Tokyo Shopping - Toys / Games / Manga

Toys in Japan are certainly not just for children. Japanese are crazy about toys, games and manga. If you share this interest you'll have plenty of shopping opportunities in the many Tokyo shops that offer just this.

Animate

Animate, Tokyo Shopping, Japan

If you're looking for popular anime and game merchandise then this might be something for you. Animate is a chain of 90 stores across Japan, which specializes in anime, comics and games. The main store Animate Akihabara offers many fascinating products such as audio/visual, character goods, magazines, etc.

Address: 4-3-2 Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: JR Akihabara Station
Telephone: +81 3-5209-3330
Website: http://www.animate.co.jp (Japanese only)
Opening Hours: 10:00 to 21:00 daily

Cospa Gee Store

The costume shop Cospa Gee Store offers all sorts of getups for geek fashions known as kos-pu-re (costume play). Cool manga costumes featuring characters from Dragon Ball, NARUTO, Hokuto's Fist, as well as striking designer shirts featuring characters from Gundam, Trigun and the like are to be found in this Akihabara cosplay shop.

Address: 2F MN Building, 3-15-5 Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: JR Akihabara Station
Telephone: +81 3-3526-6877
Website: http://www.geestore.com (Japanese only)
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 11:00 to 20:00, Sun 10:00 to 19:00

Crayon House

Crayon House, Tokyo Shopping, Japan

A shop for the whole family with books, toys and design, whose focus is health and ecology. They have a huge collection of children's picture books and literature from around the world. With 50,000 books, of which 10,000 are imported, Crayon House is widely regarded as the best collection of its kind in Japan. Children are welcome to roam around and read. Do not miss the restaurant in the basement that serves organic vegetarian food.

Address: 3-8-15 Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Omotesando Station
Telephone: +81 3-3406-6308
Website: http://www.crayonhouse.co.jp (Japanese only)
Opening Hours: 11:00 to 19:00 daily

Hakuhinkan Toy Park

Hakuhinkan Toy Park, Tokyo Shopping, Japan

With its nine floors Hakuhinkan is one of Tokyo's largest toy shops, with an enormous selection of video games, jigsaw puzzles, Japanese dolls and teddy bears. The Hakuhinkan Toy Park in Ginza is almost a cross between a toy store, museum of toys and an amusement park. Fun for all ages, and a great opportunity to buy presents and souvenirs!

Address: 8-8-11 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Shinbashi Station (Exit 1)
Telephone: +81 3-3571-8008
Website: http://www.hakuhinkan.co.jp
Opening Hours: 11:00 to 20:00 daily

Kiddy Land

Kiddy Land, Tokyo Shopping, Japan

Toys in Japan are certainly not just for children. This is one of Tokyo's most famous and popular toy stores, located on Omotesando, near the entrance to Cat Street. Kiddy Land offers six floors filled with all kinds of toys from electronic games to stuffed animals. Many major toy brands, including Hello Kitty, Barbie and Disney are present.

Address: 6-1-9 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: Meiji-Jingumae Station (Exit 4) on Subway Chiyoda Line
Telephone: +81 3-3409-3431
Website: http://www.kiddyland.co.jp
Opening Hours: 10:30 to 21:00 daily

Super Potato

Super Potato, Tokyo Shopping, Japan

If you are in Tokyo shopping for retro games, then you need to get yourself to the shop called Super Potato in Akihabara. A graveyard of old video games, forgotten consoles, cartridges and goofy handheld portables discarded from the '80s. Famicom, Sega Saturn, Dreamcast… This shop carries just about any retro type console or game that you can think of, and things that can't be found anywhere else.

Address: 3-5F Kitanayashi Building, 1-11-2 Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: JR Akihabara Station
Telephone: +81 3-5289-9933
Website: http://www.superpotato.com (Japanese only)
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 11:00 to 20:00, Sat-Sun 10:00 to 20:00

Volks Doll Store

Customize your dream doll with miniature body parts down to the legs and eyeballs at this must-see store in the historic Radio Building. Staff presents buyers of top-of-the-line figures with their purchases in a wedding-style gazebo. Geek heaven.

Address: 6F Radio Building, 1-15-16 Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Nearest Station: JR Akihabara Station (Electric Town Exit)
Telephone: +81 3-5295-8160
Website: http://www.volks.co.jp
Opening Hours: 11:00 to 20:00 daily