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, 4-6-2 Soto-kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Monday, Wednesday to Friday 3:00pm-10:00pm, Saturday, Sunday, and National Holidays 2:00pm-10:00pm
Closed on Tuesdays (No holidays in August and December)
http://mononopu.com/ (Japanese only)
This is a Maid Cafe in cute ‘moe’ style! One of the biggest Maid Cafe in Akihabara, @home cafe, offers various food and drinks in kawaii style. They also offer amusement menus such as a photo with maids and games with maids. Visit @home cafe to experience the latest maid cafe culture!
3F-7F Mitsuwa Building, 1-11-4 Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo or Akihabara Donki Cafe (5F, 4-3-3 Soto-kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
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. Visit around electronics shops: Yodobashi, Sofmap, LAOX, Yamada Denki, etc.
Of course, you know another name for Akihabara, don't you? Akihabara is often referred to as the "Electronic Town," and you can find many stores that sell various electrical products. Some of the largest electronics stores include Yodobashi, Sofmap, LAOX, and Yamada Denki. Those large stores offer anything you can think of. Among them, Yodobashi is the most recommended store to explore.
Yodobashi Akiba consists of nine floors. From the 1st floor to the 6th floor is the Yodobashi store, where you can find computer gadgets, mobile techs, and accessories, cameras, computers, printers, home appliances, videogames, toys, etc. It's quite impressive to see a whole floor dedicated to toys and videogames, which makes a perfect destination for a geek. The thing that makes Yodobashi attractive is the upper floors. On the 7th floor, there are specialty shops selling clothes, shoes, glasses, etc. The 8th floor is dedicated to restaurants and cafes. If you get tired walking around the building, you can always visit the 8th floor to have light/heavy meals or snacks. And finally, on the 9th floor, there is a golf shop and a batting center. Swing the bat strongly as you can to release your stress!
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 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!
3-11-12 Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
4mins walk from JR Akihabara Station
12pm – 8pm
4. 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. Our partner Voyagin sells online advance 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)
5. 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, 3-15-5, Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
5mins walk from JR Akihabara Station
Monday to Saturday 11am-8pm, Sundays and National Holidays 11am-7pm
Find out more: 5 Best Cosplay Costumes and Clothes Shops in Akihabara
6. 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)
7. Play games at Arcades
Japan also very famous for its arcade culture, which is called games centers, where you can play almost all the coin game for 100yen each round. Games are various, from action, gambling, or sports, 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
1min walk from JR Akihabara Station
TAITO’s Hey have mainly retro game arcade machines.
1-10-5 Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku
2mins walk from JR Akihabara Station
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: 4 Best Arcade in Akihabara Tokyo to Play Video Games
7. Stroll around the wonderland for all otaku: Animate
Animate is one of the biggest chain stores regarding anime and manga products. Its Akihabara branch consists of 8 floors full of anime/manga goods and merchandise. The largest part of Animate in Akihabara is its dedication to Dojinshi, especially the "Boy's love" genre. If you have never seen it, Animate Akihabara might be an interesting place to visit!
Address: 4-3-2 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-Ku, Tokyo
Website: https://www.animate.co.jp/ (Japanese Only)
8. 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
Find out more about 2k540 AKI-OKA ARTISAN: Shop Japanese crafts in Akihabara at 2k540 AKI-OKA ARTISAN
9. 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
11. Play with cats at cat cafe MOCHA AKihabara
Cat cafe has become one of the must-things to do in Tokyo in past few years. Who said you can't experience cat cafe in Akihabara? Actually, there are several cat cafes in Akihabara, and the biggest one, Cat Cafe MOCHA Akihabara, opened in October 2016. The decor is modern and clean, and 20 cats spend their times as they like in their log house themed interior. Visit Cat Cafe MOCHA Akihabara and have a meaw time!
2F, 4-4-3 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
5mins walk from Akihabara Station Electric Town Exit
Find more cat cafes in Tokyo:10 Cat Cafes in Tokyo to Hang Out with Cutest Cats
12. Indulge in the otaku-style drinking night at Little TGV
If you are visiting Akihabara, why don't you have an Akihabara-style dinner? Little TGV is the place to go, if you want to experience an eatery/bar for nerds, especially those who are obsessed with trains. It's a cross between a maid cafe and a railway themed izakaya, with waitresses wearing train themed costumes and entertain guests in a maid-cafe inspired style. The seat in the restaurant uses the actual carriage seats formally used in trains. Their food and drinks are related to train themes such as Shinkansen Onigiri!
4F, Isamiya Dai 3 Bldg, 3-10-5 Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda, Tokyo
5mins walk from Akihabara Station
Tuesday to Friday 6pm – 11pm, Saturday and National Holidays 4pm - 11pm, Sundays 12pm - 11pm
Find more bars in Akihabara: 10 Best Bars in Akihabara that You Will Like
13. Experience the famous Honey Toast
Who would have thought to put whip creams, ice creams, honey, or various sauce on a loaf of toast? Japanese are creative when it comes to food, and Honey Toast is such foods they invented. Honey Toast used to be available in the Karaoke rooms, but because of its popularity, they built the specialized Honey Toast cafe where people can visit and enjoy various flavors of Honey Toasts. Pick your favorite flavor and stuff yourself with sweetness!
1-1-10 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
3min walk from JR Akihabara Station
Find more cafes in Akihabara: 10 Ultimate Akihabara Cafes You Must Try Besides Maid Cafes
14. Try tsukemen (dipping noodles) like a local at Yasubei
Akihabara is a heaven for ramen shops as ramens are one of the most popular foods among otaku in Japan. (I'm not sure about the correct reason, maybe because it's cheap and fast so that they don't have to spend time and money on food and can spend more on collectibles?) Among many ramen shops in Akihabara, I'd like to recommend trying a newer style of ramen: dipping noodles, tsukemen. Yasubei in Akihabara is one of the most famous tsukemen chains in Japan and get a long queue every day. Its thick and chewy noodles match with the soup very well. Ask for "soup-wari" after finishing all the noodles. Staff will give you hot water to drink up the soup. Yasubei definitely a flavor for locals, which you can't easily experience outside of Japan.
B1F, 1-15-11 Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
1 min walk from JR Akihabara Station
Find more ramen shops in Akihabara: 10 Ramen shops in Akihabara You Shouldn't Miss
15. Find delicious foods from every prefecture in Japan at Nihon Hyakkaten
Nihon Hyakkaten, located under the railway connecting Akihabara Station and Okachimachi Station, is a heaven for foodies. They collect all sorts of delicious food and drinks from each prefecture in Japan! Once you enter the store, you will notice shelves that are dedicated to prefectures. It's difficult to visit all the prefectures in Japan in one trip. However, by visiting Nihon Hyakkaten, you can feel like you went around all of Japan! Find your favorite food and drinks and plan where to visit on the next trip!
8-2 Kanda Neribeicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
11am-8pm (Closed on the New Years Day, the first Wednesday in June, the first Wednesday in November)
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