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Akihabara Otaku Culture Tokyo Japan

Akihabara and Otaku Culture – Colorful and Crazy in Tokyo

In Food Travel, Japan by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch2 Comments

Akihabara is a frenetic Tokyo neighborhood where Japanese art, Otaku culture and electronics collide in a melange of sight and sound.

Break Time - Akihabara and Otaku Culture

Break Time

We interrupt our culinary tour of Tokyo for a brief break – an intermezzo if you will. By now, you’ve digested the first two courses of our Japanese epicurean odyssey. So, we want to give you a brief break from the food photos so that you didn’t get too full too quickly.

When eating so much great food while traveling, it is highly beneficial to let some of that awesome food digest while taking in the sights and sounds. Plus, you can see so much while on foot, both at eye level and by looking up.

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Tokyo’s Akihabara District

A great place to walk around and absorb the sights and sounds is Tokyo’s Akihabara district.  Just two stops from Tokyo Station, Akihabara is a neighborhood known for its electronic superstores. There’s a reason that it’s known as Electric Town, but the neighborhood is so much more.

Colorful Building near Akihabara Train Station - Akihabara and Otaku Culture

Colorful Building near Akihabara Train Station

Colorful Street Art - Akihabara and Otaku Culture

Colorful Akihabara Street Art

Colorful Street Mural - Akihabara and Otaku Culture

More Colorful Akihabara Street Art

Akihabara People Watching - Akihabara and Otaku Culture

You never know what you see when you walk on the Akihabara streets.

You could say that Akihabara is the world capital of geek boy culture. The neighborhood provides a one stop shopping experience where a teenage boy could buy a whole bunch of anime videos and manga comic books along with the audio-visual system to watch them on while fantasizing about the scantily clad maids who inhabit the streetscape.

Akihabara Street Scene - Akihabara and Otaku Culture

Akihabara Street Scene

Otaku Culture

The Otaku culture which encompasses those forms breathes Akihabara with life. There is kitsch everywhere from the multi-story stores like the Mandarake Complex to the store fronts with touts hawking their wares.

Kitsch for Sale - Akihabara and Otaku Culture

Kitsch for Sale

3D Manga for Sale - Akihabara and Otaku Culture

3D Manga for Sale

Collectibles - Akihabara and Otaku Culture

Akihabara Collectibles

Godzillas - Akihabara and Otaku Culture

Godzillas

Blast from the Past - Akihabara and Otaku Culture

Blast from the Past in Akihabara

Heads - Akihabara and Otaku Culture

Heads

Wigs - Akihabara and Otaku Culture

Wigs

Maid Cafes

The neighborhood is known for the maid cafes where you can get some entertainment with your snack.  We have mixed views about the maids Cute and fun OR sexualized and creepy? – you decide.  Either way, the maids certainly add character to the neighborhood.

Maid Caught in the Action - Akihabara and Otaku Culture

Maid Caught in the Action

Maids Hiding their Faces - Akihabara and Otaku Culture

Maids Hiding their Faces

Where to Stay in Akihabara

We spent the first part of our trip at the Dormy Inn Akihabara. The hotel was a perfect spot for us – conveniently located, modern room and a wonderful rooftop onsen with indoor and outdoor hot springs and saunas available all day and night.

Hoel Dormy Inn - Akihabara and Otaku Culture

Hotel Dormy Inn Akihabara

Wonderful Rooftop Onsen Akihabara and Otaku Culture

Wonderful Rooftop Onsen at the Hotel Dormy Inn

Dormy Inn Akihabara is located at 4 Chome-12-5 Sotokanda, Chiyoda, Tokyo 101-0021, Japan.

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As an added bonus, this hotel is less than a block away from 2k540 Aki-Oka Artisan, a fun shopping area under the JR train tracks. It’s a great place to shop for locally made crafts and also to buy earrings.

Mindi Shopping for Earrings at 2k540 Aki Oka Artisan - Akihabara and Otaku Culture

Unfortunately, we weren’t in the market for new electronics during our stay in Akihabara. But at least now we know where to go the next time that we are. It’s too bad that we’ll need to take a long plane ride to get to Akihabara!


Hungry for more? Check out our article about Tokyo’s Ramen Street.


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Comments

  1. I’m so jealous of people who have managed to make it to Japan! I’ve been wanting to go for 19 years and still haven’t… Someday though, I’ll go!

  2. The picture labeled 3D manga the thing pictured there is mouse pad with a wrist pillow being the love pillows.

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