- Explore one of Tokyo’s most distinctive cultural hubs
- Discover the heart of Japanese anime, manga and cosplay
- Get beneath the surface to see what the guidebooks miss
Akihabara, named after a fire-controlling deity, is one of the best-known districts of Tokyo and an essential visit if you want to learn about the world-conquering Japanese artforms of anime and manga. It’s also commonly known as Electric Town after the proliferation of electronics stores in this area. This in-depth guided walking tour of Akihabara takes you beneath the surface to discover the beating heart of Tokyo’s youth scene, where it’s routine to see people wandering around in bizarre, intricate cosplay outfits either to fit in with their social groups or to pose for photos.
The highlight of this Tokyo gift experience comes when you visit one of Akihabara’s famous Maid Cafes. You’re welcomed by a waitress in a traditional costume, usually that of a French maid, as if you’re the master or mistress returning to a private home. This is a uniquely Japanese phenomenon with its roots in anime and manga, and provides tourists with a glimpse into a slightly surreal yet somehow very comforting world. The service will of course by welcoming, and you can take the opportunity to get to know your guide better - they’re experts on Japan, Tokyo and Akihabara culture, so feel free to ask anything you want!