A visit to a maid cafe is one of those must-do tourist experiences in Japan. Yes, it's weird and cliched and definitely a rip-off but it's also a lot of fun. My husband and I visited together and he said he would feel weird going by himself, so we would suggest going in a group or at least with another person! Don't expect fantastic food and the decor is very tired but still worth a visit. I've heard of maid cafes before - we decided to try this one while walking around Akihabara.
Akihabara Shopping Map Keripo 6 years ago Misc. I figure this might be useful for others in the future. This is the everything-second-hand store. Figures, doll items, books, doujinshis, etc. You can easily spend an entire day there.
For a country that is apparently less interested in sex than it should be, this store proves that the Japanese are just as driven by their libidos as the rest of us. Staffed by knowledgeable and friendly assistants, most of what is available to buy can be touched and handled before you buy and the sample corners are incredibly popular. In addition, there are plenty of multimedia videos playing alongside the more techy toys. Our tip is to take the stairs to the seventh floor and work your way down.
The creativity involved in Japan's porn industry is on full display at this seven-floor sex goods shop next to Akihabara Station, and the best way to peruse their wares is slowly, from the top down. The top three floors are given over to DVDs. Hop out of the lift at the seventh, walk past the posters of porn stars, and you're immediately confronted with hundreds of transgender skin flicks and shelves packed with 'mature' content. Things are ever-so-slightly more upmarket on the third floor, where you'll find two rooms of women's lingerie. It's not exactly Agent Provocateur, but it's a little more tasteful than the French maid stuff being flogged upstairs.