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Do you like Japanese anime and figurines?  Then you won’t want to miss the visit to Akihabara when traveling to Japan.  The shopping district has wide range of merchandize, electronics and video games.  There are a lot of cafes and restaurants.  Arcade centers are definitely available too!  In particular, you may want to visit maid cafes to experience the unique culture.  Price may be quite expensive; but the experience cannot be found elsewhere.  Be prepared for some efforts to find real treasures in this popular district.

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TOKYO, JAPAN – AUGUST 1, 2015: Traffic passes below colorful signs in Akihabara. The electronics district is known for video games, anime, manga, and computer goods.  (Sean Pavone / Shutterstock)

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TOKYO, JAPAN – AUGUST 7: A Japanese girl trying to entice people into maid cafe in Akihabara shown on August 7, 2015 in Tokyo, Japan (af8images / Shutterstock)

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Tokyo, Japan – November 22, 2015: Akihabara is a district in Tokyo with many electronic shops famous for selling electronics and anything related to anime, manga, and video games. (Ye Choh Wah / Shutterstock)

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AKIHABARA, JAPAN – CIRCA JUNE, 2014 : Gundam cafe is a popular cafe among tourists named after a titula anime Gundam.  (Lodimup / Shutterstock)

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AKIHABARA, TOKYO, JAPAN – CIRCA JULY 2014: AKB48 cafe and shop is owned by the famous AKB48 group with many fans all around the world.  (Lodimup / Shutterstock)

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TOKYO JAPAN – MAY 22, 2015: Japanese animation shop in Akihabara. Akihabara is an otaku cultural center and a shopping district for video games, anime, manga, and computer goods. (TK Kurikawa / Shutterstock)

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AKIHABARA, TOKYO – FEB, 2016 : Game center in Akihabara, also called Akiba. Akihabara is very famous for many electronics shops and considered as the center of Japan’s otaku (diehard fan) culture. (TRAN THI HAI YEN / Shutterstock)

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AKIHABARA, TOKYO – FEB, 2016 : Akihabara area, also called Akiba.  At the time of photos the pop AKB48 group is celebrating their 10-year anniversary. (TRAN THI HAI YEN / Shutterstock)

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AKIHABARA, TOKYO – FEB, 2016 : Maid cafe in Akihabara area, also called Akiba. Akihabara is very famous for many electronics shops and considered as the center of Japan’s otaku (diehard fan) culture. (TRAN THI HAI YEN / Shutterstock)

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AKIHABARA, TOKYO – JUNE 30, 2014: In the backstreets of Akihabara, wide variety of goods, such as computer parts, Otaku goods, electrical appliances, manga goods, etc. are sold with huge discount. (Takamex / Shutterstock)

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AKIHABARA, TOKYO – JUNE 27, 2014: Akihabara (Akiba), the Electric Town in Chiyoda Ward, downtown Tokyo is the global capital of Otaku, Manga & Anime subculture. Shopping heaven for computer products. (Takamex / Shutterstock)

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TOKYO, JAPAN – May 15, 2014: The AKB48 OFFICIAL CAFE & SHOP Akihabara features a vast array of items from AKB48-Japan’s most popular all-girl group-as well as special menu items. (Pornroj Sattayasanskul / Shutterstock)

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TOKYO, JAPAN – CIRCA MAY 2014: Sega store at Akihabara district in Tokyo, Japan (Filipe Frazao / Shutterstock)

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AKIHABARA, TOKYO – DECEMBER 6, 2014: Building of Yodobashi Camera electric appliances discount shop in the west side of Shinjuku railway station, central downtown Tokyo. (Takamex / Shutterstock)

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TOKYO- APRIL 11 :JR Akihabara Staion on April 11, 2014. It’s a railway station located in Tokyo’s Chiyoda ward, the center of the famous Akihabara shopping district. (Tooykrub / Shutterstock)

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AKIHABARA, TOKYO – JUNE 30, 2014: Akihabara (Akiba for short), the Electric Town in Chiyoda Ward. Global capital of Otaku, Manga and Anime subculture. Shopping heaven for computer related products. (Takamex / Shutterstock)

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AKIHABARA, TOKYO – MAY 12: Akihabara (Akiba for short), the Electric Town in Chiyoda Ward on May 12, 2014. Global capital of Otaku, Manga and Anime subculture. Shopping heaven for PC related products. (Takamex / Shutterstock)

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AKIHABARA, TOKYO – JUNE 30, 2014: Street view of Akihabara or Akiba, the Electric Town in Chiyoda Ward. Global capital of Otaku, Manga & Anime subculture. Shopping heaven for computer and PC parts. (Takamex / Shutterstock)

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AKIHABARA, TOKYO – JUNE 30, 2014: Vending machines photographed in Akihabara (Akiba for short), the Electric Town in Chiyoda Ward. Global capital of Otaku, Manga and Anime subculture. (Takamex / Shutterstock)

