10 Best Anime, Manga & Toys Shops to Visit in Japan

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Do you enjoy anime and manga? Do you dream to collect toys and merchandises of your favourite anime and manga series? Should you visit otaku land? Definitely YES!

One of the best things about this fascinating pop culture is that you don’t have to be an otaku lover to visit places like Akihabara. In fact, a moderate anime and manga lover or even people who are neutral about this subculture very often enjoy themselves when they visit anime, manga and toy stores in Japan. Such stores are usually found in major cities, hence looking for one is not difficult. With so many types of these stores, where should you begin?  Here we have 10 recommended places where you could consider visiting to shop or even buy a souvenir for your family and friends, let’s check it out!


1. Mandarake

Known as one of the biggest manga and anime stores in the world, many Japanese and foreign visitors flock to Mandarake stores. Initially a second-hand manga store, it now specialises in buying and reselling pop culture merchandises.

As Mandarake has collected many anime, manga and toy collectables, at some locations in Japan, specific stores are dedicated to selling a certain merchandise and goods such as pre-war toys, vintage manga, figurines and others. This help customers to narrow down their search easily.

In Tokyo, Mandarake stores can be found at Ikebukuro, Shibuya, Nakano and of course, the Akihabara district. There are also stores in major cities such as Osaka, Fukuoka and Sapporo.

Address (Akihabara): Sotokanda 3-11-12, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Tel. no.: +81 3-3252-7007
Opening Hours: 12 PM – 8 PM
General Website: https://earth.mandarake.co.jp/shop/cmp/index.html
Other locations: Ikebukuro, Shibuya, Nakano, Osaka, Sapporo, Fukuoka, SAHRA, Nagoya, Utsunomiya

Address: 5 Chome-52 Nakano, Tokyo 164-0001, Japan
Opening Hours: 10 AM – 8 PM
Website: https://www.gotokyo.org/en/spot/72/


2. One Piece Mugiwara Store

Now you have the chance to buy a Monkey D. Luffy’s hat here! The One Piece first official store in Shibuya is not as big as a One Piece fan might hope for, but you could still find character figurines and manga here. There are even life-sized figurines for you to take pictures with! Other items for sale in the store includes limited edition and newly released merchandises.

Address (Shibuya): 1 Chome-22-6 Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Tel. no.: +81 3-6452-5080
Opening Hours: 11 AM – 9 PM
Website: http://www.mugiwara-store.com (Japanese Only)
Other locations: Nagoya, Osaka, Fukuoka


3. Gamers

Gamers in Akihabara district.
Image credit: Minyoung Choi on Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

Gamers is one of the multi-level anime and manga store you will spot as you stroll around Akihabara. Besides specialising in selling anime DVDs, latest manga and cute toy collectables, there are also colourful anime magazines, merchandises and accessories that make good souvenirs. There is many Gamers’ chain store in Japan, so you could pay a visit when you are in Osaka, Kyoto or even Fukuoka!

Address (Akihabara): Takarada Building, 1-14-7 Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku
Tel. no.: +81 3-5298-8720
Opening Hours: 9 AM – 10 PM (1st floor), 11 AM – 9 PM (other floors)
Website: akiba.kakaku.com/en
Other locations: Sapporo, Sendai, Shinjuku, Ikebukuro, Teramachi, Yokohama, Tachikawa, Omiya, Tsudanuma, Namba, Umeda, Kyoto, Kobe Sannomiya, Nagoya, Numazu, Hakata, Ogura


4. Yodobashi Camera

The iconic Yodabashi Camera in Akihabara.
Image credit: Raelene Gutierrez on Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Yodabashi Camera may be better known as a one-stop electronics shop in Akihabara, this seven-floor building began to include anime-related merchandises for sale a few years ago. Just head to the sixth floor and you could find an entire floor filled with anime and manga products, toys and games. Well looks like shopping at Yodobashi Camera now is no longer only for electronic products!

Address: 1-1, Kandahanaokacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Tel. no.: +81-3-5209-1010
Opening Hours: 9.30 AM – 10 PM
Website: yodobashi-akiba.com


5. Animate

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Gundam figurines on sale.
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First established in 1983, Animate is the largest chain store of anime, manga and games in Japan today. At almost every prefecture, there is at least one Animate store. I recommend visiting the impressive Ikebukuro headquarters for your one-stop anime and manga visit. It is a nine-storey building with three floors of manga, two floors for anime and manga merchandise, one floor for games, CDs and DVDs, and the two remaining floors for anime exhibitions and events.

