UPDATED: October 14, 2022
Akihabara as a destination for manga, anime, and game enthusiasts
Akihabara is now known as a home to the anime subculture in Tokyo. Everything related to anime can be found in Akihabara including anime specialty shops, manga and light novel book stores, specialty game shops, maid cafés, random street cosplayers, big anime billboards, and a lot more. Akihabara is sometimes called "Akiba" as a shorter term, especially by youngsters.
A little bit of history
Akihabara, prior to being known as the anime capital of Japan, was once a famous district for electronic needs. It was once known as Akihabara Electric Town where you can shop for all kinds of electronic appliances, gadgets, and parts for relatively lower prices. You can also avail repair services on various household electronic items such as radios, television, computers, and the like.
Manga, anime, and game attractions in Akihabara
The GUNDAM café is a must-go destination for all long time Gundam fans. The café features a unique and original menu inspired by the Gundam series. The staff are also beautifully dressed as your favorite Gundam characters.
Maid cafés are places where you can dine while being served by young and cute ladies dressed in lovely maid outfits. Maid cafés are scattered all around Akihabara. It is also not unusual if you pass by some maids calling out for customers while you stroll the streets.
Tokyo Anime Center
The Tokyo Anime Center is located in Akihabara Crossfield. The place exhibits a display of anime and game-related merchandise. Live concerts, host events, and launching fairs are also regularly held in the Tokyo Anime Center. Of course, an official shop filled with anime merchandise is also available.
The head branch of the Gamers store in Akihabara sells not only merchandise of anime and game characters, but also a wide variety of anime, manga, and game CDs, DVDs, magazines, and books, which makes it a perfect destination for enthusiasts.
If retro gaming is your style, then Super Potato is the place to go. Super Potato is probably the most famous game shop in the area. It features several floors of pure gaming fancy, with the top floor as a gaming arcade.
Toranoana, similar to Mandarake and Animate, is yet another heaven for anime lovers. A wide array of merchandise and books can be bought from this store. Doujinshi or fanmade comics are also sold here.
Akihabara has more in store for you
Akihabara, despite becoming famous into the anime subculture, still preserves its nature of being a center for electronics and gadgets up till now. In fact, a lot of the prominent establishments in Akihabara including famous electronics stores such as Yodobashi Camera, Sofmap, and Yamada Denki are frequented by locals and foreign tourists alike.