Akihabara
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Every electronic gadget imaginable can be found in the stores of this hi-tech, neon-lit neighborhood. The Sony Plaza is one of the most popular shopping destinations in the district.
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Neighbourhood: Ochanomizu / Akihabara / Kanda
Ochanomizu boasts its academic foundations starting with Yushima Seido, the birthplace of modern day Japanese education. The area has kept its college town feel with several university campuses. If you head towards Jinbocho, you'll find musical instrument and sports equipment shops, and an area of used bookstores for students and anyone interested in literature and the arts. Akihabara is well-known for its computer and electronic goods stores, and is now hugely popular as the must-visit mecca for people interested in anime and games. Kanda is an office district where you can find loads of reasonably priced izakayas popular with professionals who stop to eat and drink before making their way home.
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  • Diana A
    Perm, Russia99 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Either perfect place or living hell
    So there are several different mega malls situated in the area, that are overwhelmingly boxy and staffed with everything at once. Spent the whole day in this are, bought so many things my shoulder dislocated. But I’m happy with all of them.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 27 July 2023
  • Compass50632983727
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Make an extra subway stop in Akihabra
    Akihabra was awesome. It is like a Japanese Las Vegas. They have everything you can possibly imagine there. My advice would be to check out the small shops as well as the big ones. I found great stuff in the basements of many places.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 25 September 2023
  • Everywhere is on the list…
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands852 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Electric city
    Wowsers! This place is bonkers. Noisy, busy, neon… if you like Anime, this is your Mecca. Shops, literally on top of shops. Lots of arcades filled with teenage boys. Department stores with 8 floors with all kinds of weird and wonderful wares. You have to see it to believe it. Would recommend going at night… the place is LIT!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 October 2023
  • Boris
    76 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hi-tech, but overpriced
    One of the landmarks of Tokyo. The district has a lot of attractions, as well as a big amount of tech stores. Got a feeling, that most of the things there are overpriced. You can get better deals if you happen to travel to Osaka for example. Aside from that - must visit and take a walk in the area. Maybe try some arcades or maiden cafes if that's your thing
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 9 January 2024
  • 1VictoriaTheTraveler
    Sacramento, California764 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Glad we went but not so amazing as we thought
    My 18 year old is a huge amine fan and we took this trip to Japan for his high school graduation celebration. Therefore we had to make a stop in Akihabara while visiting as it was one of his top request. Unfortunately there was not much we were able to find to do as most of it was gaming halls and comic book places. Still glad we took him to see it and experience this but wish there was most things to do and see.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 February 2024
  • Travelove58
    15,599 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Either you like this place or you don't, depending on.....
    If you are a fan of Anime or Hi-Tech electronics or gadgets, this very vibrant & colorful place is a must visit. On the other hand if you are not ( like us ), then don't waste time coming here. It is pretty boring. Although we are not such a "fan", we thought we should just pay a visit since we are in Tokyo & heard so much about it. At least now we know what the place is all about. Another interesting thing here are the many colorful Maid Cafes. Understand this is the only place in Japan that has this unique cafes. You see lots of " Dolled Up Maids" hanging around the streets trying to solicit business for the cafes.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 February 2024
  • Mellie2013
    Port Moody, Canada2,954 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    An evening of adventure
    If you are an anime fan...this is the spot for you. I suggest you do some homework prior to heading out. There are stores with floors and floors of merch. Too much to view and it's sensory overload. The nighttime neon signs are interesting and quite magnificent. Loitering on the streets are the Maid Cafe girls and Blond haired male escorts...YES! It's a little cringe worthy to see old men negotiate with these young females. The Yodobashi Camera store was awesome to stroll around. Each floor had an amazing assortment of goods. From cameras, sd cards, to fridges, personal massagers, A/C units and beauty supplies. Plus a Uniqlo on the top floor!! These stores have everything but prepare for the search. Would we return...probably not. But it was fun to poke around
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 April 2024
  • chowso
    Gloucester, United Kingdom1,758 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun and interesting district
    This is a busy, interesting, loud and colourful district. Some of the shops are fascinating and if you’re into electronics it’s a great area to explore. There are also many ‘maid cafes’ and arcades if you’re into that kind of thing. For me this was a stereotypical Tokyo area and well worth wandering around.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 April 2024
  • Wuest
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An anime fan’s paradise.
    Akihabara is a anime fan’s paradise. But with more than 275 maid cafes, girls bars, maid spas, concept cafes, and hostess clubs, you’ll need a guide to find just what you want. I use moehandbook.com because it is up to date, free to use, and has 21 search options, maps, hours, details, and a fun calculator to predict the costs.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 29 May 2024
  • gsgman777
    Columbia, Illinois787 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Much to see and buy
    There is a lot to do and see with many shops and this area also has several animal cafes. We felt like we needed to do one and we picked the dog cafe which was very smelly and I didn't get a good feeling in there. The pig cafe looked nicer, but...? There were a lot of anime stores and unique foods. We enjoyed walking through the area.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 June 2024
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patrickperbkk
Perth, Australia1,181 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
Akihabara is well known as Japan Electric Town. The area is very interesting and fascinating with neon lights. There is a big building - Yodobashi outside the train station sells all types of camera and other electrical products.
Also, theme cafes are very popular in this area. Local street food is cool too. Should try.
Written 5 April 2020
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Elisabethmh
Oslo, Norway591 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Akihabara is primarily seen as the center of modern Japanese culture and the main shopping area for video games, anime, manga and various electronics. Icons from popular anime and manga abound in advertising everywhere. Here you will also find countless "maid cafés" and many young girls in various outfits who turn their voices into something they most likely think sounds sweet - to promote shops and cafes. There is something about this area that is quite fascinating albeit in a slightly strange way. It looks innocent on the surface and a lot is certainly so too. If you look a little closer, it's still easy to see that the difference between "innocent-anime" and let`s call it "adult-anime" flows a little into each other.
Written 15 October 2020
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K T
Toronto, Canada1,252 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Visited Akihabara in January 2020. This area is known for high tech gadgets, anime, cosplay, and maid cafe. The impression was it’s primarily for boys/men. It’s opposite of Harajuku, which is primarily for girls/women. There are many electronic shops where you can buy the latest high tech gadgets. There are many anime stores where you can buy rare anime figures and original mangas. There are many costume stores (mainly for girls). And maid cafes. There are many girls dressed like French maids on the street. And they serve drinks/snacks at their cafes with cute gestures. It’s a holy ground for “otaku” culture. It’s worth visiting at least once while in Tokyo.
Written 13 January 2020
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KokiOta
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
In July 2022, I went to Akihabara to look at PC parts.

