news culture 4 areas of Tokyo you must visit if you are a fan of video games, anime and manga
Japan is perceived by gamers and other manga enthusiasts as the promised land. The Japanese capital is full of goodies, games and small rarities not found in our western countries. Do you still need to know where to look as the Tokyo capital stretches for miles, 2194 km² to be precise. By way of comparison, the city of Paris is 20.82 times smaller with its 105.4 km² area. In order to optimize your stay and to leave with the much desired collector’s items, the editorial staff of JV offers you a tour of the districts of Tokyo not to be missed.
- Station: Akihabara
- Metro & Trains: Keihin-Tohoku Line (JK), Yamanote Line (JY), Chūō-Sōbu Line (JB), Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line (H), Tsukuba Express
Akihabara is probably one of the most visited places in Tokyo by “geeks” from all over the world. This neighborhood known as “Akihabara Electric Town” is located in the heart of the Japanese capital, straddling the districts of Chiyoda and Taitō. This urban block, dedicated to electronics, video games and derivative products of all kinds, is a must for all those wishing to satisfy In Akihabara, depending on the shops, it is possible to come across the rare pearl, second-hand or new, especially if you are a fan of retrogaming and/or miniatures.
We were lucky enough to be able to walk around the neighborhood on a sunny morning and explore some of the most iconic shops, starting with Great Potato and Trader. If you are looking for an elusive Japanese game in France, you should find your happiness in these temples dedicated to retrogaming. For all those looking for a figurine of their favorite heroes/heroines (video game, manga, anime), we can tell you two places that can respond favorably to your request… At Miami and Kotobukiya. Of course, there are still dozens of shops that may be suitable for you.
- At Miami :
- Japan, 〒101-0021 Tokyo, Chiyoda City, Sotokanda, 1 Chome−15−16, Akihabara Radiokaikan, ４F
- Japan, 〒101-0021 Tokyo, Chiyoda City, 11, 千代田区 外神田１丁目１１−５スーパービル3F・4F
- Kotobukiya :
- Japan, 〒101-0021 Tokyo, Chiyoda City, Sotokanda, 1 Chome−8−8 岡嶋ビル
- Great Potato:
- Japan, 〒101-0021 Tokyo, Chiyoda City, Sotokanda, 1 Chome−11−2 ３階～５階北林ビル
- Japan, 〒101-0021 Tokyo, Chiyoda City, Sotokanda, 3 Chome−14−10 トレーダー本店ビル
- Japan, 〒101-0021, Tokyo, Chiyoda City, Sotokanda, 1 Chome-4-9
- Station: Ikebukuro
- Metro & Trains : Yamanote Line (JY), Saikyō Line (JA), Shōnan–Shinjuku Line, Seibu ikebukuro Line, Tōbu Tōjō Lin (TJ), Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line (W), Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line (Y), Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line ( F)
Located north of Shinjuku in Toshima Ward, Ikebukuro is a commercial and entertainment district where there is a huge complex named Sunshine City. Beyond its aquarium, its planetarium and its museum of the Ancient East, it is above all the second floor that interests us. Indeed, the Pokemon Center Mega Tokyo should thrill pocket watch enthusiasts, and especially relieve them of a few thousand yen, if not more. This shop has among the widest choice of “Pokémon” goodies in the world, not to mention the areas dedicated to games in the franchise… GO, Legends, etc.
In a completely different register, that of Shonen Jump version piracy, proudly stands the One Piece Mugiwara Shop with a superb life-size reproduction of Tony Tony Chopper to welcome us. If you are an early fan of Luffy and his crew, there is no doubt that you will be able to find two or three hidden treasures among the many goodies, between stuffed animals, t-shirts and of course the essential gachas that we love to hate. and vice versa.
- One Piece Mugiwara Store : Japan, 〒170-6002 Tokyo, Toshima City, Higashiikebukuro, 3 Chome−1−1 サンシャインシティ 専門店街アルパ 2F
- Pokemon Center Mega Tokyo : Japan, 〒170-6002 Tokyo, Toshima City, Higashiikebukuro, 3 Chome−1−2 サンシャインシティ 専門店街アルパ2F
- Station: Odaiba-kaihinkōen
- Metro & Trains: Yurikamome (U)
Odaiba is, unlike the previous districts mentioned, an area located in the south, and more precisely in Tokyo Bay. It is actually a large artificial island originally built to defend the city and which mutated into a residential, commercial and leisure area during the 1990s. It is for this reason that several shopping centers rub shoulders within a radius of a few hundred meters. Among them, the Aqua City Odaiba as well as the Divercity Tokyo Plaza particularly catch our eye.
