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Has anyone else here been to Akihabara?
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>>20599851

Having returned to my home country a week ago, I felt like Akiba had become even more tourist oriented with groups of disgusted looking westerners taking selfies and videos on the streets, blocking path of everyone else.

Mandarake was still a great store to visit, managed to find lots of albums and manga that I otherwise couldn't even find on the internet.
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Nah man. Sounds like your the only one.

Anyway here's a photo I took in front of Kanda Shrine just minutes after New Years ticked over.
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>>20599851
>Akihabara
What is that?
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>>20599851
overrated af since love live! and fsgo is the poster board for everything - either that or everyone is selling the same figures
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Yeah, it sucks. It's just a tourist trap now.
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crowded, no place to eat (at least 20 people waiting in line), people bump into each other, too many chinese tourists like rest of Japan
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>>20602564
Chinese tourists, so what? They’re Asian so they fit in. You’re the standing out arrogant cunt one
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>>20603107
>They’re Asian so they fit in

>cant tell asians part

youre the real cancer
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>>20599851
It's okay.
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>>20599900
I had fun with it. Still really sad that I visited the only touhou dedicated store I could find there and found it to be a tiny empty store low on stock selling basically a few t shirts and posters. I felt really bad after I left the store empty-handed while the excessively friendly shopkeeper smiled at me, clearly excited to see a customer at all, a westerner even.
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>>20603107
You really haven't been in Japan haven't you.
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>>20603291
you’re the real cancer if you’re bothered by people speaking their native languages
>>20603380
actually i have and chinese tourists weren’t a problem
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Honest, uncontrarian opinion:
Akihabara is an obvious tourist trap, but it's still very possible to have some fun there. Most of the big stores have utterly massive collections of dojinshi there and even the most niche character goods can be found on a shelf in some 7th floor store. The food's alright, if you want something better be prepared to wait for a seat. I never had a problem getting gyudon or shrimp tempura within fifteen minutes of ordering.

If it's your first time going, carve out an afternoon/evening (add on a couple hours if you also want to play in the arcades) to window shop, look at the neon sights and take pictures on the main boulevards and around the JR station. Go shopping at Toranoana (which has three different store fronts in Akiba IIRC), Mandarake and Melonbooks - doujin artists will often sell their new works exclusively at one of the stores. Don't bother with any of the cafes or anything related to idolshit. You can do everything worthwhile in Akiba in a single day without having to go back (except for Comiket exclusives). Save money by getting supper at Yoshinoya or FamilyMart afterwards
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Does Denden Town even compare? People call it the Akiba of Osaka. I want to visit when I'm in Japan but is it worth it?
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>>20605173
If you've been to Akiba you've been to Denden Town
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>>20599851
Went to Japan two years ago and visited Akihabara like 3 times. I never got tired of it even though I scammed into going to the shadiest fucking meido cafe.
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Wish they just create a new otaku district without the stupid le ironic gaijins and the locust like Chinese flooding the streets and shops.
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I've had the privilege of having my then GF take me there and translate stuff. Was alright. Not as cool as other parts of japan tho.
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>>20605866
Oh, so you're one of those losers who got JP girls because gaijin privilege.
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Akihabara is fun for the first visit or two, after your 3rd 4th or 5th time you just want to not go there and stick to nakano or some shit.
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>>20605687
How shady was it? Was it one of those cafes with mirrors on the floor so you can look up girls' skirts?
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>>20605935
It was just weird because she took my hand and led me through a couple of alleys into this unmarked building and then we walked through a lot of empty rooms before getting on an elevator and continuing to the place. The whole time I was wondering if I fucked up. Once we got to the little room I was ignored until I gave in to the suggestion to buy the girl food and drinks. It was okay after that but the whole thing must've cost me like 10k yen.
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>>20605992
Sounds like a normal maid cafe expirence that isn't maid dreaming, @home, etc. Most of them are a rip, 2000 yen cover 2000 yen per item 800 yen drinks + 1000 yen picture(even if you take none)
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>>20605837
An otaku district is at its heart a shopping district, they can't survive unless they have good public transit. And good public transit means swarms of tourists.
>>20605922
tru/jp/sies take the shinkansen to fukuoka just to shop at the mandarake. /sarc
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>>20605837
Have you been to Nakano Broadway or Otome Road? They're both literally one train ride from Akihabara (though you can get to Nakano faster by changing trains).

