Tokyo Shopping for Discounted Anime, Manga, and Movie Goods

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There are many shopping guides to finding anime, manga and movie gods in Tokyo. However there are none that focus on finding such goods at a discount. This select guide is one with an emphasis on shopping on the cheap. Not everything will be cheap by Japan prices, some items will just be normal priced, but still much cheaper than if bought from a dealer in the U.S. Also included are shops specializing in unusual and hard to get items both new and used.

What this page is NOT: This is not a guide to shops in general. The focus of this page is shops for items that are used or discounted, and certain goods such as dōjinshi that would cost much more outside of Japan.


How this page is organized

There are Three main parts to this page. The introductory material which provides important general information, then a list of shops broken down into sections one for used and one for new goods, finally there is a table of significant neighborhoods with information on select stores that will be found there.


Understanding the Layout of Tokyo

A Good Atlas:
First I highly recommend obtaining a copy of the Bilingual Atlas of TOKYO Covering All 23 Wards. Use it to get an idea of the layout of the 23 ku portion of the city, that is the heavily urban part of Tokyo where most of these shops are. The atlas is now out of print but used copies show up on occasion on Amazon Japan.

Google Maps can also be useful, especially if you use the Street View function to look around neighborhoods in advance to locate exactly where a shop is rather than the usual vague "on a side street in Akihabara" type of description one too commonly finds.

Another useful tool, if you do not read Japanese, is to use Google Translate to convert store web pages into English to help you plan shopping.

For ease of shopping I have included a section on this page devoted to specific neighborhoods breaking down what is there by location. I use the page numbers in the Bilingual Atlas of TOKYO to further organize this section.

If you are using your phone with international roaming on or a tablet device consider renting a pocket Wi-Fi unit for internet access while walking around so you can use GPS without high data charges.

When to shop. Weekdays will be the least crowded so shopping on those days may be best.


Used goods:

There are many stores and chains in Tokyo that specialize in second hand and surplus goods. Here are several significant ones. Be aware that second hand goods in Japan are often in near mint or mint condition, Japanese fans take very good care of their stuff. Note that shops in some locations will have a focus on a particular line of merchandise or clientele associated with that area. Be aware a neighborhood may have more than one store in the same chain, each store with a different focus. Also keep an eye out for clearance bins in all the stores you go to, some real bargins there.

AST - A rental showcase consignment shop. People rent a clear locker, put items in it with number tags. You shop, choose what you want, and the store passes the cash sale to the seller. Great for a wide variety and ever changing stock.
Location: There are two shops in Akihabara.

Book-Off - A chain of used bookstores that also stocks magazines, photobooks, DVDs, Blu-ray discs, CDs, manga, anime and games, even used game consoles.
Some shops are tax free for tourists who show their passports.
Location: In almost any large shopping area. Akihabara, Shibuya

Furuhon Ichiba - Used books, games, CD, DVD, Blue-ray etc.
Location: Adachi-ku (2), Katsushika-ku, Koto-ku, Nerima, Sekino-cho

Hobby Off - A chain of second hand hobby good shops. Hobby Off is part of the same company as Book Off.
Location: In many large shopping areas, such as Akihabara. Alas their store location guide is only in Japanese.

K-Books - (ADD DESCRIPTION)
Location: Akihabara

Lashingbang - (ADD DESCRIPTION)
Location: Akihabara (2), Ikebukuro

Liberty - Not as well known as other chains Liberty sells second hand goods.
Location:

Mandarake - The most famous chain for all sorts of goods. Figures, clothing, manga, dôjinshi, games etc. With over 10 stores in several cities as well as several stores in the Tokyo area this is a good place to hit while shopping. Each store has it's own strengths and focus, plus the fact that goods in stock are constantly changing, it is good to prepare to hit more than one store on your trip.
Location: Akihabara, Ikebukuro, Nakano, Shibuya.

Melonbooks - Mainly books aimed at adult men. They do have a selection of dojinshi..
Location: Akihabara, Ikebukuro

Mottainai Flea Market - A roving flea market that has several locations in Tokyo. Each location has it's own flavor and emphasis related to the area. For otaku goods check the one in Akihabara.
Location: Akihabara near the UDX building roughly once a month on a weekend.

