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Enjoying a Shopping Spree in Akihabara

An Invitation to an 'Otaku' Tour

Akihabara, famous worldwide as an electronics quarter attracting countless foreign tourists, has recently risen in prominence as a sub-cultural district housing a large cluster of stores targeted at Otaku ,obsessed fans of anime & comics. Here are some popular spots in the "Otaku Mecca".

AKA (Akihabara) Comic Tora no Ana 1

"Comic Tora no Ana"achieved rapid growth as Akihabara transformed from a town of electrical appliances and personal computers into an anime & comic mecca. In addition to selling magazines, comics and AV software mainly targeted at the"Otaku", this store is characterized by its "dojinshi" (fan-produced magazines) by amateur artists. AKA Comic Tora no Ana 1 offers a wide selection of dojinshi and dojin software (only Japanese corresponds). In addition to the Tokyo stores, there are branches in Sapporo, Yokohama, Nagoya, Osaka, Kobe, Hiroshima, and Fukuoka.

Place: 4-3-1, Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0021
Tel: 03-5294-0123
Business hours:
11:00-21:00 (Monday - Thursday),
10:00-21:00 (Friday - Sunday, and on National Holidays)
Open all year round

Access: About 5 minutes' walk along the Chuo-dori in the direction of Okachimachi, from the Denkigai-guchi Exit of JR Akihabara Station.

Gamers Head Store

"Gamers", famous for its "DiGi Charat" mascot character. Besides products related to game characters, Gamers offers a wide array of CDs, DVDs, books, magazines, etc. In particular, it boasts a rich lineup of trading cards, as well as events organized on a regular basis. There are some 20 stores in cities throughout the country, including Sapporo, Yokohama, Nagoya, Osaka, and Hakata.

Place: Takarada Bldg., 1-14-7, Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0021
Tel: 03-5298-8720
Business hours: 11:00- 21:00 (9:00-22:00 for 1st Floor only)
Open all year round

Access:In front of the Denkigai-guchi Exit of JR Akihabara Station.

AsoBitCity

Three-dimensional "figures" of popular characters in anime & comics are also in high demand among fans. On each of the floors from the 1st Basement Floor to the 6th Floor, AsoBitCity has a rich lineup of figures of all genres. It is characterized by its abundant stocks ranging from "shokugan" (sophisticated miniature figures sold together with sweets) to figures of hit anime characters. On the 5th Floor, there is a corner displaying life-sized figures, and the 6th Floor sells costumes for "cosplay" (costume play - having fun dressing up as anime & comic characters).

Place: 1-13-3, Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0021
Tel: 03-3257-2590
Business hours: 10:00-22:00
Open all year round

Access: About 2 minutes' walk along the Chuo-dori in the direction of Okachimachi from the Denkigai-guchi Exit of JR Akihabara Station.

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