40×Tokyo: Akihabara

40 x Tokyo

T-minus 23 days and counting.  Today’s birthday trip wish is to explore …

Akihabara (秋葉原)

This is where me and my travel buddy will part ways for the day; he will be keen on the electronics and I on a mission to find Sailor Moon amongst the anime and manga paraphernalia.  I don’t fit the bill of an Otaku, but me and Usagi-chan go way back.  According to the interwebs, the best place to begin this search is at Mandarake.

Mandarake Akihabara – 5-5-15 Nakano, Tokyo 164-0001, +81 3 3228 0007, ekizo.mandarake.co.jp/shop/en, Open Friday 12pm-8pm

sailor moon in akihabara


My coin purse also needs to be ready to fight for sweet surprises tucked away in little capsules.  Yes, we are talking about the coin operated vending machines that dispense tiny little toys in plastic bubbles.  I don’t gamble, but I can see my self dropping some coin easily to secure the perfect Rilakkuma trinket while in Tokyo.  I am fairly certain, like socks, these machines will not be hard to find.  But the trip wouldn’t be complete without a stop in capsule heaven, Gachapon Kaikan.

Gachapon Kaikan – MN building 1F, 3-15-5 Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, +81 3 5209 6020, akibagacha.com. Open Mon-Thurs 11am-8pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 11am-7pm

sailor moon scepter

Links:  Akihabara Map

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* One of my prized possessions – A Sailor Moon heart locket Gashyapon. Thank you eBay.