When talking about shopping for anime, manga, cosplay, and game-related stuff, Akihabara in Tokyo is probably the first thing that comes to mind. Many people think that they have to visit Tokyo for anime-related goods. However, there are many other places in Japan that offer plenty of anime-related merchandise. Here are a few of them located near Kyoto’s Nishiki Market.
Located along Shijo Street, this store is easily recognizable by the three life-size Ah! My Goddess! figures in its front display. Tax-free shopping is available at JQ STORE, which comprises of three shops:
- B’s Hobby (basement)
B’s Hobby is a famous hobby shop with a few branches throughout Japan. The items they sell include Gunpla, Marvel figures, model parts and accessories, and much more. They also have all the tools you need to make your own model from scratch!
- Bun Good (1st and 2nd floor)
Bun Good is a must-visit for any doujin. They offer a variety of stationery for manga drawing and production such as technical pens, Copic markers, screen tone papers, etc. – name it and they have it. They also have souvenirs such as keychains, fridge magnets, and so on for you to purchase for your family and friends back home.
- Animega (3rd floor)
Animega has a couple of branches all over Japan, including a cafe in Shinsaibashi, Osaka. Upon entering the elevator at the side of the shop, you will be welcomed by a poster of Victor from the anime, Yuri!!! on Ice. This shop offers a great number of manga, DVDs, games, and character goods.
Easily distinguished by its green color, this shop is located above a drugstore within the Teramachi Shopping Arcade. It offers a selection of manga, doujinshi, fanzines, games, etc. Not to mention, they also offer a range of R-18 magazines and mangas so be warned!
— らしんばん京都店＠中古買取販売 (@lashin_kyoto) October 4, 2017
Located above a 7-Eleven, this shop is just a few steps away from Melonbooks. Out of its many branches nationwide, this shop is the largest branch in Kyoto. You can find DVDs, figures, mangas, and even cosplay outfits here all at a cheaper price compared to the normal market price. Why? Because everything here is secondhand. So if you are looking for a way to save money and don’t mind secondhand stuff, why not drop by for a visit?
If you are looking for cheap anime merchandise, this is the right place! The cheapest item I have found here is 80 yen and I believe that there are even cheaper ones. Their items comprise of old stocks so you might not be able to find two of the same item. This shop is located near Nishiki Tenmangu Shrine at the intersection of Nishiki Market and Teramachi Shopping Arcade.
— アニメイト京都 (@animatekyoto) October 5, 2017
animate is one of the most famous anime, manga, games, and character goods chain store in Japan. The Kyoto branch is located on the 2nd floor of a small plaza called “Passagio” in Shinkyogoku (a shopping street parallel to Teramachi). The front of the shop is lined with tons of gashapon machines.
— アニメイトカフェショップ京都 (@animatecafe_sky) October 2, 2017
Belonging to the same company as animate, this two-story establishment serves as an anime cafe and shop. From time to time, the shop has collaborations with different animes and the decorations change accordingly. It is located in Teramachi Shopping Arcade, a five-minute walk from animate.
— 弘武 Hiromu (@n_hiromu) September 7, 2016
Located on the 8th floor of the Kawaramachi OPA building, this is not an anime shop but a general secondhand shop. They have lots of manga, DVDs, games, and character goods here. Although the items are all secondhand stuff sold by other people, I can assure you that they all look as good as those that come straight from the factory. Get ready to maximize tax-free shopping here, too!
It can be fun to stay at the Nishiki Market area the whole day looking for your favorite anime merchandise. If you are in Kyoto and do not feel like traveling all the way to Tokyo to get your anime and manga merchandise, why not check out these recommended places while visiting Nishiki Market?