In Aqua City, you will find while wandering on the third floor a Disney Storea Legoland Discovery Center and a Jump Shop (store dedicated to Shonen Jump franchises – Demon Slayer, Dragon Ball, One Piece, etc.), three rooms for three totally different atmospheres, but ideal to delight “geeks”. “Crossing the street”, you go to the Divercity Tokyo Plaza and its ten floors. This building is designed as a succession of shops in the colors of franchises, each one more cult than the next. Thereby, Muscle Man, Hello Kitty Japan and The attack of the Titans (Shingeki no Kyojin) stand in your way and try to seduce you before reaching the Holy Grail!
The Gundam Base Tokyo is located on the seventh floor of the mall, but the game is definitely worth the effort. Whether or not you’re a fan of mechs and other giant robots, it’s simply impossible not to remain speechless in front of this temple dedicated to one of the oldest and above all prolific sagas of Japanese animation. GUNDAM, six letters to give birth to a rich and perfectly represented universe at the Divercity Tokyo Plaza with its museum, its custom creations and above all its hundreds of Gunpla models to acquire. As if that weren’t enough, a life-size Gundam protects the complex from the top of its twenty meters… A pure moment of passion!
- DisneyStore: Japan, 〒135-0091 Tokyo, Minato City, Daiba, 1 Chome−7−1, AQUA CITY ODAIBA, 3F
- Hello Kitty Japan: Japan, 〒135-0064 Tokyo, Koto City, Aomi, 1 Chome−1−10 ダイバーシティ東京プラザ 2F
- Jump Shop: Japan, 〒135-0091 Tokyo, Minato City, Daiba, 1 Chome−7−1, AQUA CITY ODAIBA, 3F
- The attack of the Titans : Japan, 〒135-0064 Tokyo, Koto City, Aomi, 1 Chome−1−10
- Legoland Discovery Center: Japan, 〒135-0091 Tokyo, Minato City, Daiba, 1 Chome−6−1, AQUA CITY ODAIBA, 3F
- Muscle Man: Japan, 〒135-0064 Tokyo, Koto City, Aomi, 1 Chome−1−10 ダイバーシティ東京プラザ 2F
- The Gundam Base Tokyo: Japan, 〒135-0064 Tokyo, Koto City, Aomi, 1 Chome−1−10 ダイバーシティ東京 プラザ７F
- Station: Shibuya
- Metro & Trains: Saikyō Line (JA), Shōnan–Shinjuku Line (JS), Yamanote Line (JY), Keio Inokashira Line (IN), Tokyu Den-en-toshi Line (DT), Tokyu Toyoko Line (Ty), Metro Ginza Line (G ), Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line (Z), Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line (F)
We end this non-exhaustive overview of the neighborhoods not to be missed if you are passionate about video games, anime, manga, etc. with an emblematic place in Tokyo: Shibuya. This district, which you were able to explore virtually in The World Ends With You, Ghostwire: Tokyo or even Persona 5, is ideal for entertainment, but also to once again transform your yen into passion. Is the Shibuya Parkanother shopping centre, where video game magic happens.
Once on the sixth floor named Cyberspace, you will discover an area mainly dedicated to the culture of video games and their by-products. Thus stand side by side the Capcom Store Tokyoa Pokemon Centerthe nintendo tokyoa KT-Spot (Koei Tecmo) and in another register… a Jump Shop. Between the life-size statues of Ryu, Mewtwo, Mario and the thousands of goodies to discover and/or buy, the visit is both recreational and instructive, but can quickly become expensive.
- Capcom Store Tokyo: Japan, 〒150-0042 Tokyo, Shibuya City, Udagawacho, 15−1 渋谷パルコ 6F
- Jump Shop Shibuya Park: Japan, 〒150-0042 Tokyo, Shibuya City, Udagawacho, 15−1 渋谷パルコ 6F
- KT Spot: Japan, 〒150-0042 Tokyo, Shibuya City, Udagawacho, 15−1 渋谷パルコ 6F
- Nintendo Tokyo: Japan, 〒150-0042 Tokyo, Shibuya City, Udagawacho, 15−1 渋谷パルコ 6F
- Pokémon Center Shibuya: Japan, 〒150-0042 Tokyo, Shibuya City, Udagawacho, 15−1 渋谷パルコ 6F