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Top Choice Manga in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

Mandarake Complex

When otaku (geeks) dream of heaven, it probably looks a lot like this giant go-to store for manga and anime. Eight storeys are piled high with comic books, action figures, cosplay accessories and cel art just for st…
Top Choice Fashion & Accessories in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

Y. & Sons

Every once in a while in Tokyo, you'll spot a gentleman in a silk-wool kimono and fedora, looking as if he's stepped out of the 1900s. Bespoke tailor Y. & Sons would like to see this more often. Custom kimono wi…
Arts & Crafts in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

2k540 Aki-Oka Artisan

This ace arcade under the JR tracks (its name refers to the distance from Tokyo Station) offers an eclectic range of stores selling Japanese-made goods – everything from pottery and leatherwork to cute aliens, a nod…
Books in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

Jimbōchō Bookstores

This fascinating neighbourhood of more than 170 new and secondhand booksellers is proof that the printed word is alive and well in Tokyo. Amid tottering stacks of volumes, you'll find everything from antique guidebo…
Manga in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

Akihabara Radio Kaikan

Despite its name, Radio Kaikan has nothing to do with radios and everything to do with Japanese pop culture. It was completely rebuilt in 2014 to include nine floors of shops selling manga, anime, collectables such …
Electronics in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

Yodobashi Akiba

This is the monster branch of Yodobashi Camera where many locals shop. It has eight floors not only of electronics, state-of-the-art camera and audio equipment, and household appliances but also toys, cosmetics and …
Mall in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

mAAch ecute

Mansei-bashi Station was Tokyo's original eastern terminus, completed two years before Tokyo Station in 1912. It closed in 1943 and was reborn at long last some 70 years later as this stylish shopping and dining cen…
Books in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

Ohya Shobō

This splendid, musty old bookshop specialises in ukiyo-e (woodblock prints), both old and newly printed (from ¥2000). There are antique books and maps, too. The staff are friendly and can help you with whatever you’…
Books in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

Komiyama Shoten

Komiyama Shoten, in business since 1939, stocks an incredible selection of art and photography books, posters and prints with some very famous Japanese and international artists represented. Every spare inch of wall…
Food in Kōrakuen & Akihabara

Chabara

This under-the-train-tracks shopping mall focuses on artisan food and drinks from across Japan, including premium sake, soy sauce, sweets, teas and crackers – all great souvenirs and presents.