Chiyoda, Japan

Tokyo Realtime: Akihabara

Tokyo Realtime: Akihabara

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20 tour stops

1

Introduction

Before you start this tour...

58 s
2

JR Akihabara Station Electric Town Exit

Starting point - Just exiting the Akihabara Station.

3 min
3

Entering the Radio Center

Bright orange awning hanging over copious amounts of tiny electronics.

1 min
4

Radio Center 2F & Maid Row

Up the stairs for vast amounts of vintage electronic treasures.

3 min
5

Radio Kaikan

New building currently under construction till Spring 2014.

2 min
6

Kaiyodo

Life-sized figure Kenshiro from Fist of the Northstar will be staring you down.

2 min
7

Volks

A bright room filled to ceiling with disembodied figures and dolls ready to be built.

4 min
8

Rental Showcase Shop

Meiji University Professor Morikawa Kaichiro explains rental showcase shops.

1 min
9

Gamers

Japanese Culture aficionado Danny Choo talks about Gamers.

2 min
10

Crosswalk #1

A brief discussion of what "cosplay" is while you wait at the crosswalk.

2 min
11

Street Idols

Otakus and Idols go hand in hand in Akihabara.

44 s
12

Super Potato

Editor of Otaku USA Magazine, Patrick Macias takes us through time in Super Potato.

7 min
13

@Home Cafe

History, explanation and appeal of the Maid Cafe concept.

3 min
14

Canned Oden

Itasha cars and Japanese food in a can.

3 min
15

Mandarake

Secret life of the Otaku confession and a weird cult bui.

2 min
16

Crosswalk #2

History of the open street "Pedestrian Paradise" weekend events from the past.

3 min
17

Toranoana

Patrick discusses Doujinshi and Dating sims culture.

8 min
18

Don Quijote /AKB48

Everything you could ever want and need in one overwhelming building.

4 min
19

Crosswalk #3

The "Dark Side" of Akihabara and it's people.

2 min
20

Gachapon Kaikan

Otaku gambling and collecting in forms of tiny plastic toys.

5 min

Overview

Get an insider tour of Akihabara from world-reknowned experts on the area.

Tokyo's Electric Town, Akihabara is Japan's pop culture hotspot for video games, anime, manga and character merchandise, which attracts hardcore fans - and curious visitors - from all over the world. Leading experts on Akihabara take you on a behind-the-scenes tour of the area.

You'll visit all the must-see shops, learn about the area's history, and discover the meaning of insider jargon like otagei, moe, itasha and more. The tour mixes narration, music and location ambience to deliver a seamless mix of adventure and cultural insight while navigating real-world spaces.

Best time to take this tour: Weekday afternoons are best if you want to avoid the crowds. Some consider Sunday afternoons the best time to visit, when the area is in full swing. Evening trips to Akihabara lack excitement as some shops close early.

Itinerary 1.2 km / 1:00

Offline map included

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