Pop Culture Attractions

The “Otaku” towns, meaning “big fan”, shopping centers for video game, manga, anime, and geek culture goods.


Visit Animate if you are planning to buy anime & comic character goods. Located very near Ikebukuro Sunshine City, the Ikebukuro Head Store holds many sales and events and has a wide selection of not only goods related to popular works, but also books, AV software, games and trading cards, to satisfy the most fervent fans. Here, you will also find lineups of exclusive items that can only be purchased at Animate stores. There are some 70 shops nationwide, in Sapporo, Yokohama, Kyoto, Osaka, Fukuoka, and other cities.


Mostly comics Mandarake Nakano is the main store of Mandarake. Mandarake was established in 1987 as a pre-owned comic dealer in Nakano Broadway building. Now it is one of the biggest and busiest manga and anime places in the world.

Inside of Nakano Broadway, Mandarake currently has 26 different stores separated by the kind of items they are carrying. Staff can help in English.



A neighborhood in Tokyo with many electronic and Otaku stores.