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10 steps to get used to Akihabara

10 steps to get used to Akihabara

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Leaving behind the appearances of its past, Akihabara is now a town lined with small and large electronics stores. It's not only known as an electronic district; it is also a place where culture on anime and cosplay, as well as idols is propagated. Aside from shopping, we have carefully selected 10 fun ways for you to get used to Akihabara's culture!

Try to walk around Akihabara pedestrian zone

Try to walk around Akihabara pedestrian zone

Every Sunday, Akihabara's main street, Chuo Street, becomes a pedestrian mall for pedestrians. It is open from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (from January to March: 5:00 p.m.), and is suspended during rainy weather. Not only is it easy to shop here, but it is also easier to see the electronic district, so it ends up being a great place to take some pictures.

  • Akihabara Hokousha Tengoku
    秋葉原歩行者天国
    • Address Chuo-Street (5 Sotokanda Intersection to Manseibashi Intersection)

Go to some of the oldest maid cafes, where you can enjoy Moe culture

Go to some of the oldest maid cafes, where you can enjoy Moe culture

Akihabara is filled with cafes like this, where staff are dressed in maid costumes and refer to customers as "master". Among these is Maid Cafe Maidreamin Akihabara the Main Store, which is part of a cafe chain that has drummed up enough popularity in and out of Japan that it has been able to expand overseas. Even first-timers can relax and enjoy the cafe. All things in the menu come with a magic good luck charm cast by the maids.

  • Meidreamin Akihabara Honten
    めいどりーみん 秋葉原本店
    • Address Sumiyoshi Building 6F, 3-16-17 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0021, Japan

Go to an underground idol concert

Go to an underground idol concert

Pandemonium is a cafe and bar, with a cast that performs life on stage. They also conduct a popularity contest where you can cheer for your favorite performer. In addition, customers can also sing karaoke and perform on stage. It's open until 5:00 a.m., which is unusual in Akihabara, so you can have fun late into the night.

  • Pandemonium
    ぱんでもにうむ
    • Address Daini Yokoshima Building 2F,68-2 Kanda Neribeicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0022, Japan

Buy oden from a vending machine!

Buy oden from a vending machine!

In Japan you can buy unusual drinks from vending machines like a sweet red-bean soup made from adzuki beans, and corn soup. Among these, the most unusual and the most popular in Akihabara is canned oden. Oden, which is a dish made by cooking vegetables and fish dumplings in dashi (Japanese soup stock), can be bought from the vending machine in the Chichibu Electronics building.

  • CHICHIBU DENKI Building vending machine
    チチブデンキビル 自動販売機
    • Address Chichibu Denki Building, 3-12-15 Sotokanda, Tokyo 101-0021, Japan

Manga and anime fans just can't get enough of this!

Manga and anime fans just can't get enough of this!

From current manga and anime-related products to nostalgic toys and anime goods, this store is filled with products revolving around manga culture. The first eight floors of this building are devoted to the largest Mandarake out of all the Mandarake stores around. There are staff who can speak English, Chinese, or Korean, depending on the floor. Try searching for treasures here which can only be found in Japan.

  • Mandarake Complex
    まんだらけ コンプレックス
    • Address 3-11-12, Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 101-0021

Choose a secondhand laptop from a huge stock!

Choose a secondhand laptop from a huge stock!

Aside from brand new digital products, if you fell like buying a secondhand laptop, then you must go to Sofmap Main Store. It doesn't only have a lot of Mac and Windows products, but also has a large array of second hand products in good condition. You can find second hand tablets, smartphones, digital cameras, and PC-related products.

You'd be surprised at how elaborate these figurines are

You'd be surprised at how elaborate these figurines are

If you're looking for items like figurines and robots, then you might want to go to Volks Akihabara Hobby Paradise. From its 1st floor basement to the 7th floor, this store gathers all types of figurine-related items, including complete figurines. These figurines are so elaborately made that even die-hard enthusiasts can be satisfied here.

  • Volks Akihabara Hobby Tengoku
    ボークス秋葉原ホビー天国
    • Address 1-15-4 Sotokanda, Chiyodaku, Tokyo 101-0021, Japan

Feel the excitement from this survival game!

Feel the excitement from this survival game!

In survival games, nicknamed saba-ge, players are split into enemies and allies, where they use airsoft guns, wear combat suits, and engage in a gun battle. At this place, you can rent all the necessary equipment, and beginners and women are welcome. The playing field looks like an abandoned building in a forest, and you can freely enjoy the game since it is done indoors.

  • ASOBIBA AKIHABARA FIELD
    ASOBIBA 秋葉原フィールド
    • Address DAIDO Limited Building 2F, 3-1-16 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0021, Japan

It has everything, as long as it's anime-related!

It has everything, as long as it's anime-related!

The main store of Gamers, an anime shop which operates nationwide, can be found here. This store reaches up to the 8th floor, and every floor has a wide array of products related to anime and gaming. There is also a museum, which displays original key frames of anime and holds many events. They have a large collection of anime on DVD and Blu-ray, so try to find your favorite for a souvenir.

Taste the elegance of ancient days in this shopping spot

Taste the elegance of ancient days in this shopping spot

This shopping spot called mAAch ecute Kanda Manseibashi makes use of Manseibashi bridge, which was built in 1912. Taking advantage of the quaint atmosphere brought to life by the bricks and arches of the bridge, a lot of shops gather here like general stores, restaurants, and craft beer stores, among others. There are also a multitude of Japanese goods and sweets stores, so you might want to go here if you're looking for a souvenir.

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.

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