20 of the Best Things to do in Akihabara

24 of the Best Things to do in Akihabara


2019.11.20

NAVITIME TRAVEL EDITOR

20 of the Best Things to do in Akihabara

Akihabara (aka “Akiba”) is where anime diehards come together. Famous for its themed restaurants and anime themed nightclubs, It's also well-known for its vast number of electronic stores. You can find any gadget you can think of.

In a nutshell, Akihabara is a paradise for otaku (geeks) and gamers.

Even if you aren't into the anime and gaming world, there are also other things to enjoy such as visiting unique art galleries, finding one of a kind items in artisan shops, and much more. Here are 24 of the best things to do and see in Akihabara.

  • 01

    Experience Otaku culture

    ACOS

    ACOS

    ACOS

    ACOS

    In Japan there is a large number of anime obsessed, self-professed nerds that are called otaku. Otaku culture is very well represented in Akihabara and is considered a favorite when it comes to anime.

    Lovers of anime can go to shops like ACOS where you can get everything you need to dress up as your favorite anime character. Choose from a variety of colorful costumes, wigs, special cosplay makeup, and even colored contacts.

    Mandarake

    Mandarake

    Mandarake

    Mandarake

    Even if you're not crazy about otaku culture, you can find great anime souvenirs at Mandarake where they sell figures, comic books, and video games.

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    ・Guide to Akihabara’s Otaku Culture

    Mandarake Complex
    place
    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Sotokanda 3-chome 11-12
    phone
    0332527007
  • 02

    Purchase your very own Japanese sword at Busou Shoten

    Busou Shoten

    Busou Shoten

    Busou Shoten

    Busou Shoten

    Enter the world of sword fighting when you step into Busou Shoten (武装商店) and shop for all the weapons that you're used to seeing in video games. Replicas of popular Japanese weapons are available for purchase.

    Busou Shoten

    Busou Shoten

    Busou Shoten

    Busou Shoten

    Are you looking for an authentic replica to display in your home? Or are you looking to do some sword fighting practice on your own? This place will get you armed for battle.

    On top of selling swords, Busou Shoten sells weapons such as western style handguns and different kinds of axes.

    Busosho
    place
    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Sotokanda 3-15-7
    phone
    0332524441
  • 03

    Retro games at Super Potato

    Super Potato

    Super Potato

    Super Potato

    Super Potato

    Many gamers still have a special place in their hearts for the first time they got a gaming system like a Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis or a PlayStation. If you're a fan of retro games, you should check out "Super Potato". It's their specialty, so you know they'll have the best selection of retro games.

    Surrounded by games from your childhood, you'll be drowning in nostalgia. Have some fun in their retro arcade area, or have a look through their wide range of collectors' items. Original consoles, clothing, toy figures, books, and soundtracks are up for sale.

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    ・Akihabara:Retro Games
    ・The Game Lover's Guide to Akihabara

    Super Potato Akihabara < Retro Museum >
    place
    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Sotokanda 1-11-2 Kitabayashi Building 3F4F5F
    phone
    0352899933
  • 04

    Travel into Gundam world at Gundam Café

    Gundam Café

    Gundam Café

    Gundam Café

    Gundam Café

    Gundam is a hugely popular anime series that features giant robots called “Gundam”. As you walk through the doors of Gundam Cafe you'll feel as though you have stepped right into the Gundam universe.

    Located near Akihabara Station, the cafe is easy to find with its giant Gundam “V-antenna” logo at the entrance.

    Gundam Café

    Gundam Café

    The dishes are named after characters from the show & episode titles. Try some Jaburo coffee while you're at it (Gundam fact: Jaburo is the home base of the Earth Federation). You can also get Gundam goods here of course.

    Gundam Cafe (Akihabara Shop)
    rating

    3.0

    210 Reviews
    place
    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Kandahanaokachou 1-1
    phone
    0332510078
    opening-hour
    10:00-22:30 (Food L.O. 21:30…
  • 05

    Check out the latest Esports experience

    Razerstore X Tsukumo

    Razerstore X Tsukumo

    Razerstore X Tsukumo

    Razerstore X Tsukumo

    Gamers will be interested on checking out some of the gaming shops that offer all the latest cutting-edge technology.

    Razerstore X Tsukumo is a Razer brand shop in Japan and is located on the B1F of the TSUKUMO eX building. It sells the latest and greatest when it comes to gaming. There's a game room where you can use try out their equipment while playing games.

    Tsukumo eX.

    Tsukumo eX.

    GALLERIA Lounge

    GALLERIA Lounge

    GALLERIA Lounge is an experience type esports specialty shop where you can try out all the latest esports equipment.

