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Popular With Anime Fans: Center Plaza, Kobe

Popular With Anime Fans: Center Plaza, Kobe

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"Center Plaza" is located in the center of Hyogo prefecture, Kobe Sannomiya. It's a spot where anime lovers from all over Kansai gather. Today we'll be introducing what there is to enjoy here.

Translated by Takuya Erik Watanabe

Written by Riho Takada

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The must-go spot for anime lovers in Japan is either Akihabara in Tokyo, or Nipponbashi in Osaka.

But in the center of Hyogo prefecture, Kobe Sannomiya, there are places where anime fans gather as well.

One of those spots is San Center Plaza, a shopping mall 5 minutes from Sannomiya station on foot. It is located by the Center-gai (Center Street) of Sannomiya, and is crowded even on weekdays.

San Center Plaza is divided in to three areas: "San Plaza", "Center Plaza", and "Center Plaza West". There are over 500 various shops in the building.

Today we'll be introducing some shops that anime and video-game fans visit frequently.

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Animate Sannomiya

If you're into anime goods, the first stop you should be making is at Animate. Animate is an anime and manga specialty store, and they have the widest assortment of items in the area.

From standard merchandise to rare items that you have to reserve to purchase and even some goods exclusive to Animate, the choices here are endless.

Keychains, trading cards, posters, stationery, etc. The huge variation in products lures visitors into the shop.

New items can be checked out on the official website, so we recommend you check it out before visiting.

The shelves are lined with character goods from bishōjo anime to games targeted at women, and your eyes won't be sure where to look first. You should look closely at everything while you make your way around the shop and find your favorite items.

Animate has not only character goods, but also audio-related CDs and DVDs, as well as manga, books, and magazines.

They have comics and CDs that you wouldn't find in a normal book store, and often have purchase bonuses or events targeted to their customers.

Outside the store you'll find a wall covered with capsule toy machines. Needless to say, the capsules contain anime and video game-related toys.

The contents of the capsule machines change, so you should check if there's a capsule toy of your favorite character when you visit.

On the same floor you can find Animate Cafe Kobe Sannomiya (Japanese). They also have anime and video game-related events, so dropping by here would be a good idea as well.

Taito F Station Sannomiya West Shop

On the third floor of Center Plaza West is an arcade called Taito F Station Sannomiya West Shop. Center Plaza is a spot where anime fans gather, so the prizes for most of the claw machines are video game and anime goods, which is what makes this specific amusement arcade special.

New prizes arrive 2 or 3 times a week. They also have a huge variety of products, resulting in an arcade packed with anime lovers, mostly students, from noon to the late afternoon.

Instead of buying your favorite goods, getting them through claw machines is also a fun option.

Most of the prizes are arcade-limited products and some are even exclusive to Taito, so if there's something you see that you like, we recommend you go for it.

The wide variety of music games, online games, and arcade games is also a factor of its popularity. The claw machine isn't the only way to enjoy this place.

Gaming tournaments and raffle events are also held and you might receive a novelty item, so we encourage you to participate.

In Conclusion

San Center Plaza is heaven to anime lovers. Other than the stores we introduced today, there are shops specializing in trading cards, dōjinshi (*1), character figurines, and other shops that are just too appealing for fans.

If you love animes and video games, this is a must-go spot in Kobe.

*1: Dōjinshi: Amateur self-published magazines. In Japan, it often refers to fan-fiction and fan-art of anime and manga.

Information

San Center Plaza

Address: Hyogo, Kobe, Chūō, Sannomiyachō 2-11-1
Hours: 10:00-21:00 (Differs depending on store)
Closed: Set by location, January 1st
Wi-Fi: No
Credit Cards: - (Differs depending on store)
Other Languages: -
Nearest station: JR Sannomiya station (三宮駅), Hankyū/Hanshin/Subway/Port Liner Sannomiya station (三宮駅), Kobe Municipal Subway Kaigan Line Sannomiya-Hanadokeimae station (三宮・花時計前駅)
Access: 5 minute walk from Sannomiya station, 3 minute walk from Sannomiya-Hanadokeimae station
Price range: -
Religion: -
Phone number:+81-78-331-5311
Website: San Center Plaza (Japanese)

Animate Sannomiya
Address: Hyogo, Kobe, Chūō, Sannomiyachō 1-9-1-309
Hours: 10:00-20:00
Closed: Set by location, January 1st
Wi-Fi: No
Credit Cards: Most major
Other Languages: -
Nearest station: JR Sannomiya station (三宮駅), Hankyū/Hanshin/Subway/Port Liner Sannomiya station (三宮駅), Kobe Municipal Subway Kaigan Line Sannomiya-Hanadokeimae station (三宮・花時計前駅)
Access: 5 minute walk from Sannomiya station, 3 minute walk from Sannomiya-Hanadokeimae station
Price range: -
Religion: -
Phone number: +81-78-391-8155
Website: Animate Sannomiya (Japanese)

Taito F Station Sannomiya West Shop
Address: Hyogo, Kobe, Chūō, Sannomiyachō 2-11-1
Hours: 10:00-20:00
Closed: Set by location, January 1st
Wi-Fi: No
Credit Cards: -
Other Languages: -
Nearest station: JR Sannomiya station (三宮駅), Hankyū/Hanshin/Subway/Port Liner Sannomiya station (三宮駅), Kobe Municipal Subway Kaigan Line Sannomiya-Hanadokeimae station (三宮・花時計前駅)
Access: 5 minute walk from Sannomiya station, 3 minute walk from Sannomiya-Hanadokeimae station
Price range: -
Religion: -
Phone number: +81-78-335-8348
Website: Taito F Station Sannomiya West Shop (Japanese)

The information presented in this article is based on the time it was written. Note that there may be changes in the merchandise, services, and prices that have occurred after this article was published. Please contact the facility or facilities in this article directly before visiting.

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