Cosplay isn’t all about dressing up, having fun and being a part of the community. There is a lot more to it – you can visit different places to buy various toys, goods and costumes. In that process, you enjoy new environments and gain more information about this growing culture.

Be it Dragonball Z, Hello Kitty, video game characters or other anime characters, the best city to enjoy an array of entertainment activities is Tokyo. You get a chance to check out Japanese subculture here as it is the core of anime and manga.

A part of the Japanese culture

Over the years manga and anime have become a huge part of the Japanese culture. There are many parts of it that attract people to come and visit; this includes various comics, games, Pokemon etc. It has embedded itself as a part of the society and you will find different cafes and even museums based on these themes.  If you have any plans of visiting Japan to check all of these out, then you must visit the places we have mentioned below.

How to navigate through the destinations

If you have a travel guide then you can get your itinerary customized in Japan. As such, you can easily get all the anime and manga destinations included in your travel plans. You can easily find local guides as well who will be willing to show you around town. You can even book yourself a complete tour of specifically these destinations, making traveling easier. However, even without that, you can find public transportation without any problem.

Ghibli Museum

Ghibli Studio is one of the most popular animation film studios in Japan. They are known for award winning productions such as Spirited Away and My Neighbour Totoro. They are also behind the creation of many famous anime characters. The Ghibli Museum is the only place that tells you about the history of the studio. The museum is located in Mytaka, Tokyo. It is best that you book your tickets in advance as it is not easy to get them at the venue since the place has a lot of visitors every day.

Manga Lovers

Tokyo Disney Resort

Disney Animation Studio is one of the biggest studios in the country and known all over the world. You will find two Disney theme parks in Tokyo; Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. Both are right next to each other so you don’t have to worry about traveling too far to visit them. They are both located in Tokyo Disney Resort.

The park is great for anyone of any age, whether they are a fan of the content or not, it is a great place to have fun. You will find rides, parks and restaurants to enjoy. You can even catch amazing events and shows all year long.

Tokyo Disney

Pokémon Center Tokyo

Since its launch, Pokémon has been one of the most popular cartoon series all over the world. The games released were a hit as well and the world goes crazy over the merchandise. Similarly, people also love all the places where they can check out different Pokémon. If you are a Pokémon fan then one of the best places to visit is the Pokémon Center in Japan. There are 14 centers in the country, and 5 of them are in Tokyo. You will even find a Pokémon café here.

Pokémon Center


Akihabara is one of the most popular districts in the city. It is known as the middle of the geek culture in the country, but you will also find an array of electronic products here. If you are a fan of the Otaku culture, then this is the place to be. You will find all sorts of figures, idols, games and other stuff here. There are many stores here that sell anime and manga products as well; you may even be lucky enough to spot a unique item or two here worth a lot more than what it is being sold for.


Nakano Broadway

This is another place besides Akihabara that is best known for supporting subcultures in the country. Nakano Broadway is quite popular in Tokyo. It is a hub where there are shopping malls that have many shops dedicated to manga and anime collections. Many of them are famous all over the country and are busy throughout the day.

If you feel that you were not able to satisfy your craving for anime and manga related products elsewhere, then this is the best place for you to stop by. You can easily catch a train that would take you straight to this spot.

Tokyo One Piece Tower

One Piece lies right there next to Slam Dunk and Dragon Ball when it comes to being the highest grossing media franchise. The fact that it has been noted by one of the most prestigious magazines, Shonen Jump, says a lot. Over the years the comic has become a bestselling series; about 430 million copies have been sold all over the world and it is still as popular as it used to be in its prime age.

You will find the theme park at the foot of the Tokyo Tower and it is one of the best entertainment places that you can visit in Tokyo. You can catch live shows here, sit down for some amazing foods and drinks in themed restaurants, visit special events being held there and shop for your favorite stuff. One thing is for sure, you will not get bored here.

Fujiko F Fujio Museum

The creator of one of the most famous characters, Doraemon, is Fujiko F Fujio. And there is a whole museum dedicated to him which is located on the outskirts of Tokyo in Kawasaki. The museum also shows a lot of other works from Fujio, but mostly it is about Doraemon. You will find some short films on it and also the original artworks. Keep in mind that you need to make reservations ahead of time if you want to enter the museum.

Fujiko F Fujio

Nintendo Tokyo

Nintendo Tokyo is the first Nintendo store to open in Japan. It was inaugurated in the winter of 2019 at Shibuya PARCO. You can find almost every type of Nintendo related merchandise and game here, even those that are hard to find. You can find stuff like Contra, Super Mario and all the Nintendo classics. You can also shop for many other products. The store is next to the new Pokémon Center and is very popular among Nintendo gamers.


Sanrio Puroland

Sanrio is known for the creation of some of the most loved characters of anime and manga world including Hello Kitty. This place is the only place in the country that offers an amusement park with the theme of their characters. Here you will find different shops, games, cafes and attractions. You can even be a part of many different events held here throughout the year.

If you are looking for some limited edition goods, then this is the best place to visit. Not to forget, you can even come in different costumes during events!

Odaiba Gundam

The broadcast of Gundam started about 40 years ago and it is still considered to be one of the most popular animations in Japan. The Odaiba area is symbolized by a humongous statue of Gundam (right in DiverCity Tokyo). The statue you will see now is the replacement of the original statue and is called the Unicorn Gundam. You will also find a café with the same theme and offering themed food.