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Akihabara

Located five minutes by rail from Tokyo Station, Tokyo, 13 110-0006 Japan
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  • AkihabaraPro 2014
    Jenn B
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    5 May 07, 2014

    Gigantic electronic stores with gadgets you didn't know existed? Crazy maid cafes? A seven-story adult shop? Akihabara is overstimulating, but in a really fun way. Not really a place where you'll find a ton of locals, but still a fun place to lose a few hours.

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  • AkihabaraPro 2014
    Matthew Crompton
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    5 May 07, 2014

    The epicenter of electronics culture in a country famous for its electronics, central Tokyo's Akihabara district is a fascinating place to see Japan's technology-obsessed culture taken to its logical extreme (to say nothing of also doing a little shopping). Megamarkets like Yodobashi Camera and Laox stock computers, cameras, phones, and accessories, while surrounding stores sell Gundam figures and a host of other anime goods. It's a perfect snapshot of modern Japan, and a rather fun place to boot.

    Recommended for:Budget TravelersLocal Culture
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    Tom Shuttleworth
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    3 May 07, 2014

    This place is, well, weird. It's an uneasy mix of straight-edged, clean-lined technology, unsavory manga, and sweaty-palmed voyeurism. That said, it is undeniably interesting. It's a great place to pick up English title video games, ogle at the latest household kit, and do some duty-free spending. On a Sunday, the main street is closed to traffic which makes for much easier exploration.

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  • AkihabaraPro 2014
    Laurel W
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    2 May 07, 2014

    This is not the only electronics district in Tokyo. It is the hub for intense fans of manga and anime, which means it's full of young men. The area features popular culture shops and cafes. It has video game playing shops also full of young men.

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  • AkihabaraAmbassadorPro 2014
    Stanley Chan
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    5 May 07, 2014

    Technology hub of Tokyo. The entire district is tech! It's like being in a giant Fry's Electronics store, except the entire city block is one giant shopping store! You can buy everything electronic here! Great place to see all the geeks, nerds, and dorks come out!

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    Ramona Flume
    5 May 07, 2014

    Tokyo's exciting Akihabara district is famous for its sprawling electronic markets and 'otaku' obsessions, like anime and manga. It's a bustling place, with bright colors, interesting characters (some dressed up as favorite anime and cartoon characters) and plenty of window shopping. Don't miss one of many diverse electronic shops (yes, you can still find Tamagachis) and bizarre fetish destinations, like Maid Cafes, where waitresses dress up in adolescent maid uniforms and serve soda pop while playing games, like Jenga with customers.

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  • AkihabaraCommunity ManagerAmbassadorPro 2014
    Audrey Lo "@GogobotAudrey"
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    5 May 30, 2014

    Very cool area to check out! Akihabara is known for being the hub of electronics in Tokyo. This area houses the hundreds of arcades and gaming centers as well as the gundam cafe and 7 story sex store. Totally sensory overload and a site that you can't miss!

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  • AkihabaraPro 2014
    Diane Austin
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    3 May 07, 2014

    Boasting the largest collection of every electronic gadget imaginable and with many stores employing staff able to converse/sell in 5-20 different languages - wow! I found it jammed, overwhelming and ended up buying nothing. Seemed like a serious place for duty free purchases if you knew what you wanted. Else, confusion reigns easily here.

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  • Akihabara
    Jim Barton
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    4 May 07, 2014

    This is the best place to get deals in electronics. The freinds I made while in Tokyo would call it Abracadabra.

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    John Ewalt
    4 May 07, 2014

    This may be the center of gaming culture for Japan. Supposedly you can find just about anything electronic you could desire here and in the surrounding shops if you look hard enough and have a deep enough wallet. After looking through some of the used electronic media stores, I could not rule that judgement false out of hand. It is also possible to see people in interesting outfits if the time is right.

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  • Akihabara
    Troy Brophy
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    4 May 07, 2014

    Mecca for nerds the world over, Akihabara is the "Electric City" of Tokyo, where otaku of many varieties come to shop for toys, games, figurines, electronics, anything that runs on electric current, or represents a game or anime character.

