Many a Tokyo guidebook will suggest a visit to the neighbourhood of Akihabara. A bright, loud spot for electronics, idol groups, maid cafes and manga, it’s one of the best places to get acquainted with Japanese pop culture.
Akihabara also happens to be a mecca for cosplayers. That is, the act of dressing up as characters from movies, TV shows, games or comics. For fanboys and fangirls, Akihabara has plenty to offer, including some of the best cosplay shops in Tokyo. We decided to check out a couple of the most well-regarded spots to see what’s on offer.
If you’re looking for a wide range of cosplay gear at reasonable prices, head to ACOS. This chain has eight stores around Japan, with another Tokyo location in Ikebukuro. You can also shop via their online store, however delivery is limited to within Japan. The real fun, though, is in wandering the aisles and imagining the looks you could create.
ACOS carry a wide range of the most popular anime costumes, as well as innumerable accessories like gloves, ties, shoes, cosmetics and imitation weapons. There are around 200 different coloured contacts and what looks like just as many coloured wigs.
(You can read the rest of the article at this link. This article was first published by Team JJ on December 9, 2021. Check here for deeper and unique insights into visiting Japan, including wellness, travel, cuisine and more. Find us on Instagram and on Facebook.)
Author: Team JJ