6 Amazing Anime Stores to Check Out in Japan

  • Many people visit Japan for the unique experiences and products it offers. From the traditional hot spring experience to a modern ride on the fastest bullet train, from Japanese amulets (omamori) to exclusive Kit Kat flavors, there are so many things you can do and buy!

    If you’re a fan of Japanese animation and looking to get your anime fix, check out these six stores in Japan!

    1. animate

    When it comes to anime goods, animate is probably the first name that will come to mind. In 1983, the first animate store opened in Ikebukuro. As of January 2016, there are over 121 animate stores all over Japan! They also have branches in Taiwan, China, Thailand, and the USA.

    If you are unable to go to their physical stores, you may also order online from the animate Online Shop in Japan (automatic translation available), as well as the recently launched animate International website for fans outside the country.

    animate Website *Automatic translation available
    Access (There are many branches, but we will introduce one of them here.)

    2. JUMP SHOP

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    SHUEISHA gives us limited edition and original items from our favorite Shonen Jump series! Among them are the 20th Anniversary merchandise for One Piece, exclusive goods like the cape from Black Clover, and many more that you can discover once you visit the shop!

    Check out JUMP SHOP’s original character “Janta” who appears differently at each of their nine branches in Tokyo Station, Tokyo Dome, Yokohama, Nagoya, Umeda, Universal CityWalk Osaka, Kyoto, Fukuoka, and Okinawa.

    JUMP SHOP Website
    Access (There are many branches, but we will introduce one of them here.)

    3. Kyoani&Do Shop

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    Managed by Kyoto Animation, the Kyoani&Do Shop sells original goods of Kyoto Animation and Animation Do. Some of these are from the series Free!, Violet Evergarden, Sound! Euphonium, and Tamako Market. Visit their one and only physical store located in Uji, Kyoto.

    Kyoani&Do Shop Website

    4. Noitamina Shop & Cafe Theater

    The Giant Gundam Statue at DiverCity might be the first thing you think of when you hear the word Odaiba, but its neighboring AQUA CiTY is home to the Noitamina Shop & Cafe Theater! Shop for limited items, try their special menu, and go through their exhibits. Anyone will be able to enjoy this shop and cafe fusion! Some of the series you will see here are After the Rain (Koi wa Ameagari no You ni), Psycho-Pass, and Tsuritama.

    You can also order online through Noitamina Shop (Japanese only).

    Noitamina Shop & Cafe Theater Website *Japanese only

    5. I.G STORE

    In the heart of Shibuya near Shibuya Crossing, you will be able to find the official store of Production I.G. Their exclusive goods are from Ghost in the Shell, Joker Game, Kuroko’s Basketball, and the more recent The Ancient Magus’ Bride.

    Opened in April 2016, the I.G STORE features a shopping and exhibit area. They also have an online shop (Japanese only).

    I.G STORE Website

    6. Sanrio animestore

    Sanrio recently opened exclusive stores to showcase its anime and game collaborations! Their current line-up includes Fate/Grand Order, Show by Rock!!, and Sanrio Boys. The Sanrio animestore has locations in Ikebukuro, Namba, and Fukuoka.

    Sanrio animestore Website *Japanese only
    Access (There are many branches, but we will introduce one of them here.)

    Some animation studios also have their own online stores with various merchandise to choose from. Fate Project goods can be found on ANIPLEX+ (Japanese only). Get memorial and original goods from Angel Beats!, Sakura Quest, The Eccentric Family (Uchouten Kazoku), and other titles by Progressive Animation Works, commonly known as P.A.Works, at P.A.Works Shop (Japanese only).

    Limited edition goods are also offered by production and distribution company TOHO through their TOHO Animation Store (Japanese only). Some of them are from the animated Godzilla film and the worldwide hit Your Name.

    Traveling is usually tied with shopping. Knowing which specific shops to visit will help you make the most of your trip so plan ahead and check out these anime stores on your next visit to Japan!

    *Featured Image: jp.fotolia.com/

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