AKB48 Cafe & Shop at Akihabara

Japan: Tokyo (AKB48 Cafe and Shop -Akihabara)

Japan has an obsession with the “kawaii” (cute) culture and manufactures “idols” quicker than it does cars, electronics and anything else the country exports around the world! Japanese idols are comprised of pop singers, actors, models, etc. all with a “cute” face who are supposed to have the perfect public image and serve as good examples for young people.

Mention a popular idol group and AKB48 quickly comes to mind. AKB is short for Akihabara, the area where the group originated with its 48 members. The girls range in age from their early teens to their mid-twenties and were the creation of producer, Yasushi Akimoto who wanted to create a girl group that would have their own theater and give performances on a daily basis. Akimoto introduced the concept of “idols you can meet.” As of May 2014, the group consists of 140 members that are able to rotate performances and perform simultaneously in events at various locations.

Members of AKB48

Members of AKB48

AKB48 is one of the highest earning musical acts in Japan with record sales exceeding $226 million! With sales topping 30 million records, AKB48 fever in Japan continues to grow strong. Banking on the group’s popularity, the AKB48 Cafe & Shop opened in Akihabara, just outside the Electric Town exit of the JR Akihabra Station, on September, 2011. The café draws thousands of fans each day to pay homage to the super group.

AKB48 Cafe & Shop at Akihabara

AKB48 Cafe & Shop at Akihabara

The girls who work at the café wear the familiar AKB48 uniforms consisting of a vest and checkered skirt. The menu consists of such items as curry rice, pasta, omelet rice (omurice), and katsu dishes all said to be favorites of AKB48 members and capitalizing on the cuteness appeal. Large flat screen monitors placed strategically throughout the café play AKB videos looped over and over again. In the area of the café set up as the “theater” a 136 inch monitor allows fans to immerse themselves in the world of AKB48. The café also has a takeout window offering café menu items to go.

Cafe floorplan

Cafe floorplan

The cafe

The cafe

The cafe theater

The cafe theater

Menu

Menu

Select dishes

Select dishes

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Meals are served with an AKB48 coaster

Meals are served with an AKB48 coaster

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There is a gift shop selling official AKB goods such key chains, cellphone straps, t-shirts, towels, stationary and the perennial favorite, the AKB48 Happy Pies.

Gift shop

Gift shop

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AKB48 Happy Pies

AKB48 Happy Pies

The café has been so popular that similar cafes were opened in Hakata, Fukuoka and Namba, Osaka.

The original Akihabara café is located at: 1-1 Kanda Hanaokacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. (Phone: 03-5297-4848)

The café hours are:

Monday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Friday & days before public holidays 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Saturday 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Sunday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Public holidays 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

The shop hours are:

Monday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Friday & days before public holidays 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Saturday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Sunday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Public holidays 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

 

Official web page: http://akb48cafeshops.com/akihabara/

2 comments

  1. I like all the views inside the cafe. I’d love to go here.

    The photo of AKB48 looks like it is from 2011-12. Many in the photo have graduated in the past two years. Even the Happy Pie box has Atsuko Maeda on it. That is OK, I still think of her as the “face” of AKB48, even though she graduated two years ago. The group was at its peak at that time.

    I can at least enjoy these photos, and think that I will get to go.

    I’m ordering the “Yuki Kashiwagi” (see menu).

    1. That’s great Denny – I do hope you do get a chance to visit the cafe. The intent of this blog is to inspire people to visit the places I write about therefore I am glad that I did my part in motivating you to go there. Write back and let us know what you thought of the menu items! Would love to get your feedback.🙂🙂🙂

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