Akihabara a.k.a. AKIBA is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Tokyo known as the center of Otaku (geek) culture in the world. If you are into Otaku culture, you may already know what Akihabara looks like, but this is a great tourist destination for everybody to witness the astonishing Japanese underground culture!
Besides the unique culture, Akihabara is also a great area for shopping. Especially, Akihabara is known as the world leading “Electric Town” where you can find practically any electronics products. Numbers of electronics stores are located within this area. Also, there are a lot of shops selling unique products related to anime, games, manga, cosplay, idols, etc, including very rare items.
Today, I have picked 10 best stores in Akihabara, Tokyo which you should definitely visit to find great products as well as to know the deepest culture of the area. So let’s check what Akihabara offers to all of us!
So as Akihabara is home to electric products, it’s arguably the best place in the whole world to shop high-tech gadgets. Not only because the selection of products are huge but they do offer competitive rates as there are many shops gathered in Akihabara to compete each others. Yodobashi Camera is the biggest electronic stores in the area with 9 floors with a huge variety of electronics products.
Akihabara Radio Kaikan is a shopping building and the famous landmarks in Akihabara area. The 10 storied building was originally built in 1962, then demolished and newly rebuilt in 2014. There are numbers of shops inside the building which are mainly related Akihabara Otaku culture, selling manga, figure dolls, books, anime goods, unique souvenirs and more.
Only few steps away from JR Akihabara station’s “Electric Town Entrance”. The 7 storied building Gamers deals mainly with animation and game related goods, and if you are looking for your waifu from Japan, this is a good place to find one! The place offers books and CDs and often holds events with popular voice actors.
Where the history of Akihabara began. Akihabara Radio Center is a 60 years old shopping center with numbers of small merchants selling millions of electronic components and it’s the place where the word “Otaku” originally came from. It’s also one of the best places to shop model figures in Akihabara.
As Akihabara is a center of gaming culture, there are numbers of amusement arcades (called “Game Center” in Japanese) where you can enjoy playing many kinds of games. “Sega Game Center” has the biggest selection of games and has several branches in Akihabara area.
JANPARA is a second hand hardware store who has shops across Japan, and currently 5 JANPARA stores are located in Akihabara area, Tokyo. A lot of electronic products such as computers and smartphones including iPhone are sold at very reasonable price with surprisingly good conditions. If you are not so picky about the newness of products, JANPARA is definitely worth visiting.
Sweet precious in a capsule. Gacha-pon is one of Japan’s unique cultures. It’s a vending machine of small toys, mini-sized model figures, key-holders in capsules which normally can be played with 2–300 yen. Akihabara has several shops with over a hundred selections of Gacha-pon machines and the biggest shop is called Gachapon-Kaikan.
This 8 storied black building is Arcadia of anime lovers. Mandarake offers the best selection of rare anime/manga/game products such as figure dolls, vintage comics, records, etc. A lot of collectors and fans travel here to hunt their treasure items even from abroad.
Check out the convenience store Lawson in front of Mandarake! The store is decorated with popular game series “Dragon Quest” which only two of them exist in Japan (the other one is in Osaka!).
Otaku’s hot culture for last decades, Akihabara is a birth place to many underground idols including Japan’s most popular girls group ”AKB48”. They gained huge amount of fans by their wise marketing as fans have actual chances to meet the idols and communicate with them by chatting, hand-shaking and so on.
Don Quijote (a.k.a. DONKI) is the most beloved store in Japan among foreign travellers. If you have thoughts like “What shall I get for souvenirs in Japan??” “Where should I go for shopping in Tokyo”, just go to one of Don Quijote. They’ll give you an answer for sure. So the 5-storied large shopping complex offers pretty much everything you need from the latest gadgets to Japanese food, and actually the Akihabara branch has many unique stuff that related the Otaku culture of Akihabara, especially, the store offers the largest selection of Cosplay outfits of all Donki stores in Japan! There are also a maid cafe and a game arcade in the same building.
Going to Akihabara? The best way to explore this Tokyo subculture center district is joining a guided local tour! Visit the hidden Otaku spots with a local guide and enjoy the best highlights of Akihabara in a half-day! “Anime and Gaming Adventure Tour in Akihabara” by Magical Tripwill surely bring your geek spirit 🙂 Check the link below and book the tour with a big discount!