Japan Travel: Otaku spree in Akihabara

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Japan travel gets interesting when we are on a otaku spree in Akihabara! Akihabara is the Heaven for Otaku. There you can find whatever you want in the world of electronics and also manga, anime, and super cute things! We’ll take a look at Sofmap stores in Akihabara first. Not all of them sell the same items, so it’s a good idea to take a look at all of them (if you like electronics), or know which ones have what exactly if you have just a few time to spend. (Better to spend a whole day in Akiba, it is paradise on earth!)

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The main Sofmap Store is where you can find almost everything related to smart phones, cameras, computers, accessories, etc. I would stop here first.

Sofmap Main Store
Address: 4-1-1 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Opening hours: 11:00-21:00 (weekdays) 10:00-21:00 (weekends and public holidays)
Open year round
Accepted credit cards: All (including UnionPay)
Telephone: 03-3253-1111

Floor Guide

1: Smart phones
2: Cameras, audio, electronic dictionaries
3: Computers, Software
4: Computer accessories
5: Medical Supplies, watches, beauty appliances, suitcases, branded goods
6: Used/Pre-owned items
7: Game consoles, toys, CDs, DVDs



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If you like video games, anime, idol goods, etc, then you Sofmap store is Amusement Store! Here you can find what you’re looking for!

Sofmap Amusement Store
Address: 1-10-8 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0021
Opening hours: 11:00-20:00
Open year round
Accepted credit cards: All (including UnionPay)
Telephone: 03-3253-3030

Floor Guide

1: Duty-free (appliances, cosmetics, souvenirs etc)
2: Gaming consoles, software, and accessories
3: Pre-owned game consoles
4: Plastic models, figurines, trading cards
5: New games, music, anime, computer software, video software
6: Pre-owned games, music, anime, computer software, video software
7: Gravure idols, adult entertainment
8: Event floor



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But if what you love is Otaku items, then your dream stop is Akiba Sofmap! Here you can find idol goods, magazines, comics, games, etc. Both new and pre-owned.

Akiba☆Sofmap
Address: 3-13-12 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0021
Opening hours: 11:00-20:00
Open year round
Accepted credit cards: All (including UnionPay)
Telephone: 03-3253-9190

Floor Guide

1: Music, idol goods
2: Magazines, comics, light novels
3: Video software, CDs
4: Figurines, PC game-related accessories
5: PC game-related accessories
6: Video software
7: Event venue
8: Event venue



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If you are looking for second-hand hardware, then your store is the Ruse General Store. You can find different goods and pretty good deals.

Sofmap Reuse General Store
Address: 3-13-8 Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Opening hours: 11:00-20:00
Open year round
Accepted credit cards: All (including UnionPay)
Telephone: 03-3253-3399

Floor Guide

B1: Duty free (household goods, large household electronics, electric transformers, brand goods, Japanese souvenirs)
1: Tablets, Macs, cell phones, cameras, and accessories
2: Computers, digital appliances



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So, how to get to all these heaven-like stores? Once you’ve arrived in Akihabara, take the Electric Town Exit ticket gates and then turn right.

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When you are out, then turn left.

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Go straight till you’re in the main street. Almost all the Sofmap stores are situated on the main street.

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When you’re on the main street, and if you want to go to the Amusement Store, follow the pink arrows (see picture above). But, if you want to go to the other stores, follow the blue arrow on the right.

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You can realize that all the stores are pretty next to each other.

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When you are on the Kandamyojin-dori you can see that you have many possibilities again. If you want to head for the Reuse General store and Akiba Sofmap, follow the pink arrows. But if you want to go to the main store, follow the blue arrow ahead.

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If you follow the route you’ll find the main store (1) and Akiba☆Sofmap (2) and the Reuse General Store (4) very close-by. It’s pretty easy, isn’t it?

Since all these shops are pretty awesome, take your time to explore all of them. You can find deals and incredible treasures in them!

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