Let me guess, you love anime & manga and you’re planning to come to Japan for anime tourism?

 

Well, you are in the right place!

In this post, I’ll show you the best places to visit in Tokyo to scratch that anime and manga itch.

 

Japan is all about anime, so don’t miss these spots!

 

1. Akihabara

 

Firstly, let’s start with the crown Jewel.

Akihabara or Akiba, known colloquially as “Anime Heaven,” or “Anime City” is the biggest anime shopping district in the world. In a few words, it is the best otaku spot for any Anime and Manga fan.

 

It’s a place you’ll enjoy every moment.

 

 

Some of the things that you can find are:

 

  • Anime & manga stores (figures, keychains, etc)
  • Real-life locations from anime
  • Anime T-shirts
  • Arcades
  • Maid cafes
  • Electronics
  • Restaurants
  • Retro video game stores
  • Gashapon (Japanese toy capsule)
  • Anime themed cafes

 

In other words, stores of every type and a lot of fun!

 

You will find a lot of stores selling anime figures and goods. The prices for these can range from a few hundred yen at stores like Surugaya or Lashinbang to over a 100,000 yen at a display case store or for certain top of the line new/rare items. It really depends on the quality of the figure and the store.

 

 

As there are a lot of stores, my advice is to check as many as possible before buying anything. You can often find the same product in a different store at a lower price, especially for pre-owned items (Because pre-owned in Japan is often as good as new, sometimes even IS new as they will be unopened yet still cheaper). Compare prices before buying anything! Don’t get antsy!

 

Note: Because this is considered “Anime City” you can find a lot of real-life locations featured in Anime. For example, Steins;Gate, No Game No Life, Love Live, to name a few. (Radio Kaikan, a key place in Steins;Gate holds several Otaku based shops such as Ami-Ami.

 

Electric town is a place for all nerds, from the gamer to the anime fanatic.

 

Review: If you are in Tokyo, you need to go to Akihabara. It is the biggest anime district and the best anime attraction in the world.

 

Closest station: Akihabara JR, Akihabara Tokyo Metro, and Toei Iwamotocho Staton

 

Estimated time:  Depends on you, you can spend a whole day in Akihabara and still have more to see, as there are a lot of side alleys and hidden shops, a great place to explore!  

 

Cost: Free

 

English friendly: Yes

 

 

2. Odaiba

 

 

In Odaiba, you can mainly find 4 anime attractions

 

 

Review:  Even if you’re not a big fan of Gundam, Digimon or Anime in general, this is one of the top tourist attractions in Tokyo. Because there are many things to do there, you’ll have a lot of fun. Just keep in mind that Odaiba is around 40 minutes away from central Tokyo.

 

 

Closest station: Tokyo Teleport Station

 

Estimated time: 4-6 hours

 

Cost: Free

 

English friendly: Yes

 

More info:

 

 

 

3.Nakano Broadway

 

Photo credit: Japan-guide

 

Nakano Broadway is a small indoor anime district. Compared to Akihabara, it’s smaller so you won’t get lost!

 

 

Some of the things that you can find are:

 

  • Anime & manga stores (figures, keychains, etc)
  • Maid cafes
  • Anime posters
  • Electronics
  • Arcades
  • Retro video game stores
  • Gashapon (Japanese toy capsule)In a straight comparison Akihabara has more but you can often find older or rarer items in Nakano, so it is worth checking out.

 

 

 

Review: If I have to choose between Akihabara or Nakano Broadway, I’ll visit Akihabara. But, if you’ll be in Tokyo for more than 4 days I definitely recommend you to go to Nakano Broadway as well. This anime-shopping district is where I found the cheapest anime figures.

It’s also where I found a lot of anime posters.

Last year I bought posters of Code Geass and Gundam, plus a figure of Ed of Full Metal Alchemist. Nakano Broadway is worth visiting, but maybe not as a top priority.