    Best to go on a Sunday, because the main street is closed to traffic, allowing pedestrians to wander, and providing space for girl-bands and cosplayers to perform for the camera-weilding crowds.

    Recommended for:Local CultureBackpackersFamily TravelersStudents
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  • AkihabaraPro 2014
    Wanugee
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    4 May 07, 2014

    Akihabara is the consumer electronics capital of Tokyo. COme here and fine just about anything you could ever want that plugs into a wall or runs on batteries.

    Here, the Japanese call it Denki-Denshi, or Electrical-Electronic, and if it is either of those, it is probably here.

    The Japanese love their gadgets, so if that is what you like, too, come here and find the latest in consumer electronics for sure.

    Be careful about being tempted to buy the latest. Most of these items are designed for the domestic Japanese market, so most of the times what you want to buy here as the latest cool gadget, won't work well in your home country, due to global content differences, power source standards, and instructions in Japanese.

    You can access Akihabara from just about anywhere in Tokyo that has the Yamanote train loop line.

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    Sher
    4 May 07, 2014

    Reached about 7pm and all the hustle and bustle are still on at akihabara! Loads of gaming machines, ufo catchers, manga and anime, even second hand dirt cheap consoles (aging from ps1 and earlier, some other old old names that doesnt register in my head). Left happy and contented, with my purse much much lighter than when i came

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  • AkihabaraPro 2014
    Joseph Coureur
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    5 May 07, 2014

    Akihabara is the high tech part of Tokyo. It almost seems like a big amusement park with all the lights, but it's really about the shopping. Don't worry about spending too much money here: you probably can't use the fanciest stuff back home.

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  • Akihabara
    Lauren Monitz
    3 May 07, 2014

    Mall after mall of electronics, you could literally get lost in all the cords, cables and gadgets. While most aren't a great deal by Western standards, if you do a little digging, there are bargains to be found.

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  • Akihabara
    Adrian San
    5 May 07, 2014

    Akihabara ist ein Paradies für Anuime/Manga-Fans und auch für Computernerds im allgemeinen. Hier finden sich hunderte kleine und große Geschäfte, in denen man jegliches Computerzubehör, Fanartikel von hunderten Animeserien und vieles mehr kaufen kann. Berühmt sind auch die Maid-Cafés, in denen das Personal im Anime bzw. Schulmädchenlook gekleidet ist (sehr beliebt bei den Japanern). Aber auch wenn man nicht zur eigentlichen Zielgruppe gehört, lohnt sich ein Besuch auch nur, um die Atmosphäre und Leute zu beobachten.

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  • AkihabaraPro 2014
    Eduardo Sasso
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    5 May 07, 2014

    Electronics paradise. This area is surrounded by buildings full of games, anime, manga and all sorts of electronics. If you remember CompUSA think something like 3 times as big where you can build you computer from scratch and have 50 options of keyboard to choose from, this is just to get an idea on how big the stores on this area are. It's gamer's paradise!

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  • Akihabara
    Kevin Cheng
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    4 May 07, 2014

    This place is off the hook - it's crowded with tech geeks, filled to the brim with electronic shops, but what's most fun is the huge video game arcades. There's a crazy amount of cool games and a ridiculous variety of claw machines, and it's fun just to watch other people play.

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    John H.
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    5 May 07, 2014

    The tech, geek hub of Tokyo. There is a massive Sega arcade here, a shopping arcade filled with old games, and more manga stores than you can throw stones at. Make sure to check out the huge department store here. If you do intend to shop, make sure to do your homework. The abundance of choices could lead to choice paralysis.

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  • Akihabara
    Fah Chanaporn
    5 May 07, 2014

    Great destination for all 'Otakus'. You can find practically everything related to mangas and anime here. I would advise you to do some research though if you want something specific. Most of the shops sell everything from mangas to adult videos. So if you bring kids, make sure not to go into some weird stores. ;) and please don't poke fun at all the otakus.

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Tech geeks rejoice! Akihabara, a section of eastern Tokyo, is also known as Electric Town. New and used electronic, computer and anime shops line the streets, with both name brand and independent labels mixed in. The area is also famous for having the first store dedicated solely to personal robots.

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