Anime Underground 14 Locations in Japan You Must Visit If You're An Anime Fan  

Leo Reyna
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List Rules Vote up the destinations that anime fans should visit when exploring Japan.

If you give an anime fan a free plane ticket to anywhere in the world, chances are they will end up in Japan. Japan is the birthplace of anime, manga, and video games, and hosts a variety of awesome locations you have to see if you're an anime lover. Western anime fans may not be familiar with the country, but have no fear! Compiled here are some must-see attractions for any anime fan visiting the Land of the Rising Sun. 

There's so many great anime tourist locations to visit that it can be overwhelming for any first-timers. They may be overwhelmed with questions like, which anime store has the best selections of anime? Are there museums about manga and the history of animation? Where is the anime theme park? If you're afraid of wasting your time in Japan on wild goose chases, don't worry - this list of famous anime destinations in Japan will have you covered. Check out the awesome attractions below and vote up the locations that no anime fan should miss in Japan. 

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Tokyo Anime Center


Tokyo Anime Center is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 14 Locations in Japan You Must Visit If You're An Anime Fan
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Links: Official Website (in Japanese) / TripAdvisor

About: The Tokyo Anime Center is the perfect place for tourists to indulge in their love of anime because it was designed with that mind. Located on the fourth floor of the Akihabara UDX building near JR Akihabara Station, the Tokyo Anime Center provides anime information and entertainment for foreigners and Japanese residents. It regularly hosts live radio interviews with anime creators and voice actors, and holds events like autograph signings. 

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J-World Tokyo


J-World Tokyo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 14 Locations in Japan You Must Visit If You're An Anime Fan
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Links: Official Website / Ticketing

About: J-World Tokyo is like a small-scale Disney World of Shonen Jump anime characters. The indoor amusement park in Ikebukuro’s Sunshine City celebrates the biggest anime action franchises from the magazine like One Piece, Hunter X Hunter, and Dragon Ball Z. It's worth the price of admission for the amazing atmosphere alone. 

You'll marvel at the real-life recreation of the Going Merry from One Piece, or the ninja ramen shop from Naruto. Any Toonami fan will jump for joy for thevisiting the J-World Tokyo amusement park and participating in all the fun activities based on their favorite show. 

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Akihabara


Akihabara is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 14 Locations in Japan You Must Visit If You're An Anime Fan
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Links: GoTokyo / TripAdvisor

About: Akihabara goes by many names: “Electric City,” “Electric Town,” “Akiba.” For many anime fans dreaming of flying to Japan, Akihabara is simply known to them as the ultimate otaku destination. Akihabara is often characterized as the embodiment of anime culture and for very good reason. An insane amount of electronic shops and otaku-oriented venues are located here, welcoming you with its big and loud anime visuals. After buying all the anime and manga you can handle, you can unwind with a delightful meal at the various maid cafes and be treated like royalty, or simply enjoy a nice musical performance at AKB48's music theater. 

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Asagaya Anime Street


Asagaya Anime Street is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 14 Locations in Japan You Must Visit If You're An Anime Fan
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Links: Official Website (in Japanese) / TripAdvisor

About: With Asagaya surrounded by many famous anime studios such as A-1 Pictures, Madhouse, and Production I.G, it makes sense to create an otaku paradise at the heart of anime culture. While it still has a way to go in catching up with Akihabara, Asagaya Anime Street is still worth visiting for its anime shops, theme cafés, and original character goods. 

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