Sightseeing

Akihabara

1Mandarake Complex

The Mandarake complex could be called one of the key spots that leads Akihabara culture. The store's extensive array of manga comic books, toys and other collectibles is divided into genres by floor amongst the building's eight shopping floors (1st-8th), and ranges from the very latest and newest items to the nostalgic. The store's lineup is so extensive that it is commonly said that "there is nothing that cannot be found at Mandarake." In addition to comic books and toys, the store also has a full range of video games, collector's cards and stickers, anime and tokusatsu (live-action) TV shows, CDs and DVDs. Mandarake also purchases private collections from individual sellers, and is recognized for its honest and trustworthy service in responding to customer consultations.

Details of stores and facilities
Business hours
12:00-20:00
Fixed holidays
None (open every day)
Admission fee, etc.
-
Phone number
+81-3-3252-7007
Address
3-11-12 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Access
Around 4 minutes' walk from Akihabara Station

2Akihabara Gachapon Hall

Akihabara Gachapon Hall is an amusement park store, known and referred to by its many fans as the Akihabara's largest Mecca to gachapon (capsule-toy vending machines). Inside the store there are over 400 gachapon units, with around 50 new releases appearing each month. The store also offers a well-received service whereby customers who successfully get capsules with a winning sticker affixed to them receive a free turn to get another capsule. The store has seen a steady stream of adult customers buying large numbers of capsules, spurred on by the nostalgic sound and feel of turning the knobs on the machines.

Details of stores and facilities
Business hours
11:00-20:00
(Fridays, Saturdays and days before a public holiday: -22:00, Sundays and public holidays: -19:00)
Fixed holidays
None (open every day)
Admission fee, etc.
-
Phone number
+81-3-5209-6020
Address
3-15-5 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Access
Around 7 minutes' walk from Akihabara Station

3Akihabara Radiokaikan

Akihabara Radiokaikan center-or "Radikan" as it is affectionately known-is a landmark of the Akihabara district, located directly in front of Akihabara Station. The center opened in 1950, and has a long history of giving rise to trends to so-called "Akiba Culture," including the microcomputer and model figure booms. The new building was completed in 2014, giving the center a much-needed power up; with 10 floors above ground and two below, and around 30 tenants spread out across them. The top floor is used to hold a diverse variety of events.

Details of stores and facilities
Business hours
10:00-20:00
Fixed holidays
None (open every day)
Admission fee, etc.
-
Phone number
(undisclosed)
Address
1-15-16 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Access
Very near to Akihabara Station

4AKIBA FUKUROU

Owl Café Akiba Fukurou is a unique café, located near to Akihabara Station, where visitors can spend time in close contact with owls. The married couple that own the café have a great love for owls, and operate the establishment on a reservation-only basis to enable visitors to enjoy the rare and precious experience of interacting with the owls and taking photographs together with them, touching them, and allowing them to perch on their arms.
The charge also includes a commemorative photo service, in which visitors' photographs are printed on postcards to take home as souvenirs. The café has recently become a hot topic amongst foreign visitors, and customers are advised to reserve early to avoid disappointment due to the high level of popularity.

Details of stores and facilities
Business hours
12:00-18:00 (Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays: -19:00, reservations required.)
Fixed holidays
Tuesdays
Admission fee, etc.
2,000 yen per hour, per person
Phone number
None (reservations are made via the website)
Address
67 Kanda-Neribeicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Access
Around 4 minutes' walk from Akihabara Station
Website URL

5GUNDAM Café

GUNDAM Café is the official café for the famous anime series Mobile Suit Gundam, which has continued to be loved by fans for many years. In addition to its exterior appearance, based on a Gundam motif, the interior space is reminiscent of Earth Federation battleships from the show.
The daytime menu consists mainly of unique food and drink items developed around the Gundam theme. At night, the café also serves alcoholic beverages, and can be used as a bar. It also offers an extensive range of Gundam-related merchandise.

Details of stores and facilities
Business hours
10:00-22:30
(Last order for food: 21:30, drinks: 22:00)
Fixed holidays
Irregular holidays
Admission fee, etc.
-
Phone number
+81-3-3251-0078
Address
1-1 Kanda-Hanaokacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Access
Very near to Akihabara Station
Website URL