Akihabara, or locally referred to as “Akiba,” sees a convergence of tourists and Japan’s sub-culture enthusiasts, with enough entertainment to satisfy every niche. Whether you are into manga, anime or video games, you can enjoy more than a day’s worth of fun in Akihabara.
Gaming and Tech Fun in Akihabara
For the gaming fanatic, Akihabara offers a plethora of arcade buildings that stretch upwards of 7 floors. Ranging from crane games with insane prizes, to fighting and rhythm arcades, there’s a seemingly endless supply of fun in Akihabara.
If it’s always been your dream to actually live inside your favorite game, take your friends out for some cosplay and hit the road with a real-life Mario Kart experience. There’s plenty of things to do for fun in Akihabara for the older crowd as well, with plenty of shops dedicated to classic console gaming of yesteryear. If you’re into PC gaming, there are plenty of shops to find the parts you need to turn your computer into the ultimate gaming system.
Manga & Anime Fun in Akihabara
If video games aren’t your cup of tea, you don’t have to go very far to find countless numbers of shops devoted strictly to anime and manga, which has been one of Japan’s greatest entertainment exports for decades. Whether you are an old-school Dragon Ball fan, or are just beginning to explore the media thanks to Attack on Titan, there’s definitely something for everyone, and then some.
Maid Cafes and Idol Shows
Akihabara really knows how to lay on the cuteness. In fact, Akiba has perfected the art. If you’re hungry, stop in for a meal at a “maid cafe.” Eager maids are literally dolled up and ready to take your order. There are more than a handful of cafes to choose from, all with their own unique them. Choose from standard cafes, to those featuring pirates and even ninjas.
If looking to deviate from the norm, there are “mean maid” cafes where the employees are paid to be as rude as possible. You can expect the worst service ever. At mean maid cafes, you certainly get exactly what you paid for.
Most cafes have an entry fee for a certain amount of time at your table. While this aspect may cause would-be patrons to shy away from entering, a maid cafe is truly a one-of-a-kind experience, and is not to be missed if you have the chance.
Idol pop music is a staple in Japan, and a prominent element of Tokyo’s modern culture. Akihabara is the birthplace of the nation’s largest, most successful idol outfit, AKB48. With massive productions and an endless catalog of songs, an AKB48 show is an experience you’ll remember forever.
AKB48 shows can, however, be a bit pricey. If you’re looking for idol pop fun in Akihabara on a budget, there are plenty of smaller scale shows featuring up-and-coming idol pop hopefuls looking for their big break.
As you can see, it won’t be hard to find something fun in Akihabara to do. And at only a few stops on the Chiyoda line from 3Q House, you can start your Akiba adventure quickly!