Electronic goods and animation goods! Eight sightseeing spots in Akihabara

03.January.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

Akihabara is known as the “town of hobbies.” Here you will find many electronic goods stores and “otaku”(obsessive interests) shops and it is the best town to find cheap and quality electronic goods or otaku souvenirs such as figures and toys. In this article, I will introduce to you some recommended sightseeing spots in Akihabara.

 

Yodobashi Camera Akihabara Store

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This is a specialized store of goods related to “bishojo” (beautiful girl) animations and voice actors/actresses. They sell lots of magazines, CDs and other goods. Since they sell small souvenirs such as cookies and mug cups, it is a place where you can enjoy shopping.

 

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AKIHABARA GAMERS Main Store

Address: Takarada Building, 1-14-7, Soto Kanda, Chiyodaku, Tokyo

Business hours: 1F:9:00~22:00 2~7F:10:00~21:00

TEL:03-5298-8720

URL:https://www.gamers.co.jp/shop/2434/

 

 

Don QuiXote Akihabara Store

Don Quijote Akihabra Store is a very popular discount store which has branch stores throughout Japan and is very popular among tourists from foreign countries. This Akihabara Store sells many local products such as “costume play” related goods and animation goods. “AKB Gekijo” where one of the most famous idol groups in Japan, AKB 48 holds lives on a regular basis is located on the 8th floor. Also, they have a duty exemption counter inside the store and they accept various foreign currencies.

 

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Don Quijote Akihabara Store

Address: 3-3, 4th Street, Sotokanda, Chiyodaku, Tokyo

Business hours: 9:00 to 5:00

Holidays: Not fixed

TEL:03-5298-5411

URL:http://www.donki.com

 

 

 

Gundam Café

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This café is very close to Denkigai Exit of JR Akihabara Station and it is gaining popularity as a café representing the world of Gundam which is a popular animation series in Japan. Many gimmicks and objects including the Gundam statue are set up inside the café. For those of you who love Gundam this café is a “must check out” for their special food menu items.

 

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Gundam Café

Address: 1-1, Hanaokacho, Kanda, Chiyodaku, Tokyo

Business hours: 10:00-22:30

TEL:03-3251-0078

URL:http://g-cafe.jp

 

 

 

Akihabara UDX

A an “office complex” which introduces the cultures of Akihabara. This building includes restaurants, shops and theaters and you can check out the latest information regarding Japanese animations. Also, Tokyo Anime Center is located inside this building. Here, on the 4th floor they sell goods of Japanese animations. It is a famous spot which is gathering much attention from tourist from foreign countries.

 

■Information

 

Akihabara UDX

Address: 4-14-1, Sotokanda, Chiyodaku, Tokyo

URL:http://udx.jp

 

 

 

Akihabara Gachapon (capsule toy machine) Kaikan

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This store is a specialized store of capsule toys. Many gachapons are installed inside the store and it is a place where you can enjoy an extraordinary number of gachapons. Let’s get your favorite gachapon.

 

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Akihabra Gachapon Kaikan

Address: 3-15-5, Sotokanda, Chiyodaku, Tokyo

Business hours: 11:00 to 2:00 (Mon. to Thurs.) 11:00 to 22:00 (Fri, Sat, one day before holidays) 11:00 to 19:00 (Sunday, holidays)

TEL:03-5209-6020

URL:http://otacky.tokyo/spot/971/

 

 

 

2k540 AKI-OKA ARTISAN

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2k540 AKI-OKA ARTISAN is a commercial facility located under the JR railway tracks. The facility includes many stores and you can buy traditional crafts of Japan and sundries. It is a good spot to buy souvenirs since they sell Japanese dishes and other goods related to Japanese culture.

 

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2k540 AKI-OKA ARTISAN

 

Address: 5-9, Ueno, Taitoku, Tokyo

Business hours: 11:00 to 19:00

Holidays: Tuesday

TEL:03-6806-0254

URL:http://www.jrtk.jp/2k540/

 

 

 

AKIBA Cultures ZONE

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AKIBA Cultures Zone is a commercial facility which has many otaku shops. The shops include the cosplay specialized store “ACOS” and the animation goods specialized stores, “Rashinban” and “Animate.” “AKIBA Culture Gekijo (stage theater)” is located on the first floor so you can enjoy the lives of new idol groups.

