15 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!
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1. Yodobashi Camera
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
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!
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.
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
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
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
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
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!
If you want to get a sense of the bustling city of Akihabara and learn about recommended spots in a short amount of time and at a reasonable price, it is recommended to join Akihabara Anime Tour offered by Japan Wonder Travel.
10. Animate Akihabara
Animate is Japan’s biggest anime shop chain that has outlets across the country. In 2023, one of the largest Animate shop opened in Akihabara. The brand-new anime complex building comprises 8 floors in total and sells a wide variety of anime-related products such as character goods, comics, game, DVD, Blu-ray and CD. There is an event space on the top floor where various events are held.
11. 2k540 Aki-Oka Artisan
2k540 Aki-Oka Artisan is a modern shopping complex opened in 2010, located underneath the elevated railway tracks between Akihabara Station and Okachimachi Station. It has the theme of making things that is inspired by the Edo culture of traditional crafts. There are around 50 shops that offer products produced by artisans in small quantities, which are categorized as accessories, interior, leather, clothing and so on.
12. Tokyo Daijingu Shrine
Tokyo Dijingu Shrine is especially popular as wedding place and known as having special power for love knots.
Great place to shop high-tech gadgets such as Apple products and PC with bargain price. Janpara deals used yet cutting edge products.
14. Eat Ramen
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 🙂
15. Manseibashi Bridge
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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