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!

Cute maids welcome you.

Cute maids welcome you. From Instagram

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!

Cute Love Live character drawn on omurice.

Cute Love Live character drawn on omurice. From Instagram

Address:
6F Gee Store Akiba, 3-15-5 Soto-kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Hours:
Monday to Thursday 11am-8pm; Friday&Saturday 11am-10pm; Sunday 11am-7pm

Website:
http://www.curemaid.jp/  (Japanese only)

Mononopu

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.

Sengoku Themed cosplayed maids welcome you in Mononopu.

Sengoku Themed cosplayed maids welcome you in Mononopu. From Instagram

Address:
5F Isuzu Building, Soto-kanda 4-6-2, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Hours:
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)

Website:
http://mononopu.com/  (Japanese only)

@home cafe

This is a Maid Cafe in cute ‘moe’ style! One of the biggest Maid Cafe in Akihabara.

Cute drawings on omurice and a latte!

Cute drawings on omurice and a latte! From Instagram

Address:
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)

Website:
http://www.cafe-athome.com/en/ (more information of Access and Operation hours)

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.  

Yodobashi Akiba.

Yodobashi Akiba. From Instagram

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.

Address:
1-1 Kanda Hanaokacho, Chiyoda, Tokyo

Access:
Central exit of Akihabara Station. Don’t worry, it’s a huge building so you can’t miss it.

Hours:
9:30 am to 10 pm

Restaurants hours:
11 am to 11:30 pm

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.

Inside Don Quijote.

Inside Don Quijote. From Instagram

It is said that Don Quijote Akihabara is special because it houses the AKB48 Theater, with live performances 6 days a week!

Address:
4-3-3 Sotokanda Chiyoda-ku Tokyo,JAPAN, 101-0021

Access:
3mins walk from JR Akihabara Station

Hours:
10am – 5am the next day.

Tel:
03-5298-5411

Website:
http://www.donki.com/en/store/shop_detail.php?shop_id=98 

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.

The exterior of Gundam Cafe.

The exterior of Gundam Cafe. From Wikipedia

Cute Gundam themed food at Gundam Cafe.

Cute Gundam themed food at Gundam Cafe. From Instagram

Address:
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Hanaokacho, Tokyo 1-1

Access:
1min walk from JR Akihabara Station (or next to AKB48 Cafes and Shop)

Hours:
10:00a.m.-22:30p.m. 

Website:
http://g-cafe.jp/english/ 

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. 

The exterior of AKB48 CAFE&SHOP in Akihabara.

The exterior of AKB48 CAFE&SHOP in Akihabara. From Flickr

The cutest pancake ever at AKB48 CAFE&SHOP in Akihabara.

The cutest pancake ever at AKB48 CAFE&SHOP in Akihabara. From Instagram

Address:
1-1 Kanda Hanaokacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Access:
right next to JR Akihabara Station exit

Website:
http://akb48cafeshops.com/akihabara/english (Detailed opening hours and access info)

6. Visit the exhibition on Tokyo Anime Center

Tokyo Anime Center located on the 4th floor of UDX Building of Akihabara Crossfield. It hosts exhibitions and events related to anime, and of couse, has a shop that sells toys, stationery and other souvenirs, of anime/ manga characters as well as figures.

The shop in Tokyo Anime Center.

The shop in Tokyo Anime Center. From Instagram

Address:
Akihabara UDX 4F, 4-14-1 Sotokanda Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Access:
2mins walk from JR Akihabara Station

Hours:
11am – 7pm
Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays if Monday was a National holiday

Website:
http://www.animecenter.jp/ (Japanese Only)

7. 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!

You can find tons of Manga at Mandarake.

You can find tons of Manga at Mandarake. From Instagram

Address:
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Sotokanda 3-11-12 

Access:
4mins walk from JR Akihabara Station

Hours:
12pm – 8pm

Website:
http://www.mandarake.co.jp/ 

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. 

The aisle is filled with Gachapon machines!

The aisle is filled with Gachapon machines! From Instagram

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. 

Address:
MN building 1F, 3-15-5 Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku

Access:
5mins walk from JR Akihabara Station

Hours:
Mon-Thurs 11am-8pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 11am-7pm

Website:
http://www.akibagacha.com/ 

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.

Kanda Myojin.

Kanda Myojin. From Wikipedia

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.

IT charm.

IT charm. From Instagram

Address:
2-16-2 Sotokanda, Chiyoda, Tokyo

Access:
5mins walk from Akihabara Electric Town

Hours:
Always open

Tel:
03-3254-0753

Website:
http://www.kandamyoujin.or.jp/what/

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! 

Cosplay costumes at CSPA Gee Store!

Cosplay costumes at CSPA Gee Store! From Twitter

Address:
2F, GEE! STORE AKIBA, 3-15-5, Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Access:
5mins walk from JR Akihabara Station

Hours:
Weekdays 11am-8pm, Weekends 11am-7pm

Website:
http://cospa.com/ / http://www.geestore.com/ (Japanese Only)

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.

You can find all kinds of games at arcades in Akihabara

You can find all kinds of games at arcades in Akihabara. From Twitter

Below are recommended arcades in Akihabara.

SEGA

SEGA has some more special machines that other arcades may not have, such as horse racing (and bet) machines, etc.

The icon of Akihabara, SEGA game arcade.

The icon of Akihabara, SEGA game arcade. From Flickr

Address:
1-10-9 Soto-kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Access:
2mins walk from JR Akihabara Station

Hours:
10:00-23:30

Website:
http://tempo.sega.jp/am/akiba-new/ (Japanese Only)

TAITO’s Hey

TAITO’s Hey have mainly retro game arcade machines.

TAITO’s Hey entrance.

TAITO’s Hey entrance. From Twitter

Address:
1-10-5 Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku

Access:
2mins walk from JR Akihabara Station

Hours:
10:00-24:00

Website:
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!

Tokyo Leisure Land entrance.

Tokyo Leisure Land entrance. From Twitter

Address: 1-9-5 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo-to

Access: 3mins walk from JR Akihabara Station

Set featured imageHours: 10:00-24:55

Website: http://llakihabara.sakura.ne.jp/intro.html (Japanese Only)

*Thumbnail image is from Flickr