Akihabara
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Every electronic gadget imaginable can be found in the stores of this hi-tech, neon-lit neighborhood. The Sony Plaza is one of the most popular shopping destinations in the district.
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Neighbourhood: Ochanomizu / Akihabara / Kanda
Ochanomizu boasts its academic foundations starting with Yushima Seido, the birthplace of modern day Japanese education. The area has kept its college town feel with several university campuses. If you head towards Jinbocho, you'll find musical instrument and sports equipment shops, and an area of used bookstores for students and anyone interested in literature and the arts. Akihabara is well-known for its computer and electronic goods stores, and is now hugely popular as the must-visit mecca for people interested in anime and games. Kanda is an office district where you can find loads of reasonably priced izakayas popular with professionals who stop to eat and drink before making their way home.
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eddie
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam4 contributions
Feb 2023 • Friends
Nice electronic shopping area, they carry a wide selection of brands, from low to high end. They also have anime-related merchandise such as figures, costumes, make up, etc. Many local coffee shops and restaurants behind the main street.
Written 3 February 2023
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TravelQ6492QE
346453,418 contributions
Dec 2022
This area is a trip. Tons of Anime, stores selling toys, and electronics, some weirder fetish stuff like packets of pretty girl pictures, and maid restaurants. The streets are lively and vibrant. You can go to some enormous video arcade game stores. 6 or 7 stories high packed with vintage to some crazy cutting-edge games that will blow your mind. A fun place. Went twice. Wish I would have gone at night.
Written 4 January 2023
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Tata
Tbilisi, Georgia4 contributions
Dec 2022 • Solo
It’s a very busy but beautiful street, i visited a few manga stores and i think there were a lot of them, so if you are a manga/anime lover, it’s a must visit place.

A lot of maid cafes, I did not visit any of them but if you’re interested this is definitely a place where you can find many of them.
Written 23 December 2022
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Ali921
Edinburgh, UK1,281 contributions
Oct 2022
This area is fun, fun, fun. Everyone must come here and just walk around and experience some unique Japanese culture. We enjoyed every minute of our time here. The place is unique and can feel like you are in a theme park. Make sure you walk into the shops and check out the products.
Written 9 November 2022
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Ulyana
Moscow, Russia686 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
The must visit part of Tokyo. Here you are like in a cartoon :) everything is bright and funny, there are a lot of ads and sounds. You can buy some anime staff (costumes, dolls, posters and etc). On weekends here you can meet cosplayers.
Written 5 November 2022
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Samuel Jansson
Vallentuna, Sweden1 contribution
Nov 2022 • Friends
Great place, if you are into Anime, manga and soft Hentai. I was there with my friend for 2 days and it was fantastic! 5/5! Some stuff that need to be noted tho, especially if you have young family members then don’t go to deep into the stores cuz it was quickly becoming sexual. First of I was met with very soft porn that I thought nothing about, but when I went deeper and deeper into the stores you could start to see the more ”dark side”. Other than that really great for families!
Written 2 November 2022
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plafeber
Hoofddorp, The Netherlands81 contributions
Jul 2022
Akihabara is already fun as a quarter, just walking around. If you make sure to arrive in the afternoon, you will experience the sun going down and the lights coming on. At the same time, the temperature will drop a little, and you can enjoy an evening of entertainment on and off the streets.
Written 26 July 2022
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KokiOta
1 contribution
Jul 2022
In July 2022, I went to Akihabara to look at PC parts.

Located between Tokyo and Ueno, Akihabara is a town where electronics stores flourish and where so-called "otaku" (geeks) who love computers gather.

Recently, with the popularity of "Evangelion" and "AKB48", it has become a tourist destination where otaku culture such as anime and idols spread, and it is also known overseas by the abbreviation AKIBA, attracting many foreign tourists.

On the way to the store, there were queues in front of some stores. It was probably an anime event or a goods sale. The queues included not only Japanese but also many foreign tourists, indicating that Japanese culture is loved beyond the seas.

PC stores in Akihabara sell not only common PCs for general consumers, but also individual parts for home-built PCs. Many of the stores also sell used products called "junk," and many visitors to Akihabara come here for this purpose. Junk is a good way to get high quality products at a reasonable price.

I visited several new PC parts stores that day, and the staff at all of them were kind enough to explain and compare products.

Akihabara is not only home to PCs and anime, but also to many popular restaurants. On this day, I had lunch at a popular ramen shop, "Menya Musashi Iwatora". The two large pieces of pork chashu pork and the thick back-oil soup are very tasty, so please stop by if you visit Akihabara.
Written 25 July 2022
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izyphotos
Mascot, Australia709 contributions
Mar 2021
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. It was colouful and fun seeing it all. Great experience.
Written 3 January 2022
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Katy Santos
Philippines516 contributions
Jan 2021
I never get to explore Akihabara that much due to the limited schedule of the subway therefore I get to only see Akihabara for few hours. Akihabara is well known for its anime shops, claw crane machines, gadget shops, and even adult shops!
Akihabara is known for being the electronic district of Tokyo! It's indeed another district with endless discovery! During my visit to Akihabara, I get to visit some gadget shops that offer a fortress of computer products, gaming consoles, and game cartridges, anime shops that sell action figure items, mangas, and souvenirs. I even stepped into one of the adult shops accidentally without knowing that it's an adult shop lol
Written 17 December 2021
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