03-3257-8910

Website: mAAch ecute Kanda Manseibashi

 

#9. Mandarake

Mandarake
Photo Credit:Danny Choo@flickr

Mandarake is one of Tokyo’s largest second hand seller of anime and manga related products. There is many collectibles, cosplay, VHS tapes, DVDs, and doujinshi, which caters to the female audience. Nakano Broadway is the home of Mandarake, it is the biggest store, compared to the around branches around Tokyo. All the items at Mandarake in Akihabara are used items.
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Mandarake

Address: 3-11-12 Sotokanda, Chiyoda ward, Tokyo

Access: 4 minute walk from Akihabara Station

Hours: 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Phone: 03-3252-7007

Website: Mandarake

 

#10. Tokyo Anime Center

This building is a permanent fixture in Akihabara, marketing anime to residents and visitors. Tokyo Anime Center hosts numerous events throughout the year including, but not limited to radio interviews with anime directors, famous voice actors, merchandising fairs, staff and character meet & greets. Also located in the facility is the AKIBA3D Theater which is considered the definitive spot for anime entertainment. This building is easy to find and a perfect stop for those anime fans out there. Located on the fourth floor of the Akihabara UDX building, it is easily accessible from the JR Akihabara Station. Of course, you can also purchase merchandise and souvenirs here as well.
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Tokyo Anime Center

Address: 4-14-1 Sotokanda, Chiyoda ward, Tokyo

Access: 2 minute walk from Akihabara Station

Hours: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Phone: 03-5298-1188

Website: Tokyo Anime Center (Japanese)

 

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