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AKIHABARA, TOKYO – MAY 12: Yoshinoya Gyudon (Beef bowl) restaurant in Akihabara on May 12, 2014. Second largest Gyudon chain in Japan. Beloved by Japanese locals and called abbreviated as Yoshigyu. (Takamex / Shutterstock)

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AKIHABARA, TOKYO – MAY 12: Akihabara (Akiba for short), the Electric Town in Chiyoda Ward on May 12, 2014. Global capital of Otaku, Manga and Anime subculture. Shopping heaven for PC related products. (Takamex / Shutterstock)

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AKIHABARA, TOKYO – MAY 5: Pedestrian paradise of Akihabara, Electric Town in Chiyoda Ward on May 5, 2013. Global capital of Otaku subculture. Shopping heaven for PC related products. (Takamex / Shutterstock)

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TOKYO- JUL 13 : cityscape of Akihabara on Jul 13, 14 in Tokyo. Akihabara is a major shopping area for electronic, computer, anime, games and otaku goods, including new and used items. (Tooykrub / Shutterstock)

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TOKYO – JANUARY 2: Akihabara district January 2, 2013 in Tokyo, JP. The district is a major shopping area for electronic, computer, anime, games and otaku goods. (Sean Pavone / Shutterstock)

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TOKYO- APRIL 11 :JR Akihabara Staion on April 11, 2014. It’s a railway station located in Tokyo’s Chiyoda ward, the center of the famous Akihabara shopping district. (Tooykrub / Shutterstock)

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TOKYO – JANUARY 2: Akihabara district January 2, 2013 in Tokyo, JP. The district is a major shopping area for electronic, computer, anime, games and otaku goods. (Sean Pavone / Shutterstock)

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TOKYO -APRIL 11: Jigsaw puzzle on the shelf at Yodobashi electronic store on April 11, 14 in Akihabara. It is a chain store mainly selling electronic products. Currently, there are 21 stores in Japan. (Tooykrub / Shutterstock)

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AKIHABARA, TOKYO – MAY 5: Pedestrian paradise of Akihabara, Electric Town in Chiyoda Ward on May 5, 2013. Global capital of Otaku subculture. Shopping heaven for PC related products. (Takamex / Shutterstock)

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Tokyo,Japan – May 27 :Twilight shot of Akihabara shopping area in Tokyo on May 27, 2014. Akihabara is one of best electronics shopping destination in Tokyo. (ben bryant / Shutterstock)

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TOKYO – AUG 14: Akihabara district August 14, 2013 in Tokyo, JP. The district is a major shopping area for electronic, computer, anime, games and otaku goods. (CristinaMuraca / Shutterstock)

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TOKYO- JUL 13 : cityscape of Akihabara on Jul 13, 14 in Tokyo. Akihabara is a major shopping area for electronic, computer, anime, games and otaku goods, including new and used items. (Tooykrub / Shutterstock)

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TOKYO, JAPAN – APRIL 12, 2012: People visit Akihabara shopping area in Tokyo. Stores in Akihabara are considered one of best electronics shopping destination in the world (TripAdvisor). (Tupungato / Shutterstock)

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AKIHABARA, TOKYO – APRIL 17: Akihabara (Akiba for short), Electric Town in Chiyoda Ward on April 17, 2014. Global capital of Otaku, Manga and Anime subculture. Shopping heaven for PC related products. (Takamex / Shutterstock)

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TOKYO – NOVEMBER 13: Akihabara district November13, 2014 in Tokyo, JP. The district is a major shopping area for electronic, computer, anime, games and otaku goods. (Luciano Mortula / Shutterstock)

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TOKYO – NOVEMBER 13: Akihabara district November13, 2014 in Tokyo, JP. The district is a major shopping area for electronic, computer, anime, games and otaku goods. (Luciano Mortula / Shutterstock)

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AKIHABARA, JAPAN – APRIL 18 : Gashapon, Toy selling machine, in Akihabara district taken April 18, 2014 in Tokyo. Gashapon is very popular toy in egg shell. (bluehand / Shutterstock)

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AKIHABARA, JAPAN – APRIL 13 : AKIHABARA district taken April 13, 2014 in Tokyo. Landmark of Akihabara, popular in electric equipment , video game, computer and anime shop. (bluehand / Shutterstock)

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The district is still busy at night with dazzling neon lights.

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AKIHABARA, TOKYO – JUNE 30, 2014: Akihabara (Akiba for short), the Electric Town in Chiyoda Ward. Global capital of Otaku, Manga and Anime subculture. Shopping heaven for computer related products. (Takamex / Shutterstock)

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TOKYO- JUL 13 : cityscape of Akihabara on Jul 13, 14 in Tokyo. Akihabara is a major shopping area for electronic, computer, anime, games and otaku goods, including new and used items. (Tooykrub / Shutterstock)

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TOKYO- JUL 13 : cityscape of Akihabara on Jul 13, 14 in Tokyo.  SEGA is as famous brand in video gaming, and the company is currently active in arcade gaming industry.  (Tooykrub / Shutterstock)

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