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West off Chuo-dori, Akihabara, Tokyo.

Shopping off Chuo-Dori, Akihabara, Tokyo

Akihabara, or "Akiba," in Chiyoda ward, is Tokyo's mecca for computer-related, electronics, home appliances, hobbies, and the otaku geek culture of gaming, anime and manga.

The area around Akihabara Station and north up Chuo-dori ("Central Street") is packed with shops from the massive to the tiny selling everything in electronics and anime/manga culture from exclusive high-end goods to virtual trash.

Chuo-dori is dominated by big chain stores, each of which has several different branches within Akihabara. The side-streets running parallel to Chuo-dori are home mainly to smaller specialist stores and some maid cafes. The smaller off-Chuo-dori stores generally offer better bargains than the big names, so it pays to shop around.

Akihabara Station has three exits: the easternmost Showa-dori Exit, the Central Ticket Gate Exit, and the westernmost Electric Town Exit.



Main Akihabara shopping

Showa-dori Exit

Yodobashi Camera

Yodobashi Camera, Akihabara, Tokyo.

Yodobashi Camera is on the east side of the JR Yamanote line: the other side from the main bustle of Akihabara, but generates enough bustle of its own. The Akihabara presence of the Yobobashi Camera chain headquartered in Shinjuku, this is a massive department store of everything electric and electronic, plus sporting-, car-, office-related, and more.
Shares the Yodobashi Akiba building with cafes (1F), restaurants (8F), Yurindo Books, and Tower Records (both 7F).
Hours: 9.30am-10pm, 365 days. 1-1 Kanda-hanaoka-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0028 Tel. 03-5209-1010
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Electric Town Exit

Akihabara Crossfield | Sofmap | Akky Dutyfree | Labi | Radio Kaikan
Ishimaru | Laox | Mandarake | Don Quijote Akihabara | Gundam Cafe

Akihabara Crossfield

Akihabara Crossfield, Akihabara, Tokyo.

Akihabara Crossfield is made up of two linked buildings, the Akiba Dai-Biru, nearest the station, and behind it the UDX Building. The UDX Building is a hive of activity, especially on weekends and holidays, with a regular outdoor fair that takes place on its west side, with tables and stands selling clothes and trinkets. The 1-3F is the Akiba Ichi ("Akiba Mart") containing numerous cafes and restaurants, and the 4F has the Tokyo Anime Center: with a small exhibition space and a bigger shop. There is also a post office and supermarket on the 1F. Three underground floors of parking.
Hours: 10am-10pm, 365 days. 1-15-8 Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0021. Tel. 03-03-5207-6711
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Sofmap

Sofmap, Akihabara, Tokyo.Sofmap Pasokon Store, Akihabara, Tokyo.

Sofmap dominates Akihabara with its multitude of specialist stores. (Click names for map.)

  • Sofmap Main Store (Honkan) - duty free on 2F.
  • Sofmap Amusement Store (Amusement Kan)
  • Sofmap General Computer Store (Pasokon Sogo Kan)
  • Sofmap General Re-Used Store (Re-Use Sogo Kan)
  • Sofmap Macintosh/Creators' Store (Mac/Creators Kan)
  • Sofmap Music and CD Store (Ongaku/CD Kan)
  • Sofmap Computer Clinic - computer repairs (Japanese language OS's only)
  • Sofmap Computer Games & Anime Store (PC Games/Anime Kan)
  • Sofmap Second Hand Digital & Mobile Store (Chuuko Dejitaru/Mobile Senmonten)
  • Sofmap Second Hand Computers No.2 Store (Chuuko Pasokon Ni-Go Ten)
  • Sofmap Station-Front Second Hand Store (Chuuko Ekimae Ten)

  • Main Store Hours: 11am-9pm Mon-Fri, 10am-9pm Sat, Sun, public holidays. 365 days. 4-1-1 Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0021. Tel. 03-3253-1111

    Akky Dutyfree

    Akky Dutyfree, Akihabara, Tokyo.

    Akky Dutyfree is perhaps the most foreigner-friendly chain in Akihabara with multi-lingual staff and foreign-friendly goods, such as English language OS computers, and duty free.

  • Akky International Main Store
  • Akky One-Akihabara - specializing in duty-free
  • Akky II - English OS computers, globally compatible mobiles, duty free.