Rental BOX Zaurus - Basically a consignment shop. People rent a clear locker, put items in it with number tags. You shop, choose what you want, and the store passes the cash sale to the seller. Great for a wide variety and ever changing stock.
Location: Akihabara

Super Potato - A chain of stores, mainly in Osaka, specializing in older games including the equipment to play them with. Akihabara, Ikebukuro

New Goods:

Doujinshi events - Check to see if there are any dojinshi events for when you plan to be in Tokyo. The major ones are August, October and December. (add names and links for events?)

Animate - A very large chain with shops in many neighborhoods.
Location: Akihabara, Ikebukuro

Comic Zin - (ADD DESCRIPTION) "across the street and a block or two away from Toranoana"
Location: Akihabara

Gachopin Kaikan - Ball toys, a whole store of nothing but ball toy machines. Bring plenty of 100 yen coins.
Location: Akihabara

Surugaya - (ADD DESCRIPTION)
Location:

Tako-che - A shop for obscure and small press manga, often quite rare material.
Location: Nakano

Tora no Ana - A small chain for new books with a large variety of goods. Especially strong for new dojinshi.
Location: Akihabara

Select Neighborhoods:

For shops not in the following neighborhoods see the store entries above for links to location information.

NOTE: This section is currenty just a set of notes. Each shop will have it's own row in the table.
       
  Bilingual Atlas of Tokyo What's there: Description:  
 
 
 
 
  14, 31   AKIHABARA   The most famous shopping area in Japan for anime, manga, video game, and other related goods. The emphasis here is on current shows and some very popular older series. Note on Sundays the main street through the area is closed off to vehicles so pedestrians can wak the area. K-Books - Akihabara Radio Kaikan  
 
 
 
 
  14 B3   Akihabara Culture Zone   A six story collection of fifteen shops. including Animate and Lashinbang.  
 
 
 
 
  14 B3 & 14 C2   AST   Two locations 14 C2 in the Akihabara Radio Kaikan (Akiba Radio Hall") and 14 B3 in the Akihabara Culture Zone.  
 
 
 
 
  14 A3   Gachopin Kaikan   Ball toys, a whole store of nothing but ball toy machines. Bring plenty of 100 yen coins.
Google Map
 
 
 
 
 
  14 C1   Hobby Off   Located North East of Akihabara Station, the same side as Yodobashi but further North and closer to the tracks. Take the Central Ticket Gate and head North to the first major street.  
 
 
 
 
  30 C4-D4   Jimbocho   Located near Akihabara on the other side of the Kandagawa river. There are over 140 bookstores, mainly used, some on 2nd and 3rd floors of buildings.  
 
 
 
 
  14 C2   K-Books   Close to the Akihabara Station Electric Town exit  
 
 
 
 
  XXX   Lashingbang   XXX  
 
 
 
 
  14 B3   Mandarake   The main entrance is mainly used by people selling goods to the store. There is a second entrance to the right of the main one that takes you to the stairs and is near the elevator.
Google Map
 
 
 
 
 
  14 B3   Melonbooks   Two shops in Akihabara a couple of blocks apart on Chuo-dori. Mainly books aimed at adult men. They do have a selection of dojinshi. One of the shops has a sign on the street to the west of Chuo-dori, however the entrance for that shop is through another store on Chuo-dori and down a flight of stairs.
Google map directions to Melonbooks Akihabara Ichigo-ten (1st)
Google map directions to Melonbooks Akihabara Nigo-ten (2nd)
 
 
 
 
 
  14 B2 &asp; 31 C3   Mottainai Flea Market   A roving flea market that has several locations in Tokyo. Each location has it's own flavor and emphasis related to the area. Check Akihabara for the one with otaku goods.
Location: Near the UDX building roughly once a month on a weekend.
 
 
 
 
 
  XXX   Rental BOX Zaurus   XXX  
 
 
 
 
  XXX   Tora no Ana   There are several shops in Akihabara.  
 
 
 
 
  XXX   Super Potato   Specializing in older games including the equipment to play them with. This particular store has a game arcade on one of the floors.  
 
