Akihabara

Published by Antonio Tajuelo

 

Akihabara

Akihabara is the district of Tokyo that is considered as the center of the otaku culture. In this place there are many shops offering manga, anime, video games and electronics. In certain way, Akihabara is a place where every otaku would like to be at least once in life, so this is one of the places of Tokyo that makes me very feel very happy for exploring it ^^.

Akihabara

Just in Akihabara Station is easy to notice that now you will be surrounded by otaku things everywhere. Many signs announcing the next anime series and video game releases.

Akihabara

The exit that takes you to the shop area is "Akihabara Electric Town".

Akihabara

Going out from the station I saw an ad about Little Busters! (one of my favorite anime series). ^^

Akihabara

Rows and rows of Bandai gashapon machines ^^.

Akihabara

Close to Akihabara Station it is located Volks, where you can find many anime figures and dolls for sale.

Akihabara
Akihabara

At Akihabara there are many electronics shops, where you can buy complete devices or just parts. There are many small streets full of shops of this kind, so I think that probably any electronic part in existence can be found at Akihabara.

Akihabara

Trains go up there! This street is Chuo-Dori and most of the big Akihabara stores are here.

Akihabara

This Sega building is a game center. 5 floors full of videogames!

Akihabara

Sofmap is a store chain that sells electronic products, both new and second-hand.

Akihabara
Akihabara
Akihabara

Anime figure shop in Akihabara ^^. This kind of figures are quite popular in Japan and many young people collect them.

Akihabara
Akihabara

This shop sells DVDs (I think...).

Akihabara
Akihabara

Vending machines next to the Sega game center.

Akihabara

Kotobukiya is an anime figure manufacturer. They have a huge store in Akihabara that it is worth visiting. Obviously I did it heheheh ^^.

Akihabara
Akihabara

Ads about something related to Evangelion ^^.

Akihabara

More gashapon machines.

Akihabara

Evangelion figures for sale at Kotobukiya store.

Akihabara

I think this sign means that you can pay the products you are buying in each floor.

Akihabara

Big sized Danbo!

Akihabara

Figures for sale at Kotobukiya store.

Akihabara

Madoka Magica figure. Kinda cute ^^.

Akihabara

Ads announcing the upcoming figure releases. Many of them can only be get by doing a reservation before the release date (sometimes a reservation many months ahead from the release date is needed).

Akihabara

Cu-poche figure series is one of my favorites ^^.

Akihabara
Akihabara
Akihabara

Back to Akihabara streets!

Akihabara

In this street you can find some maid-themed cafes. They are basically cafes where customers are served by girls wearing maid costumes. I didn't go to any, but ads were everywhere. Also, there are girls in the street trying to attract new customers into the cafes.

Akihabara

Girl at a balcony in Akihabara advertising a maid cafe.

Akihabara
Akihabara

You can spend hours just walking around Akihabara streets. There are many electronic devices shops.

Akihabara

Electronic components shop. Notice the drawing on the price signs ^^.

Akihabara
Akihabara
Akihabara
Akihabara

It doesn't seem like that, but these are coin lockers where anyone can put objects inside for not carrying them around.

Akihabara

More shops under the train rails in Akihabara.

Akihabara
Akihabara

The electronic device list that you can find in Akihabara is endless: old gaming systems, TVs, binoculars, home appliances...

Akihabara

Getting some energies at Mister Donut before continuing to explore Akihabara. I got a Snoopy cake for 153 yen, about 1€.

Akihabara

At Chuo-dori there are some huge building that are part of today's Akihabara identity. The red building is Game Taito Station, a gaming center. There are more of them in Tokyo.

Akihabara

In this photo you can see three well-known stores from Akihabara:

- On the left side, the building with a penguin on it, is Don Quijote (also known as just Donki). It is a discount store where you can find many kind of products.

- On the center of the photo you can see a blue building. It is Animate store, previously featured at the blog. Here you can find tons of anime, manga, CDs, DVDs, video games and figures.

- On the right side you can see Toranoana Comic, also known as just Tora. It is a huge store for dōjin manga, published by amateur artists.

Akihabara

At Chuo-dori you can also find big electronics stores. One of the things that caught my attention was that products were being exposed directly in the street without being stolen. This would be impossible to happen in Spain!

Akihabara

Laptops exposed in the street.

Akihabara
Akihabara

Look close to this photo. There is an iPhone 5S in the street, without any kind of surveillance and no one is taking it away ^^. It's sad to say this, but being used to Spain, this kind of things seem strange to me!

Akihabara
Akihabara
Akihabara

Nendoroid figures for sale ^^. I would buy many of them, but they don't fit in my suitcase hehehe.

Akihabara

Mailbox for sending letters or postcards from Akihabara.

Akihabara
Akihabara
Akihabara
Akihabara

Guide of the shops inside this building. How many shops can you recognize?

Akihabara
Akihabara

Mazinger Z guarding the entrance of one of the Akihabara stores.

Akihabara

More gashapon ^^.

Akihabara

Walking by Akihabara's surroundings I found the Fantastic Car parked.

Akihabara

This car is owned by a Japanese man who has builded it taking care of every small detail.

Akihabara
Akihabara
Akihabara
Akihabara
Akihabara

Amazing amount of panels and lights inside the car! It even has a huge GPS map inside ^^.

Akihabara

Going around Akihabara again, now at night.

Akihabara

A cloud sent some drops over the people.

Akihabara

At Akihabara you can visit the mighty Cafe MOCO ("moco" is the Spanish word for "mucus").

Akihabara

Akihabara is amazing in the night, with all those buildings and lights. Later I will publish more night Akihabara photos.

Akihabara

I was lucky and a Chuo line train appeared while I was taking this photo! ^^

Akihabara
Akihabara
Akihabara

Before leaving Akihabara we bought taiyaki (鯛焼き). It is a sweet with red beans inside. Delicious!

Akihabara

What do you like most from Akihabara? Are you planning to visit this place? =)

Related

Hong Kong Island

1 year ago

Tokyo Daily Life

4 years ago 1

More about Travel in Asia

Comments