A Figure Buyer’s Guide To Otaku Mecca Akihabara

A Figure Buyer’s Guide To Otaku Mecca Akihabara
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So you’ve come to Japan and have even made your way to otaku mecca Akihabara. Since you’ve followed our guide, you already have all the Japanese games you could want! But that’s not enough to satiate you: You want anime and game figures as well — but have no idea where to look. Don’t worry. We’re here to help.

Radio Kaikan

Right outside of Akihabara Station’s “Electric Town” exit, you’ll find the Radio Kaikan building. Rather than a single store, this is a nine-story building filled with tons of anime-related shops. There are several figure shops — some specializing in larger figures and others focusing on the smaller gatchapon figures — as well as stores specializing in anime/game posters, collectable trading cards, models, and airsoft guns. And as the building has just recently opened after being renovated, it’s quite nice and clean inside.

Liberty #13

Less than a block away from the Radio Kaikan Building, you’ll find Liberty Store #13. One of many anime merchandise-related Liberty stores in Akihabara, this one focuses mostly on large figures — though it does sell some small gatchapon figures at a large discount on the racks outside the store. If you are looking for figures that were in crane games or the Ichikuji lottery, this is a great place to try.


Mulan is another store focusing on large figures from crane games and the Ichikuji lottery. Its selection includes a lot of older ones as well. The store also sells music CDs and secondhand Japanese games.


Mandarake is a monolith of a building. Each floor is dedicated to something different — be that doujinshi, games, or anime. Their figure floor has an excellent selection, though it comes at a cost: Mandarake is often one of the more expensive places to shop. However, the chances are they may have what you seek when other stores in Akihabara do not.

Akiba Culture Zone

Similar Radio Kaikan, the Akiba Culture Zone building is full of tiny anime-merchandise related shops. The first floor sports one of Akihabara’s Animate stores (which have tons of stuff to buy for the most popular current anime) and the other three floors are filled with figure, card, and model shops.

Liberty #8

The Liberty 8 store is the king of anime and game figures in Akihabara. Spread across its six floors is every possible type of figure you could want. The entire first floor is a showcase of their best wares, but there is so much more above. There is a floor dedicated to big anime and game figures and another for smaller gatchapon ones. There is a floor for giant robot toys and models and another for Japanese super heroes and monsters. You can find figures from today’s popular games and anime as well as figures from decades ago. Also, this store has the best selection of gaming-related figures I’ve come across in Akihabara — especially if you’re a Tales or Final Fantasy fan.


  • Hi, I’m curious about shopping in Akihabara… Thanks for the info about the stores and their locations but what are the average prices for commonly bought goods in Akihabara?

    Doujins, Figmas, general anime peraphernalia…

    Are they usually cheaper than other places in Japan?

    • Relatively cheap when compared to Australia. (About half the price on most things)

      It’s not about price in other areas, but availability. It’s much harder to find them in other places, you will walk around for hours and search many stores. Where in Akihabara it’s all in one place and easy to find exactly what you are after.

    • Akiba is expensive.

      A lot of figure collectors take them out of the box, put them on a shelf for 6 months and then sell them, good as new, to a reseller like Hard Off, or similar.

      I bought SO MANY useless bullshit toys and old consoles just by not going to Akiba and checking out the local shops near my house. I now own 2 Dreamcasts, 8 controllers, 6 memory cards, and 2 guns. I also have a working Megadrive that I’m going to use to play a rom cartridge. Then there’s the toys.

      So. Many. Toys.

  • Since you’ve followed our guide, you already have all the Japanese games you could want!

    Is there a chance that we could get this link please? I’d like to check it out.

  • There’s a place in Osaka called “Nipponbashi” or denden town.

    Its the akihabara of Osaka, great selection of figures and way less crowds. Worth a visit

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