These are 5 shops you should definitely stop by when you visit Akihabara.
1. Super Potato Akihabara Branch
There are plenty of video game stores in Akihabara, but Super Potato Akihabara Branch specializes in retro games. They have old handheld consoles like Game & Watch as well as home consoles like the Super Famicon and Sega Saturn, as well as games themselves. This is a space that video game lovers won't be able to resist. However, the most recommended area is the retro arcade on the 5th floor. You can enjoy nostalgic arcade games. The arcade sells drinks so you can also use it as a resting area. When you're tired of walking around Akihabara, it might be good to stop here for a leisurely time.
2. Akihabara Radiokaikan
Akihabara Radiokaikan, right in front of Akihabara Station, is a building that has been beloved by locals for many years. It's full of different stores, including company stores by Yellow Submarine, the trading card company, and Kaiyodo, famous for figurines, as well as electrical products and other hobby goods. On the 10th floor, there's an event space where they often hold different events like game demos and trading card tournaments. People who have never visited Akihabara before should go here first so you can experience the true Akihabara atmosphere.
3. Akihabara Gachapon Kaikan
""Gachapon"" are capsule toys found in vending machines. Akihabara Gachapon Kaikan is so full of gachapon machines that it could be called the holy land for gachapon. There is a wide variety of toys available, from pins and figures of anime characters to miniature furniture and animal mascots. They have the biggest number of varieties in Akihabara, and every month they receive a ton of new, popular products. One costs 200 JPY, so it's reasonable enough that you can go and come back with a memory of your trip. Please be aware that gachapon machines only take 100 yen coins, so make sure you have enough change when you go.
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4. Don Quijote Akihabara Branch
Don Quijote is a famous chain discount store that has a huge variety of products crammed into it. It has plenty of Japanese-style products perfect for souvenirs that you can't buy in regular souvenir shops. Just looking through the labyrinth-like store is fun. Also, at the Akihabara branch, there are specialty areas dedicated to Akihabara-like activities, like maid cafes, nail salons specializing in drawing anime characters on nails, and a special theater where concerts by idol group AKB48 are held almost every day. It would be good to visit when you have lots of time on your hands.
5. Yodobashi Akiba
In recent years, Yodobashi Akiba has become a landmark of Akihabara, and it's the Akihabara branch of electronics retailer Yodobashi Camera. However, this branch isn't just electronics and appliances, it's actually a big shopping building that also has the bookstore Yurindo and the CD shop Tower Records, as well as fashion stores. The top floor has facilities like a batting cage, golf garden, and more as well as the gourmet floor with the largest number of stalls in Akihabara. It's very accessible as well, so why not try going there if you don't know where to have lunch or dinner?
Please visit and enjoy one of Tokyo's greatest entertainment neighborhoods, Akihabara, to your heart's delight.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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