 
 
 
  XXX   XXX   XXX  
 
 
 
 
  7, 16   IKEBUKURO   This area is known for many shops and restarants catering to female fans, fujoshi, and fudanshi. These are mainly on the street unoffically known as Otome Road which runs North East starting next to the Sunshine 60 building. The area is very crowded on weekends.  
 
 
 
 
  7 D3, 16 D2   Otome (Maiden) Road   Alongside the Sunshine 60 building. For anime and manga fans this is perhaps the most famous part of Ikebukuro. This street is famous for it's many anime, manga and game shops that cater to girls and women.
 
 
 
 
 
  7 D3, 16 D2   Animate Ikebukuro   Across Otome Road from the Sunshine 60 building.
Google Maps streetview
 
 
 
 
 
  16 D3
Not Visible
7 C3
Not Visible
  Comic Toranoana   New and second hand manga, DVD, dōjinshi and anime goods.
1-13-4 Higashi Ikebukuro
Google Maps streetview
 
 
 
 
 
  16 D2   K-Books   There are actually four K-Books shops in this part of Ikebukuro  
 
 
 
 
  16 D2
Not Visible
7 D2-3
Not Visible
  Anime Shop K-Books   Strong on cosplay materials.
3-2-4 Higashi Ikebukuro
Google Maps streetview
 
 
 
 
 
  16 D2
Not Visible
7 D2-3
Not Visible
  K-Books Premium Pavilion   Specializes in dōjinshi for men.
3-2-5 Higashi Ikebukuro
Google Maps streetview
 
 
 
 
 
  16 D2
Not Visible
  K-Books Ikebukuro Comic Pavilion   Used books, manga and light novels.
Higashi Ikebukuro Building
3-11-1 Higashi Ikebukuro
Google Maps streetview
 
 
 
 
 
  16 D2
17 A2
Not Visible
  K-Books Ikebukuro Dojin Pavilion   Boys Love and other related material for women
3-12-12 Higashi Ikebukuro
Google Maps streetview
 
 
 
 
 
  16 D2
Not Visible
7 D2
Not Visible
  Lashinbang Honten (main store)   This store specializes in second hand dōjinshi and anime goods.
3-2-4 Higashi Ikebukuro
Google Maps streetview
 
 
 
 
 
  16 D2
Not Visible
  Mandarake Ikebukuro   This branch has a focus on goods aimed at women, such as BL (Boys Love) and yaoi materials. items.
Google Map
 
 
 
 
 
  XXX   Melonbooks   Mainly books aimed at adults. They do have a selection of dojinshi.
Google map directions to Melonbooks Ikebukuro.
 
 
 
 
 
  XXX   Super Potato   Specializing in older games including the equipment to play them with  
 
 
 
 
  82   NAKANO   A great place to look for goods related to older shows that are hard to find in Akihabara.  
 
 
 
 
  82 D3   Mandarake   The main store for the chain. Actually not one store but a series of speciality shops in the Broadway Mall. This is a major branch for items from older shows. They usually have English speaking staff on site.
Google Map
 
 
 
 
 
  82 D3   Taco-che   XXX  
 
 
 
 
  XXX   XXX   XXX  
 
 
 
 
  6, 45-46   SHIBUYA   - Since the early 1990s this area has been a major teen hangout, replacing Harajuku which had become more of a fashion and clothing store area. Even so the gal scene in Shibuya has pretty much died down, but it still is an interesting area.  
 
 
 
 
  6 B4   Mandarake   Located in underground floor of Shibuya BEAM. This shop even has a stage where if you buy enough you can sign a song.
Google Map
 
 
 
 
 
  XXX   NHK store   XXX  
 
 
 
 
  XXX   Totodo   XXX  
 
 
 
 
  XXX   Tower Records   XXX  
 
 
 
 
  88 D4   SHIMOKITAZAWA   - (ADD DESCRIPTION) "vintage toy heaven" Many cool shops, however many are focused on Western pop culture.  
 
 
 
 
  XXX   XXX   XXX  
 
 
 
 
  XXX   XXX   XXX  
 
 
 
 
  XXX   XXX   XXX  
       


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Created September 23, 2016 | Content last updated July 9, 2016