They've still got gaijin but at least the ones there seem to know what they're doing.
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Reminds me of this
https://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/03/nyregion/pyrotechnic-party-of-legend-killed-off-by-social-media.html
>but that party turned out to be the last, after approximately 2,000 people showed up, word of it having reached a vast universe of Brooklyn millennials via social media, a means of communication Mr. Schjeldahl and his wife have never employed.
>“It was 300 hipsters from Bushwick coming down the driveway, and I nearly died,” Ms. Alderson said. Last year, guests, most of them not known to their hosts, could be overheard arguing about whether the property was a state park or a municipal park. One generation’s utopia had encroached upon another’s.
>Ominous signs began to present themselves a few years ago. Ms. Calhoun recalls entering a bedroom at the Bovina house to find a young woman she had never seen before changing into a bathing suit. On another occasion, her husband and young son were at a florist in Williamsburg where they learned that the young saleswoman behind the counter had become a regular at the party, even though she had no idea who actually held it.
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>>20603435
>t. sexpat chink
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>>20605837
Many otaku have started hanging out at Ikebukuro now. Mainly around the Animate area.
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>>20605837
Go to Sapporo or Osaka, if it's not in or around tokyo a fuck load of that shit falls right the fuck off
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>>20605152
This, really. Stick to windowshopping, avoid tourist traps. Go to Mandarake/MelonBooks/Toranoana and get yourself some doujins.Have a walk in Yodobashi.

Then, go to Nakano, that's where the real fun is.
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Lots of Chinese and brown people last I visited. Was honestly pretty depressing.
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>>20608968
The whites didn't cringe you off?
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>>20609006
I did see a pair of them bother some TV personality trying to do a food report. Like getting right into the frame and asking if they can get a selfie while the camera was rolling and he was doing his best to ignore them.

I did a 360 and went to the other side of the street.
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>>20603378
There's the basement akibaoo and Akiba Hobby
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>>20603107
Chinese tourists piss and shit on the street, steal, mug people, steal some more and generally are a cancer. So drop dead mate.
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>>20605152
Haven't been to akiba before so what kind of tourist traps can you find there
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>>20606014
Not really, this sounds like a weird scam especially the ignoring part. Maid cafés are overly expensive since you obviously pay for the whole act but there are many small ones which are fun and even have decent food
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>>20612938

Filled with tourists and many stores sell same generic products in addition to Japan souvenir shops, although I liked LAOX since it manages to be that without your I LOVE TOKYO shirts.

There also plenty of stores that specialize in less tourist interest related otaku thing, like Mandarake, which sells used goods from almost everything topic you can think of. Walking through it felt like a time travel to a different world when you enter higher floors with old Japanese toys, card games, video games etc.

I think Akiba has devolved into tourist trap but it's still by far the best place to find any otaku interest related goods. Go there with a Japanese friend if you can speak Japanese and you should have lots of fun since he can show you around for harder to find places you might not stumble upon by yourself.
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>>20603107
ching chong chang ching chong, my ching chang
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I found it funny that there was a tenga shop in pretty decent walking distance from the station, AV playing and everything on the first floor. I guess parents just don't walk their kids near there.
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>>20613026

Do you mean the sex toy store that has around 6 floors with anything from tengas to every type of vibrator you can think of to BDSM tools and the list goes on. It's near the station.

