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Otome Road

The road to manga heaven.

Interested in the 2D side of Japan? Head to Otome Road in Ikebukuro, which has anime and manga goods, voice actor CDs, doujinshi (self-published works) and more.

For the newest merchandise, you can hit Animate Ikebukuro, on the way to Otome Road. With nine floors housing everything from this season’s manga and light novels to toys and food, Animate is the largest store of its kind in Japan.

The 9-floor Animate in Otome Road is the biggest in Japan.

You can find pretty much anything you can think of related to the contemporary anime and manga scene here. Photo by Dick Thomas Johnson.

For older stuff, try second-hand stores like Lashinbang, K-Books and Mandarake. (No worries – everything is still in good condition.) These shops are perfect for picking out exactly what you like. Popular items will usually cost more than the original price, but if you’re a fan of characters that don’t get as much love, you’ll usually get a good price for goods or doujinshi. It’s also fun to dig through the discount piles to see what treasures you might find. Note that many doujinshi will be shrink-wrapped so you can’t check what’s inside.

Besides anime merch, you’ll also find cute accessories, clothing and makeup shops, often with anime character themes. Small stores like Caramel Cube Chocolat will have fan-made goods like necklaces, bracelets and pins created in the image of your favorite characters. You can also buy premade cosplay outfits (new or second-hand) or mix and match with wigs and clothing to make your own outfit at ACOS or K-Books.

A picture of a stack of 'Boys Love' manga which is popular with young girls in Japan.

A lot of the manga along Otome Road is geared towards teenage girls such as yayoi or “Boys Love” which depicts romance between young men. Photo by Timothy Takemoto

When you need a break, head towards either of the Ikebukuro Animate cafes (though you’ll need to reserve), where they’ll have themed cafes based on popular anime or manga. There’s also the Swallowtail Butler Cafe near K-Books, where you can experience being a lady waited upon by butlers as you have tea – well, someone’s got to.

Only a five-minute walk from the east exit of Ikebukuro Station, Animate Ikebukuro often holds special events for current anime and manga, with merchandise that can only be purchased here. There are also campaigns where if you buy a certain amount of items from one series, you’ll get a little bonus item.

Things To Know

Opening Hours

9:00 – 22:00.

Shopping Tip

Check multiple stores before purchasing. You’ll often find the goods you want cheaper at another store.

How To Get There


Japan, 〒170-0013 Tōkyō-to, Toshima-ku, Higashiikebukuro, 3 Chome−2−1 アニメイトサンシャインコスチューム館

By train

Take the train to Ikebukuro Station and go out through the Sunshine City exit. Walk towards Sunshine City and keep going past it, crossing the road under the overpass to reach Otome Road.

Where To Stay

Hotel Route-Inn Tokyo Ikebukuro
  • 3-5-5 Higashiikebukuro (Tsuginobiruonozo, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, 170-0013 Japan
  • ¥8,550 - ¥27,900
  • 4.21/5 (1,692 reviews)
  • 0.1 km
Sunshine City Prince Hotel
  • 3-1-5 Sanshiyainshiteipurinsuhoteru, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, 170-8440 Japan
  • ¥22,243 - ¥89,934
  • 4/5 (5,436 reviews)
  • 0.2 km
Hotel Grand City
  • 1-30-7 Higashiikebukuro (Tsuginobiruonozo, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, 170-0013 Japan
  • ¥10,600 - ¥16,724
  • 0.2 km
Dormy Inn Ikebukuro
  • 3-11-11 Higashiikebukuro (Tsuginobiruonozo, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, 170-0013 Japan
  • ¥16,874 - ¥31,270
  • 4.55/5 (840 reviews)
  • 0.2 km
Hotel Wing International Ikebukuro
  • 3-10-7 Higashiikebukuro (Tsuginobiruonozo, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, 170-0013 Japan
  • ¥14,667 - ¥54,446
  • 3.95/5 (2,323 reviews)
  • 0.3 km

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