Cosplay is a huge part of the Japanese otaku culture. Stemming from the words ‘costume’ and ‘play’, cosplay is the act of dressing up as your favorite anime, manga, or game character. It is a very popular hobby among Japanese pop culture enthusiasts – both in Japan and overseas. However, not everyone has the skills, patience, and funds needed to create a cosplay costume from scratch, and take nice pictures of it – that’s why various studios started renting out the costumes for people to try out and take pictures in. If you have always wondered how you would look as Sailor Moon, Hatsune Miku, or your favorite Final Fantasy hero, we introduce you to 5 cosplay studios in Tokyo that can help you out.
1. Studio Crown
Studio Crown is probably one of the most famous cosplay studios in Tokyo. Located in Akihabara, the center of Japanese otaku culture, it’s very convenient for foreigners going on an otaku tour around the are. The studio offers several different plans – a basic one, which offers very simple costumes like maid and ninja, an easy anime costume and a complex anime costume one, as well as a plan that includes taking a walk around the area in your cosplay. Prices range between ¥4000 and ¥8000, pictures included.
Name: Studio Crown
Address: 2-4-6 Sotokanda, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 101-0021, Japan
Business hour: Every day, 10:00-22:00
Phone number: +81 3-5577-5995
Official website: https://studio-crown.com/
2. Haco Stadium
Haco Stadium is one of the largest cosplay photography centers in Tokyo. Well, not really – Haco Stadium is located in nearby Chiba Prefecture, but it is a 30-minute train ride from central Tokyo nonetheless. They don’t offer cosplay makeover services per se, but they have over 30 different environments you can take pictures in – including traditional tatami rooms, futuristic looking spaces, and mundane setting like classrooms and cafes. They also offer some accessories and even cameras for rent.
Name: Haco Stadium
Address: 2-2−7, Hamacho, Funabashi-shi, Chiba Prefecture, 273-0012, Japan
Business hour: Every day, 09:30-23:00
Phone number: +81 47-401-2869
Official website: http://hacostadium.com/tokyo/
3. Ai Route
If you don’t want to carry your cosplay gear all the way to Chiba, Ai Route might be a great alternative. Again, it’s one of those studios that do not offer costumes, wigs, and makeup, but they have a variety of setting for you to take cosplay pictures in. Classrooms, tatami rooms, plain backgrounds for portfolio pictures, and even an open rooftop – pretty much anything you could wish for as a cosplay. As a bonus, this studio also offers smoke and snow machines for rent, if you’re looking to take some atmospheric shots.
Name: Ai Route
Address: Takasago Bldg., 4−8−3, Adachi-ku, Tokyo, 120-0015, Japan
Business hour: Every day, 10:00-20:00
Phone number: +81 70-1311-4999
Official website: https://ai-route.jimdo.com/
4. Studio Ao
Located in Sumida City, Studio Ao is known for its rooftop pool, where you can take gorgeous cosplay shots in the summer months. However, you have to specify in advance if you want to use the pool, so the staff can fill it up for you beforehand. Aside from the pool, the studio also offers a few typical settings, including Western and Japanese style rooms, as well as a flower wall. You will have to bring your own cosplay to this studio as well.
Name: Studio Ao
Address: 6-11-13 Higashimukojima, Sumida-ku, Tokyo 131-0032, Japan
Business hour: Every day, 11:00-21:00
Phone number: +81 80-8125-1588
Official website: http://xn--studio-809o.com/
5. Booty Tokyo
Weird name choices aside, Booty Tokyo is one of the best choices when it comes to cosplay studios in Tokyo. They have 6 floors of rooms to choose from, and some of the most affordable prices – ¥3000 for a one-day passport on working days. They offer separate dressing rooms, photo equipment for rental, all sorts of accessories for free, and even snacks! However, you have to bring your own costume and wig.
Name: Booty Tokyo
Address: Booty Building, 8-10-5 Oshima-ku, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Business hour: Mon-Fri 10:00-20:00, Sat-Sun 09:00-21:00
Phone number: +81 3-5875-3736
Official website: http://bootyjapan.jp/
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If you’ve always wanted to try out cosplay, your next trip to Japan might be the perfect occasion to do that. Whether you bring your own costume and just use the studio’s services to take pictures, or you go all out an rent a costume and a wig, you’re sure to have tons of fun on this cosplay advanture!
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