Famously known as Tokyo's 'Electric Town', Akihabara is an eclectic mix of discount electronics and geek culture that attracts many people from all around the world. With its gigantic billboards advertising everything an anime-lover could want, when it comes to things to do in Akihabara, indulging your inner geek is a must.
The Akihabara district specialized in household appliances in the 1930s, but is now more associated with Japan's otaku or fanboy culture. The neighborhood combines its roots in electrical goods with anime-themed cafes and hobby shops. Shoppers will marvel over the wealth of quirky shops selling everything from novelties, games, toys, comics, cosplay and manga.
Yodobashi Camera is one of the largest electronics department stores in the area, but GAMERS is surely one of the most popular. Packed with manga, video games and anime merchandise, fans of Japan’s geek culture will be in shopping heaven. If you're in the district on a Sunday, be prepared for a colorful array of costumes and hairstyles as teens dress as their favorite characters and display one-of-a-kind Akihabara fashions.
One of Tokyo's most eccentric and unique districts, Akihabara lets visitors get a glimpse into both popular culture and lesser-known subcultures of modern Japan.