It's on the opposite side of the 'electric town' exit from the big Crossfield plaza. As the show progressed, the pilots got increasingly younger and their hair longer (the guys, not the girls) and the marketing smarter. Staff at the cafe are dressed in modified Gundam uniforms and snap a salute when they take your order. Directly at the end of the pedestrian bridge is the tiny Anime Information Center on the second floor.
The food is Gundam themed - robot waffles, cakes, ice cream floats. The cafe sells assorted Gundam goods, including cafe exclusives. They The priests of the 800-year old shrine take their proximity to Akihabara very seriously and so do IT professionals from all over the country.
Tiny retailers sold radio and electronic parts at cut-rate prices under the Sobu line tracks. DIY done old school with parts in open boxes and plastic containers. From the west exit, you can't miss it as you walk along the tracks to your left on the way to Chuo Dori.
There are some great cafes you can visit to enjoy silence, a good drink, and a comfortable location. For those looking for affordable coffee and a wide selection of books, Paperback Cafe in Jimbocho is a great pick.There are various types of coffee with different prices depending on the blend, as well as simple dishes like sandwiches and curry for those who get hungry while they’re reading!Coffee and books are a winning combination for many!In Tokyo, one doesn’t have to go far to enjoy both of these treats.Collecting and a passion for all sorts of odd things is not limited to the socially awkward. The AKB48 Cafe and Shop promises tasty sweets and treats - and those are just the photos of the girls - and an entire boutique devoted to all things AKB48. Crossfield is mostly about upmarket office space, but not entirely.
Trains, planes, and automobiles have rabid followings just as much as Ultraman, Godzilla, manga, and Hello Kitty. Mandarake () is eight floors of anime, TV superheroes, characters and mascots, and manga comics, new and used. This is one of Akihabara's biggest place for collectibles. A movie-style screen set up at one end of the cafe endlessly runs concert footage and music videos. Shop Hours: Mon.-Thurs.: 11-10; Fri./Sat.: 11-; Sun./holidays: 10-10. English website (hasn't been updated in quite awhile...) Access for both cafes: West Exit. If you are a J-Pop fan, the AKB48 theater is located on the eighth floor of discount retailer Don Quijote's Akihabara branch. Ticket prices for live shows are generally 2000 yen () to 3000 yen (). The complex is connected to the West exit area of the station by a footbridge, so access is easy.If time is a problem, there's a take-out window in front. This is the place Japanese go to geek out on the heavenly plane. For individuals, the priests have created a take-home charm to shield digital devices from the demonic forces of evil for only 800 yen ().The beautiful shrine is busy nearly every day with blessing ceremonies inside the main hall for new IT-related ventures or divisions - to get them off to a good start - or banish lingering bad luck. The charm comes in three parts: A card for your wallet, a strip for the computer and a thumbnail-sized sticker for cell phones or digital devices.It's a great place to treasure hunt for old games at stores like Liberty or Retro Game (if you've got a Japanese game machine at home) and just enjoy the Akiba vibe. Stay away from the UFO catchers at the game centers on Chuo.I'm not saying they're rigged but...they're rigged.Don't waste your money on these when there are so many more enticing things to waste your money on. Go to your right but cross to the other side at the signal (there aren't many crossings). You'll see the Taito Game Center (giant space invader symbol) across the street and facing the little alley you are going to turn left on. Mandarake is the black building on the corner on your right.