Before you start this tour...58 s
Starting point - Just exiting the Akihabara Station.3 min
Bright orange awning hanging over copious amounts of tiny electronics.1 min
Up the stairs for vast amounts of vintage electronic treasures.3 min
New building currently under construction till Spring 2014.2 min
Life-sized figure Kenshiro from Fist of the Northstar will be staring you down.2 min
A bright room filled to ceiling with disembodied figures and dolls ready to be built.4 min
Meiji University Professor Morikawa Kaichiro explains rental showcase shops.1 min
Japanese Culture aficionado Danny Choo talks about Gamers.2 min
A brief discussion of what "cosplay" is while you wait at the crosswalk.2 min
Otakus and Idols go hand in hand in Akihabara.44 s
Editor of Otaku USA Magazine, Patrick Macias takes us through time in Super Potato.7 min
History, explanation and appeal of the Maid Cafe concept.3 min
Itasha cars and Japanese food in a can.3 min
Secret life of the Otaku confession and a weird cult bui.2 min
History of the open street "Pedestrian Paradise" weekend events from the past.3 min
Patrick discusses Doujinshi and Dating sims culture.8 min
Everything you could ever want and need in one overwhelming building.4 min
The "Dark Side" of Akihabara and it's people.2 min
Otaku gambling and collecting in forms of tiny plastic toys.5 min
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.