    In December 2018 they reopened and now have a play area on B1 where they offer 2 hours of free playing on your first visit.

    TSUKUMOeX
    place
    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Sotokanda 4-4-1
    phone
    0352075599
  • 06

    Drive around the city in Akiba Kart

    Akiba Kart

    Akiba Kart

    Akiba Kart

    Akiba Kart

    If you find yourself in Akihabara and you want to do some sightseeing around town in a more extravagant way, try renting a custom built go-kart and explore the town in a true Mario Kart style fashion. Just know that you'll need to get an international driving permit if you want to partake in the festivities.

    Akiba Kart

    Akiba Kart

    There are various routes to choose from, but you can choose to go with a guide if you're not familiar with Tokyo's streets. Don’t forget to wear your themed costume so that you look the part as you drive your life-size Mario Kart.

    Read more
    ・AkibaKart: The Most Authentic Inauthentic Experience in Tokyo

    Popular tours: ・Rent a Go-Kart and ride around Akihabara Tokyo!  (Voyagin)

    AKIBAKART
    rating

    4.5

    26 Reviews
    place
    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Sotokanda 2-4-6
    phone
    0362064752
    opening-hour
    10:00-20:00
  • 07

    SEGA VR area Akihabara

    SEGA Akihabara has multiple sites (buildings) where UFO catchers, Pirikura, video & music games can be enjoyed. This time around, we'll be focusing on SEGA buidling 3 where you can indulge on VR. They have 5 different VR games to choose from: Taboo, Western Cowboy, Tower Tag, Tiger Night, and Mortal Blitz.

    If you're new to VR, this will be a delightful new experience! Reservations for Mortal Blitz can be made here. The other games will need to be same-day tickets. Visit their homepage for more info.

    Open from 10:00 - 23:00, SEGA buidling 3 is just a three-minute walk from JR Akihabara Station Denkigai Exit.

    Mortal Blitz

    Mortal Blitz

    SEGA Akihabara 3 Gokan
    place
    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Sotokanda 1-chome 11-11
    phone
    0352973601
  • 08

    Take a walk in Pedestrian Paradise

    Pedestrian Paradise

    Pedestrian Paradise

    Pedestrian Paradise (歩行者天国) was instituted in areas of Japan, including Akihabara, to have certain days when the streets are given back to pedestrians. On Sundays, no vehicles are allowed on the roads in certain areas and the pedestrians totally take over.

    You will notice the mood of the crowd to be a bit more relaxed, thanks to the absense of traffic. Pedestrian Paradise is held on Sundays on Chuo-dori street from 1pm to 5pm (October to March) and 1pm to 6pm (April to September).

    Manseibashi Intersection
    place
    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Sotokanda
  • 09

    Experience Maid cafe and tour

    Maid Tour

    Maid Tour

    Another thing Akihabara is well known for is its themed cafes including maid cafes where women dressed as maids prepare and serve the food right at your table.

    At some cafes the maids perform a dance and song for their guests. At the Maidreamin cafe the atmosphere is cheery and fun. You'll fell immediately feel like the boss when you walk in and are greeted with “Welcome home master!”.

    Maidreamin café

    Maidreamin café

    If you want to learn all about Japanese anime and manga culture, be sure to check out the Akihabara Anime and Manga Culture Tour by Voyagin. A maid will escort you throughout the tour. To make the tour And what Akihabara tour would it be if it didn't include a trip to a pretty maid cafe?

    Popular tours: Akihabara Anime & Manga Culture Guided Tour  (Voyagin)

    A maid Cafe & bar maidreamin akihabara Honten
    rating

    3.5

    478 Reviews
    place
    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Sotokanda 3-16-17 Sumiyoshi building 6F
    phone
    0369057735
  • 10

    Check out Akihabara’s underground idols

    Kamen Joshi of Underground Idols

    Kamen Joshi of Underground Idols

    The P.A.R.M.S Theater in the Manseibashi area is the home of the underground idols known as Kamen Joshi (仮面女子), which means “masked girls”.

    As you can safely presume, this girl group is known for performing with their faces covered with masks.

    Kamen Joshi of Underground Idols

    Kamen Joshi of Underground Idols

    Although considered underground idols, the girls of the Kamen-Joshi group have risen to fame and now have thousands of fans.

    They have been so influential that they were even named as ambassadors of Akihabara tourism. For 3,000 yen (the cost of buying a ticket on the same day as the performance) you catch one of their performances which are held two times every day.

