Tokyo is a heaven for Japanese manga and anime fan because there are a lot of shops that specialize in selling manga and anime related products. Popular manga titles are often picked up by animation studios and brought to the public as anime. Believe it or not, the popularity of Japan in many countries around the world is also largely contributed to Anime and Manga.
Shopping anime and manga related products are often one of the best things to do for anime fans when they are in Japan. Here are some of the best places to buy anime and manga related products in Tokyo.
1. Tokyo Character Street in Tokyo Station
Tokyo Character Street is a special place that houses 21 stores that sell exclusive items from popular characters like Hello Kitty and Snoopy. There is also a place called the “Ichiban Plaza” that sells anime and manga themed merchandise that is available for a limited time only.
Address: 1-9-1 Marunouchi Chiyoda-ku
Website: http://www.tokyoeki-1bangai.co.jp/street/character (Japanese Only)
2. Nakano Broadway
Nakano Broadway is a shopping complex that is often referred to as a “collector’s haven”. Nakano Broadway is a great place to find rare anime and manga related goods. There are many shops and each shop has different specialties. Some shops specialize in second hand products which means you may be able to find rare products. The B1 of Nakano Broadway has a grocery store and clothes store as well.
Address: 5-52-15 Nakano, Tokyo 164-0001, Japan
3. JUMP SHOP
The popular comic magazine in Japan “JUMP” gave birth to an amazing lineup of manga and anime titles like Dragonball, One Piece, and Naruto to name a few. They opened up the famous JUMP SHOP which showcases manga and anime wares that are exclusively promoted by their company. JUMP SHOP also have a branch in Tokyo Dome City, and Tokyo Sky Tree. JUMP SHOP has a total of 10 branches all over Japan.
Address: B1F Tokyo Station Ichi-bangai 1-9-1 Marunouchi Chiyoda-ku Tokyo
Website: http://benelic.com/service/jump.php (Japanese Only)
4. ONE PIECE MUGIWARA STORE
ONE PIECE MUGIWARA Store is an exclusive shop that sells manga and anime merchandise from the very popular manga and anime titled “ONE PIECE”. Fans of the series frequently visit this store to buy figurines of their favorite character in the series. They offer more than 10,000 items and some of them are offered exclusively at this shop.
Address: 1 Chome-22-6 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://www.mugiwara-store.com/about?hl=en (Japanese Only)
K-Books have branches in Akihabara and Ikebukuro, and they won’t lose to any of their competitors when it comes to anything related to manga and anime. Aside from selling anime and manga products, they also “buy” them for a reasonable price. Rare and high-quality goods can fetch a good price if you are willing to sell them to the K-Books Store.
Address: 1 Chome-15-16 Sotokanda Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Website: http://www.k-books.co.jp (Japanese Only)
Mandarake was originally a shop that sells manga and was established in 1987. Today, Mandarake has spread its influence and opened up many branches in key areas around Tokyo. Their store in Akihabara has 8 floors and sells a wide range of manga, anime, cosplay, toys, game consoles and doujinshi.
If you want to visit Mandarake but have anxieties in language, there is Akihabara tour in English provided by Voyagin. The tour stops Mandarake as well, others include maid cafe, armory store, and rabbit cafe. Check out their website for details.See details of "Deep Akihabara Tour" (View at Voyagin)
Address: Sotokanda 3-11-12, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Akihabara Branch: https://earth.mandarake.co.jp/shop/cmp/index.html
Mandarake also have branches in Akihabara, Ikebukuro, Shibuya, Nakano. Refer to the official website for detailed information.
Animate is considered as one of the biggest anime and manga shop chains in the world. With over a hundred stores in Japan and several international branches, it has cemented its place as one of the leading pioneers in the anime and manga industry.
Address: 1 Chome-20-7 Higashiikebukuro, Toshima, Tokyo 170-0013, Japan
Website: https://www.animate-onlineshop.jp/corner/cc/anion_info_zh/cd/929/ (Japanese Only)
Animate’s most popular branches are located in Akihabara, Ikebukuro, and Shibuya.
8. Toranoana in Akihabara
Toranoana was established in 1994 and became well known because they mainly sell “doujinshi”. Doujinshi is a term for self-published manga or novels that are not affiliated with any other publishing company. Over the years, aside from supporting original doujinshi creators Toranoana also opened their doors to welcome anime and manga products. Toranoana has 3 branches in Akihabara. Akihabara C is the place to visit if you are looking for anime and manga products.
Address for Akihabara C Branch: 3 chome-13-8 Sotokanda Chiyoda-ku Tokyo
Website: https://www.toranoana.jp/en/ (Japanese Only)
9. GAMERS in Akihabara
The GAMERS store in Akihabara is a very popular place to visit when looking for anime and manga merchandise. It’s close proximity to the station is one of the reasons why this place is a great hangout place for those who love manga and anime. The store in Akihabara has 8 floors and offers a wide variety of manga and anime goodies! GAMERS have 17 stores including the Akihabara main branch which extends from the Hokkaido (north) to the Kyushu region (south).
Address: 1-14-7 Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Website: https://www.gamers.co.jp (Japanese Only)
10. Yodobashi Camera
Yodobashi Camera is a one stop electronic shop in Akihabara. They sell the latest high-end gadgets, computers, video games, and surprisingly they also added anime related products in their store in Akihabara. The 6th floor of Yodobashi Camera in Akihabara specializes in anime and manga products, toys and game-related goods.
Address: 1-11-1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 160-0023
Website: http://www.yodobashi.com/ec/store/0011/ (Japanese Only)
Akihabara Branch Address: 1-1 Kanda Hanaokacho, Chiyoda-ku Tokyo
Website: www.yodobashi.com/ec/store/0018 (Japanese Only)
11. Pokemon Center Mega Tokyo
Pokemon Center is an official shop for Pokemon related products. A huge Pikachu will welcome you to the world of Pokemon. Those who grew up with Pokemon will get excited as soon as you enter the shop. Find the cutest Pokemon products to take home with you!
Address: Sunshine City alpa 2F, 3-1-2 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
12. GUNDAM BASE Tokyo
GUNDAM BASE Tokyo is a facility about Gun-Pla (Plastic Model of GUNDAM) which was established in 2017. It has many attractions for GUNDAM fans all over the world. The store offers approximately 2,000 products and you can also take a look at their Gun-Pla exhibitions.
Address: Diversity Tokyo Plaza 7F, 1-chome-1-10 Aomi, Koto City, Tokyo
Website: https://www.gundam-base.net/about/(Japanese Only)
Data is as of December 2016
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