Another year has started, which means more upcoming opportunities for anime and manga fans to sport their favorite characters’ stunning outfits!
Events, such as the Comiket and World Cosplay Summit which are two of the biggest events in Japan, are expected to draw attention from members of the otaku community and therefore, bring out the best groups of cosplayers who either want to join the competition or just parade their awesome fashion sense.
Either way, hardcore cosplayers from all over the world must now be gearing up for upcoming anime events in their place. And if you happen to visit Japan and plan to shop authentic costumes made by the best cosplay manufacturers in the industry, then knowing where to find them is a must.
Today, we’ve listed the top 8 must-go places in Tokyo that all cosplayers should visit to buy quality items for their next event. Let’s take a quick preview tour and see what the following stores offer!
Akihabara (秋葉原) is a place known to house all sorts of anime, manga, and gaming-related items all otaku could wish for, and if you’re a cosplayer, it’s probably the first on your list of must-visit places! Good choice!
GEE! STORE, a prominent anime goods manufacturer, is located around this area, specifically at 2F, 3-15-5 Sotokanda (外神田), Chiyoda-ku (千代田区), Tokyo (東京). It houses all sorts of goods such as ready-made Sailormoon (美少女戦士セーラームーン) outfits, various anime-themed school girl uniforms, wigs, and customized anime shirts fit for any fan who wish to bring out their love for anime using a casual getup.
The store is literally packed with anime clothing and accessories so you’ll have a fine time playing with combinations to see which costume fits with which headdress, weapons, and so on!
This is another store located around Akihabara and is popular among cosplayers who are looking for quality items with more affordable prices. They have lots of new arrivals and their wigs are top-grade. They’re regularly open from 11:00 am to 9:30 pm, giving you ample of time to explore the place. The store is located on the 5th floor of the AKIBA Cultures ZONE (AKIBAカルチャーズZONE) building.
hair salon & reflexology fuwat is a professional hair salon that is a sweetheart to all cosplayers looking for a chance to customize their wigs. If you’re not satisfied with the ones available in shops, this salon will cut and style the wig based on your preference. Best thing is, you don’t have to worry about destroying the material’s quality. The salon’s skilled stylists are trained to trim wigs safely and beautifully.
Cosplayers will be asked to leave their wig for a week so the shop can work on perfecting the looks you desire. Also, keep in mind that the service is by reservation basis only so if you have an event to catch, might as well call the shop and send your wig in advance.
Location: 103 Kandaeito Bldg., 4-6-7 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Operating hours: 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Contact number: +81 3-5256-1528
This place can arguably be heaven for female anime, gaming, and exotic outfit fans who might wish to shop in bulk for different events. They offer a wide selection of school girl uniforms, gym outfits, and even swimwear.
Assorted and in-demand costumes such as the maid and witch outfits are also available in the shop. To complete a woman’s dazzling getup, the store also offers accessories like matching socks fit for a specific sailor outfit, sexy lingeries, and stylish wigs in different sizes and colors.
Location: 5F Nomizu Bldg., 1-8-3 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Operating hours: 11:00 am to 9:00 pm
Contact number: +81 3-3526-5013
It’s another all-in-one shop offering costumes, wigs, accessories, and props cosplayers may need to beef up their gears. This place doesn’t run out of cool things to offer and has new arrivals almost every day! Accessories such as glasses, shoes, and even instruments can be found here.
Location: 3-12-5, Higashi-Ikebukuro (東池袋), Toshima-ku (豊島区), Tokyo
Access by train: a 9-minute walk from JR Ikebukuro Station (East Exit), or a 6-minute walk from Higashi-Ikebukuro Station of the Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line (東京メトロ有楽町線)
Operating hours: 11:30 am to 8:00 pm (Weekdays) 11:00 am to 8:00 pm (Sat. Sun. and holidays)
Contact number: +81 3-6907-8851
If you’re on the hunt for armors and weapons, then this shop located in Akihabara is the best way to go. It prides itself on creating a bunch of realistic looking weapons – from traditional Japanese weaponry like the kunai (苦無) to more modern artillery like the flintlock pistols.
The items that they sell are all replicas of actual weapons and use high-quality materials that help achieve the close-to-the-real-thing look of your chosen item. For anyone who’s cosplaying a character that carries a specific fighting tool like a katana for samurais, then be sure to visit this store!
For cosplayers on a tight budget, this shop has your back. Orders can be done through their online shop, but you’re always free to visit their actual shop located on the 2nd floor of a building along the back streets of Akihabara. They provide second-hand costumes and accessories guaranteed to save you a lot of bucks.
However, it’s also important to be very selective given that the items vary in condition. There are some which have newer looks compared to the rest. Generally, though, the items that they sell are still in good condition so you won’t have any issues about potential damage and the like.
Mitsubado also offers special discounts for students and on selected dates, events, and celebrations. Don’t hesitate to ask if you wish to avail of any special offers!
Talk about a wide range cosplay shop and CANDY ONE might just be what you need. The costumes, wigs, props and accessories offered in this place may be more expensive compared to the second-hand alternatives in Mitsubado, but you can guarantee of its high-quality products.
The shop also houses items from prominent cosplay companies so you can expect to see lots of authentic stuff made by different manufacturers from different places in Japan. Shopping at CANDY ONE becomes even more fun considering the array of outfits you can see both from new or currently running anime series and old ones. Special items like colored lenses, makeup, and jewelry to complete your getup are also sold here.
Location: 2F Coop Broadway (コープブロードウェイ), 5-52-15 Nakano (中野), Nakano-ku (中野区), Tokyo
These 8 shops are just a few of the many visited and trusted sellers of cosplay-related items in Japan. If you take the time to look around Akihabara or whatever Japanese city you’re currently staying in, there’s a good chance that you’ll stumble upon stores that allow you to buy stuff to complete your cosplay getup!
Just remember that some of these shops may not ship abroad, so if you’re planning to order from the websites we’ve included on the list, be sure to verify if they allow overseas shipping first.
Whether brand new or second hand, as long as you know where to look, finding the best outfit and accessories for your dream look is possible! Start your cosplay hunt and enjoy!
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