Check out the newest anime-related information in Akihabara, a sacred place for “otaku”
Akihabara (秋葉原), also called Akiba, is a district in central Tokyo that is famous for its many electronics shops. In more recent years, Akihabara has gained recognition as the center of Japan’s otaku (diehard fan) culture, and many shops and establishments devoted to anime and manga are now dispersed among the electronic stores in the district. On Sundays, Chuo Dori, the main street through the district, is closed to car traffic from 13:00 to 18:00 (until 17:00 from October through March).Akihabara has been undergoing major redevelopment over the years, including the renovation and expansion of Akihabara Station and the construction of new buildings in its proximity. Among these newly opened buildings were a huge Yodobashi electronics store and the Akihabara Crossfield, a business complex with the aim of promoting Akihabara as a center for global electronics technology and trade. Here, we introduce the 4 best activities to do here!
The Tokyo Anime Center is currently being remodeled and its grand opening hasn’t yet taken place, but projects have been scheduled in order to provide support for reconstruction from the earthquake that occurred in March. Limited-time exhibitions will take place in the main space inside the center, creating a PR booth that mainly features a large monitor showing popular movies and other offerings. Other monitors are placed at various locations to show the newest anime-related information from Japan. In addition, charity “mini concerts” are held in the recording studio inside the center, and anime charity auctions are held in the event space with unique items from anime-related companies.
The official shops on the second and fourth floors offer a wide range of products that are sure to be worthwhile, even for people who don’t like anime. These include special products from events or the Internet that can’t be bought anywhere else, and initial sales of various goods.
Address: 4F Akihabara UDX, 4-14-1 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-002 Access: approximately 2-minute walk from Akihabara Station on the JR Yamanote Line, Keihin-Tohoku Line, or Chuo-Sobu Line (local trains); approximately 2-minute walk from Akihabara Station on the Tsukuba Express; approximately 4-minute walk from Akihabara Station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line Hours: 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. *Closed on Monday (closed the following day if Monday is a holiday) Phone: 03-5298-1188 Hotel: Booking here!!