 

Closest station: Nakano Station

 

Estimated time: 3-4 hours

 

Cost: Free

 

English friendly: Yes

 

4. Ghibli Museum

 

Photo credit: Tripadvisor

 

If you love Ghibli movies, the Ghibli Museum doesn’t just display artwork and design materials- the building is designed to look and feel like you’re in a Ghibli movie brought to life!

 

With a classic wooden atmosphere and an almost maze-like interior that’ll have you ducking to fit through small doors and climbing up spiral staircases, the museum itself is one of Studio Ghibli’s works and one that you can only ever experience in person.

 

The museum also screens a short film that you can only see at the museum.

 

Photo credit: Tripadvisor

 

You can even tour through the remade example workspaces of Ghibli animators including the legendary man himself Hayao Miyazaki, complete with an ashtray and cigarettes so you know it’s being real with you.

 

The museum is filled with Studio Ghibli’s history and personality, and a walk through it will let you see the drawings from decades of Ghibli movies, plus learn a bit about the art of animation and what goes on behind the scenes.

A quick note, booking tickets for Ghibli is a nightmare! It is worth the struggle but I mention below they sell out, FAST! An extra point to consider is that if you are buying tickets for a group, the purchaser MUST be with the group. It is very difficult to resell the tickets and you must bring your passport. Don’t find yourself getting caught out.

 

It is however well worth the hassle!

 

Review: It’s a museum for everyone in the best sense.
Ghibli fans will be moved seeing the drawings, sketches, and reference materials that were used to make some of their favorite movies, and even a tag along with no interest in Ghibli or anime will get to visit one of the coolest and most elaborate buildings in Tokyo (that serves some top-notch chili soup!).
I recommend this one for sure and you should definitely go… if you can!
Tickets for the next month are sold on the 10th of every month and sometimes sell out in minutes. If you can make it in, it really is one of the best anime exhibitions out there, and not to be missed.

 

 

Closest station: Mitaka Station

 

Estimated time: 2-4 hours

 

Cost: 1000 yen

 

English friendly: Yes

 

You can find more info on the official website.

 

 

5. Captain Tsubasa Town

 

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This one’s a hidden gem.

 

There’s a whole anime town with Captain Tsubasa theming in Tokyo.

 

You can take  pictures with Kojiro Hyuga, Taro Misaki, Genzo Wakabayashi, Ozora Tsubasa himself, and more. It’s a fantastic experience and it is free!

 

You can find:

 

 

Review: If you love Captain Tsubasa, you definitely need to visit this attraction. It is one of the best anime spots I’ve been to in Tokyo. I highly recommend you go, seeing it all is a lot of fun.

 

Bronze statue: Ozora Tsubasa
Bronze statue: Ozora Tsubasa

 

 

Closest station: Yotsugi or Keisei-Tateishi station

 

Estimated time: It can take you around 4-5 hours to walk around the town and visit each location.

 

Cost: Free

 

English friendly: The staff at the restaurant don’t speak English. Don’t forget to use google translate 😀

 

More info:

 

 

 

6. Pokémon Cafe and Pokémon Center

 

Pokémon Cafe, launched in 2018 in Nihonbashi, Tokyo, is a cafe-restaurant decorated with all your favorite pokemon.

 

 

Just next door, the Pokémon Center is a store where you can find all kinds of merch related to the world of Pokemon and Ash Ketchum’s adventures. (There are also Pokemon centers in Ikebukuro, Asakusa and a Pokemon store at Marunoichi station)

 

 

 

Review: All in all, it might only be worth going if you’re a big fan of Pokemon. If you’re not, and you’re only in Tokyo a few days, I think you can skip out on the Café. I’ve done a lot of anime tourism in Tokyo, and there are other better anime spots and restaurants (like the ones in this article!).

 

 

Closest station: Nihonbashi exit B4.

