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Featured Destination on our Anime Japan Tours vacation series.
Akihabara is the name for the area around Akihabara station in downtown Tokyo, often referred to as Akiba by the local Japanese people. Sometimes called Akihabara Electric Town, the area is well known for selling a wide variety of electronic goods, mainly focusing on household electronics. Once computers became widely available to the public, specialized stores for computers were integrated into the area as well. Although more recently (and arguably more well-known today), Akihabara has become the center of otaku culture in Japan and most of the stores you find will be related to anime, manga, and/or video games. Attracting anime enthusiasts every day, it is no surprise to see people in cosplay walking along the streets as they shop in Akiba. Many of the stores in Akihabara cater to anime and cosplay enthusiasts with great outfit accessories, exclusive Japanese video games, and limited edition collectible anime memorabilia. Find great exclusive anime and video game goods while traveling through the anime capital of the world!
Another big part of "Akiba" culture are the maid cafes that are located all over the area with a number of the "maids" handing out flyers, looking for any potential customers. Note, most maids do not allow their photos to be taken due to corporate or personal reasons. Therefore, maids cannot take pictures when handing out fliers or while working. With the increase of foreign visitors, the area has expanded its variety of stores to include department stores such as Yodobashi Camera and Don Quijote chains as well as food selections in certain parts of the area. With more tourists and locals visiting Akihabara each day, the area has become a great destination to spend a day during a Tokyo tour.
There's plenty to do and see while in Akihabara, especially when travelling on an Anime vacation package with Japan Deluxe Tours. For a few suggestions on what to check out during your tour, why not consider:
Premier figurine and model kit store and exhibit
The cafe with maids waitresses and treat the customers as their masters
Race around town in true Mario Kart style!
Theme Park for Naruto, One Piece and Dragon Ball
Dedicated to Hello Kitty and Her Sanrio Friends
Enjoy a meal with Pikachu as you enjoy Pokemon-themed foods, drinks, and desserts!
Tokyo shrine that sells special good luck charms for blessing your electronic devices.