    Akihabara PARMS
    place
    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Sotokanda 1-1-107F
    phone
    0120190759
  • 11

    Enjoy the Gourmet meat of Akihabara

    Akiba Doner Kebab

    Akiba Doner Kebab

    Akihabara may be known for electronics and everything anime, but when it comes to food it surely does not fall short. There are many restaurants in the area offering up some delicious gourmet meats.

    Akiba Doner Kebab

    Akiba Doner Kebab

    Akiba Doner Kebab is a shop near Akihabara station. We'll skip the obvious reasons for why you should get a kebab here.

    Tonkatsu Marugo

    Tonkatsu Marugo

    Tonkatsu Marugo

    Tonkatsu Marugo

    One of the best places to enjoy tonkatsu is at Tonkatsu Marugo (とんかつ丸五). A must try is you haven't eaten Japanese-style crispy fried pork cutlets before.

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    Where to Eat in Akihabara- Including Halal Food

    アキバケバブ
    place
    東京都千代田区神田佐久間町1-21
    丸五
    place
    東京都千代田区外神田1-8-14
    phone
    0332556595
    no image
  • 12

    Akihabara’s largest Gacha spot

    Gachapon Kaikan

    Gachapon Kaikan

    Gacha Item

    Gacha Item

    Gacha are capsules that contain a toy or a souvenir inside. People love gacha vending machines because you never know what'll get.

    Gachapon Kaikan (ガチャポン会館) is popular with children and adults alike with gatchapon vending machines lining its walls.

    Inside the capsules you can find a wide variety of things such as keychains, anime figurines, and other trinkets. Gachapon vending machines are found in many places but Gachapon Kaikan offers the widest variety with new gacha merchandise arriving every month making each visit fresh.

    Akihabara Gachapon Hall
    rating

    3.5

    8 Reviews
    place
    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Sotokanda 3-15-5 GEE! STORE Akiba 1F
    phone
    0352096020
    opening-hour
    [Monday-Thursday] 11:00-20:0…
  • 13

    Check out Electric Town

    Electric Town

    Electric Town

    Yodobashi Camera Akiba

    Yodobashi Camera Akiba

    Close to Akihabara Station, Electric Town is home to many electronic shops where you can find any gadget you are looking for. There are also many establishments here that are geared toward anime and manga fans.

    Yamada Denki LABI

    Yamada Denki LABI

    Yodobashi Camera Akiba is a huge electronics store that has a riddiculous variety of electronics. Many locals and tourists from all over the world make the trip.

    Another big electronic store is Yamada Denki LABI which is located directly across from Akihabara Station. It offers electronics and home goods at affordable prices. One thing tourists love about shopping here is that the items are sold duty-free.

    Read more
    ・Akihabara Electric Town Guide: 10 of the Best Shops

    Yodobashi Camera Multimedia Akiba
    place
    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Kandahanaokachou 1-1
    phone
    0352091010
    opening-hour
    [Yodobashi Camera] 9:30-22:0…
    ツクモ 秋葉原駅前店
    place
    東京都千代田区外神田1-15-8
    phone
    0352076711
    no image
  • 14

    Visit the PC specialty stores

    Dospara

    Dospara

    Dospara

    Dospara

    In the west area of Akihabara you will find Dospara Akihabara's main shop which happens to be one of the most popular PC specialty shops in the area. You can shop for a wide range of PC units and PC accessories for reasonable prices.

    BUY MORE

    BUY MORE

    BUY MORE

    BUY MORE

    Don’t worry if you don’t have much knowledge about computers. The staff are knowledgeable and ready to assist you with any inquiries.

    Another PC specialty shop is "BUY MORE" where you can also get PC parts. Its biggest sell is that you can get a customized PC built just the way you want it.

    PC Workshop Akihabara BUYMORE
    place
    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Sotokanda 3-14-10 Akihabara HF Building 1F
    phone
    0352097330
  • 15

    Get your very own camera!

    Lemon-Sha

    Lemon-Sha

    Lemon-Sha

    Lemon-Sha

    One of the most popular items to buy in Electronic Town are cameras manufactured in Japan.

    Here you'll find a camera suitable for every demand, from cheap to high end models, both used and new. Whether you are looking for a vintage camera or a modern digital one, something will be avaiable in your price range.

    If you haven’t bought a camera for your Japan trip yet, consider stopping first in Akihabara and finding the camera that is right for you. Some shops to check out are Lemon-Sha, Nisshin Camera, and Akiba Camera.