There's at least 4 different stores that sell tengas that I can think of.
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>>20613026
>I guess parents just don't walk their kids near there.
As I was walking out of the Osaka Mandarake near Umeda station, I saw a woman in her thirties or early forties leading a child of about three or four years old into the store. I think store staff stopped her from going in though.
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>>20613044
>There's at least 4 different stores that sell tengas that I can think of.
They sell Tenga and pornographic manga at the duty-free in Narita. There's H manga in almost every 7-11, Lawson and FamilyMart. It's not that hard to come by.
>>20612938
The most touristy thing I saw in Akiba were these overpriced grab bags of random anime and character merchandise for sale. Stuff you could get out of gachapon machines and a middle-of-the-road fig for the equivalent of $35-40USD.
It was like that one Simpsons joke where Mr. Burns tries to bribe a government nuclear inspector with a box covered in purple question marks.
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>>20613348
I saw somwthing similar at Radio Kaikan's K-Book store: a 4 year old kid walking towards the R-18 section, her mother and a store clerk were litterally running to get the little guy before he went into the R-18 area.

>>20612938
Avoid souvenir stores and tourist-looking stores. Stick to Mandarake, Melonbooks, Toranoana. Couple other shops, but those are the main ones for doujin stuff.
You might wanna check Nakano, very nice place imo.
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I've been there so many times now it still feels good.

The main streets are every year populated with more and more tourists, the downside is theres tons more tourists.

The honestly unexpected side was that Softmap that converted into a BIC Camera a year and half ago, I was mad when it fist happened I mean that was literally the poster child for Akihabara turning into a Tourist destination, a game/figure oriented store turning into a basically super market.

Yet at the same time they did a great job, you can now buy Metro Passes there, you can buy sims, you can buy 101 variety of sake and all the tourist crap I actually want as souvenirs, so it's a double edged sword.

But any true Akihabara goer knows that Akiba is in the small shops around the place. Things like COSPA that are hidden away form tourists and only the people that are actually interested in this shit know.

Like take エックス秋葉原本店 that little store under the bridge of the station to the south that store is fantastic when it comes to figures, then you got 駿河屋 秋葉原駅前店 thats also awesome. Theres a lot of tresures to be had.

Nakano broadway is also amazing but I still feel Akihabara beats it because of volume.
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>>20605173
I like it because you can sometimes find different stuff. I would not go out of my way though, unless I was specifically looking for something
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>>20605173
Was there a few months ago.

It's mini akiba, same stuff, maid cafes,
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Its a fun place. You can find some really cool stuff at Mandarake there(though I prefer the Shibuya one) and there's a cool cafe where you can order drinks and shoot airsoft guns. Though the Maid Dreamin' jingle gets really annoying and sticks in your head thanks to those stands being on almost every corner.

>>20602564
The fuck? Every time I'm in Akiba there's a Taiwan Ramen place that always has a place to sit in peace.
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>>20602564
I recommend going actually into Akiba Ichis food court. It's absolutely huge.

https://www.udx-akibaichi.jp/stores.html
Theres a Ramen Court called Akiba Mengeki.
Theres a Curry Restaurant, Steak Restaurant, Tullys Coffe
All kind of Katsu, Sushi, Yakitori, Chinese, Omurice, washoku restaurants etc...

Plus they often hold anime/idol themed stuff as you can see on the pictures here.

https://foursquare.com/v/akiba-ichi-%E3%82%A2%E3%82%AD%E3%83%90%E3%82%A4%E3%83%81/4b3eedeef964a5202aa325e3/photos
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How much smaller is Denden Town compared to Akiba? It at least has Toranoana and Mandarake's stores based on quick google.
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>>20620027
Denden Town is less dense and has fewer stores but it's also less of a tourist trap

At least that was the case in 2014, can't speak for today
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Overrated husk of what it used to be. Still nice to walk around.
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>>20606014
I tried @home and no one even acknowledged me when I entered, let alone got me seated. I left and went to Maidreamin instead. My maid was really nice and spoke pretty good english but I was the only customer in there, felt awkward.
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>>20613044
that place was great. bought an oreimo onahole there lol
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>>20625163
What time did you go?
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Was there for the /jp/ meetup many many years ago
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>>20625769
Did you fug?
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>>20625769
>mlp faggot
You can't make this shit up.
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>>20625769
>/jp/ meetup

Sorry no offense but it sounds so cancerous. The reason I don't like coming to /a/ and /jp/ to talk about anime is because I don't want to share the stuff I enjoy with people I don't like. I've always been jealous like that. In high school, when I was into WoW I didn't talk with anybody about it, even though I knew there were guys at my school who played it. I didn't want to share it with them. So seeing this kind of stuff makes me feel very jelly belly and repulsed at every anon on this board.

