Otaku’s Guide to Tokyo: Best Places For Anime Fans
If you’re like most people who have an interest in Japan and want to go to Tokyo, you most likely found out about Japan through anime. Anime is what sparks many people’s interests in Japan, so naturally if you go there you are going to want to visit places that revolve around anime! It can be hard to find good, in-depth information on the best places to go for otakus in Tokyo, so that’s why we’ve decided to write this handy guide on the very BEST places to go in Tokyo for anime lovers. Whether it’s otaku districts, anime and manga stores, anime real life locations or anime events…we’re covering them all on this list!
Anime and Manga Shops
Animate is a chain store in Tokyo that sells anime merchandise and manga of all your favorite animes. I could honestly spend hours in this shop because it has merchandise from SO many animes and so many different kinds of merchandise too! The price of the merchandise really depends on what you are buying, some items are fairly cheap whilst others are quite expensive. However the shop regularly has things on sale, so make sure you have a good search around the store!
The store also sells other items such as film merchandise, manga and other ‘otaku’ goods. If you’re looking to buy anime or manga merchandise in Tokyo, make sure you check out animate.
Animate have stores all over Tokyo, make sure you click here to find your nearest one. These are the details for the Akihabara store.
4 Chome-3-2 Sotokanda, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 101-0021
Hence the name, mandarake’s focus is selling manga rather than anime merchandise. Having said that though they do sell some anime merchandise depending on the store. Of course, most of the manga is in Japanese however there are stores that sell english manga so make sure you search about the store before hand! Japanese manga is way cheaper than manga sold overseas, with one book costing around 300-400yen (3-4 USD). So even if you can’t read Japanese, a manga book in Japanese would make a great, cheap souvenir! And if you’re learning Japanese, you can use it as a learning material! If you’re interested in buying manga in Tokyo, make sure you check out Mandarake!
Mandarake also have many stores around Tokyo, check them all here. A main branch is located in Nakano, the details are below.
If you love One Piece, you have to check out the One Piece Mugiwara Store. The store has multiple locations but a new one just opened up in Shibuya, right near the Shibuya crossing! The store is full of all the One Piece merchandise you could dream of as well as life-size figures of your favorite characters for you to take pictures with!
If you’re in Tokyo and you love One Piece, you have to check out the One Piece Mugiwara store!
150-0041 Tokyo, Shibuya City, Jinnan, 1 Chome−22−6 ７階
If you love anime and manga that is part of Shonen Jump (Haikyu, Naruto, Bleach etc) then you have to go to the Jump Shop in Tokyo! It has merchandise on offer from all of the Shonen Jump animes and manga, from stationary to plushies to clothes! There are also multiple Jump Shops around Tokyo with one of the most popular being the one located in Tokyo Skytree.
The shop is also decorated amazingly with decorations of various Shonen Jump anime and manga, so it’s great to take pictures there! Here are the details for the SkyTree branch but make sure to check out the website to see the other locations!
1 Chome-1-2 Oshiage, 墨田区 Sumida City, Tokyo 131-0045
Take the Asakusa Line to Oshiage Station (SkyTree)
There are multiple Pokemon centers located all over Tokyo however the biggest and most popular one is located in Ikebukuro and is called “Pokemon Center MEGA Tokyo”. At the Pokemon centers in Tokyo you can find all the Pokemon merchandise you have ever dreamed of from plushies, stationary, food and much more! It is honestly a paradise for Pokemon lovers and I’d highly recommend anime and manga lovers traveling to Tokyo to go here!
170-0013 Tokyo, Toshima City, Higashiikebukuro, 3 Chome−1−2. Sunshine City 2F.
Of course, I have to start off this section with the famous Ghibli Museum that is located in Mitaka, Tokyo. The Ghibli Museum really does live up to it’s name and is an amazing place to go in Tokyo for those who love anime and manga! The museum is full of Studio Ghibli themed goods and their exhibitions are constantly changing with new and exciting exhibitions!
