What do you usually do during a trip? Eating, exploring around, or blend into local lives? Of course, when in Japan, especially in Akihabara, one of the most lively district of Tokyo, one of the crucial things to do is to shopping! Akihabara also has many things to offer, from clothing, electric stuffs and what otaku wants and needs!

Top Electronic shopping destinations

1. Yodobashi Camera

the biggest shopping complex, and has almost all kinds of electronics, and 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. Every one can have fun throughout the building.

Yodobashi Camera

Yodobashi Camera From Wikipedia

Address: 1-1 Kanda Hanaokacho, Chiyoda, Tokyo 101-0028

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

Business hours: 9:30 am to 10 pm

Restaurants hours: 11 am to 11:30 pm


Running four stores in Akihabara, including the Main Store and three other stores: Pocket Plus One about mobile products, Musicvox branch specializes in musical instruments and Asobitcity branch that sells hobby and game related products. All of these stores sell free-tax items (especially for foreign tourists).


LAOX From Flickr

Address: 1-2-9 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-Ku, Tokyo

Access: 2mins walk from JR Akihabara Station

Hours: 10am – 7pm

Website: http://www.laox.co.jp/en/ 

3. Sofmap

It has 12 shops around Akihabara and the address below is main store’s address. Some stores have more specialty even than the main store such as Apple products, CDs or games, as well as a number of outlets for used products like used computers, cameras, CDs and software.


Sofmap From Wikipedia

Address: 4-1-1 Sotokanda, Chiyoda, Tokyo

Access: 4mins walk from JR Akihabara Station

Hours: 11am – 9pm

Website: http://www.sofmap.com/  (Japanese only)

and many more such as Yamada Denki, Akihabara Crossfiled, which you can find out more! 

Find more shopping destinations in Akihabara electronics town: 8 Best Shopping Sights in Akihabara Electronic Town

Otaku culture

4. Mandarake

Mandarake was established in 1987 and continues to be one of the best destinations for manga and anime shopping. The Akihabara store has 8 floors(!) and sells a wide range of manga, anime related goods, toys, video games, cosplay costumes, etc.

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

Websitehttps://earth.mandarake.co.jp/shop/ (Japanese Only)

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.

Deep Akihabara Tour (View at Voyagin)

5. Animate 

has its own 8 floors are mostly occupied by otaku teens and young adults, and full of anime/ manga goods and merchandise, but the real main point here is the large selection of homoerotic-themed manga and novels from the “boy’s love” genre, a popular and influential subculture of Japan.


Animate From Wikipedia

Address: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Sotokanda 4-3-2

Access: 5mins walk from JR Akihabara Station

Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-8.30pm, Sun 10am-8pm

Website: https://www.animate.co.jp/shop/akihabara/ (Japanese only)

6. Kotobukiya

5 floors of Kotobukiya is divided into specific areas, which are 35 stores of the first 3 floors, selling anime/ manga related merchandises, from daily accessories to figures and posters, etc. 4th floors offers waide range of figures from non-manga characters, CDs, DVDs and other supplies. 5th floors is the event space, which is to hold various events.


Kotobukiya From Flickr

Address: 1-8-8, Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 101-0021

Access: 3mins walk from JR Akihabara Station

Hours: 10:00-20:00


Find more anime and manga shopping destinations: 
9 Best Places for Ultimate Anime Shopping in Akihabara Tokyo

Cosplay costumes shopping


The store is popular amongst cosplay users, as it provides a wide variety of cosplay goods, not only cosplay costumes, but also its accessories, such as wigs, make up, with wide range of colors and tones. 

Address: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Sotokanda 1-7-6 AKIBA Culture’s ZONE 5F

Access: 4mins walk from JR Akihabara Station

Hours: 11:00-21:30

Websitehttps://www.acos.me/ (Japanese Only)

8. Cospa GEE

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! 

Cospa GEE

Cospa GEE From Twiiter

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

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

Find more cosplay costumes shopping destinations: 5 Best Cosplay Costumes and Clothes Shops in Akihabara

*Thumbnail from flickr