This is a collection of anime shopping information I put together for friends of mine. I hope other people will find it useful, too.
As with all my files,
please contact me before using these for anything but your personal, private use.
**Updated 10/14/99: MAPS page with links to central maps for Tokyo and Kyoto and a map bibliography**
(21 separate listings)
|For Tokyo: Shinjuku, Shibuya, Ikebukuro, Akihabara, Harajuku, Shimo-Kitazawa|
|For Kyoto: Minami-ku & Shimogyo-ku, Nakagyo-ku, Kamigyo-ku, Sakyo-ku, Ukyo-ku, Kita-ku|
Tokyo Cross Reference
a guide to which stores sell what
opinions and suplimental information from people who've used the guide
Though things may have changed recently, many shops which sell used, non-AV products, such as Mandarake, do not accept credit cards.
All Mandarake will expect you to check your bags into a locker or at the door, so be sure you have your money and lists separate from the bulk of your stuff.
Always keep in mind the difficulty of carrying and transporting your purchases and plan for it. Though Mandarake and a few other shops have shipping services, they are for domestic shipping, only. Since few regular post offices ship large, insured international packages, try to locate a main post office before you have 20 kilograms of manga to haul around. For information about shipping out of Japan, please visit my Mail page.
Just because no holidays are listed for some stores, don't think that means those stores will be open everyday. The smaller the store, the more likely it will be closed arbitrarily and on holidays. The larger the chain, the less likely it will be closed aribitrarily and on holidays.
For travel advice, useful Japanese, and information on eating-out in Tokyo and Japan, please visit my Japanese page.
OTHER JAPANESE ANIME SHOPPING SITES
Mad Mackerel's Anime Shopping
Guide to Tokyo
and Comic Shops
(in Japanese & English)
Some information may have changed, some stores may have closed. I no longer live in Japan, so I don't have up to date information on shops. If you have any questions, comments, corrections or additions, please email me. Thanks. ^_^