Pretty sure I'm the only one in the world with these feels
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>>20627256
It's not like men masturbating to cartoon little girls are any better.
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>>20627345
>>>/mlp/
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>>20627309
What the fuck do you come here for then?
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>>20627367
lol nice rebuttal.
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>>20603378
>a few t shirts and posters
Did they have any good Touhou t-shirts in non-fat adult male Westerner sizes?
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>tfw I've been living in Japan for six months now and the fattest people I have seen here were foreigners in Akiba

DISGUSTING.
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>>20627374
sometimes I feel like breathing in a little bit of negative vibes to get me angry cuz then I feel energetic. But if I inhale too much bad vibes I get depressed
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>>20599851
Yeah. It's alright. I think going to Japan specifically to go to Akihabara will make for a disappointing trip, but incorporating it into a broader trip would be a good idea.
It would be like going to LA and only seeing Hollywood, or going to NYC and only seeing Times Square.
It's a place designed to take your money. I don't even like most of the overt anime trends and I still ended up spending money.
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My favorite part of Akiba was going to those reflexology shops. I had a meido massage my muscles with her feet.
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>>20627623
>a meido massage my muscles with her feet
Oh shit this is a thing? Where is it specifically and how much was it?
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>>20627646
https://www.8p82.jp/
Page has the current prices.
There are quite few of these type of shops all around Tokyo. Just search for メイドリフレ or JKリフレ on google.
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Is there something to enjoy in Akihabara if I'm not a big fan of anime and moe and whatever

I like some anime titles but im not following new releases etc
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>>20627738

Do you like manga and doujin content or arcade
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akihabara suxx ass, denden town is less cramped, less people, and everything is cheaper - unless you want to go to like 20 different maid cafes denden is better imo

source : live in osaka
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>>20627746
not really
i like videogames but im not that hardcore about them either
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>>20625769
>Was there for the /jp/ meetup many many years ago
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>>20627309
nah dude, you arent alone.
I used to (still) make fun of people who enjoy weeb culture or video games in general even though I was probably the biggest nerd of em all.

Thats how you roll when you have a mental disorder and other undiagnosed issues.
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>>20627764
Obsessed
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>>20627760

Go walk through Mandarake for a time machine trip into Japan's early 00s and older pop culture

Do you not even like doujin music?
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>>20627777
i know literally nothing about doujin music

i like any kind of big shop though, im just not sure if im going to buy anything
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>>20627789

Almost all stores in Akiba range from 7-8 floors. Each floor is dedicated to different things, with upper floors usually reserved for adult content. Many stores that sell manga are similar to each other in both products they sell and layout, but stores that specialize in doujin content have more differences.

I keep hyping up Mandarake because this one floor for each subject happens there too, but each floors themes are a lot more specialized and have products that you couldn't find from internet even if you tried. I walked through the store with my Japanese friend and everything from floor 4 above was pure nostalgia for him since you had old collectible card games, toys, video games, DVDs and the list goes on.