 

Estimated time: 1 to 2 hours

 

Cost: Around 2500 yen (22 USD) per person

 

English friendly: Yes

 

More info:

 

 

 

7. Your Name (Kimi No Na Wa) real-life locations

 

 

Created by Makoto Shinkai, Kimi No Na Wa (君の名は ) or better known as Your Name, is the highest-grossing anime movie in the world. That’s right, it made more money than Spirited Away from Studio Ghibli.

 

Thanks to the popularity of Kimi No Na Wa in 2016, anime pilgrimage has had a rebirth. Many have started to visit the real-life locations that Makoto Shinkai used to create Your Name.

 

These locations can be found all over Japan.

 

 

 

Review:  I enjoyed walking through the real-life locations of Your Name (Kimi No Na Wa).  The stairs are one of the most iconic places within the anime pilgrimage community. I highly recommend you go, seriously you need to visit it! 

 

Closest station: Yotsuya or Yotsuya Sanchome

 

Estimated time:  30 minutes

 

Cost: Free

 

More info:

 

 

 

 

8. JUMP Store

 

 

JUMP Store is the official store of Shueisha’s Jump. So you’ll come across a vast variety of iconic products from Shueisha’s Jump manga and anime.

 

 

 

For example, they sell Luffy’s Straw Hat, Senzu beans, Boku no Hero Academia mugs, t-shirts and much more!

 

In Tokyo, they have stores at:

 

  • Tokyo Dome
  • Tokyo Skytree
  • Tokyo Station (Character Street).

 

Note: If you are looking for Dragon Ball Attractions to you need to check Dragon Ball VR.

 

Review: A store for otaku who are looking for anime goods for Bleach, Dragon Ball, Naruto, The Promised Neverland, Katekyo Hitman Reborn, and other JUMP shows. This is a must if you are in Tokyo!

 

Estimated time:  20 minutes

 

 

9. Otome Road

 

 

Otome Road (乙 女 ロ ー ド), also known as “Maiden Road”, is an anime street in Ikebukuro, Tokyo. 

 

Compared to Akihabara and Nakano Broadway, where stores are more oriented towards guys, Otome Road focuses on the girls who like anime and manga.

 

So this is heaven for girls (or boys) who love the yaoi genre and is often called the “female Akihabara” 

 

 

Park in front of Otome Road
Park in front of Otome Road

 

Review:  What makes this otaku spot unique is that Otome Road is the street where I have encountered the most cosplayers (mostly women). So, if you want to take pictures with people that are dressed like your favorite anime characters, you definitely need to visit this anime street. 

 

Closest station: Ikebukuro

 

Estimated time: It depends on you. It can take from 20 minutes to 5 or 6 hours.

 

Cost: Free

 

English friendly: Yes

 

More info here:

 

 

 

10. Steins; Gate Real-Life Locations & Cafe

 

 

Steins;Gate & Steins;Gate 0 take place in Akihabara. So wherever you walk, you’re sure to spot a lot of popular places and landmarks featured in the series.

 

The best part?

 

That the Nyan Nyan Cafe also exists in real-life!!!

 

 

 

Review: Steins;Gate is one of my favorite anime and I enjoyed every second visiting the real-life locations. Don’t miss the opportunity it if you’re in Tokyo. You’ll feel like you’re living in the anime during your tour around Akihabara!

 

More info:

 

 

 

Closest station: Akihabara JR, Akihabara Tokyo Metro, and Toei Iwamotocho Staton

 

Estimated time:  Depends on you, but you can spend a whole day in Akihabara. There are a lot of things to see.  

 

English friendly: Yes

 

11. Anime Events

 

And finally, Anime related events are one of the best attractions in Tokyo.

 

 

More info here:

 

 

 

 

Because I think you’ve probably heard of J-World or Asagaya Tokyo Anime Street I will say that unfortunately, they were shut down in February 2019, so they didn’t make the list.

 

Update: It is with sadness that I inform you of the closing of Tokyo One Piece Tower. Due to Covid-19, they closed in July.

 

Finally, what’s your favorite anime attraction? Let me know in the comments below!