  • Hours: 9.30am-8pm
    1-12-1 Soto-kanda, Chiyoda ku, Tokyo 101-0021
    Tel. 03-5207-5027

    Labi

    Labi, Akihabara, Tokyo.

    Labi is run by Yamada Denki (i.e. Yamada Electrical) and is one of the company's almost 300 stores nationwide. Labi's 6 floors stock digital cameras and video cameras, electronic dictionaries, digital audio players, computers and computer peripherals.

    Hours: 10am-10pm, 365 days. 1-15-8 Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0021. Tel. 03-03-5207-6711
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    Radio Kaikan

    Radio Kaikan, Akihabara, Tokyo.

    Radio Kaikan is eclectic mish-mash of stores representing everything Akihabara has to offer, from the latest high-end audio, to antique electronics, to anime, and hard-core "hobby"-related. Home to several shops of the Yellow Submarine hobby and game store. The place for hard-to-find parts. It may look grotty and uninviting inside, but it offers an unadulterated all-in-one experience of pre-chain store Akihabara. The garish facade is unmissable.
    Hours: 10am-8pm. Open every day.
    1-15-16 Soto-kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0021
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    Ishimaru

    Ishimaru Denki, Akihabara, Tokyo.
    Ishimaru is an electronics chain with four stores in Akihabara. (Click names for maps.)
  • Ishimaru Akiba: the most prominent of its stores, on Chuo-dori by Manseibashi Bridge, stocking the full range of electronics and home appliances.
  • Ishimaru Soft, Main Store: dedicated to software, just across the road from Ishimaru Akiba, beside the river. Parking for 34 cars.
  • Ishimaru Main Store: hidden away on the other side of the railway line, two blocks down.
  • Ishimaru Soft, Idol Store (Aidoru-kan): for "adult software," under the railway line, very near the Ishimaru Main Store.
  • Hours: 10am-8pm
    Main Store: 1-9-14 Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0021. Tel. 03-3255-1500.

    Laox

    Laox, Akihabara, Tokyo.

    Laox Laox is probably the most foreigner-friendly of the electrical stores in Akihabara, and has four premises in the area:

  • Laox Main Store: by Manseibashi Bridge (next to Ishimaru Akiba), stocking the full range of electronics and home appliances, overseas-compatible on the 4F, plus a huge array of duty-free and other goods such as bags, cosmetics, souvenirs, watches, food, and hobby-related on floors 5, 6 & 7.
  • Laox AsoBitCity dedicated to hobbies & games of all sorts, and porn on the B1 floor.
  • Laox Pocket Plus One selling mobile phones, including duty-free.
  • Laox Musicvox Akihabara, for musical instruments and other music-related.
  • Main Store Hours: 10am-8pm (till 9pm Fri, Sat). Other stores hours slightly different.
    1-2-9 Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. Tel. 03-3253-7111

    Mandarake

    Mandarake, Akihabara, Tokyo.

    Mandarake has 11 department store-style shops nationwide specializing in manga, anime, games, toys, models, cosplay and dojinshi - many of them second-hand. This huge multi-story emporium is an otaku's delight.
    Hours: noon-8pm

    3-11-12 Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo.
    Tel. 03-3350-1701
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    Don Quijote Akihabara

    Don Quijote Akihabara, Tokyo.

    Don Quijote Akihabara is one of a chain of nationwide stores selling almost every consumer knick-knack imaginable, including groceries, generally at very discount prices. Open 19 hours a day.

    Hours: 10am-5am
    4-3-3 Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0021.
    Tel. 03-5298-5411
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    Gundam Cafe

    Gundam Cafe, Akihabara, Tokyo.

    Gundam Cafe was opened by the Bandai Corporation in April 2010 themed after its most successful manga/anime character, Mobile Suit Gundam.
    Lunch 11am-4.30pm, dinner 5pm till closing. Gundam-themed cocktails from 5pm till closing.
    Hours: 10am-11pm Mon-Fri, 8.30am-11pm Sat, 8.30am-9.30pm Sun & public holdidays.
    Last food orders: 1 hour before closing. Last drink orders: 30 mins before closing.
    1-1 Kanda-hanaoka, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0021.
    Tel. 03-5298-5411
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    Images of Akihabara by the photographer Guillaume Marcotte.


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