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Akihabara (秋葉原), also called Akiba after a former local shrine, is a district in central Tokyo that is famous for its many electronics shops and has also gained recognition as the center of Japan's otaku (diehard fan) culture. Many shops and establishments devoted to anime and manga are dispersed among the electronic stores in the district. On Sundays, Chuo Dori, the main street through the district, is closed to car traffic from 13:00 to 18:00 (until 17:00 from October through March).

Akihabara has seen some redevelopment over the past years, which added some large, modern buildings to the mix of small to medium-sized shops and buildings. Most prominent among them is a huge Yodobashi electronics store just next to the station.

Electronics

Hundreds of electronics shops, ranging from tiny one-man stalls specializing in a particular electronic component to large electronics retailers, line the main Chuo Dori street and the crowded side streets around Akihabara. They offer everything from the newest computers, cameras, televisions, mobile phones, electronics parts and home appliances to second-hand goods and electronic junk.

A few chain stores such as Sofmap and Laox each operate multiple specialized branches along the main roads, while small independent shops can be found in the side streets. The only mega sized store is the Yodobashi Camera complex on the east side of the station.

Note that some of the electronics on sale are only intended for use in Japan due to voltage and other technical differences, Japanese language documentation and limited warranties. However, several stores also feature a selection of international models intended for overseas use, and most also offer tax-free shopping to foreign tourists.

Otaku goods

The character of Akihabara has constantly changed over the decades and continues to do so. In recent decades Akihabara has emerged as a center of Japanese otaku and anime culture, and dozens of stores specializing in anime, manga, retro video games, figurines, card games and other collectibles have filled the spaces between the electronics retailers.

In addition to shops, various other animation-related establishments have become popular in the area, particularly maid cafes where waitresses dress up and act like maids or anime characters, and manga cafes (manga kissa), a type of internet cafe where customers can read comics and watch videos in addition to having access to the internet.

Major electronics stores

Sofmap

Hours: 11:00 to 20:00

Laox

Currently closed for renovations

Akky

Hours: 10:30 to 19:00

Yodobashi Camera

Hours: 9:30 to 22:00 (restaurants from 11:00)

Otaku attractions

Maid Cafes

Don Quijote

Hours: open 24 hours

Radio Kaikan

Hours: 10:00 to 20:00

Super Potato

Hours: 11:00 to 20:00

Gamers

Hours: 11:00 to 21:00

Mandarake

Hours: 12:00 to 20:00

Getting there and around

Akihabara Station is a busy station served by the JR Yamanote Line, JR Keihin-Tohoku Line, JR Sobu Line, the Tsukuba Express and the Hibiya Subway Line. Suehirocho Station on the Ginza Subway Line is located around the northern end of the district.

From Tokyo Station

Akihabara is two stations north of Tokyo Station by JR Yamanote Line or JR Keihin-Tohoku Line (3 minutes, 140 yen one way).

From Shinjuku Station

Take the JR Chuo Line (orange colored rapid service) from Shinjuku to Ochanomizu (10 minutes) and make an easy transfer to the JR Sobu Line (yellow colored local service) for one more station to Akihabara (2 minutes). Alternatively, take a yellow colored train all the way from Shinjuku to Akihabara (17 minutes). The one way fare is 170 yen in either case.

