Otaku's paradise in Tokyo
Japanese manga or anime is one of the main inspirations that make me want to visit Japan for once in my life. If you are reading this, I guess you are also a fan of Japanese manga or anime!
There are 3 must-visit destinations for otakus: Ikebukuro, Akihabara and Nakano.
Instead of the subway, I went there by taxi tours and there would be English-speaking drivers taking you. In my case, traveling by taxi was more convenient in enjoying the view as well as commuting and shopping.
The first destination was Ikebukuro
At Ikebukuro, there stood the main store of the world's largest retailer for otaku - Animate Flagship Store. For me - a true otaku - Animate was truly a paradise.
This 8-story Animate store was filled with every product related to manga and anime, from badges, CDs, figures to pens and papers specialized in drawing manga.
What I especially liked when shopping at Animate was that the store also played the soundtracks and projected the currently trending animes.
If you want to experience maid cafe for once, come to Otome Road. My friend and I stopped by Swallowtail Butlers Cafe, a great place to enjoy some tea, have lunch in an aristocratic space, and be served by professional butlers.
The next destination was definitely Akihabara
Just think of any manga or anime and you can probably find any related products at Akihabara.
Akihabara was surely the most famous spot for international tourists who love Japanese comic books. I visited famous stores for otaku here such as Mandarake Complex, Toranoana, and Akihabara Gamers.
One of the items I bought right away was a Naruto artbook (about 2000¥) that I was very fond of. While walking around, I encountered cabinets displaying figures everywhere, I just wanted to take them all home.
There was also a lot of special entertainment in Akihabara, especially the SEGA Game Center. All games from vintage videos to the latest virtual reality are available here.
The last spot was Nakano
Though less known amongst tourists compared to Akihabara, it was still the must-visit destination for true otakus: Nakano Broadway Complex. It was an a-few-story high building and each story was dedicated to a specific product.
While Akihabara had the largest number of new products, Nakano Broadway was where you could find more vintage, ancient, and hard-to-find items.
** Note: Please keep in mind that almost all stores open at noon, so you don't have to come too early.
One of the great things at Nakano Broadway was that the prices were pretty reasonable, compared to other stores in Tokyo. I bought some old mangas that are only 100¥/book! If you felt hungry while shopping at Nakano, come and try the restaurants on floor B1F.
That was the end of my exciting day in Japan to satisfy my passion for manga and anime. If there were any destinations that you would like to have more information on, please leave a comment below!
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