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An Otaku’s Ultimate Guide to Tokyo: Top 10 Places to Go

1. Akihabara

Akihabara © Paul Bourke / Flickr

Known for being the hub of all things Otaku and Anime in Tokyo, we have to start of our list with the amazing AKIHABARA! Akihabara is full of game centers, anime merchandise shops, Maid Cafes and MUCH MORE! The town is like no other in Tokyo and has a completely different atmosphere to the rest of the city!

The city is also known for its electrical goods, so for those interested in electrics this is a great place to visit and get some good deals!

Shop Recommendations:

Mandarake, Animate, Yodobashi Camera, Maidreamin, @homeCafe and SEGA game center.

Address:

Akihabara, Taito, Tokyo 110-0006, Japan

Access:

From Shinjuku, take the Chuo-Sobu line to Akihabara station.

2. Pokemon Center MEGA Tokyo, Ikebukuro

Pokemon Center MEGA Tokyo © Antoine Brumfield/ Flickr

Located in Ikebukuro, this is the largest official Pokemon store in Japan! The shop itself is amazing, but on top of that the amount of merchandise they sell is insane! The variety is truly amazing and there’s something for everyone!

If you’re looking for Pokemon merchandise in Tokyo, THIS is the place to go!

Address:

170-0013 Tokyo, Toshima City, Higashiikebukuro, 3−1−2, Sunshine City 2F

Access:

From Shinjuku take the JR Yamanote line to Ikebukuro Station.

Hours:

10:00am – 7:00pm. 7 Days a week.

3. Nakano Broadway

Nakano Broadway © Fumi Yamazaki/ Flickr

Nakano Broadway is a shopping center full of anime, manga and figurine shops. The best thing about Nakano Broadway is that there are tons of independent shops there meaning that prices can be a lot cheaper that other places in Tokyo!

You can also find extremely rare collectable and vintage items here for not a bad price so it’s well worth going here and taking a look around! Although it’s a bit out of the way, it can easily be accessed by train!

Recommended Shops:

GODZILLAYA, Mandarake, Commit and Freedom Garage.

Address:

5 Chome-52 Nakano, Nakano City, Tokyo 164-0001

Access:

Take the JR Chuo Line to Nakano Station

Opening Hours:

Varies by store. Usually 12:00pm – 20:00 pm.

4. B-point, Harajuku

B-point, Harajuku.

Although it’s quite small and not many know about it, B-Point is one of the best anime stores for merchandise on latest anime. The shop is fairly cheap and sells a wide variety of anime merchandise. It’s located on the second floor of a building, with the ground floor being a lolita fashion shop.

Throughout the store there are also various cardboard cutouts of characters from all your favorite shows, great for taking pictures with!

Address:

150-0001 Tokyo, Shibuya City, Jingumae, 20, 201-20-7 Happy Hearts 2F

Access:

Take the JR Yamanote line from Shinjuku station Harajuku Station

Hours:

10:00AM – 19:00 PM. 7 Days a week.

5. Ghibli Museum

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This is the perfect spot for those who love the Studio Ghibli animation films. Some popular films include: My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away and Ponyo. The museum is located in Mitaka, which is slightly out of the way from the center of Tokyo, however it can be easily accessed by train and takes about 25 mins from Shinjuku.

Tickets must be booked a month in advance and are on sale from the first of every month for the following month. There is also a bus service which runs from the station directly to the museum.

Address:

1 Chome-1-83 Shimorenjaku, Mitaka, Tokyo 181-0013

Access:

Take the JR Chuo line from Shinjuku Station to Mitaka station.

Hours:

Closed on Tuesdays. Rest of the week is 10:00AM – 18:00PM.

Fee:

1000 yen for regular ticket.

6. Odaiba

Odaiba © Lazy Fri13th/ Flickr

Odaiba is one of the less known places in Tokyo, especially when it come to Otaku places. However, it is actually one of the best places for otaku! Odaiba has multiple shopping centers on it, and in most of them you can find tons of anime, game and character shops! On top of this there are always anime events being held in Odaiba so make sure you search what’s going on before you go!

Odaiba is also home to the indoor theme park called ‘Joy Police’! This is full of rides and activities that have some sort of game or VR built in to it! A great fun day out for everyone!

Address:

135-0091 Tokyo, Minato City, Daiba, 1 Chome−6−1

Access:

Take the Yurikamome line from Shinjuku Station to Tokyo Telecom Center Station.

7. Tokyo One Piece Tower

Tokyo One Piece Tower © Camilla Yang/ Flickr

Located at the bottom of Tokyo Tower, this indoor theme park is themed around the famous and popular anime ‘One Piece’. The park is full of One Piece themed attractions, live shows, events, cafes and shops!

It really is somewhere you have to go if you’re a One Piece fan!

Address:

4 Chome-2-8 Shibakoen, Minato City, Tokyo 105-0011

Access:

Take the Oedo like to Akabanebashi Station.

Fee:

2,000yen for adults. 500yen for children.

8. Animate

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Animate is one of the biggest and most popular chains of anime stores in Japan. There stores can be found all over Tokyo with ones in Akihabara, Shinjuku, Shibuya and many other places!

They sell a wide variety of anime merchandise, manga, figurines and much more! This store is the perfect place for those visiting Japan and wanting to buy anime merchandise!

Address:

4 Chome-3-2 Sotokanda, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 101-0021

Access:

Take the Chuo-Sobu Line to Akihabara station.

Hours:

10:00 AM – 21:00 PM. Open 7 days a week.

9. Tokyo Character Street

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Tokyo Character Street is located underground in Tokyo Station and is a row of shops all selling anime and character themed goods! They have a sailor moon store, Pretty Cure store, Pokemon Store, Sanrio store, tons of anime stores and MUCH MORE!

If you’re in Tokyo station you have to check out Tokyo Character Street! Another great thing about it is that everything is in one place rather than being spread out throughout the city so you can get what you need quickly and easily!

Address:

100-0005 Tokyo, Chiyoda City, Marunouchi, 1 Chome−9−1 Tokyo Station一番街 B1

Access:

There are many lines that access Tokyo Station. If you’re going from Shinjuku, take the JR Chuo Line to Tokyo Station.

Hours:

10:00AM – 20:00PM. Open 7 days a week.

10. Gachapon Kaikan

Located in Akihabara, this building is FULL of Japanese ‘gachapon’. Gachapon are machines where you put a small fee inside and then twist the handle. A surprise prize will then fall out of the machine! There are tons of gachapon to choose from! From anime merchandise gacha to gachapons where you can win a hat for your cat, this building has them all!

They’re also a cheap way to get souvenirs for people back home, the idea that you know what the prize’s theme is but aren’t sure what the actual prize is an exiting present for both you and your friends!

Address:

104-0061, sotokanda 3-15-5, chiyoda city, tokyo

Access:

Take the Chuo-Sobu line to Akihabara Station.

Hours:

11:00AM – 20:00 PM. Open 7 days a week.

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