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      Sailor Moon dolls
    Japanese comics read by all ages on a variety of subjects. With a history that dates back to the late18th century, manga is now popular worldwide, with films like Hayao Miyazaki's 'Spirited Away' even picking up an Oscar. Tokyo's Akihabara district is the centre for Japanese otaku and manga goods. In Akihabara you will find many electronics stores, but also a huge range of stores specialising in anime, manga, figurines and gaming. In addition to shops, various other anime and manga related establishments have become popular in the area, particularly maid cafes where waitresses dress up and act like maids or anime characters, and manga cafes, a type of internet cafe where customers can read comics and watch DVDs in addition to having access to the internet. 

    JNTO ‘Otaku’ tour
    Kyoto International Manga Museum

    Jicoo boat
    Cruise Tokyo Bay in the futuristic Himiko boat designed by famous manga artist Leiji Matsumoto. Mr. Matsumoto designed the boat based on the concepts of, “the image of teardrop” and “a ship that would appeal to children.” At night Himiko turns into floating bar Jicoo, one of Tokyo's most unique locations for evening cocktails. 

    Tokyo water buses
    Jicoo floating bar

      The N700 series bullet train for the Sanyo-Kyushu shinkansen line
    The shinkansen, or bullet train, is a network of high speed railway lines in Japan. The shinkansen can reach speeds up to 300km/ph (186 mph) making it fantastic and speedy way to travel in Japan. The shinkansen network currently reaches from Kagoshima at the bottom of Kyushu all the way up to Aomori at the top of Japan's main island of Honshu. In March 2015, a new bullet train line extension will open to Kanazawa and Toyama.

    The Japan Rail Pass is a great value pass only available to visitors to Japan. It entitles you to unlimited travel on the Japan Railways network for 7, 14 or 21 days. A 7-day pass costs from just £160 for a whole week of unlimited travel on Japan's speedy bullet trains.

    Japan Rail Pass

      Tokyu Plaza shopping centre in Omotesando, Tokyo, Japan
    The Omotesando Boulevard is Japan's equivalent of Paris's Champ Elyesses and nearby Harajuku’s Takeshita Street is Japan’s youth fashion Mecca. The two areas are a pleasant stroll apart making it easy to see what’s hot in Japanese fashion – from designer to high street – all in one afternoon.

    Area guide for Shibuya, Harajuku & Omotesando
    Architecture Guide Map for the Harajuku & Omotesando area

    Inside of RanKing RanQueen
    Want to know what the most popular drink is in Japan? Most popular chocolate bar? Or even the top selling bath salts? Visit RanKing RanQueen, a shop that sells only the top 3, 5 or 10 items in an eclectic range of categories. Rankings are based on sales data from big Tokyo department stores. RanKing RanQueen stores can be founding Tokyo and Fukuoka.
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