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Top Things To Do & Places To Visit in And Around Akihabara

Rich L.

by GoWithGuide travel specialist:Rich L.

Last updated : Jan 15, 20247 min read

Things To Do

Akihabara, also called Akiba, is a famous place for manga, games, and cosplay. More than 200 electronic shops makes Akihabara one of the biggest electronic town in Japan. You may also be interested in theme café such as maid café, which has become one of iconic landmark in Akihabara. Close to Akihabara, you can walk to Kanda and Jimbocho, enjoy wandering around historic sites and old bookshops. Here are some further information of places to visit in Akihabara and around.



From Anime to Idols to electronics, Akihabara has it all
Akihabara is continuously abuzz with tourists from all over the world. Akihabara is a pop culture mecca representing anime and manga and is popular as a tourist sightseeing spot largely due to the concentration of stores specializing in Japanese electronics.

Akihabara Electric Town Akihabara has gained a widespread reputation as Japan’s largest area for electronics. Taking advantage of the period of rapid economic growth, stores dealing in software and parts were established, and Akihabara progressed into one of the leading electronics areas in the world. Furthermore, there has been a steady increase of stores selling game software which, by no surprise, has occurred simultaneously with the rise of anime and game ‘otaku’ (enthusiast) culture. Recently, there have been many Chinese...

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Owl-no-Mori (Forest of Owl)

A café where you can enjoy cute owls to your heart’s content
Spend a relaxing time in a café where you can encounter up to 30 owls. Children are of course welcome. You can meet rare species and some of the world’s largest owls.

A café that is currently the talk of the town in Akihabara Akihabara is known as the mecca for all things pop cultural in Japan ranging from anime to aidoru and everything in between, but it’s also a neighborhood famous for plenty of unique stores and cafés. There are always lots of tourists hanging about and the area is alive with activity. But a new landmark has arisen. The Owl-no-Mori Café newly opened in 2015 on the 5th floor of a building just across from the UDX Building. It has garnered attention as a caf&eac...

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Business hours
- Everyday
Weekdays 1:00pm-11:00pm (Wednesdays are only open from 5:00pm)
Weekends and holidays 12:00pm-11:00pm

- Adult: 890 JPY
- Child: 540 JPY
1 free drink with admission

Tokyo Anime Center

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The holy land for otaku culture and the information center for all things anime in Akihabara
For anime fans, Tokyo’s Akihabara district can be enjoyed no matter how many visits. This is the place to be when you want to know the latest anime info inside Japan! There are also rare limited-edition goods on sale.

Japanese anime has fans all over the world. The popularity of anime culture has yet to know when to stop as a form of global entertainment, and Akihabara is the place for anime. The area is known as Japan’s leading electronics district, but it is also the place where Japan’s anime and otaku culture first developed. There is a multipurpose complex right in the heart of Akihabara, Akihabara UDX, which is where the Tokyo Anime Center is located. It is a facility where displays and events connect...

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Business hours
- Tuesday (11:00 AM ~ 7:00 PM )
- Wednesday (11:00 AM ~ 7:00 PM )
- Thursday (11:00 AM ~ 7:00 PM )
- Friday (11:00 AM ~ 7:00 PM )
- Saturday (11:00 AM ~ 7:00 PM )
- Sunday (11:00 AM ~ 7:00 PM )


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In the Edokko neighborhood of Kanda, you can also take a historical stroll as well as do some specialty shopping.
Kanda is the town for Edokko who live that stylish life while treasuring both the old and new. The Kanda Festival celebrates the area.

Kanda has often been called the neighborhood for the genuine Edokko. The term “Edokko” refers to that urbane person born and raised in Tokyo (the former Edo) who has that plain-spoken and generous personality, but with the residents of Kanda who have plenty of that town culture of Edo, that temperament has continued to be passed down. Although treasuring the value of the old, they also have a fondness for the new. Indeed, this has energetically bubbled over into the identity of the “Edo-Tokyo&rdquo...

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@home Café

At @home Café, maids will welcome their masters and mistresses home
@home Café is Akihabara’s first maid café. Maids warmly greet their masters and mistresses, and there you can take a souvenir photo with the maid of your choice and play games with her.

The original maid café of Akihabara The very first maid café was opened in Akihabara in 2004. Four of the Akihabara main cafés are located in the Mitsuwa Building on the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th floors while a 5th café is on the 5th floor of Akihabara’s Don Quijote Building with each of the cafés having a large and different interior with a cute décor. Maids provide hospitality for masters and mistresses Customers who enter the café are greeted warmly as masters and mistresses of the world...

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Business hours
- Weekdays (11:30 AM ~ 10:00 PM )
- Weekends (10:30 AM ~ 10:00 PM )
- Adult: 600 JPY
- Child: 300 JPY
The above is the admission price which is paid alongside the cost for any dishes and drinks

Yodobashi Akiba

A multiple facility filled with specialty shops and restaurants to be enjoyed by the entire family
Beginning with the multimedia Yodobashi with all of its household electronics, there is also a wide variety of establishments such as a bookstore and restaurants. Even in famous Akihabara, it stands out as a landmark.

A popular store where lineups can occur on the first selling day of the latest products and popular models. Yodobashi Camera is the largest electronic goods store in Japan. It sells everything from household goods such as TV sets, refrigerators and washing machines to multimedia gadgets such as personal computers and cameras. Yodobashi Akiba is a huge multipurpose facility which stands out even in the electronics shop-filled area of Akihabara. Among its 9 floors, floors 1 to 6 belong to Yodobashi. On the 1st and 2nd floors, there is the Appl...

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Business hours
- Everyday (9:30 AM ~ 10:00 PM )
Varies depending on the store
Online orders can be accepted outside of the above opening times


Don Quijote Akihabara

The Mecca of subculture and an Akihabara landmark
Don Quijote is a discount store with a wide lineup of products including daily goods, food, medical items and brand-name products. It is also famous for selling products which can only be found at the Akihabara branch.

Akihabara, the home of subculture Akihabara once flourished as one of the world’s most prominent electronics districts with shops clustered together cheek by jowl but from the 1990s onwards, otaku culture including video games, anime and fanzines evolved so that the area is now thriving as the birthplace of subculture. Goods only found at the Akihabara store This particular branch of Don Quijote is a symbolic building for Akihabara as a nationally-known discount store dealing in items such as daily goods, cosmetics, food, medical ite...

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Business hours
- Everyday (10:00 AM ~ 5:00 AM )
- Free


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