The Anime Stores to Check Out in Akihabara

Descending the stairs at Animate | © Antonio Tajuelo / Flickr
Descending the stairs at Animate | © Antonio Tajuelo / Flickr
Photo of Alicia Joy
Tokyo Writer9 April 2019

While the tourism industry has certainly changed the place, Akihabara nevertheless continues to live up to its reputation as a place for anime culture to flourish and thrive. Add these shops to your must see list next time you are in Tokyo.

Tokyo Anime Center

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Tokyo Anime Center | © BreakdownDiode / WikiCommons
Tokyo Anime Center | © BreakdownDiode / WikiCommons
An obvious choice, Tokyo Anime Center was established for the sole purpose of bringing anime and its fans together. It is mainly used as a venue for anime related events, but their permanent shop also carries a selection of goods from the more popular series.

Animate

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Merchandise for sale at Animate | © Antonio Tajuelo / Flickr
Animate is a popular one stop shop for anime and manga fanatics. They have floors stocking music, books, merchandise, DVDs and more. Be warned that Animate mainly carries whatever is fresh and popular, and isn’t known for carrying goods from classic series.

Gachapon Kaikan

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Gachapon machines | © DocChewbacca / Flickr
Gachapon machines | © DocChewbacca / Flickr
Akihabara’s Gachapon Kaikan is quite possibly the largest concentration of gachapon, the plastic bubble and toy vending machines, in Tokyo. If you’re running low on cash but don’t want to leave empty handed, Gachapon Kaikan will be happy to help you out.

Liberty

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Figure from the Inu x Boku SS anime
Figure from the Inu x Boku SS anime | © kawaiikiri / Flickr
Liberty specializes in collectible figures, and this location (#8) carries their biggest selection of gaming and anime models. If you’re looking to swell your collection of anime related merchandise besides Blu-rays and DVDs, this is the place you should head to.

Akihabara Cultures Zone (Akiba Cultures Zone)

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Akiba Cultures Zone
Akiba Cultures Zone | © MiNe / Flickr
Another multi-level shopping complex, Akihabara Cultures Zone is one of the district’s newer additions. It’s filled with small shops selling everything from anime figurines to card games. One of Animate’s smaller locations, carrying the latest anime goods, occupies the first floor.

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