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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

Hours: 11:00 to 19:00

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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    • NOHGA HOTEL AKIHABARA TOKYO
      Luxury
      Ideally set in Tokyo, NOHGA HOTEL AKIHABARA TOKYO features air-conditioned rooms, free bikes, free WiFi and a restaurant. This 4-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk. Guests can make use of a bar. 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 ? la carte or a continental breakfast. Popular points of interest near NOHGA HOTEL AKIHABARA TOKYO include TKP Garden City Premium Akihabara, Akihabara Convention Hall and Yushima Seido. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 21 km from the hotel.
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    • MONday Apart Premium AKIHABARA ASAKUSABASHI Sta.
      Luxury
      Located within 200 metres of Hulic Hall and Hulic Conference and 400 metres of Ichogaoka Hachiman Shrine in the centre of Tokyo, MONday Apart Premium AKIHABARA ASAKUSABASHI Sta. Provides accommodation with free WiFi and seating area. Accommodation is fitted with air conditioning, a fully equipped kitchenette with a dining area, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with shower, free toiletries and a hairdryer. A fridge, a microwave and stovetop are also provided, as well as a kettle. Popular points of interest near the aparthotel include Kusawakeinari Shrine, Sakuma Park and Kanaami Inari Shrine. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 20 km from MONday Apart Premium AKIHABARA ASAKUSABASHI Sta..
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    • MONday Apart Premium AKIHABARA
      Luxury
      Situated within 100 metres of Kusawakeinari Shrine and 90 metres of Sakuma Park in the centre of Tokyo, MONday Apart Premium AKIHABARA features accommodation with seating area. Complimentary WiFi is available and private parking is available on site. Accommodation is fitted with air conditioning, a fully equipped kitchenette with a dining area, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with bidet, free toiletries and a hairdryer. A fridge, a microwave and stovetop are also provided, as well as a kettle. Popular points of interest near the aparthotel include Kanaami Inari Shrine, Izumi Park and Akihabara Park. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 20 km from MONday Apart Premium AKIHABARA.
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    • JR-East Hotel Mets Akihabara
      Mid-range
      Well situated in Tokyo, JR-East Hotel Mets Akihabara offers air-conditioned rooms, a restaurant and free WiFi. This 3-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk. Old Manseibashi Station is 400 metres from the hotel and TKP Garden City Premium Akihabara is 400 metres away. The units in the hotel are equipped with a kettle. Every room includes a flat-screen TV, and certain units at JR-East Hotel Mets Akihabara have a balcony. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Koobu Inari Shrine, Akihabara Convention Hall and Akihabara Park. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 20 km from JR-East Hotel Mets Akihabara.
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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
      Located in Tokyo and with Jisshi Park reachable within 500 metres, Hotaku HOTEL Akihabara provides express check-in and check-out, non-smoking rooms, a shared lounge, free WiFi and a terrace. The property is set 700 metres from Sakuma Park, 800 metres from Ozu History Museum and 800 metres from Kanaami Inari Shrine. The property is 600 metres from the city centre and 500 metres from Yanagimori Shrine. Popular points of interest near the hotel include Akihabara Park, Ryoshainari Shrine and Kusawakeinari Shrine. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 19 km from Hotaku HOTEL Akihabara.
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    • ICI HOTEL Asakusabashi
      Mid-range
      Ideally set in Tokyo, ICI HOTEL Asakusabashi features 3-star accommodation close to Ichogaoka Hachiman Shrine and Hulic Hall and Hulic Conference. Featuring a restaurant, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. Private parking is available on site. 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 available to provide advice at the 24-hour front desk. Popular points of interest near the hotel include Kanaami Inari Shrine, Izumi Park and Kusawakeinari Shrine. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 20 km from ICI HOTEL Asakusabashi.
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    • Minn Akihabara
      Mid-range
      Set in the centre of Tokyo, 500 metres from Kanaami Inari Shrine, Minn Akihabara offers accommodation with free WiFi and a hot tub. The accommodation features a hot tub. Accommodation is fitted with air conditioning, a fully equipped kitchen with a dining area, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with bidet, free toiletries and a hairdryer. A fridge, a microwave and stovetop are also featured, as well as a kettle. Popular points of interest near the aparthotel include Izumi Park, Fujisoft Akiba Plaza and Kusawakeinari Shrine. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 20 km from Minn 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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    • Super Hotel Premier Akihabara
      Mid-range
      Set in the centre of Tokyo, 90 metres from Yanagimori Shrine, Super Hotel Premier Akihabara offers air-conditioned rooms and free WiFi. Built in 2019, this 3-star hotel is within 500 metres of Old Manseibashi Station and 600 metres of Fujisoft Akiba Plaza. The property is allergy-free and is situated 200 metres from Akihabara Park. At the hotel, all rooms are fitted with a desk, a TV, a private bathroom, bed linen and towels. The daily breakfast offers buffet, continental or American options. Super Hotel Premier Akihabara offers 3-star accommodation with a hot spring bath. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Koobu Inari Shrine, Akihabara Convention Hall and Kusawakeinari Shrine. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 20 km from Super Hotel Premier Akihabara.
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