The Akihabara area is famous for many different things including electronics, video games, anime, and idols. Love Live the idol anime has its story based around the Akihabara and Kanda area, allowing fans to visit this popular holy land and visit the spot where their favorite school idol girl walked in the show. Come along and take a tour, feeling like you’ve entered the world of Love Live.
For those unfamiliar, Love Live is about “School Idols” where high school idol group competitions are a common thing, much like school sports teams. The first spot we’ll look at is Akihabara UDX. This building consisting of shops, restaurants, event spaces and more was featured and used as the model for the popular rival high school, UTX High School.
Within the UDX building you can swing by the Tokyo Anime Center and its shop to find a regular gallery of new anime works and a wide variety of anime goods to purchase.
4 Chome-14-1 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tōkyō-to 101-0021
Tokyo Anime Center
4-14-1 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 101-0021
Kandamyojin and Myojin Otokozaka are two more spots to note, the former being the shrine where Nozomi works part time.
Myojin Otokozaka is the large stairway where the main girls of muse used to do a lot of training. Both spots are relatively close to each other.
2-16-2, Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Cure Maid Cafe
Once you’ve done your training, take a break at a fairly popular maid café, Cure Maid Café, which is actually referenced in many anime, and in Love Live it’s where Kotori worked part time as the "Legendary Maid Minalinsky.”
Idol anime fans interested in actual idol groups might like a visit to Akihabara Don Quixote, which houses the original AKB48 Theatre on the upper floors. For those who want to stick to anime, while visiting Akihabara UDX also go to the upper floors where you can find the Tokyo Anime Center, showcasing a gallery of art from new anime along with two shops to find some great merchandise.
Cure Maid Cafe
3−15−5, Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 101-0021
Don Quixote Akihabara 8F, 4-3-3, Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Oya Building 2F, 3-2-9, Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo