In Japan, there’s a lot of niche shops and services to appeal to a spectrum of people. I skipped most things but couldn’t resist getting my ears cleaned at a maid cafe Akihabara. Well, it wasn’t necessarily a cafe…more like an uncomfortable office space with cubicles.
Maid Cafe Akihabara: Things To Do In Akihabara
It was a warm summer Thursday afternoon and I’ve been walking around Akihabara all morning looking for a specific anime figure for my co-worker’s kids. Other than anime related purchases, Akihabara is also known for maid cafes. It’s common to find several girls in maid costumes on each block handing out flyers for their maid cafes Akihabara. I ignored them mostly since I didn’t want to overpay for mediocre food and drinks.
But then, I saw a sign that called out to me!
For 10 minutes I was thinking about going. I found myself a few blocks away when I decided to go back for the ear cleaning service. My ears get poorly cleaned by me, so it was time to turn to a professional.
Akihabara Maid Cafe Prices:
The prices for every maid cafe in Akihabara can vary. 1980JPY for a 20 minute ear cleaning, that sounds reasonable. If you look closely, the sign says “+ tax,” I did not see that sign. So I had a small argument about the price when I asked about the price since I thought they were trying to rip me off.
In addition to ear cleanings, it looks like you can get a dry or oil massage for the same price. They even let you shower before and after. This one seemed a little shady so I stuck to just an ear cleaning.
Maid Cafe Tokyo: Massages and Ear Cleanings
I walk up to the 3rd floor and see flyers on the door for the maid shop. This was definitely it:
I opened the door and walked in. It was quiet and it seemed a little shady. A little TOO shady.
It just didn’t seem clean and tidy like a regular business. Opening the door leads to into a small hallway. To your right, is a little waiting area with a few chairs and manga comics on the counter. To your left is the shop.
I proceeded to the left into the shop. It looked like a small business office.
Entering The Akihabara Maid Cafe?
Once inside the shop, I was greeted by a casually dressed tall Japanese man. He spoke enough English to function as the front desk person and big enough to be the bouncer in case something went down.
I told him I was there for the ear cleaning. He then directed me to a pricing chart for 30, 45 and 60 minutes. I told him I saw the sign outside for 20 minutes for 1980JPY. He then showed me the price of 2100JPY for 20 minutes and said “taxes.” Alright, I’m in this so that price difference isn’t going to change my day. He then asks which service I was looking for. At this point I guess it’s a 20 minute flat rate for any of their services. I told him “ear cleaning” and paid him 2100JPY. He instructed me to sit in the waiting room for a moment.
Ten minutes later, the guy from reception brought me into the office space, had me take off my shoes, put slippers on, and then walked me into a cubicle that was closed off by a sheer blanket. He told me to have a seat so I just waited there on the couch.
Inside the dimly lit cubicle was a couch, chair, electric fan, clothing hangers and advertisements for add-on services. The add-ons were things like changing their outfit to a popular idol or anime character, pictures, and then a few other things that I couldn’t read.
The entire office was a compilation of tall cubicles with sheets as doors. It was very quiet, but I knew there were a lot of customers there. I could tell because I saw a lot sneakers in the shoes area.
Japanese Maid Cosplay Girl Enters The Room
I waited in the cubicle for another 10 minutes until this girl in a very plain maid’s uniform came in and sat next to me on the couch. The maid cosplay was at a very basic level.
She looked to be in her early 20’s with a sad smile that screamed, “What has become of my life?” After a short introduction, she sat on the edge of the couch, put a towel on her lap and then gestured to me to put my head down. I followed her instructions and then she put a small towel over my head, only keeping my ear exposed. She didn’t use any protection (gloves) and it felt great.
After 10 minutes of cleaning one ear, she stopped, got up, and moved to the other end of the couch. She put a towel down on her lap again and gestured for me to put my head down. Another 10 minutes later and both ears were now clean.
We both part ways.
Exiting The Maid Cafe Akihabara
As I was leaving, the guy at reception gave me a frequent visitor card. There was some kind of discount after every 10 visits. It has 40 slots on the card with 1 now filled in. I walked out feeling great! My ears felt super clean! Even though it was done in a place that seemed a little dirty.
Akihabara Maid Bars
Akihabara is full of themed places. You can find maid cafes, maid massage and maid bars and all types of maid cosplay. I saw so many different types of maid bars in the alleys of Akihabara. You’ll know what kind of theme they have because girls dressed in that theme will be advertising that bar outside in the alleys. I went to a really fun Ninja cosplay maid bar and a gothic all-you-can-drink maid bar.
Check out those posts if you’re looking for more things to do in Akihabara!
I don’t remember the exact address, but it’s pretty close to this cafe cafe. Every few months when my ears feel dirty, I really want to have them cleaned. There aren’t many services like this one, so try it out if you have the opportunity. Would you try this?