Spring 2016 Update
This is a guide to some of the cosplay stores I’ve found around the Tokyo area over the years. Figured it would be of help to others, especially those new to the area or just visiting.
Note to us guys: 75% of cosplayers are women. 90% of all cosplay shoppers are women. Thus; Cospaly stores cater to women. Cospa and ACOS however, do offer men's sizes for just about every costume they have. They just may not be on display is all (Especially on Otome Road). It's good to ask/check the catalog which will be available at the store or online. ACOS in particular is good about offering size cards.
Gee!Store Akihabara (Cospa)
- New Costumes/Wigs, Custom Orders, Accessories Y20,000~Y50,000
There is a Cospatio store located on the 5th floor of Gee!Store Akihabara. Cospatio hands down offers the highest quality “off the rack” costumes on the market. Be warned, they are not cheap. The store has a wig section and offers accessories, cosmetics, and wig styling products.
- New Costumes/Wigs. Y3,000~Y10,000
New and much improved location. Now located on the 6th floor of the old K-Books building "Akihabara Culture Zone Building". Nice selection of costumes and wigs a fair prices. Of note there's a little cafe in the back.
- New and Used Costumes/Accessories. Y3,000~Y10,000
A new store located on the 2nd floor of the same building as ACOS. The cosplay section is in the back left of the store. Small, but excellent prices. And has men's sizes!
– Closed. Don't be fooled by the sign. The store is gone... Which saddens me. I really liked this store.
Mitsubado Cosplay Shop
- Used Costumes Y1,000~Y11,000
Located on the 2nd and 3rd floor of a building on one of Akihabara’s back streets. This is a great place to look for quality used anime/game costumes. The store also has used cosplay shoes, swords, and some crafted props. Not to mention the best bargain bin selection around. I've seen costumes marked down to Y1,000. Mostly all women's sizes.
- Used Costumes Y1,000~Y10,000
Just a few blocks down on the same street as Mitsubado. Store is on the second floor, you have to go around to the back to get in. Very small shop, but will let you try on wigs before you buy. Very cool.
Assist Wig Japan Akihabara
- Wigs Y4,000~Y8,000
Located on the second floor of the retro game store on the main road Chuo Dori, a nice selection of cosplay wigs. They do not style wigs or take custom orders, but they have a relationship with Fuwat hair salon listed below.
- Hair Salon
This is a professional hair salon that will cut and style your wig for you.
– New Costumes Y8,000~Y22,000
This store is 1/3 anime and game cosplay. 1/3 school uniform/gym clothes. 1/3 assorted costumes such as maid, race queen... you see where this is going. But the anime costumes are decent quality and the selection of school uniforms is rather good.
Most stores are located on or around Otome Road.
– New Costumes/Wigs/Accessories/Props. Y6,000~Y20,000
On the 2nd and 3rd floors of the old Animate building on Otome Road. A true “one stop cosplay shop”. The 2nd floors has a nice selection of above average costumes. The 3rd floor is wigs, accessories, and props. There is a very large selection of pre-styled character wigs, wig styling supplies, makeup, eyeglasses, shoes, swords, guns, parasols, even a fake violin with case.
Lashinbang Ikebukuro Cosplay Store
- New & Used Costumes/Accessories. Y3,000~Y10,000
A new store located on the 4th floor just above ACOS. This store is cosplay only and has a nice selection. Dirt cheap wigs.
K-Books Ikebukuro Cosplay Hall
– New Costumes/Wigs/Accessories/Props. Y5,000~Y15,000
At the far end of Otome Road, this store has an excellent selection of costumes and some cheap pre-styled wigs as well. The store also carries some accessories such as eyeglasses, shoes, a few assorted props and instruments.
Wig Shop Maple Ikebukuro
– New Costumes/Wigs/Accessories. Wigs Y4,000~Y6,000
New location on the 6th floor of the Mashita Building which is across the street of the new Animate building. Most cosplayers in Japan are familiar with Maple. Small store with a good selection of high quality wigs.
Assist Wig Japan Ikebukuro
– New Wigs/Accessories. Y4,000~8,000
Located right off Otome Road by Mandarake. Mostly un-styled wigs with a few pre-styled. There is a shoe section in the back corner along with some swords/props.
– No longer sells cosplay items.
Bukiya Arms and Armor
In a new very difficult to find location. Now located on the 7th floor of a building a few blocks down from Otome Road. This store focuses on reproduction weapons, armor and historical clothing. Chainmail, samurai armor, European medieval clothing, Edo period helmets, early Meiji period uniforms, and a vast array of swords. Of note the store offers rentals. And warning. The store has a very odd schedule. Check the twitter page before going to make sure it's open that day.
Nakano Broadway is actually a mall and predates Akihabara as anime/manga central by about 30 years. It just doesn’t get the international hype. The 2nd through 4th floor is a basically heaven for collectors in general. FYI the 1st floor escalator takes you straight to the 3rd floor, not the 2nd.
Mandarake Cosplay Hall
– New costumes/wigs/accessories Y3,000~Y15,000
Located on the 2nd floor. A good selection of new women's costumes and including some pre-styled wigs. There are also a few accessories in the back along with some Goth-loli stuff.
Cosplay Shop Candy-One
– New Costumes/Wigs/Accessories Y10,000~Y15,000
Located on the 2nd floor, this store squeezes a lot of costumes into a small place. The store actually takes custom orders and offers good sales on its website. There are also some wigs and accessories such as color contacts and fake gems for costumes/props. FYI, Candy-One has a sister store on the 3rd floor that specializes in Goth-loli.
Campus Shop Cord
– New School Uniforms/Accessories Y10,000~Y30,000
Located on the 3rd floor, this store only sells high quality school uniforms and has a good number of men’s uniforms in addition to women’s. The store has a large selection of almost everything school uniform related, but does not sell sailor style or gakuran uniforms.
Cospatio Shibuya (Cospa)
– No longer sells cosplay items.
– New Costumes/Wigs/Accessories/Props Y6,000~Y11,000
Located less than 5 minutes from the East/Kabukichou exit of JR Shinjuku station. On the the 3rd floor of Animate, there is an ACOS section with a number of costumes and some wigs. There is a good number of accessories and above average selection of swords and other prop weapons.
- New Costumes/Wigs/Accessories/Custom Orders
Somewhere in Shinjuku... See map. I've never been there, but it seems to be mostly high-quality custom order stuff.
Wig Shop Maple Nippori