Neon Temptations: Akihabara's Red Light Secrets

March 28, 2024

Welcome to the vibrant world of Akihabara’s red light district, Tokyo's renowned district where modernity meets fantasy. Explore and read through this guide to learn about the newly turned adult entertainment district of Akihabara where you can enjoy both the niche anime and manga world while also entertaining the adult and hidden side with establishments such as girls bars and delivery health offering sexual services and alcoholic drinks.

About Akihabara’s Red Light District

Akihabara is renowned as an electric town, celebrated for its niche anime and manga shops. The district is also recognized as the birthplace of maid cafes, where charming maids can be spotted on the streets. If you find yourself in Tokyo, make sure to visit and immerse yourself in a diverse range of experiences, from themed cafes to gaming hubs, all blending the district's electric energy with Japan's pop culture allure. However, in recent times, Akihabara has witnessed a dynamic shift, with its streets now pulsating with the lively rhythms of a burgeoning adult entertainment scene. The once sweet and cute maids have ventured into offering more intimate services.

History of Akihabara

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Lately, many social networking sites have become a platform for discussions about the visibility of sex stores in Akihabara. Some individuals claim that it is beginning to resemble Kabukicho, and when comparing the registered sex establishments in the Tokyo area Ikebukuro boasts over 700 sex stores, Kabukicho follows closely with just under 600, and Shibuya with over 450. Surprisingly, Akihabara surpasses Yoshiwara with more than 200 stores, securing its position as the second-largest in the east side of Tokyo. 

It's noteworthy that two decades ago, there were scarcely any such establishments in Akihabara, largely attributed to neighboring districts like Ueno and Okachimachi assuming the role of entertainment hubs. Amidst COVID restrictions and a rise in online shopping due to people limiting outdoor activities, small retailers, particularly in the corners of Akihabara known as the "back streets," started to close down. Stepping in to fill the void are maid cafes, some of which exude a more suggestive atmosphere, contributing to the growth of adult entertainment establishments in the area.

Types of Adult Entertainment Shops in Akihabara

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In the Akihabara area, a plethora of adult entertainment shops cater to diverse preferences. However, for first-timers, discerning the distinctions among similar establishments might pose a challenge. Below, we outline the differences between some adult entertainment shops to provide clarity.

Delivery Health

Delivery Health establishments provide adult services delivered to the customer's chosen location, such as a hotel or private residence, ensuring a discreet experience. Like soapland clubs and the anti-prostitution law, this establishment also operates in a legal gray area.

Girls Bar

Girls Bars focuses on social interactions, offering patrons the opportunity to enjoy the company of female staff in a bar-like atmosphere, with conversations and drinks as the primary focus. It is known to be a more relaxed version of cabaret clubs or hostess clubs.

Kyabakura (Cabaret Clubs)

Cabaret Clubs also known as kyabakura, provide a diverse range of entertainment services, including drinks, music, and performances, with an emphasis on lively and entertaining atmospheres and interactions with female staff.

Seku Kyaba (Sexy Cabaret)

Sexy Cabarets are most commonly known in Japanese as “seku kyaba” and are similar to normal cabaret clubs or hostess clubs apart from the fact that you can go a level higher with intimacy. Customers are allowed to kiss and fondle the cast members breasts however any attempts to touch the girl's private areas are not allowed.


Soaplands offer comprehensive adult entertainment services, including bathing and various sexual activities, often provided in private, well-equipped rooms. Due to the anti-prostitution law, this establishment operates in a legal gray area.

Unfortunately, there aren't any soaplands in the Akihabara area. If you want to experience the soapland service then the closest soapland district would be in Bunkyo ward or if you don’t mind traveling a bit further then there is another soapland district in the Asakusa area.

Access to Akihabara’s Red Light District

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Situated in the central part of Tokyo, Akihabara is just two train stations away from Tokyo Station, accessible via the Keihin Tohoku line and the Yamanote line. The train ride from Tokyo Station takes approximately 4 minutes, with an adult fare costing around 150 JPY. Alternatively, for those who enjoy walking, it's approximately a 30 minute stroll from station to station.

Navigating Akihabara’s Red Light District as a Foreigner

Maximize your Akihabara nightlife experience by adhering to these crucial tips and guidelines. Consider bringing a native-speaking friend along to enhance communication and ensure a more enjoyable night. If you are planning to visit an adult rated shop then it is highly recommended to bring a native Japanese friend with you for negotiations.

Overcoming Language Barriers

While Akihabara warmly welcomes foreigners, some establishments may be hesitant to admit non-Japanese speakers due to challenges in explaining unique rules and cultural traditions. Learning a few Japanese phrases or having a handy translation app on your phone makes a difference. Alternatively, if you have a Japanese friend, it is recommended to have them accompany you or to ask them to introduce you to the store.

Exemplary Manners

Demonstrate respect towards staff and performers by adhering to established rules. Any disruptive behavior could lead to eviction and a subsequent ban from the venue.

Navigating Legality

Given the legal gray areas of some featured establishments, both patrons and staff may face legal consequences for participating in illicit activities. Ensure compliance with the Japanese legal adult age requirement of 20 and carry identification for potential age verification. Some shops may accept 18 year olds but it is very rare.