LAOX is good for quality souvenirs.
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>>20627738
>>20627789

>doesn't like anime, manga, or arcade (2hu), jap music

Literally what are you on /jp/ for?
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>>20627749

Does Denden Town manage to sell everything that Akiba does or does its smaller scale make you dependent on domestic shipping if you want something rare (which would be only available from internet if Denden's supply doesn't hold).
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When I first moved to Japan I used to go to Akiba a few times a week because xD lol you can buy doujinshi look at all the anime everything is so nerdy

Now I just go there a few times a year to stare at model trains like the autist i am
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>>20627818
old 00s stuff sounds comfy

>>20627823
i played some visual novels and I thought that japan is interesting
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>>20627823
Not him, but I'm not into Touhou, besides playing parts of three games, I don't like idol stuff or visual novels, I like anime and manga, but I haven't watched any of the former in over two months. So much of 4chan is garbage today that I'd gladly read people having interesting discussions about things that they like, whatever they are, even if I don't like those things to the same degree.
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im Japanese.
Many Japanese OTAKU thinks,what is called Akihabara had already bored.
Because Akiba's manga,doujin,and figures can get all over the JAPAN.
this is mere opinion of one japanese otaku.
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>>20627930
Do you use futaba? What do you think of frogposting and greentexting?
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>>20627829
so basically everything i've seen in aki i've seen in den den also, anything super rare is unlikely to be found in aki anyway since its more of a tourist trap these days, but with that being said, den den seemed to have tons more second hand shit, either way you could spend days on end looking through den den and not stop finding new shit whereas i felt like i'd seen all there was to see in aki after like a day

also aki is claustrophobic as fuck and not very fun to browse thru whereas denden being more open leads to a much more enjoyable time browsing through the literal mountains of shit
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>>20599851
If you're not a massive otaku, there's nothing there for you.
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I'm not sure if Akihabara deserves to be called a tourist trap. A tourist trap is a place with little or no actual purpose besides drawing in tourists. This is not the case with Akihabara, since it is a useful place to shop at if you're interested in anime or manga, and to visit maid cafes if you're into that.
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>>20630453
I guess it depends on how people feel and define the term as evidenced by this thread. I share your opinion when people describe the fish market.
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>>20603378
Was that White Canvas? Sounds like it. You should have visited Akibaoo and Tokyo Hobby aswell, they have Touhou stuff as well.
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>>20630494
>>20630453
There are some shops in Akihabara that are totally unrelated to otaku, anime and manga stuff. Those are the tourist traps. I wouldn't consider shops like Mandarake, Toranoana and Cospa tourist traps, although you do need to have an interest in otaku and doujin culture.
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>>20630527
Akiba Hobby I mean.
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>>20599851
Yes, it's nothing special. A bunch of overpriced anime otaku oriented shops, overpriced maid cafes, high end audio shops, and nice decently priced electronic hardware shops scattered about.
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>>20607428
>Sapporo
Is there a place resembling Akihabara or Den Den in Sapporo?
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I feel like the Liberty set of stores are tourist traps. Nothing but DBZ and One Piece low quality arcade prizes.
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The great thing about Akiba is you have several otaku-related retailers packed together. If there's a particular book or CD you wanted then you have several potential stores within eyesight of each other. That said you're going to Akihabara to kill the day shopping or to visit an expensive gimmick cafe. Practically speaking a good portion of my purchases when I was in Tokyo could have been made in Ikebukuro and saved myself the train fare
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>>20625788
>>20627256
>>20627309
>>20627764
I was only there at japan for work for 1year so I only met these random anons over 2comiket since there wasn't a reitaisai meetup. I wonder if /jp/ still do these meetup. Meetup point was at the saw outside bigsight after day3, basically you just need to identify yourself with the usual jp meme like JBCS or 2hu hijack. I never did never exchange contact or name with those anons, I wonder if they are even still alive after all these years. I only knew that one of them is an actual cosmic break dev.

So what else changed? Softmap is kill eh? 2hu floor at toranoana is gone as well right? For any 2hufag, toranoana and white canvas is a must. The rest are just tourists trap.
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Akiba sounds like a tourist meme, I'd rather go to Harajuku.
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>>20636429
I went to Shinjuku and looked at the latest bitchii fashion
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>>20599851
Plan on going in October, its gonna be my first time to Japan. Any advice on where to go/where to avoid? what to do/not do?
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>>20636429
Harajuku is literally dead. I occasionally go there and Takeshita-doori to look around and it's always full of tourists and almost no locals. It's a meme even worse than Akiba nowadays. Overpriced "artsy" clothing stores selling mainstream "whacky" shit. Boring and overcrowded as hell.

