Anime lovers will be fascinated by what Tokyo has to offer. From malls and shops dedicated to some of the most famous masterpieces to parks and museums, discover our selection of the best places to experience anime and manga culture in the bustling capital.
Nakano Broadway, Tokyo
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Akihabara and Nakano Broadway are the most renowned places for figure and cosplay item shopping in Tokyo. Akihabara is home to various shops such as Super Potato, Mandarake and Gamers where you can buy retro video games and anime goods. You can also relax at maid cafes where guests are served by waitresses dressed as French maids for a classic otaku experience but if that does not take your fancy, the Gundam and AKB48 cafés and their souvenir shops serving unique themed dishes may be more appealing.
Nakano Broadway is a great alternative to Akihabara with cheaper prices and a wide range of pop culture items. You can find everything you need from manga, magazines, collectors' items, animation character figurines and idol merchandise to game consoles, video games and souvenirs to buy for your family and friends. In addition, there are plenty of restaurants, cafés, grocery stores and fashion boutiques in this huge shopping mall.
Pokemon Center Mega Tokyo in Ikebukuro
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Video games, cartoons, card games, manga, the word Pokemon encompasses a wide range of products. The franchise's universe is populated by Pokemon, creatures of extraordinary powers that must be collected. The best known of all is Pikachu, an electric mouse companion of the hero. The Pokemon Center Mega Tokyo in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, is here to do things big. You'll find absolutely everything about goodies and Pokemon games: stuffed toys, figurines, drawings, clothes, snacks, jewelery etc.
To satisfy the thirst of fans for goodies of their favorite anime, Shonen Jump now even has its own goodies shop: the Jump Shop! The stores located in Tokyo Dome, Tokyo Station or even near Tokyo Sky Tree offer all kinds of products, from printed t-shirts to badges, mugs, accessories of the characters and many others. Products from different manga are available such as One Piece, Hunter x Hunter, Black Clover, Shokugeki no Soma and more!
Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Tokyo
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Many museums are dedicated to anime culture and are incredibly popular in Japan. And the Ghibli Museum is one of them! Dedicated to the eponymous Japanese animation studio, it is located in Inokashira Park in Mitaka City, in the western suburbs of Tokyo. Open since 2001, it features exhibitions of behind the scenes from some of the studio's famous masterpieces such as Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro. There are exclusive paintings and cellulos, sublime dioramas with animated figurines, a reproduction of Hayao Miyazaki's office and a large temporary exhibition room that regularly showcases the latest film produced by the studio. And don't forget to go on the rooftop to see the giant robot from Laputa: Castle in the sky!
For Doraemon lovers, the Fujiko F Fujio Museum is the perfect place to go in Kawasaki, just outside of Tokyo! It is a small museum retracing the steps of this smiling star with whom many have grown up with. The many plates designed by its creator (which gives the museum its official name, Fujiko Fujio Museum) make up the main collections on the ground floor. The museum also evokes the life of the artist, his passions and his other successes with Chimpui or Bakeru-kun.
Tokyo One Piece Tower, Tokyo
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It's time to have fun! The Tokyo One Piece Tower is a theme park based on the famous manga and anime One Piece, located in Tokyo Tower. It features various games and attractions for people to enjoy such as Luffy's Endless Adventure, Nami's Casino House, Brook's Horror House and more. Visitors can shop at Tongari and One Piece Mugiwara stores which sell exclusive and unique products you won't find elsewhere. Have a drink at Café Mugiwara where you can read books and manga related to One Piece while eating and savouring themed meals at Sanji's Oresama Restaurant.
Sanrio Puroland is also a kid-friendly theme park that will amuse many. It features many attractions including shows, boat rides and the chance to meet all the Sanrio characters. Candy stores, shops and restaurants offer many Hello Kitty, My Melody, Pom Pom Purin, Cinnamoroll goods and more if you're looking for cute items.
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