 

■Information

 

AKIBA Cultures ZONE
Address: 7-6, Sotokanda, 1st Street, Chiyodaku, Tokyo

URL:http://akibacultureszone.com/index.php

 

 

Why not enjoy the culture of Japan by visiting Akihabara.

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  • Imabari is a city in Ehime Prefecture that faces the Seto Inland Sea. Since olden times, it has flourished as an important location for marine traffic. It’s home to a bounty of recognised national treasures and historical heritage sights, and is also famous for its production of citrus fruits such as mikan. Japanese pop star, model, and icon Kyary Pamyu Pamyu took a trip to this ancient city to discover its wonder and beauty.

     

    A Visit to the Historical Sea Route

     

     

    Oyamazumi Shrine

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    Information

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    Address: 3327 Omishimacho Miyaura, Imabari, Ehime 794-1393, Japan

    TEL: 0897-82-0032

    Opening Hours: Sunrise to 17:00

    National Treasure Building: 8:30-17:00 (Last Entries 16:30)

    Official Website: https://oomishimagu.jp/

     

    Kurushima Kaikyo Service Area

    Lip-smacking food aplenty

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    Information

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    Address: 3-9-68 Ohamacho, Imabari, Ehime, 794-0002, Japan

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    Murakami Suigun Museum

    Dedicated to the Imabari heroes who protected the ocean


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    Information 

    Murakami Suigun Museum

    Address: 1285 Miyakubocho Miyakubo, Imabari, Ehime 794-2203, Japan
    TEL: 0897-74-1065

    Opening Hours: 9:00-17:00

    Closed: Mondays (or Tuesday if the Monday falls on a public holiday) / New Year Holidays (Dec 29-Jan 3)

    Official Website: https://www.city.imabari.ehime.jp/museum/suigun/

     

    Roadside Station Yoshiumi Iki-iki-kan

    A bundle of fun and entertainment in one place

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    Information

    Roadside Station Yoshiumi Iki-iki-kan

    Address: 4520-2 Yoshiumichomyo, Imabari, Ehime 794-2114, Japan

    TEL: 0897-84-3710

    Opening Hours: 9:00-17:00

    Restaurant: 10:00-16:00 (Last Orders 15:00)

    Closed: New Year’s Day (and certain days in winter)

    Official Website: http://www.imabari-shimanami.jp/ikiiki/

     

    Dolphin Farm Shimanami

    Meet the cute and friendly dolphins

     

    Dolphin Farm Shimanami, which is connected to Hakata Beach, is the best and biggest place in Japan to interact with dolphins. Visitors can get close to them and the dolphins will show off their tricks and skills. There’s even a car camping area you can stay at.

     

    Information

    Dolphin Farm Shimanami

    Address: 1673 Hakatacho Kanoura, Imabari, Ehime 794-2302, Japan

    TEL: 0897-72-8787

    Opening Hours: 9:00-17:00

    Closed: On days with bad weath

    Official Website: https://www.df-shimanami.com/

     

    Hakata Beach

    A white sandy beach rolling out 200-meters 

     

     

    Hakata Beach is located at the base of Oshima Bridge in Hakata. The beach is famous for its salt which is best tried on their popular sweet-tasting sea salt ice cream.

     

    Information

    Hakata Beach

    Address: 1668-1 Hakatacho Kanoura, Imabari, Ehime 794-2302, Japan

    Sea Bathing: Early July – Late August

    Official Website: https://www.city.imabari.ehime.jp/kanko/spot/?a=198

     

    Imabari Towels

    High quality towels woven with tradition and technique

     

    Imabari is the biggest producer of towels in Japan. Even their white towels alone have countless types you can choose from, allowing you to pick which level of softness and comfort you want. The iconic brand logo is also impactful, capturing the quality, production, and enthusiasm that the makes have for the product. Kyary herself uses them all the time!

     

    Information 

    Imabari Towel

    Official Website: https://www.imabaritowel.jp/

     

    Sunrise Itoyama

    Need a bike?

