Akiba☆Sofmap 1st Store: From Idols to Manga, Anime, Events and More, a Hub for Akihabara Culture!

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There are many stores in Akihabara, and different ways that everyone likes to enjoy the area. It's broken up based on varying interests and tastes. But if you're unsure where to go, or how to get a little taste of everything, then Akiba☆Sofmap 1st Store, the one-stop shop for Akihabara culture, with everything from idols, manga, anime, figurines, goods and plastic models, is the place for you.

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When you enter on the 1st floor you'll be greeted by Japanese Idol CDs. There's a wide array of CDs available, from AKB48, who first got their start in Akihabara, to live idols who are aiming for a major debut. There's also a great collections of J-pop. You'll even find a massive line-up of concert essentials like glow sticks and penlights. Some of them vary in brightness or can change in a different number of colors based on which one you pick.

アキバ☆ソフマップ1号店

You may find items like these CDs, which are sold with tickets inside of them, for you to use during events. If you find a ticket inside, you can use them during events that are held on the 8th floor of the store.

アキバ☆ソフマップ1号店

アキバ☆ソフマップ1号店

The 2nd floor sells comics, novels and other books. There are photo collection books of famous voice actors, too. Popular works that have been made into anime or dramas are featured so that you can instantly see which titles are currently trending.

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The floor is separated down the middle, dividing the comic area and the novels (light novels) area. You’ll notice that the displays are divided by publisher, so that it's easier to look around.

アキバ☆ソフマップ1号店

アキバ☆ソフマップ1号店

On the third floor you'll find players and DVDs. Of course, there's anime as well. Event and movie content is available here. Anime CDs are available, as well.

アキバ☆ソフマップ1号店

This floor too is divided down the middle, organizing new and used goods for your convenience. New releases are with the new items, while things you can't find new are available in the used section. Changing up your search method is a secret trick to finding products in Akihabara.

アキバ☆ソフマップ1号店

アキバ☆ソフマップ1号店

アキバ☆ソフマップ1号店

アキバ☆ソフマップ1号店

The 4th floor has computer software as well as figurines and plastic models. There's merchandise for Japanese idols, too. If you time things right, you might even be able to find rare idol goods.

アキバ☆ソフマップ1号店

The 7th floor's entrance by the elevator is decorated with autographs of idols, voice actors, gravure models and other past events. To be admitted into the stage area you must have an event ticket as aforementioned. Once you have a ticket you can enjoy these kinds of events.

Note: The 5th floor contains adult-only products, and minors are not admitted.

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