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Unread 05-17-2012, 06:04 AM   #1
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Tokyo Area Cosplay Store Guide (2016 Update)

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.


Akihabara

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 many accessories, cosmetics, and wig styling products.

ACOS Akihabara - 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.

Lashinbang Akihabara - 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!

Jupiter – Closed. Don't be fooled by the sign. The store is gone.

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. Iv'e seen costumes marked down to Y1,000. Mostly all women's sizes.

Polka*Polka - 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.

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.

Fuwat - Hair Salon
This is a professional hair salon that will cut and style your wig for you.

Cosmate Plus – New Costumes Y8,000~Y22,000
This store is 1/3 anime and game cosplay. 1/3 school uniforms/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.


Ikebukuro
Most stores are located on or around Otome Road.

ACOS Ikebukuro – 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.

Mandarake Ikebukuro – No longer sells cosplay items.

Bukiya Arms and Armor -Costumes/armor/weapons Y10,000~Y100,000
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
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 the 4th floor is 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.


Shibuya

Cospatio Shibuya (Cospa) – Closed

Mandarake Shibuya – No longer sells cosplay items.


Shinjuku

ACOS Shinjuku – 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.

Cosmint - 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.


Nippori

Wig Shop Maple Nippori - Closed
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Unread 05-25-2012, 03:07 AM   #2
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Thanks for the guide! Gonna need to check a few of these places out!
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Nice Tsumanne!
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wow! thanks for the info. yay!
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Tsumanne, wonderful~ I wonder if you know of any clubs/open groups/organizations that help people make their own cosplay? Like a sewing association or something? Is there any links on Mixi?
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Unread 07-13-2012, 09:38 AM   #6
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I've never actually used mixi and I'm about to ditch facebook lol. I usually just to stick to Cure, but that doesn't really facilitate groups and such.

CelestialShadow might know of some though. She lives in Tokyo and makes all of her costumes 100% from scratch. She does an amazing job and takes commissions too. She'd know the best fabric and supply stores in the area.

For armor and heavy duty props get with Goldy. He holds classes at a workshop in Akihabara. Goldy is one of the top armor/mech cosplayers in the country. Couldn't ask for a better teacher.
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Unread 12-19-2012, 03:24 AM   #7
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Are there any shops in Akihabara that cater either specifically to or atleast carry a wide array of male cosplay items. I went to Akihabara once and walked around a little and it seemed most the shops were all female oriented. Any help would be amazing.
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Unread 12-19-2012, 05:58 AM   #8
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About 75% of all cosplayers are women so stores cater to that demographic. Cospa and ACOS usually carry a reasonable amount of male costumes and Jupiter has a few racks of male costumes (you just might have to search for them).

ACOS in Ikebukuro usually has a large selection of men's costumes on hand. Also, check Cospa and Acos's catalogs. They might have the male costume you are looking for, just not on display at the store.

Edit: Oh and check out K-Books Ikebukuro. They carry a lot of male costumes on hand now that I think about it.
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Unread 12-23-2012, 12:56 AM   #9
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Thank you very much for the information Tsumanne!!!
I'm sure this topic will help a lot of people...
I just have one question... Would you happen to know if any of these places or if there is any other that sells super sentai/ power rangers costumes?
I have a friend who is in Japan and she will try to bring one for me but unfortunately she doesn't have a clue where to find it...
I thank you in advance.
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Sadly none of the stores I'm familiar with sell Super Sentai costumes. I double checked a few online catalogs to be sure. But, I would still recommend scoping out some of the Mandarake stores. I've seen quite a bit of Super Sentai/Kamen Rider accessories and such at Mandarake stores before.

I know I've seen Sentai costumes for sale on Milanoo, raukten.co.jp, amazon.co.jp, and yahoo.co.jp stores. Might be able to get international shipping. Milanoo is definitely international.

Actually, Tenshi0080 does Sentai cosplay. Check with him. He lives near Tokyo and might have some suggestions.
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Unread 12-23-2012, 11:05 PM   #11
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Thank you very much for the information Tsumanne!!
I messaged Tenshi0080 and I'll wait for his reply...
In the mean time I'll ask my friend to look in the Mandarake store.
Once again thanks for the great help!!!
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Thiago I will reply, and I went Acos in Ikebukuro and the male selection is actually small and horrible.....
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I was at ACOS Ikebukuro three days ago (it has moved to floors 1-3 of the old Otome Road Animate) and about 1/3 of the costumes were male. The male costumes on the racks were in women's sizes, but men's sizes were available. You just have to ask. There are two picture catalogs sitting out on the 2nd floor full of costume sizing information and show costumes that are available, but not on display. Even most female character costumes were available in men's sizes.

Just when 75% of all cosplayers are women and about 90% of all cosplay store costumers are women you predominantly get women's sizes on display regardless of character gender. Cospatio (the expensive place, go figure) is about the only place that regularly carries men's sizes on floor display and even there I've had to have them request stuff in from other stores.

I need to go through and recheck all the store status's and check out a new store before updating the list anyway (like how ACOS Ikebukuro moved). I'll pay close attention to male/female size ratio when I do my checks and note those stores that have a higher number of men's sizes out on display.
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new crossplayer/trap

Which cosplay stores in Japan has crossplay/trap/josobu/crossdressing outfits including underwear?
Do they take free measurements and make proper adjustments to fit?
Which store staff can speak and understand English? If not, is there an app on smart phone or tablet that can dual translate including scanned documents/cards and take pics on signs?

Which store(s) in Japan does makeup say boy to girl?

Which store(s) can ship to US? Is there a measurement chart for guys and gals (in & cm)?

I am able to fit in US girl size 16 and my US shoe size is 10.5. What are the measurements (in & cm) for skirt, shoulder length & width, chest/bust, hips, waist, neck, hands/gloves, leg length/tights/stocking?
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Cospatio and ACOS offer most women's costumes in men's sizing. Underwear sold separately.

Cospatio, Candy1, and Cosmint take custom orders, but I don't recommend it. Custom stuff is incredibly expensive. Getting with a cosplayer that does commissions is your best bet.

They speak whatever they remember from high school... So little to none. There are apps, I've just never used them. I live in the stone ages with my trusty 8 year old flip phone.

As for which store(s) can ship to US... None. For sale in Japan only. Use Google. China and the Philippines are your friend.

For measurements I just Google a size chart or use a tape measure. You can also go to an alterations store with a form and have them measure you in metric.

For shoes, I wear a US 10.5 and usually fit a Japanese 28.5 or 29 depending on the brand. Your life finding shoes in Japan will be an adventure, most sizes stop at 27.5 even in major shoe chains.
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