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Volks Akihabara Hobby Paradise, which relocated right next to JR Akihabara Station in December of 2014, excels in gathering together all the elements of Akihabara’s hobby culture. This of course includes figurines and toys, but also plastic models, nuigurumi (plush toys), t-shirts and other merchandise with popular character designs, as well as trading cards and miniature toys. There is also a rental showcase for other hobbyists to sell their items.
They even have a special section dedicated to showing off merchandise from the hit anime Love Live!
These swords are extremely popular with customers from overseas. One of the employees told me, “about half of our customers are from abroad, and sometimes when it’s busy they make up as much as 70% of our customer base.”
The rental showcase features a selection of figures built by other hobbyists. You can find characters here from popular anime titles like One Piece and Naruto, which apparently sell really well with customers visiting from overseas.
The sales sheets for purchasing merchandise from the case are also available in English and Chinese. Once you find a figure that you want to buy, you just fill one of these out and take it over to a sales person.
As you can see, Volks offers an incredible array of different items. As one employee said, “we carry goods made by our company [Volks], but we also feature a lot of merchandise from other sources, since we like to make sure that we follow trends and keep up with what customers want.”
These plastic model kits from The Five Star Stories are especially popular. They are definitely something that you can only find in Tokyo.
They also have a special area in the trading card section for players to try out their new cards right after they buy them.
- NAME：Volks Akihabara Hobby Paradise
- ADDRESS：1-15-4, Sotokanda Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo.
- HOURS OF OPERATION：Monday to Saturday: 11:00AM to 8:00PM, Sunday and Holidays: 10:00AM to 8:00PM