Akihabara: 14 Best Things to Do

From Anime Stores to Maid Cafe, Best Things to Do in Akihabara Tokyo

Akihabara is known as the world leading electric town and home to Otaku culture. It’s the best place to witness the underground culture of Japan and shop high-tech gadgets. From electronics shops to maid cafés, check out best things to do in Akihabara area, Tokyo!

Now, the world is under the situation of Covid-19 spreading, and it’s difficult to travel. However, here is one thing that enables you to enjoy traveling in Tokyo: a virtual tour. In this live-streaming tour, your guide travel in the town of Akihabara showing anime shops, gaming stores and so on. Experience the unique trip at home!

1. Yodobashi Camera

In front of Yodobashi Camera Akihabara

One of the best electronics stores in Japan to buy the latest electronics products, the 9 storied department store “Yodobashi Camera” is where the widest variety of electronic gadgets can be found. If you are into the latest high-tech products, you can easily spend 2–3 hours there. Besides electronics products, there are a wide range of products in various categories available such as video games, toys, luxurious brand products and cosmetics products. Yodobashi Camera is located in front of Akihabara Station.

2. Maid Cafe

Maids serving at a maid cafe
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Maid Cafe is the most bizarre culture originated in Akihabara, Tokyo. Maid Cafe is where maids serve guests in cute frilly costumes and call you “Master”(goshujin-sama). Numbers of Maid Cafes are located n Akihabara area, and it’s one of the top attractions in Tokyo for the past years.

3. Akiba Fukurou


The unique animal cafe, owl cafe “Akiba Fukurou” has been chosen as one of the top tourist attractions in Japan by Tripadvisor for a couple of years now. Be welcomed by adorable owls and play with them!

4. Mandarake

In front of Mandarake, Akihabara branch

Mandarake is one of the most significant stores in Akihabara, which is often called “the largest manga and anime store in the world”. Mandarake deals with secondhand items related to manga, anime, game, dolls, etc including loads of rare items which you can probably find only in Mandarake.

5. Anime and Gaming Adventure Tour

People enjoying shopping character toys in Akihabara
Photo by Magical Trip

One of the best way to explore Akihabara’s deep Otaku culture in one day is joining a guided local tour! “Anime and Gaming Adventure Tour in Akihabara” by Magical Trip is a popular half-day tour introducing some classic and hidden Otaku spots by a local guide! The tour also takes you to one of the famous Maid Cafes in Akihabara! Click here for more details about the tour and book with a big discount!

6. Go-Kart

People driving a go-kart wearing characters' costumes
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Disguise yourself as your favourite anime/game character and drive through the otaku district just like the famous computer game! This dreamy activity is one of top things to do in Tokyo today!

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7. Janpara

I Phones sold at Janpara in Akihabara

Great place to shop high-tech gadgets such as Apple products and PC with bargain price. Janpara deals used yet cutting edge products.

8. Radio Center

The shops at Radio Center in Akihabara

If you wish to see what Otaku really means, visit Radio Center. It’s where the story of Akihabara culture began, selling millions of electronic components in narrow alleys. Radio Center is located at the Akihabara Electric Town right off the train station.


People experiencing Ninja attractions with VR
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The newly open VR (virtual reality) spot in Tokyo featuring an authentic Ninja training at the Dojo (the traditional filed of training). Have the most unique and high-tech experience with learning Ninja skills in both real and virtual reality worlds!

10. Kanda Myojin Shrine

The gate of Kanda Myojin Shrine

Kanda Myojin Shrine is one of the most important shrines in Japan and popular from anime lovers as the shrine often associates with anime culture.

11. Tokyo Daijingu Shrine

The main hall of Tokyo Daijingu Shrine

Tokyo Dijingu Shrine is especially popular as wedding place and known as having special power for love knots.

12. Gundam Cafe

Coffee with Gandam character prints

Gandam is a famous robot animation from Japan and popular all over the world. At Gundam Cafe, you can enjoy themed food and beverages.

13. Eat Ramen

Miso Ramen at Ramen Fukuro in Akihabara

Akihabara is known as one of the most competitive districts of Ramen restaurants. There are numbers of Ramen restaurants which take their pride to serve the best Ramen dishes. If you are a Ramen lover, Akihabara is the best area to eat out 🙂

14. Manseibashi Bridge

Manseibashi Station at night

Manseibashi is located off the main shopping arcade of Akihabara. It’s a shopping mall renovated from the abandoned train station.

Access to Akihabara

Akihabara Station is served by the JR Yamanote Line, JR Keihin-Tohoku Line, JR Sobu Line, the Tsukuba Express and the Hibiya Subway Line. (Only two stops from Tokyo Station)

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