Are you an otaku? You love Japan and finally have the chance to pay a visit to Tokyo? Then you cannot miss Akihabara, the fascinating area for otaku, below is the top 5 must-visit places in Akihabara!

1. LAOX ASOBITCITY

Asobit City is a chain of hobby related stores owned by the Laox group. This is the place where you can find all things related to manga/ anime/ games characters and their merchandises! From magazines, comics, to figures, a lot of figures, and other accessories such as phone cases, mug cups, etc. Get straight to 5th floor to 7th floor, because 1st to 4th floor sells different products. The 1st floor has shops selling cosmetics & medicine, 2nd floor also sells cosmetics, but along with kitchen electronics, beauty, and home electric appliances. If 3rd floor offers home appliances for abroad, digital camera, audio, tablets, then 4th-floor sells watch and traditional crafts.

So many kinds of Gundam figures!

So many kinds of Gundam figures! From Instagram

Address:
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Sotokanda 1-15-18

Access:
3mins walk from JR Akihabara Station

Hours:
9:00 – 22:00

Website:
http://asobitcity.laox.co.jp/ (Japanese Only)

2. 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 course, has a shop that sells toys, stationery, and other souvenirs, of anime/ manga characters as well as figures.

Tokyo Anime Center

Tokyo Anime Center. From Wikipedia

Different exhibitions are held time to time.

Different exhibitions are held time to time. From Instagram

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

Access:
2mins walk from JR Akihabara Station

Hours:
11:00 – 19:00
Closed on Monday and National holiday

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

3. Akihabara Gamers

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

Akihabara Gamers.

Akihabara Gamers. From Wikipedia

Address:
1-14-7 Soto Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Takarada Building

Access:
1min walk from Akihabara Station, Electric Town Exit

Hours:
1st Floor 9:00-22:00, 2nd-7th Floor 10:00-21:00

Website:
http://www.anibro.jp/shop/2434/ (Japanese only)

4. Kotobuykiya

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 offer wide range of figures from non-manga characters, CDs, DVDs and other supplies. 5th floor is the event space, which is to hold various events.

Kotobukiya Akihabara.

Kotobukiya Akihabara. From Instagram

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

Access:
3mins walk from JR Akihabara Station

Hours:
10:00-20:00

Website:
http://en.kotobukiya.co.jp/ 

5. Gundam Cafe Shop

When your body clock strikes the meal-time chime, setting the “hungry” messages reverberating in your brain amidst your adventures in the world of robots and anime, seek out Gundam Café. There are not only a cafe but also Gundam goods for souvenirs are ready to take home! Satisfying your appetite won’t ever be any distraction from your child-like fantasy when you can both eat and play with Gundam Wings.

The exterior of Gundam Cafe Shop

The exterior of Gundam Cafe Shop. From Wikipedia

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

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

Hours:
10:00-22:30 (Last order. Food 21:30, drinks 22:00)

Website:
http://g-cafe.jp/english/ 

6. Uchusen Toys and Figures (Radio Kaikan)

Radio Kaikan occupy more than 30 stores in 10 floors, the building offers almost everything you want to find in Akihabara, from specialist electronics to otaku related goods. Radio Kaikan is the place for hard-to-find parts, and 2 special stores Yellow Submarine Hobby and K-Books. On the 5th floor is Uchusen Toys and Figures, they are specialized in character toys and sell bishoujo figures, hero figures, robots, character goods, and military figures.

Uchusen Toys & Figures

Uchusen Toys & Figures. From Twitter

Address:
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Sotokanda 1-15-16

Access:
1min walk from JR Akihabara Station

Hours:
10:00-20:00

Website:
http://akihabara-radiokaikan.co.jp/uchusen/ (Japanese Only)

7. Cosplay costumes COSPA

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! 

Lots of costumes in COSPA!

Lots of costumes in COSPA! 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)

8. Animate Akihabara

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 Akihabara. The entrance is exciting!

Animate Akihabara. The entrance is exciting! From Instagram

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)