    Read more
    ・The Photographer’s Guide to Akihabara’s Camera Shops

    Ginza Otonanoshuminomise Lemon sha akihabara
    place
    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Kandasakumachou 1-19 Nakayama building 3F
    phone
    0332530255
  • 16

    Wind down at a Japanese Internet café

    Nagomi-Style.Cafe AKIBA

    Nagomi-Style.Cafe AKIBA

    Nagomi-Style.Cafe AKIBA

    Nagomi-Style.Cafe AKIBA

    Once you’ve had your fill of electronic shops and anime themed experiences, relax at "Nagomi-style.Cafe AKIBA"; a unique internet cafe designed just like the Japanese style inns in Kyoto.

    Resting on a tatami mat, reading one of their many books, and taking a shower are just some of the things you can do here to freshen up before heading back out.

    Nagomi-Style.Cafe AKIBA

    Nagomi-Style.Cafe AKIBA

    Since it is open 24 hours a day, so you can visit anytime you want. Membership is not required for entry, but you won't be able to use any PCs. Remember to bring your passport as well since that is another requirement for using the PCs. Click here for more info about prices & conditions.

    和style.cafe AKIBA(和スタイルカフェアキバ)
    place
    東京都千代田区 外神田6-14-2 サカイ末広ビルB1F
    phone
    0358129753
    no image
  • 17

    Shop for specialty items at 2k540 Aki-Oka Artisan

    2k540 Aki-Oka Artisan

    2k540 Aki-Oka Artisan

    2k540 Aki-Oka Artisan

    2k540 Aki-Oka Artisan

    Contrasting sharply with the surrounding anime culture outside of its doors,
    2k540 Aki-Oka Artisan is where you can find many shops featuring handmade artisan goods.

    You can find all sorts of items including hand-dyed fabric, jewelry, pottery, leather goods, and greeting cards.

    2k540 Aki-Oka Artisan

    2k540 Aki-Oka Artisan

    2k540 Aki-Oka Artisan

    2k540 Aki-Oka Artisan

    Many of the handmade goods are one of a kind, making this a great place to find gifts for friends or something to keep as a momento.

    Since years ago artisans were pushed out to make room for the big brand stores in the area, 2k540 Aki-Oka Artisan was established to bring these skilled workers and their high quality goods back to the scene.

    2k540 AKI-OKA ARTISAN
    rating

    4.5

    97 Reviews
    place
    Tokyo Taitou-ku Ueno 5-9-23
    phone
    0368060254
    opening-hour
    11:00-19:00 (Food and Drink …
  • 18

    Art gallery at 3331 Arts Chiyoda

    3331 Arts Chiyoda

    3331 Arts Chiyoda

    3331 Arts Chiyoda

    3331 Arts Chiyoda

    Another place to clear your mind from the hustle and bustle of the city is 331 Arts Chiyoda. This art gallery is located in a place you would probably least suspect to find an art gallery - a junior high school.

    3331 Arts Chiyoda

    3331 Arts Chiyoda

    3331 Arts Chiyoda

    3331 Arts Chiyoda

    When the art gallery moved here, no renovations were made to the building so the classrooms now serve as art galleries with works from various artists represented in different classrooms.

    There is also a cafe which serves coffee and light meals. In the gift shop you can buy merchandise related to the art featured in the gallery.

    3331ArtsChiyoda
    place
    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Sotokanda 6-chome 11-14
    phone
    0368032441
  • 19

    Shop at Manseibashi

    Manseibashi

    Manseibashi

    Manseibashi

    Manseibashi

    Manseibashi (万世橋) used to be the location of a railway station. Now the building has been transformed into a commercial complex called MAAch Ecute Manseibashi.

    Having kept its original red brick arches, this old architecture makes for great pictures in the evening.

    MAAch Ecute Manseibashi

    MAAch Ecute Manseibashi

    MAAch Ecute Manseibashi

    MAAch Ecute Manseibashi

    MAAch Ecute Manseibashi shops sell unique hand-crafted items including homegoods, pottery, and clothing. There are also a number of cafes where you can take a break from shopping. Since the mall is situated right by the river, you can enjoy a nice relaxing stroll around the area both in the daytime and at night.

    Read more
    ・The Not Otaku Guide to Akihabara

    Maach Ecute Kanda Manseibashi
    place
    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Kandasudachou 1-25-4
    phone
    0332578910
    opening-hour
    [Shop] 11:00-21:00[Shop (Sun…
  • 20

    Kurand

    Kurand interior

    Kurand interior

    Kurand offers around 100 different kinds of Japanese sake. A place where you can discover new & interesting brands of sake you would otherwise never know about. Instead of the traditional payment per drink, its an all-you-can-drink situation. Perfect for adventurers in search for the right cup. Although, your time will be limited (more info below).

