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Top 9 Things To Do In Akihabara, Japan

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Angelyn
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Known as the Electric Town in Japan, Akihabara is one of the most dynamic and enjoyable areas in Tokyo that one should not miss when visiting the Land of the Rising Sun. Considered as the otaku’s paradise, this mystical little area is recognized as the cultural center for anime, manga, arcade, and video games. Whether you need to visit an electronic shop or just want to grab some kawaii stuff, you will never go wrong stopping in Akihabara Station for a day full of pop culture pastimes. Prepare to be bombarded with wave after wave of action figures, posters, gadgets, and mouth-watering delicacies as you discover these things to do in Akihabara, Japan.

1. Shop till you drop at Electric Town

将軍家も足繁く秋葉原の道を!

Enjoy a shopping spree day and discover how Akihabara live on its nickname as the ‘Electric Town’ of Tokyo, Japan. With a wide array of gadgets, electronic toys, home appliances, and even electronic junk, you might get overwhelmed and waste your hard-earned cash right after reaching the busy street of this town. Aside from things with an on-off switch, dozens of stores specializing in anime, manga, and other collectibles line the streets of this buzzing shopping hub attracting fanatics from all over the world. Don’t forget to flash your passport and enjoy tax-free shopping exclusively for foreign tourists to maximize your budget.

Akihabara Electric Town

Address: Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Website: Akihabara Electric Town

2. Buy what you like at Maach Ecute along Mansei Bridge

生まれ変わった「マーチエキュート神田万世橋」

Be amazed by this historical arch bridge complemented with a red brick interior and a glass-walled space located in Chiyoda ward, Tokyo. Restored as a commercial facility, spend time visiting Manseibashi and take delight in the numbers of shops and restaurants that stretch from Ochanomizu Station to Kanda Station along the Kanda River. Enjoy the different feel to the usual Tokyo shopping experiences while hopping between cultural shops and sleek stores selling original products and craftworks. Grab some organic coffee or craft beer and choose from the various types of cuisine to treat yourself while giving your feet some rest after a day of shopping.

Maach Ecute

Address: 1-25-4 Kanda Suda-cho, Chiyoda-ku

Website: Maach Ecute

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 11am - 11pm; Sun: 11am - 9pm

Price: Free entry

3. Taste local delights at Chabara Aki-Oka Marche

日本のいいもの逸品市場「CHABARA(チャバラ)」

Make your way to this stylish food market where you can shop artisanal and traditional Japanese foods located under the elevated tracks between JR Akihabara and Okachimachi stations. Take delight in its indoor market showcasing the best of Japan’s diverse food culture including seasonings and condiments that are carefully selected from across Japan. Experience the depth and tradition of Japanese food culture by visiting a few restaurants to try local flavors like the one serving tasty vegetarian cuisine similar to what is served in Buddhist temples in Japan. A great place under one roof to experience Japan through your taste buds.

Chabara Aki-Oka Marche

Address: 8-2 Kanda Neribeicho, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 101-0022, Japan

Opening hours: 11am - 8pm (daily)

4. Chat with cute maids at Cure Maid Cafe


Enjoy a new level of a dining experience in this maid cafe where servers dressed as maids treat you like a real master of the house. Dig in some yummy treats such as omurice, cheesecake and order drinks like sake or a cup of tea as the cute waitresses run the entire cafe smoothly. Complemented with lovely Japanese music, admire its interior that is surrounded by a bunch of anime pictures in frames. Just like any other maid cafes in Akihabara, don’t forget to ask their permission if you wish to take a photo with them to show respect for the privacy of the staff and other customers.

Cure Maid Cafe

Address: Japan, 〒101-0021 Tokyo, Chiyoda City, Sotokanda, 3 Chome−15−5 ジーストア・アキバ6F

Website: Cure Maid Cafe

Opening hours: Mon, Wed & Thu: 11am - 8pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 10pm; Sun: 11am - 7pm (closed on Tue)

5. Snack on fresh parfaits at Fruits de Saison cafe

幻のイチゴ「アイベリー」や「きらぴ香」使用のパフェ!

