Akihabara's Animate: An Institution found in the Holy Land of Subculture

In Akihabara, the holy land of subculture in Japan, you can not only obtain electrical appliances and PC parts, but anime and manga goods, idol related products, and much, much more. If it's anime and comic-related goods you're looking for within these genres, then there's no other place to visit better than Animate. In this article, we are going to be introducing the Animate and Animate Cafe institutions.

About Animate

Animate is one of Japan's largest anime-related goods chain store, and just one institution that sells Japan's all-popular anime goods. They have many different stores that have a range of different services including anime, comic, and game-related services as well as sales, collaboration cafes, e-book, and cosplay stores. They even have limited-time "only shop"s as well as exhibitions which may sell exclusive goods to those that visit.

Animate Stores in Akihabara

Animate have over 100 stores nationwide with 13 of them found within Tokyo, 2 of those can be found in Akihabara. The names of those stores are "Animate Akihabara" and "Animate Akihabara Annex". Furthermore, you can find a collaboration "Animate Cafe" called "Good Smile x Animate Cafe Akihabara".

Animate Akihabara

Animate Akihabara

With a range of anime-related goods from floors 1 through 7, you can find anything and everything from books to character goods, games, and more. There are also limited-time products for sale, but they're changed frequently, so you'll typically find they're different every time you visit. This also means you can find new things every time you visit!

Animate Akihabara Floor Guide

Animate Akihabara Floor Guide
Animate Akihabara Floor Guide
Animate Akihabara Floor Guide
Animate Akihabara Floor Guide
  • 1F: Latest Pickups Corner
  • 2F: New Books
  • 3F: Books, New Products, Comics, Voice Actors/Actresses-related Magazines, dōjinshi, Picture Books, etc.
  • 4F: Character Goods, Trading Cards
  • 5F: Character Goods
  • 6F: Audio / Visual / Games
  • 7F: Event Space

Spot Information

  • Spot name: Animate Akihabara
  • Address: 4-3-2 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0021
  • Access: 5-minute walk from JR Akihabara Station Electric Town Entrance
  • Business hours:
    • Weekdays: 12:00~20:00
    • Weekends + Holidays: 11:00~19:00
    • ※Business hours may differ.
  • Credit cards: Master, VISA, Diners, Discover, TS CUBIC, UnionPay, Rakuten, JCB, AMERICAN EXPRESS

Animate Akihabara Annex

There are many different shops located in this 7-story building. There are lots of shops which change their contents regularly, and it's fun finding new and interesting limited-time goods!

Spot Information

  • Spot name: Animate Akihabara Annex
  • Address: 1-2-13 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0021
  • Access: 5-minute walk from JR Akihabara Station Electric Town Entrance
  • Business hours:
    • Weekdays: 12;00~20:00
    • Weekends + Holidays: 11:00~19:00
    • ※Business hours may differ.
  • Credit cards: Master, VISA, Diners, Discover, TS CUBIC, UnionPay, Rakuten, JCB, AMERICAN EXPRESS

Good Smile x Animate Cafe Akihabara

Good Smile x Animate Cafe Akihabara

An "Animate Cafe" is a collaboration cafe for popular anime and games. There are original collaboration items and character-inspired menu items for sale. To visit, there are 2 methods, free entry (first come, first serve without the need for reservation) and then reservation entry. The name of this collaboration cafe in Akihabara is "Good Smile x Animate Cafe Akihabara".

Spot Information

  • Spot name: Good Smile x Animate Cafe Akihabara
  • Address: 5F Akiba Cultures Zone, 1-7-6 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0021
  • Access: 5-minute walk from JR Akihabara Station, Tokyo Metro Ginza Line Suehirochō Sta.
  • Business hours:
    • Free Entry: 12:00~20:30
    • Reservation: 11:20~21:00
    • ※No Holidays. Business hours may differ.

Accessing Animate and Animate Cafe in Akihabara

All stores listed in this article are a 5-minute walk from JR Akihabara Station Electric Town Entrance.

Spot Information

  • Spot name: JR Akihabara Station
  • Address: 1 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0021
  • Access: JR Chūō-Sōbu Line, JR Yamanote Line, JR Keihin-Tōhoku Line/Negishi Line

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