1. Grab a snack at the Gundam Café, the AKB48 café, or a maid café
Akihabara is wildly famous for their themed cafés and shops. Often hailed as one of the best things to do in Akihabara, these unique cafés offer a exceptional, but occasionally uncomfortable, experience for foreigners. As fun as each café is, they quality comes at a price. Drinks, snacks, and cakes are typically overpriced, to compensate for the themed atmosphere.
2. Pick up a couple Retro Video Games
Aside from just themed cafes and anime, there are other fun things to do in Akihabara, specifically browsing through the electronic shops. In fact, Akihabara, also known as Akiba, is filled with shops that sell retro or outdated video games. You can get some of your favorite childhood games that have been out of circulation for years. Some games are cheap, others are wildly expensive.
3. Visit an Anime or Manga Store
Akiba is filled with shops that specialize in anime paraphernalia, from key chains to folders to pillowcases with your favorite character’s face, plastered across the front.
4. Try your luck at a Crane Game
Anime shops in Akihabara are not the only place to get neat anime paraphernalia and plush toys in Tokyo; you can also try one of the many crane games throughout Akihabara. Even if you don’t win anything, these games are still one of the best things to do in Akihabara. There are all different types, requiring a different set of skills and most cost either 100yen or 200yen per play.
5. Munch on some Curry Bread
While curry bread, or curry pan, is available in most bakeries throughout Japan, Akihabara is famous for their curry bread. Some curry shops will directly sell these small rolls filled with curry and deep fat fried to pedestrians. Eating black curry, regular curry, or curry bread is one of things to do in Akihabara you can't miss!
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