Things to do in Akihabara

written by Hanie Hidayah May 25, 2014

Akihabara, the Otaku centre of Tokyo is more than just a a part of town that sells goods and services related to the fandom. These fans live, breathe and eat this new-age subculture. There are many things to do in akihabara, tokyo for those who loves anime, manga and toys.

Otaku is a Japanese term for people with obsessive interests and in this part of town, it is related to anime and manga subcultures. There are dozens of stores specializing in anime and manga in Akihabara – this includes toy stores, retro game stores and maid cafes. Otome Road in Ikebukuro, Tokyo also is another Otaku centre within town. 

Sega City Arcade

As soon as we got off the train station, we made our first stop at Sega city. Spent a little bit of money trying out the Claw machine (and failed after multiple attempts) and other variations of it to win anime or plush toys. When we gave up, we walked around to see other ‘experts’ at the games. The arcade machines, from the classics to the latest ones would be available on the upper floors. On the walls you will see stickers of curfew reminders, certain age groups are not allowed to play until a certain time of the day. It felt like a friendly reminder for you to go home or face the parental consequences.


Pop M Adult Toy Shop (18 and above only)

Well, if you’re a little adventurous (or just curious) you can try visit Pop Life to view their latest personal pleasure electronic items on the shelves. 7-floors of sex toys laid out in different categories (I personally didn’t know whether to laugh or cry at some section). If it’s not illegal in your country, you should consider buying something for your friends. If you try on the costumes and let your photo be taken for their wall of ‘fame’, you will also receive discounts on your costume purchase but your photo will forever be mounted for other visitors’ viewing pleasure.


Maid cafes

If you’re looking to try out the maid cafes in Tokyo, Akihabara should be the perfect place for it as there are plenty of cafes in every corner. We didn’t manage to visit one, but I heard that it’s not cheap. If you want a once-in-a-lifetime experience of being served by girls in lolita costumes, look for girls on the streets bearing signs with their costumes and they will direct you to one they are employed at.


If you’re adventurous, keep on the lookout for the Cuddle Cafe. It is an unusual experience to pay for you to put your head on a girl’s lap, lie down facing each other in tiny Japanese cubicle rooms, or have her clean your ears for a certain amount of fee. It’s definitely not for the shy and prudish.


Sony Building, Ginza

Once you’re done at Akihabara by late afternoon, you can head to Ginza for a different environment. Head to the Sony building if you’d like to view their latest consumer gadgets. We had the pleasure to try out different camera lenses with the assistance of their wonderful staff, even the unreleased ones. They provide tax rebates if you decide to purchase anything in the store.


Designer Stores at Ginza

Stores at Ginza are a pleasure to look at. Their exterior and interior designs are definitely one of the best I’ve seen while traveling around the world. Ginza is also a higher-end area where you’ll find designer stores in a row. Restaurants here are a little pricier, but the food is good. You can walk around the area for nice bars and dine in one of the restaurants by the main roads.



Do you have any spots to recommend within these two areas? Leave us a comment.

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