Finding your way around the maze of electronic shops, manga stores and maid cafes in Akihabara is a challenge for the foreign visitor or resident.
Help is now at hand in the shape of a short English guide to the world's largest shopping zone for electronics.
The "The Best shops of Akihabara - Guide to Japanese Subculture" can be download for 1,000 yen (10 USD). The email for a free sample function lets you download a short Adobe pdf file version with one shop listing (see below).
The guide to 30 selected businesses was put together by office worker Toshimichi Nozoe and includes cosplay stores, manga shops and maid cafes.
Sample pdf file.