Akihabara, also called Akiba, (or Akihabara the anime district) after a former local shrine, is a district in central Tokyo. It 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).
It is the Third most visited place in Tokyo according to:
To fully understand these claims, you may need to view these 2 videos attached below to help give you a visual representation of this Otaku paradise.
Wow…. One can only hope the abundance of those classic electronics is still present when we finally make our way there. (IDK about you, but my piggy bank is pretty light).
This next video is a more raw representation of how the city looks and feels, enjoy!
In addition to shops, various other anime-related establishments are becoming popular in the area. Particularly maid cafes where waitresses dress up and act like maids or anime characters. And manga cafes, a type of internet cafe where customers can read comics and watch DVDs in addition to having access to the internet.
Just a couple of quick travel prices to put you in a ball park of cost.
average hotel- about $118 nightly price
Flight from California to Tokyo- from $945
Spending money- bring your entire bank account… and prepare to max your credit
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