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Gachapon Capsule Toys: Cheap Souvenirs and a Bit of Fun

If you’re looking for a cheap souvenir that comes with a bit of fun and surprise, try gachapon! These coin operated toy vending machines are seemingly everywhere in Japan—from tourist attractions to airports, arcades, supermarkets...even dedicated gachapon centres like Akihabara Gachapon Hall....

Hearty Tsukemen in Akihabara: Menya Musashi Bujin

These days, ramen is a household name. But have you ever heard of tsukemen? It’s ramen’s brother from another mother, and definitely worth seeking out—especially while you’re in Tokyo. Though there are quite a few differences between the two (we’ll get into...

Japanese Craft Beer By The River: Hitachino Brewing Lab, Akihabara

Akihabara can be a frenetic place; whirring arcades, hordes of tax free shoppers, maids spruiking their cafes. Things are loud and cramped and colourful—I guess that’s all part of its charm. But when you’re in need of a break, you’ll no doubt...

Gearing Up at the Final Fantasy XIV-Themed Eorzea Cafe in Akihabara

Calling all adventurers! The realm of Eorzea is in dire need of your service. However, as any adventurer worth their salt knows, you should never leave on an empty stomach, or with an empty pack. Stop by the Final Fantasy XIV-themed Cafe...

Akihabara to Ueno Part 1 – An Akihabara Trek

The main street in Akihabara
The districts of Akihabara and Ueno sit next to one another and offer two very different views of Tokyo culture. With high-tech gadgets and bright anime mascots, Akihabara is a geeky paradise. Ueno, on the other hand, is full of museums, temples,...

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