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Private Experience Akihabara Electric Town: Karaoke, Anime and Otaku Culture in Tokyo

Private Experience Akihabara Electric Town: Karaoke, Anime and Otaku Culture in Tokyo
Cultural & Theme Tours > Cultural Tours > Cultural Tour
$76.35
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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In Tokyo’s Akihabara Electric Town, you can experience the world of ‘otaku,’ a Japanese subculture that celebrates anime and manga (comics). Pose for a shoot in a ‘purikura’ photo booth, stop at shops hawking video games, and enjoy a drink with karaoke. You'll also get to order you choice of tea or coffee in one of the many playful maid cafés that line the busy streets.

Meet your guide at your hotel and walk to the nearest station for public transport to Tokyo’s shopping district of Akihabara. Nicknamed Akihabara Electric Town for the electronic goods sold there after World War II, Akihabara (or Akiba) is now a cultural hub for fans of anime and manga who call themselves ‘otaku,’ or nerds.

Comic-book and computer shops stand next to cosplay cafes, where people dress up as their favorite animated characters — fun for the entire family! Start your private walking tour of Akihabara belting out your favorite tunes with your friends (up to five people) in a decorated karaoke room. One complimentary drink is included during your hour of entertainment, but you’re welcome to order more beverages along with some snacks.

Next, try a photo shoot in a purikura, a.k.a photo booth. Step inside and choose your background, adding stamps, sparkles and a frame. Once you’re finished, your pictures are automatically printed for you — a perfect Tokyo souvenir!

After approximately 30 minutes of cosplay, your private guide accompanies you to one of the many popular Akihabara maid cafes. Here, waitresses dress in playful French maid costumes and treat patrons as if they’re being served in a private home rather than a restaurant. After your server politely greets you with ‘Welcome home, master (or mistress),' head to your table and enjoy a complimentary cup of tea or coffee (food and additional drinks at own expense). Spend an hour immersed in this entertaining slice of otaku culture; for an additional fee, your waitress may sing a song or join your party in a table game.

Finally, your guide takes you to Don Quijote, affectionately known to the locals as "Donkey," a vast one-stop store that carries everything from high-end luxury brand goods to groceries. The giant store packs every nook and cranny with goods, turning this shopping excursion into a full-blown treasure hunt.

In Tokyo’s Akihabara Electric Town, you can experience the world of ‘otaku,’ a Japanese subculture that celebrates anime and manga (comics). Pose for a shoot in a ‘purikura’ photo booth, stop at shops hawking video games, and enjoy a drink with karaoke. You'll also get to order you choice of tea or coffee in one of the many playful maid cafés that line the busy streets.