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Getting to Know Akihabara

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 14 reviews.Tokyo, Japan

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Experience hosted by Roland

4 hours
Up to 4 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

We'll explore Akihabara in an approximately four-hour walking tour to help you learn about what makes it such a special place. After a brief introduction and route confirmation at JR Akihabara station, I'll take you to where the locals go for deals on anime figures, DVDs, interesting electronics, retro and modern video games, cute Japanese toys, and much more! I'm also happy to help you with any specific item requests.

Once done shopping, we will stop for a meal or light snacks. Akihabara is home to many great ramen and sushi spots so I'll introduce you to one of my favorites. If you're looking for something on the lighter side, we can stop for taiyaki, a pastry filled with red bean in the shape of a fish!

Recharged after a quick bite, we'll experience a bit of modern and traditional Japan. I'll take you to a game arcade to introduce you to the unique and fun games you can only find in Japan. You'll even have a chance to earn a high score by dancing it up or hitting Japanese drum replicas! You may even win a prize from one of the UFO catchers.

We'll close the tour by visiting Kanda Myojin, a traditional shrine that's been featured in Japanese anime. I'll teach you the correct way to make an offering and help you find a special charm to protect your electronics!

If interested, we can also optionally visit an artisan hangout under the tracks, a maid cafe, or an owl cafe too.
We'll explore Akihabara in an approximately four-hour walking tour to help you learn about what makes it such a special place. After a brief introduction and route confirmation at JR Akihabara station, I'll take you to where the locals go for deals on anime figures, DVDs, interesting electronics, retro and modern video games, cute Japanese toys, and much more! I'm also happy to help you with any specific item requests.

Once done shoppi…

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From ₹2,903
/ person
Sat, 31 Oct
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
₹2,903 per person
₹2,903 per person

Meet your host, Roland

Host on Airbnb since 2016
  • 14 Reviews
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I'm a professional translator who has lived in Japan for over 9 years now. In my previous job, I spent time helping find and introduce interesting tourist spots to foreign travelers. I've also been asked to help interpret and translate for foreign delegations visiting Japan.

Aside from my professional work, I am also an avid video gamer and long-time Japanese animation fan. I have a huge collection of games and anime and always looking to add to it by browsing the many great secondhand stores Tokyo has to offer.

My personal hobby is city exploration, when I come to a place, I love to explore and find all I can about it. From my walks around Tokyo, I've come to find the best deals, the tastiest food, and the hidden hole in the walls that may be harder for the common tourist to find.
I'm a professional translator who has lived in Japan for over 9 years now. In my previous job, I spent time helping find and introduce interesting tourist spots to foreign travelers. I've also been asked to help interpret and translate for foreign delegations visiting Japan.

Aside from my professional work, I am also an avid video gamer and long-time Japanese animation fan. I have a huge collection of games and anime and always looking to add to it by browsing the many great secondhan…
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Where you'll be

We'll be walking around the Akihabara district. Tours will start at JR Akihabara station and then from there will drop into some anime and video game shops in the central area. These shops are more known by locals and less frequented by tourists. We will then grab ramen to eat or quick food from sidewalk stands before trying out some fun arcade games. Towards the end, we'll close with a visit to Kanda Shrine and make an offering for a great trip!

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 14 reviews.

Daniel
February 2020
Roland's tour of Akihabara was terrific! We got to see the more well-known spots, as well as some hard-to-find gems we never would've seen otherwise! Had an absolute blast shopping and playing in the arcades with Roland. He knows the area really well, and will customize the tour based on the things you want to do and see.
Roland's tour of Akihabara was terrific! We got to see the more well-known spots, as well as some hard-to-find gems we never would've seen otherwise! Had an absolute blast shopping…
Stephanie
February 2020
Roland was great during our Akihabara tour! Walking around the area can be overwhelming for non locals and he took us into places, buildings and shops we wouldn’t have even thought of. Also gave us insight into the shrine and temple process which was very interesting. We found some great collectors pieces along the way and ate some delicious ramen too. Can’t complain!
Roland was great during our Akihabara tour! Walking around the area can be overwhelming for non locals and he took us into places, buildings and shops we wouldn’t have even thought…
Danny
February 2020
Great tour with a very knowledgeable host. The experience was even adjusted to incorporate specific things the guests wanted to see. A brilliant way to get to see Akihibara without the frustration of crowds or aimlessly wandering around and potentially missing some great spots.
Great tour with a very knowledgeable host. The experience was even adjusted to incorporate specific things the guests wanted to see. A brilliant way to get to see Akihibara witho…
Cassie
January 2020
I enjoyed it. Roland is very flexible he will basically do whatever you want to an extent . We went to a maid Cafe it was great. It was more like hanging out with a friend then a tour guide. Then your like oh I paid you to be here xD.
Caryn
November 2019
Roland was a great host we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. I got to see a lot of my favorite anime and manga, even older shows from the 1990s! Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a one of a kind anime experience in Akihabara.
Ines
November 2019
It was great getting to know Akihabara with Roland. He took us to unique places to explore vintage toys, video games and anime.

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 4 guests ages 8 and up can attend.

What to bring

Cash, will need it for gacha machines, games, and some stores that don't take card

Weather appropriate clothing and walking shoes