We went to Akihabara one weekend searching for a place to get a 3DS capture card, but unfortunately missed its open hours. So we instead wandered around when a store called Chabara caught my eye. It is right near the AKB48 and Gundam cafés (and no, I do not plan on going to either of those) and contains many wonderful food stuffs from all over Japan.
Inside is a food market that sells exceptional ingredients from different prefectures, ranging from snacks and drinks to frozen high end meats.
We were checking out some stuff when a staff member approached us for a picture:
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The picture was taken with an Instax and was pinned to a bulletin board on a pillar in the store along with pictures of other customers. Sadly the board wasn’t there when we went again a couple weeks later, so it must’ve been a super temporary thing.
We spent a loooong time just browsing all the different types of food the store had. Everything was laid out so that you could leisurely explore, and they were generous with samples.
I appreciated seeing speciality foods from different prefectures since I’m not sure if I would ever visit them on my own. The prices were pretty affordable, and our haul came to a little under $20USD. Of course there were higher end items that would easily put a huge dent in your wallet, but it was pretty easy to get a variety of stuff without feeling any financial guilt.
If you’re ever in Akihabara and need a break from the intense otaku atmosphere, consider popping into Chabara to explore some regional Japanese food! This is a place I definitely would love to visit again and again.