Exciting Japan Anime Stores in San Diego, California

Exciting Japan Anime Stores in San Diego, California

San Diego: A Must-Visit Destination for Anime Lovers!

If you're an anime fan and planning a trip to San Diego, then you're in luck! San Diego has a lot to offer to anime fans. We visited a friend to celebrate his military promotion and ended up having a blast at anime and Japanese-themed stores. Though it was only a day, we made the most of it and enjoyed every moment. Let’s go! 

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Exciting Japan Anime Stores in San Diego, California

Los Angeles to San Diego
Travel time by car: 2-3 hours

Anime Stores

San Diego has many anime and comic book stores that sell anime merchandise, including manga books, DVDs, action figures, and other collectibles.

BOOKOFF - San Diego

Address: 4240 Kearny Mesa Rd #128, San Diego, CA 92111
Kunko POP! prices range from 7 USD to 12 USD

You'll find a variety of anime collectibles like Kunko POP! figurines, anime books, game cards, and more at unbeatable prices.

Exciting Japan Anime Stores in San Diego, California

Affordable Pop Figures as Gifts

I bought my brothers a Dragonball Z Pop figure and a Doctor Pop figure as gifts. Typically, Pop figures come at a price point between 10 USD to 50 USD.

In the same plaza...

Exciting Japan Anime Stores in San Diego, California

Mitsuwa Marketplace - San Diego

Address: 4240 Kearny Mesa Rd, San Diego, CA 92111

Exciting Japan Anime Stores in San Diego, California

Japanese Merchandise

Browse through their authentic Japanese merchandise and products. This is the hair color brand that I like, the only one so far that works with my hair.

Exciting Japan Anime Stores in San Diego, California

Ramune Japanese Marble Soda

Try their special drink called Ramune: Melon and Blueberry are my favorites! A small ball drops inside which keeps the liquid flowing fast, and then you can do a competition to see who gets to drink it fast.

Onigiri: The Popular Japanese Rice Ball Snack

Onigiri is a beloved Japanese snack that consists of rice wrapped in nori or seaweed. These rice balls come in various flavors, including salmon, spicy tuna, and many more, making them a popular snack in Japan. 
The Onigiri inside Mituswa is just 2.50 USD.

Exciting Japan Anime Stores in San Diego, California

Japanese Food 

San Diego has a vibrant Japanese food scene, with many restaurants offering traditional Japanese cuisine like ramen, sushi, and bento boxes.

Lunch at Musashiya inside Mitsuwa Marketplace

Try their delicious Pork Loin Katsu Set or Pork Katsu Curry Rice.

Daiso for Kawaii Merchandise

Address: 8199 Clairemont Mesa Blvd Suite A, San Diego, CA 92111.

Also, just a four-minute drive away is Daiso, a Japanese store offering budget-friendly housewares, toys, adorable stationery, decorations, Japanese food supplies, kawaii gifts, and more. 

Here are some other San Diego activities and destinations for anime fans:

  • Anime Conventions: San Diego hosts several anime conventions throughout the year. These conventions are a great place to meet other anime fans, participate in cosplay competitions, attend panels and workshops, and buy anime merchandise. There are also smaller conventions like the Anime Pasadena Cosplay Convention in California.

  • Balboa Park: Balboa Park is a great place to visit for anime fans because it is home to the Japanese Friendship Garden. The garden features koi ponds, bonsai trees, and a tea house. It's a peaceful sanctuary in the middle of the city.

Anime lovers should definitely put San Diego on their travel list!

Have fun and be safe ^__^

Do you want more adventure?
For our recent trip, we're thrilled to finally visit one of California's most breathtaking mountains – Mammoth Lake!

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