TOP THINGS TO DO IN AKIHABARA / 秋葉原 おすすめ スポット

Akihabara has been Tokyo’s electronic center since the 1950’s. It's a mash of crusty old electronic stores and shiny new shopping areas, sprinkled with game centers and anime show places. For non-anime enthusiasts or non-electronic geeks, it might not be the most interesting place, so probably best to come on Sundays, when cosplay groups hang out in costume as their favorite anime or manga character.

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1. MAID CAFES

Maid cafes are places where customers are waited on by waitresses wearing Maid costumes. Nothing tawdry goes on, just a drink with specially dressed service. The atmosphere can vary with some places being stern and formal, while staff at others might perform short shows or sing with customers. Maid Cafes can be found all over Akihabara.

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2. VIDEO AND GAME CENTERS

Akihabara has been the center of electronics in Tokyo since the 50’s, so there are plenty of classic electronics and old video games still around. If you are looking to relive your pong days, the following are good places to while away your time: Super Potat, Taito Hey. Club Sega

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3. ANIME CENTER

Ground Zero of the Otaku world, the Anime Center devoted to Japanese Anime and Manga characters and videos offers various exhibitions and events, including mini-live concerts and life size displays. On the 4th Floor of the UDX Building. Open 11am - 7pm. Closed Mondays. See their website at: www.animecenter.jp

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4. AKB48 Cafe

This sparkling cafe dedicated to the most popular girl’s band in Japan (the one composed of 48 members) offers shows, displays, performance videos and souvenirs - as well as a good menu of food and drinks. Open 11am - 10pm everyday, till 11pm Fri and Sat.

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5. SUNDAY AFTERNOON COSPLAY

Akihabara has become the place where cosplay poeple hang out on Sunday when its warm and the weather is good. You might be able to catch see them dressed up as their favorite anime characters, some with really extravagant outfits.

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