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Published on 04.28.2016
Akihabara is a popular spot for foreign and and domestic visitors alike, and has also been praised many times by different guidebooks and websites as an “Otaku Heaven.”
Akihabara, known informally as Akiba, is named after former local shrine, and is located in central Tokyo. Akihabara gained the nickname “Electric Town“ shortly after the second world war for its many electronics shops. In more recent years, Akihabara has gained recognition as the center of Japanese Otaku culture, and is a shopping district for video games, anime, and manga. Many characters from popular manga and anime series are displayed on the numerous shops in the area. Another common fixture of the “Otaku Heaven” are the ever-present “maid cafés.”
Maid cafés are cosplay themed restaurants where the waitresses dress as maids. The concept of maid cafés came from Japanese “Otaku” culture (games, manga and anime). Customers of these cafés are be treated as “masters “ by the maids, who serve them with care and respect in order to please them. In addition to serving food, the maids also engage in conversation, and play games with their “masters”.
@home café is one of the most popular maid cafés in Akihabara. Customers receive a “Majesty Card“ for their first time coming to the café. Maids also perform many cute interactions, such as chanting a spell “Moe Moe Kyun“ over your drink to make it taste better. Certain foods are served with cute additions, such as the popular omelet rice, which includes a hand-drawn picture by the maid with ketchup.
@home café is also known as a foreigner-friendly maid café due to their English and Chinese speaking staff. There is no need to worry about language barriers during this Japanese cultural experience. They offer discounted admission prices to children, students, seniors, and students (with a valid student ID). Entry fee is waived for infants. @home café is a family friendly café, perfect for a family outing.
Taking a tour of the electric town, Akihabara is one of the most popular things to do in Tokyo for foreign visitors. While in Akihabara, be sure to visit a maid café for a fun cultural experience. Akihabara is a place of endless fun for those interested in otaku culture!
Getting to Akihabara (by train)
The JR Yamanote Line, JR Keihin-Tohoku Line, JR Sobu Line, Tsukuba Express, and Hibiya Subway Line serve Akihabara Station.
Additionally, Suehirocho Station on the Ginza Subway Line is located around the northern end of the district.
On Sundays, Chuo Dori, the main street through the district, is closed to cars from 13:00 to 16:00 (and until 17:00. during the months of October through March)
@home maid café
4F, 5F,6F,7F, Mitsuwa Building, Soto-Kanda 1-11-4, Chiyoda-ku Tokyo or Akihabara Don Quijote 4-3-3 Soto-Kanda Chiyoda-ku Tokyo
Tel 4F +81-3-3255-2808, 5F +81-3-3255-7709, 6F +81-3-3225-7708, 7F +81-3-3255-7707 or +81-3-3254-7878 for Akiba Don Quijote
Open weekdays 11:00-22:00 and 10:30-22:00 on Saturday and Sunday all year.
You can find more information on access, prices, and operation hours on their website in Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean.
Read more from Yannick Vairon: http://en.japantravel.com/profile/yannick-vairon/3169
Source: Japan Travel