Four Things to Do on Your First Visit to Akihabara

 

Akihabara is one of the most well-known districts in Tokyo. It is the center of Japanese anime and game culture but what do you actually do once you get there?

This article is about what to do on your first visit to Akihabara.

 

Shop at a large electronics retail store

 

 

 

First, you should visit Akihabara`s landmark Yodobashi Akiba. It is merely a minute away from JR Akihabara.

The electronics store is occupying the first six floors, the seventh floor is a shopping mall and the eight is the restaurant floor.

 

 

 

Yodobashi Multimedia Akiba

 

Address:

1-1, Hanaokacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 101-0028, Japan

Google Maps:

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The lines below stop right next to it.

  • JR Yamanote, Sobu and Keihin Tohoku Line
  • Tsukuba Express
  • Tokyo Hibiya Line

Business hours:

B1F・7F Shopping mall

  • 9:30~22:00

1F~6F Yodobashi Camera

  • 9:30~22:00

8FRestaurant floor

  • 11:00~23:00

 

Official site:

http://www.yodobashi-akiba.com/information/index.html

 

 

Maid Cafe

 

 

The next on our list is a maid café where you will be treated like a master by adorable maids. Have fun taking pictures, watching the show, chatting with maids, cast spells to make food more delicious, etc.

 

 

Maidreamin

Address:

Sumiyoshi Bldg., 6F 3-16-17, Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 101-0021, Japan

Google Maps:

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  • Five minutes from JR Akihabara
  • One minute from Tokyo Metro Ginza Line

Business hours:

  • Monday~Friday: 11:30~23:00
  • Weekends・Holidays: 10:30~23:00

Official site:

https://maidreamin.com/shop/detail.html?id=1

 

 

Buy character goods

 

 

If you happen to visit Akihabara, you should also stop by one of the countless hobby shops. Popular choices are Surugaya and KOTOBUKIYA that not only have an excellent inventory but are also spacious enough for large groups and families.

 

Surugaya Anime Hobby Pavilion

 

 

Address:

KHK Bldg., 1F~4F, 4-5-1, Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Google Maps:

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  • Six minutes from JR Akihabara station
  • Three minutes from Tokyo Metro Suehirocho station

Business hours:

  • 9:00〜22:00

Official site:

https://www.suruga-ya.jp/feature/akihabara_animehobby/index.html

 

KOTOBUKIYA

 

 

 

Address:

1-8-8, Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 101-0021, Japan

Google Maps:

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Business hours:

  • 10:00~20:00

Official site:

https://www.kotobukiya.co.jp/store/akiba/

 

 

Experience real Mario Cart

 

 

The last on our list is a unique attraction Street cart where the participants drive cars from the popular game down the streets of Tokyo.

It is especially popular with foreign tourists and you can often see them while sightseeing in Akihabara.

You can easily make a reservation on their Japanese or English site.

 

 

Street Cart Akihabara 1

Address:

4-12-9 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 101-0021, Japan

Google Maps:

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Business hours:

10:00~22:00

Official site:

https://kart.st/jp/akihabara.html#index