    Sunrise Itoyama, located in the Imabari Central Cycling Terminal, is a rental bicycle service that has bikes and helmets for everyone’s needs. Rent out a bike and ride the Shimanami Sea Route which connects Ehime and Hiroshima with a series of bridges that hop across the islands of the Seto Inland Sea.

     

    Information 

    Sunrise Itoyama

    Address: 2-8-1 Sunabacho, Imabari, Ehime 794-0001, Japan

    TEL: 0898-41-3196

    Rent-a-Cycle Details: https://www.sunrise-itoyama.jp/archives/rentacycle/

    Official Website: https://www.sunrise-itoyama.jp/

     

    Marutomi

    The famous restaurant known to every local

    If you want the real experience of Imabari’s yakitori soul food, you should visit Marutomi, a yakitori eatery. Imabari yakitori is different from the usual Japanese yakitori as it doesn’t come skewered. Instead, the chicken is cut into small pieces and fried that way. One of the most popular ways to have it is with the skin on so the outside is crunchy and the inside succulent. It goes perfect with a cup of sake too.

     

    Information 

    Marutomi

    2-3-6 Katayama, Imabari, Ehime 794-0063, Japan

    TEL: 0898-23-2740

    Opening Hours: 17:30-22:00

    Closed: Wednesdays

    Official Website: https://maru-marutomi.jp/

     

    Imabari Castle

    A castle by the sea

    Imabari Castle, built by the daimyo Tōdō Takatora, is known famously as one of Japan’s three “Castles on the Sea” and was also listed in Japan’s Top 100 Castles. When it was first constructed, boats could enter the moat from the ocean. It’s a site that breathes the prosperity that Imabari has enjoyed as a significant location for maritime traffic, the same Imabari that the Murakami pirates sought to protect. Head on up to the top of the castle to stand on the observation deck and gaze at an unbroken view of the city.

     

    Information

    Imabari Castle

    Address: 3-1-3 Toricho, Imabari, Ehime, 794-0036, Japan

    TEL: 0898-31-9233

    Opening Hours: 9:00-17:00

    Closed: December 29 – December 31

    Official Website: https://www.city.imabari.ehime.jp/museum/imabarijo/

     

    Kirosan Observatory Park

    A breathtaking spectacle to remember

    Kirosan Observatory Park is officially recognised by Setonaikai National Park. Standing atop the observation deck fills the eyes with wonder as they gaze upon a panoramic stretch of Imabari, the Seto Inland Sea, and Kurushima Kaikyo all at once. Kyary wrapped up her time in Imabari here as the sunset coloured the sky and sea in warm evening hues.

     

    Information 

    Kirosan Observatory Park

    Address: 487-4 Yoshiumicho Minamiura, Imabari, Ehime 794-2115, Japan

    No Fixed Holidays

    Open 24-hours a day

    Official Website: https://www.city.imabari.ehime.jp/kanko/spot/?a=182

     

    Imabari Tourism Information: https://www.city.imabari.ehime.jp/kanko/

     

    We hope you enjoyed joining Kyary on her adventures across Imabari, and perhaps she even got you a little curious in wanting to visit the city yourself. It’s a treasure trove filled with vistas by the sea, in nature, and in the city itself with its Important Cultural Properties. Food is also a big part of travel for many people, so you can rest assured that your belly will be satisfied in Imabari as you try their speciality mikan, fresh seafood fished in the Seto Inland Sea, and more.

  • SSSS.DYNAZENON and SSSS.GRIDMAN Pop-Up Shops Open in Akihabara and Osaka

    14.June.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION / SPOT

    Two pop-up shops, the SSSS.DYNAZENON @ Dash Store and SSSS.GRIDMAN @ Dash Store, are now open at Animate Akihabara and Animate Osaka Nipponbashi until June 24. The stores are themed on Tsuburaya Productions and Studio Triggers’ anime series SSSS.DYNAZENON, which began airing in April, and SSSS.GRIDMAN.

    SSSS.DYNAZENON @ Dash Store

    SSSS.GRIDMAN @ Dash Store

    Fans of the series can get their hands on a range of pre-sale and exclusive merchandise. For every ¥2,000 spent, they can get their hands on one of five possible bromide illustrations, and if they spend over ¥3,000, they’ll enter for a chance to win a special poster.

