Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan

Akihabara (Jap秋葉原.) (Or how else it is called “Akiba” – the title of one of the temples) – an area in the center of Tokyo, known as the «electronic city», due to the fact that there are a large number of electrical stores. Recently Akihabara otaku became a place of pilgrimage – the faithful fans of anime and manga culture. Small shops and department stores with anime paraphernalia, magazines and many others, as well as Maid cafes are now scattered throughout the area, along with electronics centers. On Sundays the main street, Chuo-dori (Chuo-dori), blocked for vehicles from 13.00 to 18.00 (17.00 from October to March).


Over the years, the appearance of Akiba gradually changed, the same applies to JR Akihabara Station – it significantly upgraded and expanded the territory. Nearby, several new buildings were built, including Yodobashi electronics store and business complex, Akihabara Crossfield (Akihabara Crossfield), whose purpose – promotion of Akihabara as the largest shopping center in the global electronics market.



Akihabara is not for nothing called the “electronic city”: along the main streets of the district, Chuo-dori, stretched rows of large department stores and electronics stores, and this is not to mention the endless number of shops, which lurk in the alleys and streets around. Here you can find everything from the latest models of computers, tablets, cameras, televisions, and household appliances to the used electrical and obsolete parts. Some stores offer a wide range of goods of all types, others focus on the sale of certain components.

Stores known network Sofmap and Laox are located on the main street, while there are also offered in addition to the electrical beauty products, accessories, souvenirs and much more. Small, private shops are mostly located in the alleys. On the eastern side of the station is the largest center of Yodobashi Camera electronics.
When buying electrical products, remember that some of them will not work outside of Japan – the reason for that difference in the voltage and other technical parameters. Some products have a limited warranty, and only Japanese manual. It is better to focus on the products of international brands that will work abroad. Also, there are many duty-free shops, but the benefits you can take advantage of only a passport, and if your purchase amount exceeds 10 thousand. Yen.


Otaku Products

Life in Akihabara is not in place over the last decade, the area has become a center of otaku and anime culture. Dozens of shops manga, anime, video games, collectible figurines and many other commodities flooded Akiba.


In addition to specialty stores very popular among otaku enjoy themed restaurants, called Maid Cafe (from English «maid» -. Maid) and manga kissaten cafe (Cafe comics). The first – the girls in maid costumes perform the role of anime characters, and the second type is a variation on the theme of Internet cafes, where visitors can watch a DVD-movies, reading manga, and, of course, go to the network.


Major electronics stores:



Hours: 11:00 to 21:00 (open other stores may vary)
Closed: no day off

in Akihabara is located about 12 Sofmap stores: in addition to the main store in the district are many small stores that specialize in certain products – CD and DVD , Apple products, second-hand computers, etc ..



Hours: 11:00 to 19:00 (while the other stores may vary)
Closed: no day off

chain has three stores in Akiba, including the main store on Chuo-dori and mobile shop Pocket Plus On. The network also includes Musicvox shop specializing in musical instruments, and Asobitcity, which presents hobby goods. All products are presented for free trade.


Yamada Denki

Hours: 11:00 to 22:00 (while the other stores may vary)
Closed: no day off

Their main store in Akiba – LABI, located opposite the station JR Akihabara, output Electronic Town. He specializes in personal computers, computer accessories and consumer electronics.



Hours: 11:00 to 20:00 (open other stores may vary)
Closed: no day off

Total in the district is two shops, both offer tax-free goods intended for use abroad, including computers, cameras , TV, DVD-player and software.


Yodobashi Camera

Hours: 09:30 to 22:00 (while the other stores may vary)
Restaurant: 11:00 to 23:00
Closed: no day off

giant Japanese electronics world has opened its store in Akihabara in 2005 (the main store is located in the Shinjuku area). Located to the east of the station. We offer a wide range of goods, including foreign brands, watches, computer games.

“Otaku” culture


Maid cafes

Maid cafe – a kind of theme restaurants, where visitors Serviced waitresses dressed as French maids. The duties of the Maid included in the same communication with clients and games (card or board). The Maid Cafe is one of the key rules – it’s sure to show visitors what is waiting for them like honored guests and the “owners”. Maid cafes are popular among both men and women, and some network restaurants, such as “home cafe”, are staffed by English-speaking “maids”.


