Otaku culture is everywhere, and you will have felt its impact whether you are familiar with the word or not. It has become one of the country’s biggest exports and is synonymous with Cool Japan.
Let Maction Planet be your guide as you explore this world on your Tokyo Private Tour. The depth of Otaku experiences is diverse; checking out the insane arcades, drinking in Kaiju bars, visiting a maid cafe, shopping in the world’s largest electronic stores, heading deep into the world of models and figures, discovering amecomi (American comics) in Tokyo, paying respects at an anime shrine, searching for vintage manga, relaxing at a robot cafe, getting your inner foodie on at a theme izakaya, hunting down the limited edition merchandise and pop up eateries… and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
We will fully customise your tour around your interests. And of course, as with everything we do, our Tokyo Otaku Tours are also history, culture, architecture and food tours in one!
Unlike other tour providers, we do not focus exclusively on the otaku mecca of Akihabara. Akiba (as the locals call it) is the spiritual home of anime-influenced subculture in Japan, and we love the place so much we even put our feelings on a T-shirt! However, the unique and untouristed shops and bars are actually dispersed throughout The World’s Greatest Metropolis.
In true Maction Planet fashion, we also have a few secrets up our sleeves on our otaku tours – venues that are not in any guidebook, that have no English-language information about them on the web, and no other tour company is taking their guests to!
Maction Planet’s Otaku credentials are second-to-none. We are the Official Hospitality Partner of Brave and Bold, Japan’s premier “artist alley” event. We have partnered with Transformers artist Livio Ramondelli to create a unique line of Tokyo-inspired T-shirts featuring his amazing art. Kaiju King Matt Frank has created an all-new kaiju, the Goriwhale, exclusively for Maction Planet. We have guided some of the biggest artists in American comics, including Livio, X-Men artist Ken Lashley and Andrew Griffith, and Sandman: 24 Hour Diner director Evan Henderson around Tokyo. Plus, it was Maction Planet who finally solved one of the otaku world’s biggest mysteries: “Where do Pikachus go when they finish dancing?”
At the end of your Otaku tours and experiences with us you will have a deeper insight into anime, manga, cosplay and the culture that surrounds them. As our TripAdvisor reviews will attest, we will make sure you find what you are looking for. And, more importantly, you will have had a lot of fun. Join us!
[Photo courtesy of ‘Only in Tokyo’ Mysteries author and ‘Mac on Tokyo’ interviewee Jonelle Patrick’s amazing blog, ‘Only in Japan‘]