    Great thing about Kurand apart from its ridiculous variety of sake, is that you can bring your own food. Getting food delivered straight to the store is also A-ok. They will lend you the essentials such as plates, microwaves and cutlery, if you as them for it.

    All-you-can-drink plans:
    17: 00-23: 00 (22: 45LO) ¥ 3,000 (excluding tax)
    90 minutes ¥ 2,000 (excluding tax)
    30 minutes ¥ 1,000 (excluding tax)

    Lunch plan (all-you-can-drink) on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays
    12: 00-16: 00 (15: 30LO) ¥ 2,000 (excluding tax)
    * Credit card, PayPay, LINE Pay can be used.
    * The payment for the Lunch plan is cash only.

    Finding the right one

    Finding the right one

    KURANDSAKEMARKET Akihabara
    place
    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Sotokanda 4-4-2 HULIC&NewAKIHABARA 10F
    phone
    0352444399
  • 21

    Party at an anime themed Nightclub

    MOGRA

    MOGRA

    MOGRA

    MOGRA

    In Japan, otaku culture has even infiltrated nightclubs such as Mogra where anime music is played all night long. Although they mostly play anison, they also play some other music too that otaku are fans of.

    Anime fans from all over the world can also live stream and be a part of the party through their computer screens. When they get a chance to travel to Japan, they finally get to party in real life with fellow anime fans. Mogra is truly a unique nightclub and the experience there is not one to be missed.

    Popular tours: Go to "Anison" (Anime Song) Event in Akihabara!  (Voyagin)

    MOGRA
    rating

    4.0

    1 Reviews
    place
    Tokyo Taito-ku Akihabara 3-11B1F
    phone
    0362068338
  • 22

    Bar Hopping at Showa Dori

    Shingari

    Shingari

    Shingari

    Shingari

    For a Japanese-style experience head over to Shingari (殿), a very popular Izakaya. Try the sake alongside one of their tasty seafood dishes.

    This place is easy on your wallet with meals costing just around 500 yen. It's cash on delivery, so have your money ready to be collected in a basket when your order is up. Only use 1,000 yen notes in the basket!

    Shingari

    Shingari

    Cash on Delivery by the Basket

    Cash on Delivery by the Basket

    If you enjoy a good beer, be sure to go to Craft Beer Ibrew Akihabara which opened in 2019 and offers many kinds of beer for just 390 yen a pint.

    You will never run out of beer to choose from since Craft Beer Ibrew has a whopping 47 taps. They have a variety of meat dishes that will surely go well with your beer.

    Craft Beer Ibrew Akihabara

    Craft Beer Ibrew Akihabara

    Craft Beer Ibrew Akihabara

    Craft Beer Ibrew Akihabara

    殿 シンガリ
    rating

    2.5

    3 Reviews
    place
    東京都千代田区神田佐久間町2-22秋葉原再開発ビル
    phone
    0358296500
    CRAFT BEER BAR IBREW AKIHABARA
    place
    東京都千代田区神田佐久間町3-38 大陽ビル 1F
    phone
    03-5825-4520
    no image
  • 23

    MOGBUG

    Mogbug vending machine

    Mogbug vending machine

    The food that will save us all. Mogbug is the new nutritional snack that no one was expecting. If you're not a fan of creepy crawlers, skipping this section might be the right choice.

    Ever wondered what insects such as crickets, scorpions, superworms, or silkworms taste like? Probably not, but that questions alone might've sparked your curiosity. With just one 500 yen coin, get your very own bag of crunchy fun (seven to choose from). Just a one-minute walk from JR Akihabara Station.

    You might have a bug problem

    You might have a bug problem

    お肉とチーズのダイニング ラフィーネ 秋葉原
    place
    東京都千代田区神田佐久間町2-14-7 EIWAビル2F
    phone
    0358299317
    no image
  • 24

    BnA STUDIO Akihabara

    Zen Gardentaken by Tomooki Kengaku

    Zen Gardentaken by Tomooki KengakuZEN GARDEN, photo by Tomooki Kengaku

    A place where art lovers can appreciate Japanese art and get a good night's rest. BnA Studio Akihabara is what has unified these two worlds.

    Traveling art lovers have the opportunity to discover/experience art in a new way. The rooms themselves are the art pieces, meaning you will have all the time you need to appreciate the artwork. Although quite pricey, it will certainly be a memorable night.

    Wonder Parktaken by Tomooki Kengaku

    Wonder Parktaken by Tomooki KengakuWONDER PARK, photo by Tomooki Kengaku

    BnA STUDIO Akihabara
    place
    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Sotokanda 6-3-3

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