14 Best Things to Do in Akihabara

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!

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

Owls at 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. Go-Kart

Go-Kart

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!

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. Kanda Matsuri

Kanda Matsuri

One of the most famous Japanese festivals is held in Akihabara: Kanda Matsuri (Kanda Festival). The shinto festival dating back to the Edo period is known as one of the three great Edo festivals along with Sanja Matsuri in Asakusa and Sanno Matsuri in Chiyoda; also as one of the great festivals of Japan along with Gion Matsuri in Kyoto and Tenjin Matsuri in Osaka. Kanda Matsuri is held in the middle of May in odd-numbered years by Kanda Myojin Shrine, which features the main parade with hundreds of people carrying 100 Mikoshi floats.

9. 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!

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. Gundam Cafe <<Permanently Closed>>

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.

*It was closed in January, 2022.

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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