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[WOW! JAPAN Selection]Akihabara cosplay (anime) culture

Located in the heart of Tokyo, the Akihabara district is the most popular sightseeing spots in Tokyo. Easily accessible from Ueno, Asakusa and the rest of Tokyo, many people from Japan and abroad visit Akihabara every year. Akihabara has a originating base where a variety of hobby stores such as idol, animation, cosplay, games and railroad lines can be found. Although the area was famous originally as an electric town a while back, crowds of foreign visitors can typically be found in the area as Akihabara has transformed into one of the must visit areas in Tokyo, especially for the pop culture fans.We will introduce the best information of cosplay(anime)culture in Akihabara.


"MANDARAKE" is an antiquarian bookstore which operates nationwide and specializes in manga. Aside from secondhand manga, they also sell anime-related goods and game figures. They also sell items from bargain-priced books from 100 JPY to rare items costing around several hundred thousands JPY -- they also collect products which are a little maniac. You may find things in "MANDARAKE" which are not available in other stores. The store is full with must-see things with each store having employees cosplay the characters of their liking. Although hardcore fans are sure to like this, even people which do not know anime can have fun by just looking around the store.

AKB48 Cafe and Shop

Akihabara's icon is AKB48, a group that was formed in Akihabara itself. They have their own special theater in Akihabara as well, and you can fully immerse yourself in the world of AKB48, a group hugely popular both within and outside of Japan, at this shop. The group's concert footage and music videos play throughout the shop, and there's a cafe space where you can try sweets and dishes associated with the members. There's also an area where you can buy original merchandise. They hold various events and campaigns as well as offer branch-limited goods, so this is a must-see place for fans.

ACOS Akihabara Store

Located on the fifth floor of the AKIBA Culture ZONE, a commerce building filled with the otaku culture of Akihabara, ACOS is a specialist anime character cosplay goods store. It is often visited by cosplayers looking to buy clothing, accessories, wigs, color contacts and other items. The cost of Items of clothing ranges from a few thousand yen to more than 10,000. The store has changing rooms so you can enjoy trying on the costumes without having to buy them (but please remember that the changing rooms are for people who are looking to buy something, so please don’t take advantage of this.) As well as cosplay costumes, you can also find clothing with anime characters printed on them, making this a must-go place for anime fans. If you fancy become an anime character, this is the place to do it!

Cosplay Studio Crown

"Cosplay Studio Crown" provides a cosplay experience service. With a convenient access just 6 minutes away from the Akihabara Electric Town exit of JR Akihabara Station, you can take part in a photo shooting session in various situations in a studio designated for cosplayers. Also, you can walk the streets of Akihabara in a full cosplay outfit of your choice.

Maid Cafe

Maid Cafes are places where the waitresses dress up in maid uniforms and serve the customers who are likened to the masters of the household. When you enter the Cafe, it is customary for the maids to greet you as returning to your own home with a word“Welcome home, Master”.Although there are many varieties of maid Cafes ranging from classic styles, entertainment styles to Japanese styles and more, the standard price for food and drinks are about 1,000 JPY. In addition, there are some Cafes where you are required to pay an entrance fee. The “@home Cafe” in Akihabara focuses on entertainment. You can celebrate your birthday there, pay a fee to play games with the maids and take photos. They also have an English menu prepared so first-timers can rest easy. For a short while, why not forget reality and enjoy yourself as a distinguished master?

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