Indulge in fresh fruits, croissants, and yogurt in this calming and sweet cafe that serves fresh mango parfaits all year round together with plenty of seasonal fruits like banana, strawberry, and melon. Tickle your taste buds with a luscious serving of mini parfaits or enjoy a bigger size to satisfy your cravings. Made with fresh fruits from Ota Market and delicious sherbet with natural sweetness, it is a guarantee that every glass is meticulously prepared and made fresh all day. Aside from parfaits, they also have fresh fruit juices, coffee, tea, and yummy bread to keep you full after touring around Akihabara.

Fruits de Saison

Address: 4-11-2 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Website: Fruits de Saison

Opening hours: Mon, Tue & Fri: 10am - 7pm; Sat - Sun: 11:30am - 7pm (closed on Wed & Thu)

6. Savor the famous beef cutlets at Gyukatsu Ichi Ni San

Beef at Gyukatsu Ichinisan in Akihabara
Source: Photo by user Pocsywe used under CC0

Get your chopsticks ready and enjoy grilling the Japanese way in this restaurant located in a basement level down a narrow staircase that specializes in steak katsu. Fulfill your Japanese cuisine cravings with their premium quality meat, side dishes, and other food that will delight your taste buds. Heat the stone plate and drool over the sizzle of the meat that is tender and fatty while still being crispy on the outside. Fret not even if it’s your first time visiting the restaurant and can’t understand Japanese for there is an English menu available as well as English instructions for first-timers on the best way to cook the meat and enjoy your meal.

Gyukatsu Ichi Ni San

Address: 3-8-17 Sotokanda | Watanabe Bldg. B1F, Chiyoda 101-0021, Tokyo Prefecture

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 11am - 9pm; Sat - Sun: 10am - 9pm

7. Spend a reflective hour at the Yanagimori Shrine

他を抜く「柳森神社」

Find your inner peace while strolling around this secluded and little Shinto shrine located across the Kanda River and away from the bright lights of the Electric Town. Dwell in its rustic charm, amusing statues of foxes, and mysterious figures of the raccoon dog known as tanuki. Complemented with a lush garden, Yanagimori Shrine has a scarce Japanese harlequin cherry blossom tree that adds an aura of antique calm in the area. To get to it, walk towards Tokyo from the Akihabara JR Station, cross the river, and you will find it on your left accessible through a stone torii gate.

Yanagimori Shrine

Address: 2 Chome-25-1 Kanda Sudacho, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 101-0041, Japan

8. Grab some souvenirs at Dragon Quest Lawson

コラボ店限定グッズはどれ?

Experience the concept of “convenience” to a whole new level as you visit this Lawson branch which is about a five minutes’ walk from the Electric Town Exit of JR Akihabara Station. Collaborating with the globally popular Dragon Quest game, enjoy collecting unique and adorable souvenirs of Dragon Quest goods in addition to typical convenience store fare. Fall in love with those cute blue slimes as soon as you step inside the store and be welcome by the sound you hear when you enter caves and towers in Dragon Quest games. From vending machines, t-shirts, stuffed toy magnets, and smartphone cases, this place is a Dragon Quest-themed store that you should not miss.

Dragon Quest Lawson

Address: 3 Chome-1-10 Sotokanda, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 101-0021, Japan

Website: Dragon Quest Lawson

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

9. Book an Akihabara anime & gaming adventure tour (67 USD)

things to do in akihabara | book an akihabara anime & gaming adventure tour
Source: Magical Trip

Japan is probably best known for anime so a visit here wouldn’t be complete without a visit to popular anime stores. Joining this anime tour will allow you to taste some local delicacies while visiting anime stores! Try food and drinks in a maid café served by cute Japanese maids, look back to your childhood in an old school video game store, and enjoy a variety of interactive entertainment as you stroll around different game stores! Your friendly local guide is more than happy to recommend the best dining spots and the best delicacies to try in the area too! So get the most of your time in Akihabara and book this three-hour jam-packed, best-selling excursion!

Akihabara Anime & Gaming Adventure Tour

Duration: 3 hours

Price: 67 USD

Feed your wanderlust and explore more of Japan

Akihabara
Source: Photo by user James Cridland used under CC BY 2.0

Wear your most comfortable shoe and discover these top eight things to do in Akihabara, Japan, where subcultures representing the Land of the Rising Sun are concentrated. From gastronomical escapades to shopping spree moments, this side of Tokyo prefecture is a place to be to satisfy the wanderlust in you. Otaku or not, make sure to spend time visiting this cyber town when in Japan.

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