• Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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Discover the weird, wonderful world of Akihabara Electric Town on this 3.5-hour private tour, exploring Japan’s otaku culture. Try a session at a purikura photo booth, have tea or coffee at a 'maid café,' browse for video games and comic books and sing some karaoke at a local bar. Your private Akihabara excursion also includes a guide, meet and greet service at your hotel, public transport fare, karaoke room fees and a drink, purikura fee and tea or coffee at the maid café.


  • 3.5-hour private tour of Akihabara Electric Town in Tokyo
  • Order a complimentary drink and sing popular tunes in a private karaoke booth
  • Order tea or coffee and be welcomed 'home' at a maid cafe
  • Visit Don Quijote and search the vast complex for your own personal treasures
  • Learn about otaku culture from a private guide in this popular shopping district
  • One way public transport included

What You Can Expect

Private Experience Akihabara Electric Town: Karaoke, Anime and Otaku Culture in Tokyo

Experience Akihabara Electric Town: Karaoke, Anime and Cosplay in Tokyo

Take a private insider’s tour of the world of Japanese otaku culture on this 3.5-hour private tour of Tokyo’s famous Akihabara Electric Town. This intriguing area offers a paradise of stores and cafes catering to fans of video games, comic books, cosplay culture and discount electronics.

Start your exploration by meeting your guide at your hotel, continuing by public transport to Akihabara for an afternoon start time. This iconic area, which was nicknamed Akihabara Electric Town due to its origins as an electronics district after World War II, has evolved in recent years into a cultural hub for lovers of anime, manga, cosplay and video games, who refer to themselves as otaku, or “nerds.” 

Begin your walking tour of Akihabara by performing your favorite songs with family and friends at a decorated karaoke room (holds up to 5 people). One complimentary beverage is included with your karaoke visit, but feel free to order a few more and some snacks if you’re feeling hungry or thirsty.

Continue your exploration by taking part in a fun purikura photo shoot. This fun photo machines offer hilarious options to customize your image with stamps, sparkles, and frame before printing out a copy you can keep as a souvenir.

When you finish with your photo shoot, follow your guide to one of Akihabara’s famous maid cafes. Here you’ll find waitresses dressed in playful French maid outfits, treating guests as if they’re in a private home rather than a public restaurant. Get a welcome from your maid with a “Welcome home, master (or mistress)” greeting, and then enjoy a complimentary choice of coffee or tea (other food or drinks at your own expense). Enjoy an hour at this entertaining example otaku culture, and for an additional fee, joining your waitress to play a game or sing a song. 

Finish your Akihabara excursion at Don Quijote, affectionately known by residents as “Donkey.” This sprawling retail superstore sells everything from luxury goods to everyday groceries. Literally every inch of shelf space is packed with products, offering a fun chance to dig for a bargain. Your tour concludes here leaving you with time to do some much shopping.

Customer Reviews

Chasity M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

This tour was our favorite of the 6 days we were in Tokyo! Benchi Ben was awesome! My son who is 14 absolutely loved this tour! Benchi met us at the hotel then we went to Akihabara which started with karaoke! Now honestly I thought this was going to be boring with just us 3 but it was such fun!! And Benchi sounds like an American Idol singer! Next we went to the Maid Cafe which was also very interesting! Benchi showed us wear to eat and what else to do. Once the tour was ending he even told us where to shop in Shibuya where my son of course got some awesome clothes! Benchi was the best tour guide he and my son now follow each other on twitter!

Diane P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

Our guide, Ben, met us at our hotel lobby. He taught us how to navigate the Tokyo train system, so we were able to use it on our own during the rest of the trip. He was very friendly and knowledgeable about the Akihabara culture. We're not Anime fans, but our teenage son is. We had a fun afternoon going to a photo booth which is not a typical photo booth, going to a Karaoke room, going to a maid cafe and shopping. Our guide was A.

Daisy A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Atsuko san was very polite and knew good spots to take us to sing karaoke. Although the maid cafe could have been better, the one she took us was nice and relaxing. Highly recommend this tour!

Diana L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

The fuide tour is very nice and helpful. Was able to see akihabara in a different way.

shane n

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

My daughter's highlight of our Tokyo trip. Mina is the best !!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

Excellent tour with a very upbeat and sharp tour guide, Mina. Mina spoke very good English and was delighted that my 10-year old son could identify her cosplay outfit (Attack on Titan!). Mina met us at our hotel in Shinagawa promptly and took us on the train to Akihabara for a very fun and enjoyable few hours. We sang Karaoke, we visited a maid café and also took us to a strange but interesting place called a purikura (hi-tech photo booth). The maid café was so typically Japanese (odd, yet delightful), and so benign for even a kid to enjoy. The gals inside were sweet and of course, cute. Mina helped us find one that wasn't crowded to get into, yet, all of them looked to be doing a bang-up business. At the purikura, my son wore a costume and I used his Full Metal Alchemist robe. It was very fun! Without Mina there, we could have not done this, as it was in Japanese, and you wouldn't easily understand the process. We also went into a large store, Don Quixote or "the donkey" as they call it. As with many stores in Akihabara, you get overwhelmed with stuff, but it adds to the overall feel of a place unlike anything, anywhere. We decided to stay in Akihabara and shop for the afternoon. Mina made sure we knew how to return to the train before departing. I would highly recommend this tour to those who want a fascinating experience that most westerners won't find without a Japanese guide. Mina was awesome, so we also highly recommend her. My young son thought she was sweet and smart, and obviously cool, since she knew about Attack on Titan!

charles m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

A must for all kids interested in Anime. Great fun for adults to see how much kids enjoy Karaoke, Japanese cartoons, cos play ( dressing up to we adults) and photo booths with high tech editing technology. Guide was very friendly and genuinely interested in making sure we had a great time.

Jamie S

4 star rating: Recommended January 2017

We had such a great time! If you are interested in Akihabara this will be great for you.

John C

4 star rating: Recommended April 2016

Real fun quick tour of Akihabara. Some of this is a tad odd, as you would expect. its good to have a guide and she is very knowledgeable sharing the history etc. She also helped us out when our photo machine ended our session before my 2nd daughter got in. the subway to the appointment was confusing. I'd recommend a cab if possible.


4 star rating: Recommended December 2015

Really nice and well informed guide. Had good knowledge of the area and saved us hours of walking to find items of interest.

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