Akihabara
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Every electronic gadget imaginable can be found in the stores of this hi-tech, neon-lit neighborhood. The Sony Plaza is one of the most popular shopping destinations in the district.
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Neighbourhood: Ochanomizu / Akihabara / Kanda
Ochanomizu boasts its academic foundations starting with Yushima Seido, the birthplace of modern day Japanese education. The area has kept its college town feel with several university campuses. If you head towards Jinbocho, you'll find musical instrument and sports equipment shops, and an area of used bookstores for students and anyone interested in literature and the arts. Akihabara is well-known for its computer and electronic goods stores, and is now hugely popular as the must-visit mecca for people interested in anime and games. Kanda is an office district where you can find loads of reasonably priced izakayas popular with professionals who stop to eat and drink before making their way home.
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  • Traveling Ammonite
    129 contributions
    Fun place to easily spend hours in!
    I could easily spend hours (DAYS!) here, even if you're not a manga/anime nerd. I'm not a huge of manga, but I love Japanese fantasy art. I blew so much money on art books here! My favorite places were Akiba Cultures Zone (their used book station was splendid) and Gamers of Akihabara, which admittedly had fewer games than the name would have you believe, but made up for in merch. If you're a fan of manga, Animate was a lot of fun. Always a lot to do here, but be warned, it is a bit ofan attack on the senses. It's my third time here and I'm not done by far! I can't imagine how it would be for actual fans of anime/manga (especially figures!) or maid cafes, you would spend WEEKS here.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written March 15, 2023
  • swisstraveller
    666 contributions
    Crazy Electric Town Akihabara
    Im not into manga, anime, video games and not really an electronic geek as well. But still - I love Akihabara, because its so unique, different and crazy (in a good way). Go and discover for yourself. Tipp: on sundays, the main street is closed for traffic, so its a huge pedestrian area, which is great. Be prepared for sense overload though ;-).
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written March 31, 2023
  • Diana A
    Perm, Russia50 contributions
    Either perfect place or living hell
    So there are several different mega malls situated in the area, that are overwhelmingly boxy and staffed with everything at once. Spent the whole day in this are, bought so many things my shoulder dislocated. But I’m happy with all of them.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written July 27, 2023
  • Compass50632983727
    5 contributions
    Make an extra subway stop in Akihabra
    Akihabra was awesome. It is like a Japanese Las Vegas. They have everything you can possibly imagine there. My advice would be to check out the small shops as well as the big ones. I found great stuff in the basements of many places.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written September 25, 2023
  • Everywhere is on the list…
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands465 contributions
    Electric city
    Wowsers! This place is bonkers. Noisy, busy, neon… if you like Anime, this is your Mecca. Shops, literally on top of shops. Lots of arcades filled with teenage boys. Department stores with 8 floors with all kinds of weird and wonderful wares. You have to see it to believe it. Would recommend going at night… the place is LIT!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written October 28, 2023
  • Boris
    81 contributions
    Hi-tech, but overpriced
    One of the landmarks of Tokyo. The district has a lot of attractions, as well as a big amount of tech stores. Got a feeling, that most of the things there are overpriced. You can get better deals if you happen to travel to Osaka for example. Aside from that - must visit and take a walk in the area. Maybe try some arcades or maiden cafes if that's your thing
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written January 9, 2024
  • 1VictoriaTheTraveler
    Sacramento, California129 contributions
    Glad we went but not so amazing as we thought
    My 18 year old is a huge amine fan and we took this trip to Japan for his high school graduation celebration. Therefore we had to make a stop in Akihabara while visiting as it was one of his top request. Unfortunately there was not much we were able to find to do as most of it was gaming halls and comic book places. Still glad we took him to see it and experience this but wish there was most things to do and see.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written February 3, 2024
  • Travelove58
    11,313 contributions
    Either you like this place or you don't, depending on.....
    If you are a fan of Anime or Hi-Tech electronics or gadgets, this very vibrant & colorful place is a must visit. On the other hand if you are not ( like us ), then don't waste time coming here. It is pretty boring. Although we are not such a "fan", we thought we should just pay a visit since we are in Tokyo & heard so much about it. At least now we know what the place is all about. Another interesting thing here are the many colorful Maid Cafes. Understand this is the only place in Japan that has this unique cafes. You see lots of " Dolled Up Maids" hanging around the streets trying to solicit business for the cafes.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written February 20, 2024
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Travelove58
11,313 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
If you are a fan of Anime or Hi-Tech electronics or gadgets, this very vibrant & colorful place is a must visit. On the other hand if you are not ( like us ), then don't waste time coming here. It is pretty boring. Although we are not such a "fan", we thought we should just pay a visit since we are in Tokyo & heard so much about it. At least now we know what the place is all about. Another interesting thing here are the many colorful Maid Cafes. Understand this is the only place in Japan that has this unique cafes. You see lots of " Dolled Up Maids" hanging around the streets trying to solicit business for the cafes.
Written February 20, 2024
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Sohann S
5 contributions
Feb 2024 • Friends
If you like anime figures or even just anime, this is one of the best places to go. It makes you feel like a big nerd as you go store to store looking for some good buys. I have basically no complaints.
Written February 18, 2024
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Plaisir_Aix
Aix-en-Provence, France95 contributions
Feb 2024 • Solo
BEWARE of this chain! THEY REFUSE to accept a return of a completely NEW and UNUSED equipment . No money back. No change to another product. STAY AWAY!!!!
Written February 14, 2024
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1VictoriaTheTraveler
Sacramento, CA129 contributions
Mar 2023 • Family
My 18 year old is a huge amine fan and we took this trip to Japan for his high school graduation celebration. Therefore we had to make a stop in Akihabara while visiting as it was one of his top request. Unfortunately there was not much we were able to find to do as most of it was gaming halls and comic book places. Still glad we took him to see it and experience this but wish there was most things to do and see.
Written February 3, 2024
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Boris
81 contributions
Jul 2023 • Solo
One of the landmarks of Tokyo. The district has a lot of attractions, as well as a big amount of tech stores. Got a feeling, that most of the things there are overpriced. You can get better deals if you happen to travel to Osaka for example.

Aside from that - must visit and take a walk in the area. Maybe try some arcades or maiden cafes if that's your thing
Written January 9, 2024
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William M
Manila, Philippines51 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
A place to visit especially for enthusiasts of anime and electronics. There are many stores to check out so if you are looking for something specific, it is much better to know in advance which stores might sell those items.
Written January 8, 2024
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T D
Philadelphia, PA3,349 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
We went here for Anime items during our Tokyo trip. There are many stores to go thru to find the items you’d like. Didn’t find many Anime t-shirts though. The bright lights are fun at night though!
Written January 6, 2024
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Joahkimss
Hassleholm, Sweden46 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Its a cool experience and you can buy plenty of old electronics. But its not a good place if you are looking new exciting electronics. Expensive.
Written December 9, 2023
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Everywhere is on the list…
Amsterdam, The Netherlands465 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Wowsers! This place is bonkers. Noisy, busy, neon… if you like Anime, this is your Mecca. Shops, literally on top of shops. Lots of arcades filled with teenage boys. Department stores with 8 floors with all kinds of weird and wonderful wares. You have to see it to believe it. Would recommend going at night… the place is LIT!
Written October 28, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Compass50632983727
5 contributions
Aug 2023 • Solo
Akihabra was awesome. It is like a Japanese Las Vegas. They have everything you can possibly imagine there. My advice would be to check out the small shops as well as the big ones. I found great stuff in the basements of many places.
Written September 25, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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