You are not aloud to take pictures inside but you can take pictures outside and in the garden so you can definitely get some great pictures there! Tickets for the museum must be bought online a month in advance, so make sure you buy yours before you go to Tokyo!
1 Chome-1-83 Shimorenjaku, Mitaka, Tokyo 181-0013
Take the Chuo Line to Kichijoji Station and walk through Inokashira Park or take the direct bus from Mitaka Station.
Tokyo One Piece Tower is a One Piece theme park that is located inside Tokyo tower! It is full of One Piece themed attractions, games, photo spots and restaurants! On top of that, there are also tons of live shows which go on throughout the day which feature all of your favorite characters! This is a great place to go for those who love One Piece but also great for families as there are tons of attractions for children too!
If you want to go up Tokyo Tower and also want to go to the One Piece tower, I’d recommend buying the ticket with both included. it costs 3,400yen and gets you into the park and the tower. Check out the official website for more information.
4 Chome-2-8 Shibakoen, Minato City, Tokyo 105-0011
Toei Animation Museum is a museum in Tokyo which is located in the Toei Oizumi Animation Studio which is where many popular animes have been animated. The museum is famous for it’s amazing PreCure photo spot which has cardboard cutouts of all of the characters lined up together that you can take a photo with.
The museum is very interesting as it has a lot of information about the making of anime! It also has different exhibitions, games and many photo spots for you to enjoy. There is a shop located inside the museum which sells original merchandise of the various animes that have been animated there, including PreCure!! Another great thing about the museum is that it is completely free! If you’re in Tokyo and you love anime and manga, you HAVE to go here!
2 Chome-10-5 Higashioizumi, Nerima City, Tokyo 178-0063
A new Attack on Titan VR game called “The Collapsing Tower” has recent opened up in DiverCity, Odaiba. The game puts you inside the scene where the characters must save themselves from the titans in a collapsing tower. It costs 1,300yen to play and they have shows in both Japanese and English.
At the games reception they also sell tons of original merchandise such as mugs, shirts, stationary and much more! If you love Attack on Titan, i’d highly recommend going here as it really makes you feel like you are inside the anime…it’s amazing!
1 Chome-1-10 Aomi, Koto City, Tokyo 135-0064 (5th floor)
If you love the anime film “Your Name” (also known as Kimi No Na Wa), you have to visit these steps! If you remember at the end of the film, Taki and Mitsuha finally meet in real life, this is one of the most heart warming scenes of the whole film! But not many know that you can go to this same place in REAL LIFE!
The steps are called “The Suga Shrine Steps” in real life due to them leading to Suga Shrine. This is one of my favorite anime related places in Tokyo because it really makes you feel like you are a part of the anime! If you love anime and can only go to one place in Tokyo, I’d recommend going here!
Azabu Hikawa Shrine is a shrine in Tokyo that is famous for being featured in the extremely popular anime “Sailor Moon”. The main characters of the anime often hang out at the shrine together as it is where Rei Hino and her grandfather live and work.
The shrine is quite small but it is very beautiful and looks exactly like the one featured in the anime! If you love sailor moon, you should definitely go here and recreate some scenes from the anime!
1 Chome-4-23 Motoazabu, Minato City, Tokyo 106-0046
Another popular anime real life spot in Tokyo is ‘Radio Kaikan’ which featured in the popular anime series called ‘Steins:Gate’. The main characters in the anime often hang out in Akihabara, a famous area in Tokyo for anime and all things otaku!
Radio Kaikan is actually the building that the time machine crashed into in Season 1 of the anime so it really is an iconic building in the anime! In real life, the building is a popular department store which is full of otaku shops selling anime merchandise, manga and much more!
1 Chome-15-16 Sotokanda, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 101-0021
Kanda Shrine features in the anime “Love Live!” many times throughout the series and it is a common place for the main characters to hang out. Due to this it has recently become a very popular place for anime and manga lovers to go to take photos and recreate scenes from the anime together.
