To many people around the world, Japan is known as the most technologically advanced country. And whether or not you are familiar with the otaku culture of Japan, you would still be familiar with Akihabara, the go-to place for all technology and electronics in the entire country.
It’s no wonder that Akihabara is also known as Electric Town. It is even recognized as the center for global electronics technology and trade. But to the people that are familiar with Japanese culture (aka JapanLovers) Akihabara is known as the mecca for Otaku Culture.
Akihabara is the first place many anime and manga fans worldwide dream of visiting in Japan. Any die-hard fan and collector of anime, manga, retro and contemporary video games, figurines or toys is sure to be overwhelmed and overjoyed upon seeing the many shops and cafes that cater to their fandom.
One of the first stops many people go to is Yodobashi Camera, a building-full of electronics. It’s considered by many as the best, one-stop shop for all kinds of electronics: computers, cameras, and games. Photography enthusiasts will definitely want to stop by; Yodobashi Camera, as the name suggests, is known for having all kinds of photography merchandise including models and accessories for all major camera brands. As for OtakuLovers, Yodabashi also has some great items for them, including Mecha Kits for fans of the Gundam series, toy and figurine models for collectors, and game consoles and cartridges for video gamers!
There are a ridiculous number of notable and must-visit places in Akihabara. So if you are a true ota-cool or ota-cute fanatic, you may want to carefully scout out the places that you want to visit the most. If there are too many places that you’d like to go to, or perhaps you’d like to visit them all, then set aside more than a single day for exploring the vast area of Akihabara. This way, you are not rushing yourself to hop from one store to another, and get the most enjoyment out of your visit. Just be sure to ready your wallet, because it’s quite unlikely that you will be leaving “Akiba” without any loot.
Don Quijote is another popular spot for OtakuLovers. There are many geeky-cute a.k.a. ota-cute goodies and themed snacks available, as well as kigurumi, cosplay must-haves, and some electronics. Another feature of Don Quijote Akihabara (building) is its maid café, @homecafe, located on the 5th floor where you can have a snack and interact with the adorable staff. But, one of the most popular reasons for visiting Don Quijote Akihabara is its reputation for being the home of AKB48, the largest and the one of the most popular musical groups in Japan. They have a theater on the 8th floor where, unlike most artists that have seasonal live performances, the almost 90 members of AKB48 perform on a daily basis. If you’d like to know and see more about Don Quijote, feel free to jump into THIS exclusive photo stroll!
Speaking of AKB48, there is also a café in Akihabara that takes inspiration from the group and its cute members. At the AKB48 café & shop, there are snacks inspired by the members and merchandise for fans to support the group.
Next door to the AKB48 café & shop is the Gundam Café. It is not usual to have a mecha anime as a theme for a café, which makes Gundam Café one of a kind and definitely a must-visit for Gundam fans. Where else can you find a mobile suit-shaped waffle?
And there is so much more in store for you at Akihabara depending on your specific otaku interests! Be sure to check out our links under “Additional Information” below to help you find your way! Have fun~!
Our note for tourists on purchasing electronic products, please take read the following before you decide to make electronic purchases in Japan:
- Akihabara by japan-guide.com
- Akihabara Shopping
- Helpful map
- Duty-free shops for foreigners
- Access guide