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Akihabara

Akihabara, commonly called "Akiba," is famous worldwide as the center for electric and electronic goods and is a leading area for multimedia. Computers, computer parts, cell phones, and all items related to the Internet are available, mainly around Chuo and Kanda Myojin streets. It is also known as a "sacred" place for otaku to get Japanese anime, comics and idols, and visit the maid cafés. The town is becoming more and more attractive for Japanese pop culture fans every day.

Model Walking Route
Model Walking Route

(1)Tokyo Anime Center→(2)Chuo-dori→(3)Maid Café→(4)Yodobashi Akiba

Akihabara Map

Akihabara Map

Sightseeing

Tokyo Anime Center

Tokyo Anime Center

Many events, such as exhibitions, voice actor talk shows, screenings of anime films, and public radio broadcasting are held at Tokyo Anime Center in the UDX Building. There is an anime shop where anime character goods and original goods are exclusively available. You can experience post-recording as well (note: scripts and instructions are in Japanese only). In addition to anime-related information, you can get maps and detailed information on Akihabara. There is also a bulletin board on which famous guests, talents and voice actors have autographed that is a must-see.

GUNDAM Café

GUNDAM Café

GUNDAM Café, which just opened in 2010 and is operated by Bandai Co., Ltd, is the place to get all information on "Mobile Suit Gundam." It is one minute on foot from Denkigai Exit of JR Akihabara Station and has seating for 60. They offer dishes and drinks related to Gundam, including "Jaburo coffee," the shop's special blend of Southern American coffee beans. "Ganpura Yaki" is a Japanese muffin containing bean jam shaped like the 1/144-scale Gunpla (Gundam plastic model) and can be eaten in or bought to go. This café is where new and old enthusiastic Gundam fans can get interesting information of Gundam and Gundam goods, and experience the "World of Gundam."
Open: 10:00-23:00 (Mon-Fri), 8:30-23:00 (Sat), 8:30-21:00 (Sun/holidays)

Kanda Shrine

Kanda Shrine

Kanda Myojin Shrine enshrines Daikokuten (God of Wealth), Ebisu (God of Wealth and Commerce), and Taira no Masakado, a worrier in the 10th century. It was originally built in what is currently Otemachi. The current shrine was built by Edo Shogunate and revered as a guardian shrine to protect Edo (now Tokyo). The Kanda Matsuri held in May is one of the three major festivals of Edo and an exciting festival, punctuated by the loud voices of those carrying the portable shrines.

Shopping

Yodobashi Akiba

Yodobashi Akiba

Yodobashi Akiba on the east side of JR Akihabara Station is one of the biggest shopping facilities in Japan. About 850,000 items, such as digital single-lens reflex cameras, the latest electric products, all kinds of toys, Japanese and imported watches, designer handbags, and cosmetics are available, and so it attracts a variety of customers from home and abroad. Duty-free and UnionPay card services and staffers who can speak English, Chinese or Korean are available. On the top floor are restaurants where you can find reasonable sushi and okonomiyaki.
Open: 9:30-22:00 / Open 365 days a year

kihabara Gachapon Kaikan (Capsule-toy House)

kihabara Gachapon Kaikan (Capsule-toy House)

There are about 430 gachapon or gacha-gacha (capsule toy vending machines) containing popular anime and comic character goods such as Anpanman, Gundam, Kamen Rider, Pokémon, Kinnikuman, and Evangelion. Gachapon collectors come here to try to their luck in getting gachapon missing from a series and rare items. Character goods are elaborate and sophisticated and so make good souvenirs. The anticipation when "playing" gachapon is exciting for not only children but also adults. There is also a vending machine for oden (Japanese hot stew with vegetables and other ingredients). Why not try it?

Akihabara Radio Kaikan

Akihabara Radio Kaikan

This is a "super" shopping center in front of the Denkigai Exit of Akihabara Station. It opened in 1962 when electronic shops sold nothing but TV sets and radios but now is a landmark of Akihabara with a wide variety of shops selling electronic, audio and PC products and hobby shops. Recently, the many shops selling anime, comics and game goods has become the center of "otaku culture." It's a great place for treasure-hunting!

Restaurants

AKIBA ICHI (Akihabara UDX Restaurant Row)

AKIBA ICHI (Akihabara UDX Restaurant Row)

AKIBA ICHI, located on the 1st to 3rd floors of Akihabara UDX Building, is a food mall reminiscent of the bustling fruit and vegetable markets of Akihabara in the past. It is home to well-known Japanese restaurants, well established restaurants of shitamachi (downtown), and many others. You will find many cafés and Japanese light meal dining including sushi, yakitori, eel, tempura, yakiniku (grilled meat), oyako-don (bowls of rice topped with chicken and scrambled egg), pork cutlets, recipes using offal, soba buckwheat noodles, kushiage (deep-fried kebabs), seafood, and udon noodles as well as Western, Chinese, Italian and American cuisine.

Meat Shop Mansei

Meat Shop Mansei

Mansei is a famous meat restaurant that is easily recognizable from its red ox head logo. It is a large restaurant, (a rarity in Akihabara) which offers hamburgers, steak, shabu-shabu, sukiyaki, yakiniku (grilled meat) and many other dishes. An izakaya (Japanese-style pub), a ramen noodle shop, and a bar are also available. The facilities on the upper floor are higher-end and more expensive. The mankatsu sando (cutlet sandwich) made with high-quality pork loin is very popular.

Cure Maid Café

Cure Maid Café

This café opened in Akihabara in 2001 and was Japan's first "maid café." The waitresses wear French-maid costumes and the name reflects the concept of "healing," a cozy place with a peaceful atmosphere. Events such as exhibitions and original dishes in collaboration with anime works and games are often held here.

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