Tokyo Anime Center

Hours: 11:00 to 19:00
Closed:. Mondays (or the following day if Monday holiday)

Tokyo Anime Center is located on the fourth floor of the building in the complex UDX Akihabara Crossfield.There are exhibitions of anime and other activities, in addition to the center is a small shop with anime paraphernalia.


Don Quijote

Hours: 10:00 to 5:00
Closed: no output

Discounter, one of the largest networks of stores with low prices, you can find everything from stationery and toys to electrical goods and fashion. On the eighth floor of a store in Akiba, regular performances of local pop group AKB48 (1 ticket – 3 thousand yen.). On the fifth floor is a Maid cafe networkHome Cafe and company store.


Super Potato

Hours: 11:00 to 20:00 (c 10:00 on weekends and holidays nat.)
Closed: seven days a week

in the shop is a wide range of PC and console games, as well as retro products: games 90s. Here you can find almost any game ever goes on sale.



Hours: 09:00 to 22:00 (the upper floors from 10:00 to 21:00)
Closed: no days off

shop specializing in anime and manga products, games, CD, stationery and software.



Hours: 12:00 to 20:00
Closed: seven days a week

, “The largest anime and manga shop” – as is positioning itself Mandarake. In Akihabara opened, perhaps, the largest branch network. There are products for every taste, in Mandrake deposits can be found rare manga comics, figurines, dolls, posters, toys, CD.


Gundam Cafe

Hours: 10:00 to 23:00
c 8:30 to 23:00 (Saturday)
from 8.30 to 21.30 (on Sundays and public holidays)
Closed: seven days a week

Thematic cafe on the popular anime “Mobile Suit Gundam» (Mobile Suit Gundam ). The internal design of the cafe, food and drink – all decorated in the style of the series. Next door is a gift shop with Gundam attributes.

Closed: no output


AKB48 Cafe and Shop

Opening hours: from 11:00 to 23:00 (to 10:00 on weekends and holidays nat.)
Shop: from 11:00 until 22:00 (Extended hours on Fridays, weekends, holidays and on the first day after the holiday )

Thematic cafe dedicated to the members of the pop group AKB48, is located adjacent to the Gundam cafe.Specially decorated snacks and drinks are presented in the menu. Nearby there is a gift shop. The café regularly held performances of the band, however, is required to reserve a place in advance.

Other attractions:


Akihabara Crossfield

Opening hours of the information center: from 10:00 to 17:00 (closed on weekends and holidays nat.)
Akihabara Crossfield – a large complex, which includes the building and Akihabara Dai UDX. On the lower floors there are shops and restaurants on the top – an international center of information technology, as well as offices, conference rooms and exhibition halls. On the second floor of the building is UDX information center Akihabara, the fourth Tokyo Anime Center.



How to get there:

Akihabara Station – one of the busiest in Tokyo. There are train lines JR Yamanote Line, JR Keihin-Tohoku Line, JR Sobu Line, subway lines Hibiya Subway Line, and the Tsukuba Express. In the northern part of the district is Suehirocho Station Station Line Ginza Subway Line.

From the station Tokyo:
Akihabara is through one station north of Tokyo station on the JR Yamanote lines and Keihin-Tohoku Line. The trip one way takes about 3 minutes and costs 140 yen. On weekdays, during the day, the train line Keihin-Tohoku Line passed the station between Akihabara and Tokyo.From Shinjuku Station From the station, you need to get to Ochanomizu Station (10 minutes) Shinjuku line JR Chuo Line (orange line) and change to the JR line Sobu Line (yellow line). From here to the Akihabara station, just one stop (2 minutes). Another option – to get on the yellow line to Akihabara station direct (17 minutes). In both cases, one-way ticket will cost 170 yen. The JR the Yamanote the Line For those who first came to Japan, the most suitable Yamanote loop line, covering all the main stations of Tokyo, including Akihabara.


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