Akihabara is one of the most lively and noisy districts in Tokyo. It’s also considered to be the center of many Electronic stores and Cultural center for Otakus (Japanese Manga and Anime lovers). In Akihabara you will never get bored. Here are some list of things to do to have fun in Akihabara!
1. Go to a Maid Cafe and play with maids
Originated from Akihabara and have become one of Japan’s popular culture icon, Maid Cafes are themed cafe shops with the waiters or waitresses dress as butlers and maids, of course, based on that concept, customers of these Cafes will be treated like “master”. Although some of this cafes have spread to other locations throughout Japan but to enjoy the most out of it, Maid Cafes in Akihabara still in the top choices!
Below are some significant Maid cafes you should definitely check out:
Cure Maid Cafe
It is said to be the first Maid cafe ever in Akihabara!
6F Gee Store Akiba, 3-15-5 Soto-kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Monday to Thursday 11am-8pm; Friday&Saturday 11am-10pm; Sunday 11am-7pm
http://www.curemaid.jp/ (Japanese only)
Mononpu is where you can meet the fusion between modern and tradition. Mononpu is a Sengoku age themed maid restaurants where also serves alcoholic drinks.
5F Isuzu Building, Soto-kanda 4-6-2, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Monday and Tuesday 2:00pm-10:00pm, Wednesday to Friday 2:00pm-11:00pm, Saturday and National Holidays 12:00pm-11:00pm, Sunday and the last day of holidays 12:00pm-10:00pm
Closed on Mondays (Tuesdays if Monday is a holiday)
http://mononopu.com/ (Japanese only)
This is a Maid Cafe in cute ‘moe’ style! One of the biggest Maid Cafe in Akihabara.
4F, 5F, 6F, 7F, Mitsuwa Building, Soto-Kanda 1-11-4, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo or Akihabara Don Quijote (4-3-3 Soto-kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
http://www.cafe-athome.com/en/ (more information of Access and Operation hours)
And you have a chance to explore Akihabara with a maid by participating in the tour offered by Voyagin. It's a two and half hour private walking tour with a maid guide. Find out more at Voyagin's website!Explore Akihabara with your personal maid! (View at Voyagin)
2. Walk around the Electronic Town
As Akihabara is called as the “Electronic Town” you will see most of the stores here sell everything electrical. One of the biggest building I would recommend you to come and explore is Yodobashi.
In Yodobashi, you can find anything and do almost everything, from looking for gadgets, mobile techs and accessories, cameras (digital and exclusive DSLR), computers (laptops and PCs), or even just want to make digital prints right away, or to window shop. You gonna love this place because it also has coffee shops, restaurants, as well as a golf shop and batting center on the ninth floor, etc. throughout the building.
1-1 Kanda Hanaokacho, Chiyoda, Tokyo
Central exit of Akihabara Station. Don’t worry, it’s a huge building so you can’t miss it.
9:30 am to 10 pm
11 am to 11:30 pm
Find out more: 8 Best Shopping Sights in Akihabara Electronic Town
3. Shop at Donki/ Don Quijote Akihabara
Don Quijote is actually a chain of stores that selling almost everything, sometimes at a discounted price, and Akihabara is a branch store of it. What makes Don Quijote stands out because it sells from groceries (sweets, drinks, snacks, etc.) to cosmetics, piercings (and other accessories) to electronics to costumes, even the weirdest ones.
It is said that Don Quijote Akihabara is special because it houses the AKB48 Theater, with live performances 6 days a week!
4-3-3 Sotokanda Chiyoda-ku Tokyo,JAPAN, 101-0021
3mins walk from JR Akihabara Station
10am – 5am the next day.
4. Visit Gundam Cafe and enjoy Gundam themed food!
Gundam Cafe located right next to the AKB48 Cafes and Shop (which is mentioned below), although they have no relevance to each others. Gundam is a Japanese animation series about a giant robot suits piloted by humans. Speaking about the Cafes, it’s such a fun and unforgettable experience to enjoy Gundam themed food, from cakes to lattes, the staff also dress in Gundam modified uniforms. The cafe also sells Gundam goods (for souvenirs), and don’t worry if you don’t have enough time, because there’s a take-out window in front.
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Hanaokacho, Tokyo 1-1
1min walk from JR Akihabara Station (or next to AKB48 Cafes and Shop)
5. Visit AKB48 Cafe and Shop
We all know Japan’s AKB48, a massively popular J-Pop girl group which has lots and lots of girls (48 girls to be exact). There’s something you may not notice is that AKB actually stands for AKiBa (in Akihabara) – where the group got their start. Not just offers sweet treats but AKB48 Shop also is a boutique selling all things related to the girls.
1-1 Kanda Hanaokacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
right next to JR Akihabara Station exit
http://akb48cafeshops.com/akihabara/english (Detailed opening hours and access info)
6. Shop anime goods at Mandarake
It is the biggest place for collectibles which consists of eight floors selling everything about anime, TV superheroes, characters and mascots, and manga comics, new and used. If you are a fan of any Japanese anime, manga, games, or movies, ANY entertainment idols as well as under any platform, this is a good place to visit. I’m sure you will see your favorites figures or watching people playing card games!
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Sotokanda 3-11-12
4mins walk from JR Akihabara Station
12pm – 8pm
Find out more: Best 5 Places for Ultimate Anime Shopping in Akihabara Tokyo
7. Visit Final Fantasy Erzora Cafe
Many people in the world grew up with Final Fantasy games. If you come to Akihabara, you can indulge yourself into the world of Final Fantasy at Erzora Cafe! Not only you can enjoy Final Fantasy inspired food and drinks but also the atmosphere is built perfectly to feel the world of Final Fantasy. If you are a fan or used to be a fan when you are a kid, this is definitely a must-visit place!