    Bromides (5 Designs)

    Special Poster

     

    The Line-Up

    Dash Store Exclusive T-Shirts | 5 Designs | ¥7,150 Each (Tax Included)

     

    Dash Store Exclusive Bottles | 2 Designs | ¥2,200 Each (Tax Included) (All come with one of 3 possible illustrated cards)

     

    Dash Store Exclusive Metal Sticker Sets | 2 Designs | DYNAZENON ¥1,320 – GRIDMAN ¥880 (Tax Included)

     

    Dash Store Exclusive T-Shirt | ¥2,750 (Tax Included)

     

    Dash Store Exclusive Stainless Thermo Tumbler | ¥2,750 (Tax Included)

     

    Pre-Sale Acrylic Stands | 5 Designs | ¥1,980 Each (Tax Included)

     

    Pre-Sale Tapestries | 5 Designs | ¥3,850 Each (Tax Included)

     

    Pre-Sale Pin Set | DYNAZENON ¥1,320 – GRIDMAN ¥880 (Tax Included)

     

    ©円谷プロ ©2021 TRIGGER・雨宮哲/「DYNAZENON」製作委員会
    ©円谷プロ ©2018 TRIGGER・雨宮哲/「GRIDMAN」製作委員会

  • All About Matsuyama | Final Episode: Introducing the New Matsuyama Tourist Information Centre

    30.May.2021 | FEATURES / SPOT

    The reception staff are ready and waiting to greet customers with a smile

     

    The all new Matsuyama Tourist Information Centre finally opened in the heart of Matsuyama—the capital city of Ehime Prefecture in Japan—in Okaido on May 27. You’ll find it on the first floor of Matsuyama Mitsukoshi which isn’t even a one-minute walk from Okaido Station. It features an interior fusion combining history and culture with a design inspired by Matsuyama Castle while also throwing in a contemporary feel.

    Six giant screens serve as the perfect place for tourism-related PR of Matsuyama

    The first sight many visitors will lay their eyes on upon entering the information centres are the six screens spanning 1.5 meters high and 4.5 meters across the wall. Here, a variety of promotional material centred on the highlights of Matsuyama will be displayed.

     

    The information centre offers many useful services, including for foreign customers who don’t speak Japanese. There is a translation and interpreting service, money exchange, rental electrical outlets for smart devices, and more. The staff themselves are multilingual, but the interpreting service includes access to a call centre which you can access using the free WiFi or using an iPad. The availability of foreign currency exchange is also extremely beneficial as Matsuyama is a city abundant with long-standing shops that have been around for decades and longer. Another convenience with the centre is easy access to public transport. If you’re looking to travel around the prefecture, we recommend paying a visit to the centre first as it’s sure to provide valuable information. You can even rent mobile batteries for your smartphone to lessen the stress when sightseeing.

    The pictogram shows the many handy services available

    Visitors will also find a comprehensive duty-free counter inside the information centre which covers all stores in Okaido, Gintengai, Matsuchika Town, Dogo Shoten, and Ropeway Shotengai. You must spend over ¥5,000 (before tax) on products to be duty-free eligible. Since it’s a comprehensive service, if you have multiple receipts you can be exempt from tax as long as all your receipts exceed ¥5,000. Participating stores have special stickers plastered up inside so tourists can quickly and easily identify them.

    Stores participating in the duty-free service have stickers and signs to show it

    For example, if you spend ¥500 at participating stores in Dogo Shotengai, ¥1,000 in Okaido Shopping Street, and ¥3,500 in Gintengai Shotengai, and take all three of those receipts adding up to ¥5,000 to the information centre, you can get your items duty free. But keep in mind that the receipts have a validity period on them, so be sure to check opening hours.

     

    The Matsuyama Tourist Information Centre serves as the perfect site for bringing in all kinds of tourists, including foreign travellers, to Matsuyama post-COVID. The information also goes by the cute nickname “Dan Dan info.” Dan dan is an old Ehime phrase meaning “thank you” and ties in with the smiling and hospitable welcome staff wish to greet guests with. It’s exciting to look into the future and see how Matsuyama’s tourism and economic growth will develop in its shopping districts, stores, and elsewhere. Make one of your first stops the Matsuyama Tourist Information Centre when visiting the city.

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