This page is a little out of date. I will be updating these area guides soon but until then, please visit my Tokyo Shopping Guide for my favourite shops and My Japan Trips page for sightseeing ideas and lots of Japan links and guides.
Akihabara. Photo by akmaryaakub
Akihabara is Tokyo’s electronics/gaming/anime/geek area and a bit crazy. On our first visit on a weekday afternoon it was busy busy and full of noise and flashing lights, and when it started to get dark and all the neon was turned on it was like being in a movie. It’s definitely worth a visit just for the atmosphere.
The area is a bit of a maze so it’s really hard to explain where the shops are so do some research on Google Maps before you go and make sure you have some time spare for a good wander (and a play in the arcades!).
My Akihabara Highlights
Multi-floor shop of retro gaming awesomeness. See my full post.
Sells toys and collectibles including opened blind box toys so you can get the ones you want without buying 20 random boxes!
There are quite a few branches in Akihabara selling everything from kawaii toys and computer games to Pullip/Blythe doll parts and huge Gundam models. The biggest one has a basement lined with rows of gashapon!
What else to see?
There are are also loads of electronics shops selling hi-tech gadgets and toys of all kinds, gaming and DVD stores and big arcades where you can play stuff like Mario Kart and DDR or torture yourself with UFO catchers. And of course, there’s maid cafes, idol cafes and lots more only-in-Japan craziness.
Akihabara is on the JR Yamanote Line and subway lines just a few stops away from Tokyo and Ueno stations. Take the Electric Town exit to find all the good stuff.
Useful Links & Guides
- My Tokyo Shopping Guide (craft & kawaii shopping in Tokyo and beyond)
- Orochinagi (map and shopping guide for Akihabara)
- Den Den Town (Osaka’s version of Akihabara)
- My Japan Trips (more links and guides)