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Course:Tokyo Anime Center >> Chuo-dori Street >> Maid cafés >> Yodobashi-Akiba

From JR Akihabara station, head on to Tokyo Anime Center with Aru Aru City inside Akihabara UDX, where countless limited-edition goods are sold exclusively in the “Official Store” inside the center. Next, head towards the “Akiba-kei (Akihabara-style)” stores, lined up along Chuo-dori Street. Waitresses wearing maid uniforms are ready to welcome you in maid cafés, which originated here in Akihabara. Lastly, go shopping in Yodobashi-Akiba, where a wide variety of commodities, including the latest electronic gadgets, are available.

11:00 JR Akihabara Station

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11:02 Map: 1Tokyo Anime Center

Loads of studio events and displays related to anime, such as a variety of exhibits, talk shows of voice actors and actresses, and anime screenings, are held here. The building’s anime store sells various anime character merchandise and countless original goods you can’t buy anywhere else. The introductory clips and footages of various works featured on seven 50-inch monitors is a must-see. Besides information on anime, there are maps where you can find information on the streets of Akihabara.

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13:00 Map: 2Chuo-dori Street

Chuo-dori Street is just by the Electronics District Exit of Akihabara Station. The street, which connects to Ueno in the north and Ginza in the south, is lined with specialty gaming stores, household appliances and computer stores, which are the so-called Akiba-kei (Akihabara-style) stores.

   
 

15:00 Map: 3Maid cafés

Back in 2001, maid cafés popped up in Akihabara, where waitresses in a maid’s uniform welcome you into the café. The design and original menu varies depending on the establishment, plus they also hold collaborative events involving anime and gaming.

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17:00 Map: 4Yodobashi-Akiba

Yodobashi-Akiba is one of the largest shopping establishments in Japan. There are about 850,000 items on hand, including DLSR cameras, the latest electronic gadgets, figurines, toys, Japan-made and imported high-class wristwatches, branded bags, and cosmetics. With its tax-exemption services, acceptance of payment with a China UnionPay card, and stationed staff that can speak English, Chinese, and Korean, Yodobashi-Akiba is visited by various customers, regardless of nationality, age, and gender. Enjoy sushi, okonomiyaki (Japanese pancakes), and the like at the restaurant on the topmost floor.

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20:00 JR Akihabara Station

Model course Akihabara is displayed on a larger map

The red lines indicate trains and subways, blue lines are buses and cars, green lines are for walking, pink lines are for bicycles, purple lines are ships and water buses.

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