Located between Tokyo and Ueno, Akihabara is a town where electronics stores flourish and where so-called "otaku" (geeks) who love computers gather.

Recently, with the popularity of "Evangelion" and "AKB48", it has become a tourist destination where otaku culture such as anime and idols spread, and it is also known overseas by the abbreviation AKIBA, attracting many foreign tourists.

On the way to the store, there were queues in front of some stores. It was probably an anime event or a goods sale. The queues included not only Japanese but also many foreign tourists, indicating that Japanese culture is loved beyond the seas.

PC stores in Akihabara sell not only common PCs for general consumers, but also individual parts for home-built PCs. Many of the stores also sell used products called "junk," and many visitors to Akihabara come here for this purpose. Junk is a good way to get high quality products at a reasonable price.

I visited several new PC parts stores that day, and the staff at all of them were kind enough to explain and compare products.

Akihabara is not only home to PCs and anime, but also to many popular restaurants. On this day, I had lunch at a popular ramen shop, "Menya Musashi Iwatora". The two large pieces of pork chashu pork and the thick back-oil soup are very tasty, so please stop by if you visit Akihabara.
Written 25 July 2022
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Hong Kong, China5,824 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
…as well as gaming shopping, not to mention room the hundreds of other hobbies and interests catered too. Honestly, if you just pick a building and see what’s inside, you are just as likely to find a themed bar based on some popular RPG as you are every Nintendo game and console ever produced. Yes there is a seedy side to some of the anime images and figurines but it’s easy to avoid.
Written 29 June 2024
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gsgman777
Columbia, IL787 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
There is a lot to do and see with many shops and this area also has several animal cafes. We felt like we needed to do one and we picked the dog cafe which was very smelly and I didn't get a good feeling in there. The pig cafe looked nicer, but...? There were a lot of anime stores and unique foods. We enjoyed walking through the area.
Written 25 June 2024
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ManitraRakotoson
22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Experiencing Akihabara in the day and @night was an amazing and unforgettable experience. Visiting all the shops especially Don Quichote, Lab1, Sega building, the souvenir shop is a must-do. Going to ramen restaurants, exploring the Akihabara station and its surroundings, especially the Pablo mini shop are activities that have added intensity and uniqueness to the experience. Safety and security are very important when travelling. Akihabara makes every visitor feel secure and safe. Happy to have had a memorable visit @that area.
Written 1 February 2020
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Raymond
Los Angeles, CA958 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Solo
Even if you’re not an anime fan - this place is a must! Japanese culture is dominated by manga and anime, so to experience the real Japan, you need to be here at least once.
Akihabara always send a lot of info of new culture in Japan. The culture is animated cartoons, to enjoy wearing costumes and maid’s cafes.
In Akihabara, many electric stores and cartoon stores stand side by side. If you like some Japanese animations, this place is really wonderful- just like a paradise!!

You can easily get there by trains/ buses and subways.
Written 7 October 2020
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Wuest
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Akihabara is a anime fan’s paradise. But with more than 275 maid cafes, girls bars, maid spas, concept cafes, and hostess clubs, you’ll need a guide to find just what you want.

I use moehandbook.com because it is up to date, free to use, and has 21 search options, maps, hours, details, and a fun calculator to predict the costs.
Written 29 May 2024
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eoin
Japaratinga, AL3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
was roaming around just sight seeing what going around and buy some foods somewhere I don't what"s the name i just eat those. . .i enjoy here much time walking and locating way back to my room
Written 2 March 2020
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