My personal Akihabara alternative, honestly, is Ikebukuro. You can find a lot of interesting shops there, however there's also a huge focus towards Yaoi-centered doujins which I am totally not into.
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>>20637855
I was there last October. Personally I think October is the best month to go there if you don't care about the sakura blossom season. Not many tourists and still summer-like temperature. I stayed for a month and we almost had 30C degrees the entire month, only towards the end it went down to ~23-25ish. It rained for a total of 3-4 days across the entire month so it was a real treat too.

Advice on where to go and what to avoid? Personally I didn't like Shibuya and Shinjuku. Too crowded and too touristy, Shinjuku at night especially is full of tourist traps and actual scams. People trying to trick you and especially don't go with africans or random strangers trying to get you to visit their club. It's usually a scam and you risk of getting mugged/robbed/cheated/drugged up.

Other than that, depends what your interests are. I like parks and nature so I spent a lot of time just walking randomly around with Google Maps open and moving from a green area to the next. I had an absolute blast walking ~30km along the Edogawa banks for the entire day, looking at kids playing baseball on a sunny weekend, fishermen rowing their boats along the river and eventually stumbled upon a massive park full of locals (absolutely no tourists) just walking their dogs, playing around, fishing, etc. It was awesome.

I also strongly recommend Odaiba and the digital art museum.
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>>20637950
>It's a meme even worse than Akiba nowadays
Not really, if you enjoy fashion/gazing at japanese sluts then Harajuku is great.
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>>20638041
There's literally no fashion nor Japanese sluts in Harajuku that I could see. Only tourists.
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>>20638046
Look closer.
Only place with as much fashionshit as Harajuku is Aoyama.
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>>20637980

Did you like Ueno park?

Personally it became my favorite because I enjoyed TNM was enjoyable, not too big and good content with quality museum store. Parkside Cafe was very good for its price and the park itself was reasonably sized. Plenty of comedians and magicians making shows for children was entertaining to spectate.
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>>20638069
I enjoyed Ueno park but I think Yoyogi park was miles better since it's a literal fucking forest in the middle of the city. Ueno felt a bit too... flat, for a lack of better word. A lot of walking areas and open places and not enough grass/nature imo.
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>>20625769
There's normally a Comiket meetup every year.
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>>20637980
Thanks anon! Some good info. I know I want to check out akiba, but I'm really into the nature part . So parks will cool to visit, maybe a shrine.

>>20638079 this is the park you would recommend?
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>>20638187
Yeah Yoyogi park is a must visit. It's right next to Harajuku/Takeshita-doori and you literally walk into this kick ass forest with a temple at the center and an archery dojo a bit farther in. In the summer heat it's a breah of fresh air as you're literally towered by trees everywhere. The city just disappears.
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>not going to the northern tip of hakkaido and fapping alone on the frozen choppy waters as an otaku.
Akiba tourists suck. When metal gear solid 4 brought attention to it, Akihabara was destined to become a husk.
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It seems that you can buy items from Melonbooks, Mandarake, Toranoana, and Cospa from outside Japan. Has anyone tried it?

https://www.melonbooks.co.jp/special/b/0/service/overseas_en/
https://www.toranoana.jp/info/shop/tenso/english.html
https://earth.mandarake.co.jp/help/ordering_policy-en.html
http://www.cospa.com/staticdoc/p/company_indexe
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>>20638424

Built in Tenso service in Melonbooks.co.jp looks easiest.

Any experiences?
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>>20638340
Who are you quoting?
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>>20638504
myself, because it's less cringe than you parroting thousands of other autists on this shithole. I'm from old /k/ i'll misuse greentext and be damn proud because I was doing it before the 2016 faggots even knew what it was.
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>>20639922
Greentexting was still cancerous in 2011.



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