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    • MONday Apart Premium AKIHABARA ASAKUSABASHI Sta.
      Mid-range
      Located 100 metres from Hulic Hall and Hulic Conference in Tokyo, MONday Apart Premium AKIHABARA ASAKUSABASHI Sta. Provides accommodation with air conditioning and free WiFi. Each unit comes with a sofa, a seating area, a flat-screen TV, a well-fitted kitchenette with a dining area, a safety deposit box and a private bathroom with slippers. A microwave, a fridge and stovetop are also provided, as well as a kettle. Popular points of interest near the aparthotel include Asakusa Mitsuke Memorial, Ichogaoka Hachiman Shrine and Hatsunemori Shrine. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 16 km from MONday Apart Premium AKIHABARA ASAKUSABASHI Sta..
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    • NOHGA HOTEL AKIHABARA TOKYO
      Mid-range
      Ideally set in Tokyo, NOHGA HOTEL AKIHABARA TOKYO features air-conditioned rooms, a restaurant, free WiFi and a bar. The property is situated 300 metres from Akihabara Neribei Park, 300 metres from Akihabara Convention Hall and 400 metres from EDO Culture Complex. The property is close to popular attractions like Kanda Shrine Stone Lion Statue, Nikkei Hall and Horin Park. All rooms at the hotel are fitted with a flat-screen TV and a safety deposit box. At NOHGA HOTEL AKIHABARA TOKYO the rooms are fitted with bed linen and towels. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a continental or a ? la carte breakfast. Speaking English and Japanese at the 24-hour front desk, staff are ready to help around the clock. Popular points of interest near NOHGA HOTEL AKIHABARA TOKYO include TKP Garden City Premium Akihabara, Koobu Inari Shrine and Fujisoft Akiba Plaza. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 29 km from the hotel.
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    • THE TOURIST HOTEL & Cafe AKIHABARA
      Mid-range
      Located in Tokyo, THE TOURIST HOTEL & Cafe AKIHABARA provides accommodation with a restaurant, private parking, a bar and a shared lounge. Featuring family rooms, this property also provides guests with a terrace. The accommodation features luggage storage space and free WiFi. All units in the hotel are equipped with a flat-screen TV. At THE TOURIST HOTEL & Cafe AKIHABARA every room comes with a hairdryer and free toiletries. Selected rooms feature a private bathroom with a shower and bathtub, while other rooms come with a private shower. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Fujisoft Akiba Plaza, Izumi Park and Kanaami Inari Shrine. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 27 km from THE TOURIST HOTEL & Cafe AKIHABARA.
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    • Hotaku HOTEL Akihabara
      Mid-range
      Well located in the Chiyoda district of Tokyo, Hotaku HOTEL Akihabara is located 400 metres from Jisshi Park, 400 metres from Sakuma Park and 400 metres from Yanagimori Shrine. With a shared lounge, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. The property is close to popular attractions like Kanaami Inari Shrine, Izumi Park and Ryoshainari Shrine. The hotel offers a terrace. Popular points of interest near Hotaku HOTEL Akihabara include Kusawakeinari Shrine, Akihabara Park and Akiba Tolim. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 15 km from the accommodation.
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    • ICI HOTEL Asakusabashi
      Mid-range
      Situated in Tokyo, 200 metres from Ichogaoka Hachiman Shrine, ICI HOTEL Asakusabashi features views of the city. With a restaurant, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. Private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. All rooms at the hotel are fitted with a flat-screen TV and a safety deposit box. At ICI HOTEL Asakusabashi the rooms are fitted with bed linen and towels. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a continental breakfast. Staff at ICI HOTEL Asakusabashi are always available to provide advice at the reception. Popular points of interest near the hotel include Hulic Hall and Hulic Conference, Kanaami Inari Shrine and Shishiki Shrine. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 29 km from ICI HOTEL Asakusabashi.
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    • MONday Apart Premium AKIHABARA
      Mid-range
      MONday Apart Premium AKIHABARA has air-conditioned guest accommodation in the centre of Tokyo, a few steps from Sakuma Park, 70 metres from Kusawakeinari Shrine and 200 metres from Kanaami Inari Shrine. Free WiFi is available and private parking is available on site. Each unit features a fully equipped kitchenette with a microwave, a seating area, a flat-screen TV, a washing machine, and a private bathroom with bidet and slippers. A fridge, a stovetop and toaster are also provided, as well as a kettle. Popular points of interest near the aparthotel include Izumi Park, Akihabara Park and Hulic Hall and Hulic Conference. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 16 km from MONday Apart Premium AKIHABARA.
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    • Minn Akihabara
      Mid-range
      Minn Akihabara offers a hot tub, as well as air-conditioned accommodation with free WiFi in the centre of Tokyo, 300 metres from Izumi Park. Each unit comes with a fully equipped kitchen with a microwave, a seating area, a flat-screen TV, a washing machine, and a private bathroom with hot tub and slippers. A fridge, a stovetop and toaster are also featured, as well as a kettle. Popular points of interest near the aparthotel include Kanaami Inari Shrine, Convention Room AP Akihabara and Kusawakeinari Shrine. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 16 km from Minn Akihabara.
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    • Super Hotel Premier Akihabara
      Mid-range
      Offering air-conditioned rooms in the Chiyoda district of Tokyo, Super Hotel Premier Akihabara is 90 metres from Yanagimori Shrine. The property is set less than 1 km from Fujisoft Akiba Plaza, a 10-minute walk from Nikkei Hall and less than 1 km from Atre Akihabara 1. Offering free WiFi throughout the property, the allergy-free hotel features a hot spring bath. At the hotel, all rooms are fitted with a desk, a TV, a private bathroom, bed linen and towels. Continental and buffet breakfast options are available every morning at Super Hotel Premier Akihabara. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Akihabara Park, Akiba Tolim and Old Manseibashi Station. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 28 km from Super Hotel Premier Akihabara.
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    • Hotel Resol Akihabara
      Mid-range
      Well situated in the Chiyoda district of Tokyo, Hotel Resol Akihabara is set a few steps from Yanagimori Shrine, 600 metres from Akihabara Park and 600 metres from Akiba Tolim. Featuring a 24-hour front desk, this property also provides guests with a restaurant. Free WiFi is available and private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. The japanese-style business hotel offers a buffet or Italian breakfast. Popular points of interest near Hotel Resol Akihabara include Old Manseibashi Station and Nikkei Hall. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 28 km from the accommodation.
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    • Sakura Cross Hotel Akihabara
      Budget-friendly
      Located in the centre of Tokyo, 200 metres from Yanagimori Shrine, Sakura Cross Hotel Akihabara provides air-conditioned rooms and free WiFi. This property is set a short distance from attractions such as Nikkei Hall, Atre Akihabara 1, and Yamada Denki LABI Akihabara. Every room includes a balcony. At the hotel, every room has a desk, a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, bed linen and towels. All units will provide guests with a fridge. Popular points of interest near Sakura Cross Hotel Akihabara include Akihabara Park, Akiba Tolim and Old Manseibashi Station. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 28 km from the accommodation.
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