Anime has been very known around the world for decades. It has accumulated a lot of fans from different parts of the globe that greatly helped tourism in Japan. Because of that, there are also a lot of anime-related attractions, shops, and museums that were built to honor the fame of anime and to attract their loyal fans.
In this blog, we will help you create an itinerary for your tour in Tokyo. Find out where you can buy anime goods, take a photo of some real locations from your favorite anime, visit some anime museums, and experience the fun from anime-inspired shops!
If there’s any place people would recommend for anime fans, it would be Akihabara District. Akihabara area has a lot of shops devoted to anime and manga. Akihabara Radio Kaikan is one of the most popular buildings in the area. This 10-story shopping building is also considered a famous landmark in Akihabara. Inside the building are numbers of shops that sell anime-related and otaku goodies such as manga, figure dolls, books, trading cards, unique souvenirs, and more. Animate is also an ideal place to obtain seasonal anime goods, magazines, and manga. If you enjoy buying collectibles and figurines, then you should check out Kotobukiya. It is a hobby shop known for its artistic, detailed figurines and model kits of anime, manga, and other fictional series. There are also several maid cafes in Akihabara where you can see the real-life depiction of your favorite anime maidens. But aside from anime related stuff, you can also have fun at the different arcades in Akihabara such as Sega Game Center and Akihabara Gamers.
Every anime fan probably knows the very famous Ghibli Studio Animations such as My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Ponyo, Spirited Away, and many more. In 2000, Ghibli Museum was built in Inokashira Park in Mitaka, Tokyo to showcase the works of Studio Ghibli. The museum is built like a maze to give its visitors a fun and exciting adventure. Inside the museum are a café, bookstore, rooftop garden, and a theater for exclusive short films by Studio Ghibli. You can also see a replica of the Catbus from My Neighbor Totoro in the museum. Aside from that, it also features different exhibitions to showcase their works. It is a very good place to visit if you want to know the history of Studio Ghibli and to have fun with your favorite characters.
Pokemon Center Mega Tokyo
Pokemon Center Mega Tokyo is the biggest of the 12 Pokemon Centers in Japan. Open in 2014, this mega shop offers the biggest collection of Pokemon goods in Japan, including a lot of limited-edition items. Even the food that is sold inside the shop is Pokemon-themed, from ramen, curry to candies. There are also a lot of Pokemon-themes tablewares, slippers, stationaries, and more. In front of the shop are a few arcade games relating to, of course, Pokemon. You can also enjoy taking photos or just simply be amazed by the large statues and figures of some Pokemons scattered all over the mega shop. Pokemon Center Mega Tokyo is located in Sunshine City Alpha in Ikebukuro, Tokyo.
Suginami Animation Museum
Before Akihabara became the center for anime and manga enthusiasts, there was Suginami, the original center for Japanese animation geeks. Suginami Animation Museum was founded at Tokyo Polytechnic University in Suginami, Tokyo in 2004 and became the first anime museum. The museum is full of Japanese animation activities where you can learn about the history of anime and experience its production process. The exhibit has English audio and subtitles so it is very easy to follow and understand. Some of the animation history and production process it exhibits includes ‘Rascal the Racoon’, ‘Crayon Shin-chan’, ‘Doraemon’, and other classic animes. The museum also has a mini theater that plays anime shows on the loop. This is a great place to visit if you want to learn more about anime and how it was done. Admission is free in the museum so this is definitely a place worthy to visit.
Gundam Base Tokyo
One of the popular anime classics is the anime series Gundam. It has been nearly 4 decades since the series was released and within those years, it has gained a lot of fans. One evident of its big fandom is the Gundam Base Tokyo built on the seventh floor of DiverCity shopping mall in Aomi, Tokyo. Inside Gundam base is a variety of merchandise related to Gundam like keychains, shirts, toys, and other paraphernalia. There are also a lot of life-sized and enormous robots that do not only capture the fans’ hearts but the kids as well.
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