GUIDE TO AKIHABARA
Bright, noisy, mysterious and wonderful, there is no place in the world like the quarter of Akihabara. The birthplace of Otaku culture abounds in adventures, there are so many places to explore that there may not be enough time for everything. Where to start?
Start planning a vacation in Japan in the Akihabara quarter with this article! We have compiled a list of interesting things you can do here and a list of dishes that you can try, as well as several convenient routes that will help you plan your trip and maximize time (and pleasure).
HOW TO GET THERE?
Most likely, you will drive through one of the JR lines (Yamanote, Keihin-Tohoku and Sobu) or the Tokyo Metro Hibiya line. The Hyperdia website is really convenient for finding the cheapest and fastest route. The Google Maps app is also great.
If you follow the JR line, just exit via Electric Town. From the Tokyo Metro Hibiya line, go up to the Akihabara Station District Gate exit, walk past the Yodobashi Camera to the Akihabara Station Electric Town exit.
WHAT TO DO IN AKIHABARA?
You can cover most of the sights during the day if you don’t linger too long in each place, however, this is much easier said than done, because you can easily spend half a day at the Yodobashi Camera store.
It is best to have a general plan, but do not be afraid to throw away a few items from the list in order to spend more time on the place that you like. In the end, the whole point is to have fun, and not to check the sights from the list.
An interesting fact about Akihabaru!
About half of the otaku are women, but many of them do not recognize this. Therefore, they usually walk alone and often mask themselves wearing surgical masks, sunglasses or even wigs.
If you purchased an excursion tour to Japan and you only have half a day or a few hours, we suggest choosing no more than 2-3 places that will impress your inner otaku and allow you to fully enjoy it all.
Do not forget to bring your passport with you to take advantage of purchases over 10 thousand yen without taxes in most stores. Here is a short guide to help you decide what to do in Akihabara and to make your trip to Japan memorable.
It was here that everything began – Radio Kaikan, which opened in 1962, was the first and only multi-storey building in Akihabara, which sold many of its first television sets, washing machines and refrigerators to many Japanese.
It eventually turned into a paradise for otaku, selling video games, manga, figurines, dolls and models. One of its most popular tenants was the original Kaiyodo flagship store, which started the revolution of anime figures by selling figures of Evangelion in the 90s.
After a big earthquake in 2011, the building was demolished and rebuilt, and although it lost a lot of its original charm, it is still a great place for all your anime needs, especially if you have a tight schedule.
Almost everything you can find in stores in other places is likely to be found in Radio Kaikan. Therefore, if you have time to visit only one place, then this is it.
Opening hours: 10: 00-20: 00.
Located on the corner near Electric Town exit, M’s is one of Akihabara’s most famous landmarks with its big green sign. Inside you will find a complete range of products for adults, from sexy costume sets to adult DVDs on any topic you can imagine (and much more that you can’t even imagine!), The latest devices for are also sold here. .. personal relaxation system.
If this sounds a little ticklish, do not worry – it is not. There are bright rooms, clean floors, and products are neatly laid out. Most of the people who come here are young couples and giggling visitors. If you are a girl, you can get a discount of up to 30% on selected clothes if you are going to wear it and pose for a Polaroid picture that will hang on the wall. But even if you do not want to buy anything, the store has something to look at. Show your passport to the cashier to get an 8% discount on most items.
Opening hours: 10: 00-23: 00.
This is the most popular maid café network in Akihabara. Here you will be offered delicious food, energetic dance performances, and you will get a chance to pamper yourself.
This is not the cheapest place, but it is definitely one of the most unique and interesting things in Akihabara. We were there last year with our friends, Chris, Charles, Rachel, and June, and it was a complete wild fun! I do not think that someday I can recover from the contemplation of Chris in a maid costume)
A trip to Japan will become brighter and more intense after visiting such an institution.
Opening hours: 11: 30-23: 00 (on weekdays), 10: 30-23: 00 (on weekends and holidays).