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The Sendai Otaku Tour: Anime, Manga & Subculture in “Tohoku’s Akihabara!”

Discover the center of Tohoku’s subculture concentrated around Sendai Station. In addition to stepping inside the world of anime, manga, and gaming, you’ll learn about manga and anime featuring locations and characters from Sendai, including “Haikyu!”, “JoJo's Bizarre Adventure” and “Wake Up, Girls!"

 Operation Period

All year round.

 Time Required

About 2~3 hours. (This can be adjusted to your request)

 Number of Participants

1〜6people

Price

3,000 JPY– (tax included)


The tour begins at Sendai Station. We’ll drop by the tourist information center where a panel of the anime "Wake Up, Girls!", an anime set in Sendai, is on display. Next we’ll visit the Parco Department Store where there is an official Pokemon shop and “Jump” shop. “Jump” refers to “Shonen Jump,” the brand behind favorite titles such as “One Piece,” “Naruto,” “Bleach,” and “Dragon Ball.”

Then we will make our way over to nearby EbeanS department store, well-known as a sacred sanctuary of subculture! After hearing the interesting history behind the half-century old building, we’ll navigate the maze of floors featuring shops specializing in manga, anime, and figures. Here is a good place to learn more about Japan’s “idol culture” and titles related to Sendai. Make sure to bring some 100 yen coins for the crazy capsule machines (toy vending machines) and Japanese-style game arcade!

Lastly, we pass by “Sendai's Kitchen,” the Asaichi Morning Market. Hidden away on the second floor is a collection of subculture shops introduced to the nation as “the anime shop which smells like fish!” For enduring the smell, you’ll be rewarded with views and shopping opportunities of more niche subculture and even a corner shop selling military apparel.

*After Tour Option*
For those interested in continuing their subculture tour, the guide is able to introduce and join you for food, drinks, and fun at “Quarter,” an “anime song bar.” Sing karaoke with other otaku fans! The only rule is that karaoke songs must be related to anime and video games! The bar opens at 5pm weekdays, 6pm weekends/holidays, so please adjust your tour time accordingly if interested. Bar expenses (drink/food etc.) are not included in the tour price. Expenses, including drinks/food for the tour guide will be paid by participants. (Open to those 20 or older only, the legal drinking age in Japan.)

Whether you are a hard-core anime fan or a curious visitor looking for an introduction to the culture and habits of Japanese subculture, this tour is for you! You’ll have time to shop during the tour if you would like, too. I can assist in communicating with shop staff and hunting down the perfect souvenir!


Experience Program NameThe Sendai Otaku Tour: Anime, Manga & Subculture in “Tohoku’s Akihabara!”
Activity LocationJR Sendai Station, Parco Dept. Store (Shonen Jump, Pokemon Center), EBeanS (anime, manga, game, figures), Sendai Asaichi Market 2F (anime shop, Sendai Ginza, anime song bar Quarter -optional-).
Operator NameGuide-Interpreter Shunsuke Wakamatsu
Telephone Number090-3644-5869
URLhttp://shun-guide.biz/index.html
Time RequiredAbout 2~3 hours. (This can be adjusted to your request)
Operation PeriodAll year round.
Start Time10:00~17:00 (However, may adjust to your needs).
Minimum number of participants1people
Maximum number of participants6people
Reservation DeadlineUntil 0:00 of that day
Important notes regarding participationThe tour will be conducted even in rainy weather, but will be canceled in case of stormy weather or disaster. Please check with us the day before the event.
Price
Single person participation fee3,000 JPY (Tax included)
What is included in the priceGuide fee.
What is not included in the priceTransportation costs to and from the meeting point. Food/drink expenses for guide if guide joins for anime song bar experience. Insurance for participants.
Method of PaymentPay cash on the day.
About cancellations and changesIf you wish to cancel or change your reservation, please contact us immediately.
Requests for changes may not be available depending on the time and reservation situation.
Cancellation PolicyNo cancellation fee is charged.
Meeting SpotJR Sendai Station
2F in front of the "Stained Glass."
Meeting TimePlease come by the agreed upon start time.
AccessJR Sendai Station, 2F Stained Glass
ParkingYes
There is no designated parking, so please use nearby paid parking.
Facility InformationCoin lockers are located inside Sendai Station (rental fee required).
Barrier-free AccessYes
Besides the optional anime song karaoke bar, all locations are equipped with elevators.
About Guides and ToursThe tour is led by a local guide.
About multi-lingual supportJapanese/English