You can make a reservation of Final Fantasy Erzora Cafe online in advance, but unfortunately, the official website is written only in Japanese. Voyagin sells online ticket on their website in English for those who want to book a table in more comfortably. Find out more at Voyagin's website!Reservation ticket for Final Fantasy Eorzea Cafe in Tokyo (View at Voyagin)
1 Chome-1-10 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo-
4mins walk from JR Akihabara Station
11:30am – 10pm
https://www.pasela.co.jp/paselabo_shop/ff_eorzea/ (Japanese Only)
8. Play Gachapon at Akihabara Gachapon Kaikan
Gachapon is a special kind of Japanese vending machine, but instead of dropping drinks or foods, this machine drops small (but super cute) prizes, especially each Gachapon machine drops different prizes and specializes mostly about manga, anime, games, movies and small toys such as miniature animals or foods.
Akihabara Gachapon Kaikan is like the motherland of this interesting machine, because there’re more than 450 machines are lined up inside a warehouse-like space in here.
MN building 1F, 3-15-5 Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku
5mins walk from JR Akihabara Station
Mon-Thurs 11am-8pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 11am-7pm
9. Spend a quiet time at Kanda Myojin Shrine
Kanda Myojin Shrine located near Akihabara, enshrines three Gods: Daikokuten – the God of fruity harvest, Ebisu – the God of fishermen and businessmen’ sucessful, and Taira Masakado – a feudal lord who was deified since the 10th century. Kanda Myojin Shrine is a very special place for IT professionals from all over Japan, because they even held blessing ceremonies for new IT ventures in order to get them to a good start and avoid bad luck.
In case you can’t enter the blessing ceremony, you can buy a charm instead for 1,000yen, which is very special because it is said to shield your digital devices from the evil. The charm includes 3 parts of a card for your wallet, a strip for your computer and a sticker for cell phones or any other digital devices.
2-16-2 Sotokanda, Chiyoda, Tokyo
5mins walk from Akihabara Electric Town
10. Cosplay shopping at COSPA Gee Store AKihabara
COSPA is a manufacturer that produce merchandises related to character life in anime, manga, and games. Cospa Gee Store in Akihabara specializes in selling apparels (cosplay costumes) and other miscellaneous goods! If you find it hard to make your own costume for any cosplay event, then come to Gee Store and grab ones!
2F, GEE! STORE AKIBA, 3-15-5, Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
5mins walk from JR Akihabara Station
Weekdays 11am-8pm, Weekends 11am-7pm
Find out more: 5 Best Cosplay Costumes and Clothes Shops in Akihabara
11. Play games at Arcades
Japan also very famous for its arcade culture, which is games centers, where you can play almost all the coin game for 100yen each round. Games are various, from action, gambling, or sports (basketball), and prizes (U.F.O) catcher, etc.
Below are recommended arcades in Akihabara.
SEGA has some more special machines that other arcades may not have, such as horse racing (and bet) machines, etc.
1-10-9 Soto-kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
2mins walk from JR Akihabara Station
http://tempo.sega.jp/am/akiba-new/ (Japanese Only)
TAITO’s Hey have mainly retro game arcade machines.
1-10-5 Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku
2mins walk from JR Akihabara Station
https://www.taito.co.jp/ (Japanese Only)
Tokyo Leisure Land
Most of the areas in Tokyo Leisure Land is dedicated to music games with instruments, which is easy for arcade beginners!
Address: 1-9-5 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo-to
Access: 3mins walk from JR Akihabara Station
Website: http://llakihabara.sakura.ne.jp/intro.html (Japanese Only)
Find out more: 5 Best Arcade in Akihabara Tokyo to Play Video Games
12. Indulge in retro video games at Super Potato
Do you admit yourself as a geek? If you have grown up with video games and you still like them, Super Potato is a place to go. It's a used video game shop specialized in retro ones. You will be able to find titles that you have played in childhood. The upper floor has an arcade which collects retro video games, and you can feel nostalgy. Forget your time, and enjoy playing!
Address: 1-chome-11-2 Sotokanda, Chiyoda City, Tokyo
Website: http://superpotatoakiba.jp/ (Japanese Only)
Find out more: 10 Best Things To Do in Akihabara for an Otaku
13. Enjoy cosplay and photo shooting at CROWN
CROWN is a photography studio for cosplayers. They offer rental costumes for visitors to experience cosplay and get an opportunity for photo shooting! You might be surprised to find yourself turned into favorite anime characters.
Address: 2-chome-4-6 Sotokanda, Chiyoda City, Tokyo
Website: https://studio-crown.com/experience/ (Japanese Only)
14. Shop Japanese crafts at 2k540 AKI-OKA ARTISAN
2k540 AKI-OKA ARTISAN is a different place from what most people imagine about Akihabara. They gather approximately 50 shops offering modern-style Japanese crafts such as pottery, woodworks, accessories, leather crafts, etc. You will be able to find nice souvenirs to bring back home.
Address: 5-9-23 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Website: https://www.jrtk.jp/2k540/ (Japanese Only)
Find out more: Shop Japanese crafts in Akihabara at 2k540 AKI-OKA ARTISAN
15. Rent a Go-Kart and ride around Akihabara
You can drive go-karts in Akihabara and view the city from the street to see many amazing sites! Seeing the city from a different point of view will not only be a fun experience but also wearing costumes and taking pictures will assure a tremendous amount of fun!
You can book this activity in advance. Find out more at Voyagin's website!Rent a Go-Kart and ride around Akihabara Tokyo! (View at Voyagin)
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