Guard Against Scams

Exercise caution to avoid overcharging and diligently verify prices before making any purchases during your Akihabara nightlife adventure. Make sure the shop you are visiting is a reputable establishment and double check the website and reviews.

Prioritize Safety

If venturing solo, keep a watchful eye on your valuables, ensuring they are never left unattended. In bustling places like nightclubs, remain vigilant about your drink to prevent potential issues, disposing of it if left unattended for your safety.

Best Adult Shops in Akihabara Area

The Akihabara area boasts a diverse array of adult entertainment options. If you're uncertain about your choice, consider exploring some of the recommended establishments listed below.

1. Matilda and Veronica (Delivery Health)

If you are looking for a delivery health shop in Akihabara, please choose Akihabara Sex Salon "Matilda and Veronica Akihabara" which is full of attractive events, special deals, and beautiful women. The cast members at this delivery health are specially chosen with slim waists and spectacular curves. If you want to enjoy many girls then try out the threesome course!

[Delivery Fee]

  • Free: Hotels around Akihabara Station
  • From 1,000 JPY: Okachimachi, Ueno areas
  • From 2,000 JPY: Yushima, Asakusa areas, etc.
  • From 3,000 JPY: Tokyo, Nippori areas, etc.
  • From 4,000 JPY: Kinshicho, Ginza areas, etc.

[Price Range]

  • From 8,000 JPY for 45 min

*Admission fee: from 2,000 JPY

[Opening Hours]

  • 11:00 am - 11:30 pm


2. Bunny Palace (Girls Bar)

Bunny Palace stands out with its casual girl's bar ambiance, featuring unique offerings such as champagne along with bunny girl services! For those seeking a more intriguing and extraordinary experience, this venue goes beyond the typical. Additionally, you can enjoy a shisha experience if you prefer a laid-back and relaxed atmosphere with a bit of smoke.


  •  101-0025 Tokyo, Chiyoda Ward, Kanda Sakuma-Cho, 1-16-1, Ohashi Bldg. 7F

[Price Range]

  • Open - 9:00 pm: From 2,980 JPY for 50min (Includes all you can drink)
  • 9:00 pm - Close: From 3,980 JPY for 50min (Includes all you can drink)

*Tax and service fee is 10%

[Opening Hours]

  • Monday - Friday: 7:00 pm - 5:00 am
  • Saturday: 5:00 pm - 5:00 am
  • Sunday: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm


3. Club Sou (Seku Kyaba)

Club Sou is a vibrant sexual cabaret featuring predominantly young girls in their twenties. With a meticulous selection process from Akihabara and surrounding areas, the emphasis is placed on their appearance! This establishment caters to customers who find maid cafes and con cafes lacking in excitement. If you're seeking to engage intimately with girls in Akihabara and enjoy a lively experience, then Club Sou is the perfect destination for you.


  •  101-0023 Tokyo, Chiyoda Ward, Kanda Matsunaga-Cho 1, Akihabara First Bldg. 4F Room 402

[Price Range]

  • Open - 10:00 pm: From 9,100 JPY for 40 min
  • 10:00 pm - Close: From 11,700 JPY for 40 min

*Prices include tax and service charge.

*Set includes all you can drink.

[Opening Hours]

  • 7:00 pm - 1:00 am
  • Closed: Sunday


Soaplands Near Akihabara Area

Regrettably, there are no soaplands available in the Akihabara area. For those seeking the soapland experience, the nearest district would be in Bunkyo Ward, specifically in the Yushima area which is introduced below.

New Momoyama (Soapland)

If you're seeking mature women and MILFs, New Momoyama is the ideal shop for you. Specializing in the theme of older women, the cast members range from their late twenties to their forties. Despite their ages, the cast members retain their youthful and erotic bodies. Revel in the expertise and skills of these women as they provide top-notch service to the best of their abilities.


  •  113-0034 Tokyo, Bunkyo Ward, Yushima, 3-39-1

[Price Range]

  • 7:00 am - 5:00 pm: From 13,000 JPY for 50min
  • 5:00 pm - 12:00 am: From 15,000 JPY for 50min

*It is often indicated in soaplands that both the bathing fee and the service fee are included. Please be aware that the bathing fee may be added to the prices mentioned above.

[Opening Hours]

  • 7:00 am - 12:00 am



As you explore the vibrant nightlife of Akihabara, remember to relish the unique experience of interacting with local Japanese women. While prioritizing caution and safety, embrace the night without dwelling excessively on potential concerns. Akihabara, with its array of adult entertainment, invites you to fully immerse yourself in the experience. Seize this distinctive opportunity to engage in conversations and flirtations with the charming local beauties of Akihabara, adding a touch of local flair to your nocturnal escapades.

PIJ Writer
PIJ Writer
PIJ Writer, a seasoned connoisseur in his 40s based in Japan, boasts an unparalleled depth of knowledge and experience within the vibrant landscapes of both drinking and gambling, alongside his well-documented ventures into various red-light districts. This extensive exploration encompasses not just the nocturnal delights of Japan's red-light areas but also its myriad of bars, horse racing, pachinko, and many others. Drawing on his firsthand experiences, he conveys the appeal and characteristics of Japan's diverse adult entertainment districts and his enjoyment of the nightlife scene through his writing for PIJ.

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