The shrine noticed the popularity it gained from the anime and so it has started selling Love Live! themed goods. These include Love Live! Omamori and Ema. I haven’t heard of any other shrine in Tokyo doing something like this so it really is a unique place to visit to get some super unique merchandise!
2 Chome-16-2 Sotokanda, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 101-0021
Tokyo’s first PERMANENT Sailor Moon cafe opened in Azabu-Juban this year (2019) and should be on the top of your list of places to go if you love anime and manga. The cafe sells Sailor Moon themed food which you can eat whilst watching a LIVE SHOW! The live shows are performed by amazing actresses who dance and sing along to various songs. Due to it being mostly singing and dancing, you don’t have to worry about the language!
I wrote a whole article on this restaurant so if you want to find out about it in more detail, read the article here!
106-0045 Tokyo, Minato City, Azabujuban, 1 Chome−10, ジュールＡ
The Pokemon Cafe recently opened up in Tokyo and, like the Sailor Moon restaurant, is open permanently! The cafe is set out amazingly and the food is super cute! You order your food at your table via a tablet so it avoids language barriers. They have tons of delicious food on offer and even have a vegetarian option which is quite rare in Japan.
The restaurant is also decorated amazingly and if you’re lucky you’ll get to meet chef Pikachu who comes out and does a mini show!
This is the perfect place to go for Gundam fans as this cafe is completely Gundam themed! The food and drinks have all been inspired by the anime and the characters of the anime, whilst the decor of the store also reflects the anime very well.
This cafe is located in DiverCity, Odaiba and has gained popularity due to the HUGE Gundam statue that is located outside! The cafe is a super fun experience and I’d highly recommend anime and manga fans traveling to Tokyo to check it out!
Akihabara, also known as ‘Akiba’ is one of the most famous places in Tokyo for Anime, Manga and all things otaku! Before the rise of otaku culture, Akihabara was a famous ‘electric town’ which was known for its cheap electrical stores selling many gadgets. There are still many of those stores located there today, however nowadays the town is full of anime and manga stores, arcades and maid cafes! Due to this it has become the main place for fellow otakus to hang out!
If you love anime and manga and you’re in Tokyo, you have to go to Akihabara as soon as you can!
Ikebukuro, like Akihabara, is another famous town in Tokyo that is known for it’s otaku culture. It is full of arcades, anime shops and also many shops and events that are related to idols and idol groups! This is also where the Pokemon Center Mega Tokyo is located. So, if you’re a pokemon fan this is somewhere you have to go!
Walking around the town, you really do feel the presence of anime and manga everywhere. For example, there are tons of small shop that are decorated with anime characters and goods. There are also anime cafes and food stalls! It really is a fun day out, especially for anime and manga fans.
1 Chome Minamiikebukuro, Toshima City, Tokyo 171-0022
Tokyo Character Street is a row of shops located underneath Tokyo Station which are all dedicated to different animes and characters! You will definitely want to take a lot of spending money here as it is honestly amazing! There are tons of different stores located there, some of the most popular ones include the Pokemon Store, Studio Ghibli Store, Pretty Cure (PreCure) Store, Sanrio Store and MUCH MORE!
I’d particularly recommend going here if you are looking for souvenirs for people back home as all the stores are in one location so it’s easy to get everything you want, plus everything is super cute!
100-0005 Tokyo, Chiyoda City, Marunouchi, 1 Chome−9−1
As previously mentioned in this article, Odaiba is where the Gundam cafe is located, along with the huge Gundam Statue located outside of DiverCity. Odaiba is also home to a Jumpshop (previously mentioned), which sells merchandise from popular Shonen Jump animes, and ‘Tokyo Joypolis’ which is an indoor theme park which is super fun and has some rides related to anime!
Odaiba is great if your with non-anime fans in Tokyo too as it can be enjoyed by everyone!
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