Short video but I decided to check out otaku-heaven aka Akihabara for a quick bite. I was recommended the gyudon, which is pretty much just beef and rice. As you can see, it’s easy to order in most small restaurants in Japan as there are ticket dispensers where you pay beforehand and then show the staff your meal ticket.
You can find gyudon almost everywhere. Popular fast-food chains such as Yoshinoya, Matsuya, and Sukiya serve gyudon and similar dishes. They can be found in almost every corner of Japan.
The gyudon I ate in Akihabara was pretty good, especially for what is considered fast food here in Japan. I’d also like to give a shout out to Sasaki-san, who was nice enough to chat with me (thanks my ili translator).
If you decide to make it over to Akihabara, there are a few things you got to check out (besides the gyudon):
Hey Arcade – Test your skills at one of the most popular arcades in all of Japan. Some of the world’s best gamers play here.
Maid Cafes – You’ll either hate it or love it. Also, they aren’t cheap, expect to pay upwards of 3000 Yen per person.
Anime – Akihabara is the probably the world’s biggest anime spot. You’ll find tons of toys, costumes, and manga scattered all over the city. This is a good list of anime shops you can visit in the area.
Here are a few sentences you can use if you decide to shop with ili:
- How much is this?
- Do you have different colors?
- I’m looking for a souvenir for my [friend, family].