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Akihabara

Sotokanda, Tokyo Prefecture 101-0021, Japan
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Ranked #53 of 789 attractions in Tokyo
Type: Neighborhoods
Activities: Shopping
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Oklahoma City
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

This place is amazing! For anyone who's interested in electronics, music items, instruments, electronic keyboards, cell phones… You name it you're going to see it! Large and small this district has so much to absorb… Be mindful, it's going to take you all day if not three days to fully appreciate and enjoy Akihabara. Don't forget you were again and... More

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Tehran
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Akihabara , also called Akiba after a former local shrine, is a district in central Tokyo that is famous for its many electronics shops. In more recent years, Akihabara has gained recognition as the center of Japan's otaku (diehard fan) culture, and many shops and establishments devoted to anime and manga are now dispersed among the electronic stores in the... More

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Keele, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

If you really like manga this is the place to go. There many manga bookstores, some of them huge with many floors and lots of rare material. Another cool thing is that there are figurine shops where you will find characters and scenes which I have not seen elsewhere. There are also girls dressed as manga characters trying to sell... More

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boston
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

It's amazing to watch both young and old on their cosplay. Very interesting place. Very colorful and lots of anime shopping.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW via mobile

Don't miss. Enough said. Super Potato is a video game mecca for old school games. The maid café spokes girls are a bit hard to understand from a western perspective...

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

This place is obviously known for it's otaku culture, but I would highly recommend visiting even if you are not into that sort of thing. There are a lot of shops that specialize in otaku goods like manga, anime, merchandize, etc, but there are also shops with a huge selection of electronics, tech, as well as a wide assortment of... More

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Sterling, Virginia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

When we first arrived from subway the area looked very interesting. Tall buildings full of electronic shops, and book stores. But after we walked for 10 minutes all the stores seemed the same and this place became boring really fast. The saving grace was that my 14 year old daughter purchased some cute small plastic figures. And she also didn't... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

THE place to go for all things anime and manga otherwise there's not much of interest. Go to the Akihabara tourist information centre first for a map -- this is necessary as many stores aren't at street level and can be hard to find. They speak English and are very helpful if you're looking for something in particular. We visited... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This IS the place to go in Tokyo if you're a big fan of manga and anime - a heaven for otakus. There are countless shops selling all manner of stuff such as recent and retro games/consoles, manga, anime dvds and merchandise etc. It's also a good place to go and buy electronic goods from the Softmap/Yodabashi Camera stores. You... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

IF you're involved beyond watching anime and manga as an Otaku, you would have heard this being mentioned in many anime and forums as THE place to be for all things Otaku. ***I do make a warning here*** A day for anyone who does not know anything about anime/manga/otaku culture will have a very trying day of walking and walking... More

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