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Tokyo for otakus- the complete guide
Akihabara (Akihabara Station)Although Akihabara had initially become famous for electronics, this shopping district now stands as the capital of anime, manga and gaming. Some shops you can't miss are:
Animate- Japan’s largest retail chain for anime goods. Akihabara has two branches. Hours- 10:00 to 21:00
Ikebukuro (Ikebukuro Station)Ikebukuro is home to Sunshine City and Otome road, which is commonly referred to as Akihabara for women, due to shops and items catered for female fans. Shops in Sunshine city you can't miss: Pokemon centre- the largest Pokemon centre in Japan. Has limited edition items. Hours- 10:00 to 20:00
Nakano Broadway (Nakano Station)This shopping complex is famous for its many stores selling anime and idol goods, inlcuding more than a dozen Mandarake stores, which specialize in used anime and gaming related goods. Each store specialises in different aspects of otaku culture, such as model cars, idol goods, video games, cosplay items and 3 used manga stores, where comics are in pristine condition. Hours- 12:00 to 20:00
Tokyo Character Street (Tokyo Station)A special shopping street under Tokyo Station that has 21 character shops, with each specialising in cute characters popular within Japan. Hours- 10:00 to 20:30. Some popular shops:
Harakuku (Harajuku Station)At the forefront of trendy teen fashion, Harajuku really stands out. Takeshita Street is a great place to find hobby items and cosplay shops. Some shops you can't miss here are:
Ghibli museum + Cafe (Mitaka/Kichijoji Station)The Ghibli museum is the hand crafted legacy of the legendary studio Ghibli, which has produced some of the most famous and iconic anime movies of all time. A must see for Ghibli fans!
Fujiko F Fujiyo museum + cafe (Noborito Station, shuttle bus available from there)Better known as the Doraemon museum, this museum contains a collection of Fujiko F. Fujio's work, including original artwork from the well loved Doraemon series.
Suginami Animation Studio (Ogikubo Station)This museum covers the history and production of animation in Japan. It offers an insightful look into the industry as a whole, with English audio guides.
The Gundam Base Tokyo + cafe (Tokyo Teleport Station)The Gundam Base replaces Gundam front, focusing more on the shop which boasts more than 2000 products. There will be a museum gallery and even a workshop to build your own gunpla!
Hasegawa Machiko Art Museum (Sakurashimmachi station)This art museum is dedicated to the creator of the original darling of anime and manga, Sazae San. She resonates with so many in Japan and holds the world record of the longest running animated series.
Akatsuka Fujio Kaikan (Ome station)A little far but still in Tokyo! This museum pays homage to the legendary Akatsuka Fujio, known as the gag manga king. He is most well known for Osomatsu Kun and Tensai Bakabon.
J world + cafe (Ikebukuro Station)J world is an indoor theme park based on extremely popular Shounen Jump series. The park is divided into sections dedicated to each series, and there are plenty of photo opportunities and games.
Namja town (Ikebukuro Station)Although there are games, this is more of a food park, with a gyoza stadium and a dessert yokocho. Namja town often has collaborative events with popular anime featuring themed food and merchandise for limited time periods.
Sanrio Puroland + cafe (Tama center station)A theme park with musicals, rides, restaurants and gift shops all decorated with your favourite Sanrio characters. This one is not to be missed if you're a fan of the cute Sanrio characters.
One piece tower + cafe (Akabanebashi Station)A celebration of the most popular manga in Japan, the one piece tower has a similar concept to J world, with lots of photo opportunities and themed food. There is also a live show.
Tokyo Joypolis (Tokyo Teleport Station)A theme park filled with arcades, thrill rides and VR attractions owned by Sega. Rides include Initial D driving simulator, a Sonic racing game and a roller coaster combined with a music game.
Gundam Wing cafe (Akihabara station)If you're a fan of mechs, this is the place to go! All the food and decor is inspired by the hugely successful Gundam franchise. Both set meals and a la carte options are available.
Animax cafe (Suehirocho station)This is an anime themed cafe owned by the anime channel Animax. The staff are all aspiring voice actors and musicians. Sometimes on weekends, there even are actual voice actor and anime music performances (Reservations reccomended)!
Animate Cafes (various locations)The animate cafes regularly change their menus based on their on going collaborations. Past collaborations include Attack on Titan and My Hero Academia.
Cafe de miki (Tokyo Teleport station)Sanrio has remained immensely popularity all over Asia, and this cafe pays tribute to the one that started it all- Hello Kitty. The cafe has a British style and serves sweet dishes like pancakes.
Pompompurin cafe (Harajuku Station)Another one of Sanrio's cute character cafes, the pompompurin cafe is extremely popular. It serves both Savoury dishes and sweet desserts. Some of the desserts even come with a free souvenir mug!
Kamen Rider The Diner (Ikebukuro Station)A restaurant dedicated to the cult classic series featuring a grasshopper inspired motorcycle riding hero. Both desserts and meals are available. There are also official Kamen Rider gachapon.
Eorzea cafe (Akihabara Station)Gamers, take note! This cafe is based on Final Fantasy XIV. There is a monster menu, primal menu, job class menu and character menu. You also receive a stamp card which when filled can be exchanged for merchandise.
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