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Back to the otaku district in Tokyo: Akihabara!

I was wondering how it would feel walking by this district in the night, how the lights and ads would look, so I got out to the street for checking it by myself!

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At Akihabara train station the first thing to do is to look for the Akihabara Electric Town exit.

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Some train stations in Tokyo are like a maze, specially those that are huge and have connections with many different train and metro lines. Luckily, that is not the case with Akihabara station.

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The norm in Tokyo is to stand on the left side at the escalators, so people in a hurry can go by the right side, which remains clear. In Madrid is the opposite: by default people stand on the right side.

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Volks store. A paradise for figure and doll collectors.

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Guide describing all you can find at each level of the Akihabara Volks Store. A huge store for collective figure fans. This store is very close to Akihabara station.

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The first thing you will see when you get out of the train station is that big red building. It is one of the huge Sega game centers. Yes, it is a full building filled up with gaming machines ^^.

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One of my favorite Akihabara postcards is the train rails going over Chuo-dori, the main street of this district, and next to the Sega building.

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The next Sega gaming center is not far from the first one...

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I love the Akihabara buildings. On the left side, almost an entire building has been covered with an advertising featuring Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag.

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Tokyo Night Walk 4 Tokyo Night Walk 4

At night, Akihabara is not a very crowded place. The part of the day when you can find more folks here is during weekend at the time when shops are open.

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Tokyo Night Walk 4 Tokyo Night Walk 4

For the people who come from Spain to Japan, it is always strange to see Cafe MOCO ("moco" means "mocus" in Spanish), heheheh...

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I love the reflections on the building in the background of the picture. They give us some clues about our next stop ^^.

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Taito Station is a huge gaming center, a place where one can spend hours and hours playing video games!

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Photo in front of Taito Station!

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Sofmap, one of the biggest Akihabara stores.

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In Akihabara, wherever you look you will find hundreds and hundreds of manga, DVDs and video games!

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Just in this picture, about 80 gashapon machines!

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In Akihabara there is one Don Quijote store (ドン・キホーテ), or just Donki as these stores are known in Japan. They are discount stores where you can find a wide range of products, including food. And its pet is a penguin. Nothing to do with the Don Quijote you would expect to find in Spain...

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Tokyo Night Walk 4 Tokyo Night Walk 4
Tokyo Night Walk 4 Tokyo Night Walk 4

Sign announcing one of the many maid cafe available in Akihabara.

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Tokyo Night Walk 4 Tokyo Night Walk 4
Tokyo Night Walk 4 Tokyo Night Walk 4
Tokyo Night Walk 4 Tokyo Night Walk 4

Architecture in Japan is surprising!

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Restaurant at Akihabara. Looking a place for recovering some energy...

Eating in Tokyo is quite cheap. In this restaurant you can find menus for 390 yen, about 2.80€.

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Plastic food showcased in this restaurant.

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Do you think this plastic food looks real?

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Tokyo Night Walk 4 Tokyo Night Walk 4

Streets are not very crowded at this time of the day.

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Tokyo Night Walk 4 Tokyo Night Walk 4
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Tokyo Night Walk 4 Tokyo Night Walk 4

Signs in the Akihabara streets. I have no idea what they mean.

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Tokyo Night Walk 4 Tokyo Night Walk 4
Tokyo Night Walk 4 Tokyo Night Walk 4

Donki store in Akihabara is huge! It is located in the building on the pic ^^.

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Some of the most famous Akihabara stores: Animate, Toranoana, Taito Station, Sofmap...

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Tokyo Night Walk 4 Tokyo Night Walk 4
Tokyo Night Walk 4 Tokyo Night Walk 4
Tokyo Night Walk 4 Tokyo Night Walk 4

Akiba Zone is a building with many shops inside. I haven't visited them, but I think one can spend a whole day looking all the shops...

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Good Smile Company cafe in the Akiba Zona building.

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Guide for the different shops at Akiba Zone.

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Super Potato, the huge retro video game store, at night. This store is not located at the main street of Akihabara but at one of the smaller streets in the surroundings instead.

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Akiba Zone entrance.

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Kotobukiya store. Another huge figure store ^^.

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Maid cafe ads.

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Returning to the train station area!

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Tokyo Night Walk 4 Tokyo Night Walk 4
Tokyo Night Walk 4 Tokyo Night Walk 4

Time to have dinner! いただきます!

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Going back to Akihabara train station.

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And back to the operations base, after a night visit to Akihabara.

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