Address (Ikebukuro): Yubinbango170-0013 Toshima-ku, Tokyo Higashi-Ikebukuro 1-20-7
Tel. no.: +81 3-3988-1351
Opening Hours: 10 AM – 9 PM
Website:
https://www.animate.co.jp/
Other locations: across Hokkaido, Tohoku, Chubu, Kanto, Kansai, Chugoku, Shikoku, Kyushu and Okinawa regions


6. Hobby Off

If you have been to a few anime stores in Japan, you would have a rough idea about how expensive collectable items could be. Hobby Off is a shop that appeals to consumers with a lower budget. This store sells second-hand toys such as figures, models and more which are still in good condition and sold at an affordable price. If you happen to visit the chain store in Yamashiroya (Ueno), the latest toys can be found on the 1st and 4th floor. However, do note that there are no manga here as Hobby Off only sells toys.

Address: 4-6-6 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo, 110-0005
Tel. no.: +81 03-5846-8495
Opening Hours: 11 AM – 9 PM (Weekday), 10 AM – 9 PM (Sat., Sun., holidays)
Website: https://www.hardoff.co.jp/hobbyoff/
Other locations: across Hokkaido, Tohoku, Chubu, Kanto, Kansai, Chugoku, Shikoku, Kyushu and Okinawa regions


7. Kiddy Land

Harajuku’s Kiddy Land.
Image credit: S. on Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

Kiddy Land has more than 80 stores from Hokkaido to Kagoshima. It is a paradise for classics like Hello Kitty, Doraemon, Ghibli and other kawaii anime and manga products. Besides that, mainstream merchandises from One Piece, Gundam and Rilakkuma can also be found here. I recommend visiting the five-storey Kiddy Land at Harajuku, as the vibrant pink interior and cute stuffed toys are going to lift up your mood after a whole day of shopping!

Address (Harajuku): 6-1-9 Jingu-mae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001
Tel. no.: +81 3-3409-3431
Opening Hours: 11 AM – 9 PM (Weekday), 10.30 AM – 9 PM (Weekends, holidays)
Website: https://www.kiddyland.co.jp/en/classics.html
Other locations: VenusFort, Umeda, Kameari


8. Village Vanguard

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Do you have a secret love for an old anime and manga watched or read when you were young? Then you should head to the vintage shop called Village Vanguard – the place to hunt for vintage manga and discover quirky and odd toys. You may even stumble upon your long-forgotten anime DVD here! To date, there are a total of 389 chain stores in Japan, so grab a vintage souvenir for yourselves from this store!

Address: 2-10-15 Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 155-0031
Tel. no.: +81 3-3460-6145
Opening Hours: 10 AM – 12 AM
Website: https://www.village-v.co.jp/
Other locations: across Hokkaido, Tohoku, Chubu, Kanto, Kansai, Chugoku, Shikoku, Kyushu and Okinawa regions


9. Lashinbang

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Planning to visit Akihabara? Drop by a store called Lashinbang. They sell brand new anime and toy as well as second-hand items at a cheaper price. If you are looking to save some money in Akihabara, Lanshinbang would be your answer. As you stroll along the streets of Akihabara, just look for the Akiba Cultural Zone and you would spot the store on the ground floor with the iconic blue colour signboard.

Address: AKIBA Culture ‘s Zone 1 F · 2 F, 1-7 – 6 Kamikida, Chiyoda – ku, Tokyo
Tel. no.: +81 3-5298-2100
Opening Hours: 11 AM – 9.30 PM
Website:
https://www.lashinbang.com/
Other locations: across Kyoto, Hokkaido, Tohoku, Chubu, Kansai, Chugoku, Shikoku, Kyushu and Okinawa regions


10. Jump Shop

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Last but not least is the Jump Shop, a chain store that sells merchandises of manga featured on the best-selling Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. Besides manga and DVDs, it is said that there are 3,000 to 4,000 different kinds of items on sale which would catch the attention of a shonen jump fan. If you are a fan of the current popular shonen manga, then this is the place to go. Popular manga and anime franchise found in Jump Shop include Naruto, One Piece, Fairy Tale, Bleach, the famous Dragon Ball and others.

Address: B1F Toukyo Station Ichi-bangai, 1-9-1 Marunouchi Chiyoda-ku Tokyo, JAPAN
Opening Hours: 10 AM – 8.30 PM
Website: http://www.shonenjump.com/e/
Other locations: Tokyo Dome City, Tokyo Skytree, Yokohama, Nagoya, Umeda, Universal City Walk (Osaka), Kyoto, Fukuoka


When you are in Japan, do drop by one of these places while you are in the city! Japanese pop culture is too good to be missed! Even if you are not a fan of anime and manga, visiting these places will give a glimpse into this unique culture in Japan!

JAPAN WALKER SEA Editorial Team
JAPAN WALKER SEA Editorial Team
A fun-loving group of editorial team on the mission to introduce Japanese culture and lifestyle to the masses.

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