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Akihabara Electric Town
Vacation Travel Guide

At the center of Japan’s gaming, manga and anime culture, this district is also the place where much of the world’s latest technology first hits the market. 

Tokyo’s Akihabara Electric Town is Japan’s best-known marketplace for electronic equipment. Even if you have no interest in buying anything, browse the stores for a fascinating glimpse of products that will likely become popular in the next several years. This district is also increasingly known for its gaming and manga shops, with comics appealing to young and old readers. As evening falls, find yourself in a blaze of neon as Akihabara’s skyline becomes a popular attraction in its own right.

Start your visit by walking along Chuo Dori, the main street running through Akihabara. Notice Yodobashi Akiba, a nine-floor electronics store towering over the entire district. Browse the store’s mindboggling selection of TVs, washing machines, computers and appliances; this landmark store provides a great introduction to the kinds of products you’ll see throughout Akihabara’s countless other electronic shops.

If Yodobashi Akiba had an anime and manga equivalent, it would be the Mandarake. This eight-floor store is packed with DVDs, comics, toys and other memorabilia dedicated to various comic and TV show characters. Spend some time looking through this enormous collection alongside some of the city’s most avid anime and manga fans.

After checking out these major stores, explore smaller stalls specializing in specific electronics and equipment. Chat with the staff, who are usually extremely knowledgeable and often speak English quite well. Visit a game bar and play a retro video game or stop for coffee in one of the district’s famous maid cafés, where the waitresses dress up as fantasy characters.

Akihabara Station is a major stop on several JR lines. You can also reach the area by taking the Ginza Subway Line to Suehirochō Station. Visit on Sundays when the main street is closed to pedestrian traffic and many locals engage in “cosplay,” doing their shopping while dressed as their favorite characters from comics or TV. Don’t leave Tokyo without getting one look at Akihabara Electric Town after nightfall, when the neon glow of shop lights adds to its unique atmosphere.

Top Hotels Close to Akihabara Electric Town

The Royal Park Hotel Iconic Tokyo Shiodome
The Royal Park Hotel Iconic Tokyo Shiodome
4 out of 5
1-6-3 Higashi-Shimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo
The price is NT$1,673 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20

Located in Shiodome, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ginza Wako Building, Kabuki-za Theatre, and Zojoji Temple. Tokyo Tower and Hibiya Park are also ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,297 reviews)

"All the stuff are very nice and kind, and also room was very clean. Hotel location was very convenient to go anywhere in Tokyo."…"

Reviewed on 2020/9/14

The Royal Park Hotel Iconic Tokyo Shiodome
JR-EAST HOTEL METS AKIHABARA
JR-EAST HOTEL METS AKIHABARA
3 out of 5
1-17-4 Sotokanda, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Tokyo
The price is NT$1,725 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29

Located in Chiyoda, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Akihabara Electric Town and Ameya-Yokochō. Ueno Onshi Park and Tokyo Dome are also within 2 mi (3 ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (272 reviews)
Convenient location and stay!

"My first time staying here but definitely not the last. I appreciate the distance from the station and overall convenience!"…"

Reviewed on 2020/3/7

JR-EAST HOTEL METS AKIHABARA
APA Hotel Akihabaraeki Denkigaiguchi
APA Hotel Akihabaraeki Denkigaiguchi
3 out of 5
3-11-4, Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Tokyo
The price is NT$963 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19

Located in Chiyoda, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kanda Shrine and Ueno Onshi Park. Tokyo Dome and Tokyo Imperial Palace are also within 3 mi (5 km). ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,078 reviews)
Perfect

"Perfect english and 11:00 AM checkout. Loved it"…"

Reviewed on 2020/7/15

APA Hotel Akihabaraeki Denkigaiguchi
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Best Lodging Options Near Akihabara Electric Town

The Royal Park Hotel Iconic Tokyo Shiodome
The Royal Park Hotel Iconic Tokyo Shiodome
4 out of 5
1-6-3 Higashi-Shimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo
The price is NT$1,673 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20
The Royal Park Hotel Iconic Tokyo Shiodome
JR-EAST HOTEL METS AKIHABARA
JR-EAST HOTEL METS AKIHABARA
3 out of 5
1-17-4 Sotokanda, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Tokyo
The price is NT$1,725 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29
JR-EAST HOTEL METS AKIHABARA
APA Hotel Akihabaraeki Denkigaiguchi
APA Hotel Akihabaraeki Denkigaiguchi
3 out of 5
3-11-4, Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Tokyo
The price is NT$963 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19
APA Hotel Akihabaraeki Denkigaiguchi
KOKO HOTEL Ginza 1chome
KOKO HOTEL Ginza 1chome
2.5 out of 5
1-9-5, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo
The price is NT$861 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
KOKO HOTEL Ginza 1chome
Mandarin Oriental Tokyo
Mandarin Oriental Tokyo
5 out of 5
2-1-1 Nihonbashi Muromachi, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is NT$11,928 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19
Mandarin Oriental Tokyo
VIA INN Nihonbashi Ningyocho
VIA INN Nihonbashi Ningyocho
3 out of 5
16-12 Nihonbashikoami-cho, Tokyo, Tokyo
The price is NT$1,375 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20
VIA INN Nihonbashi Ningyocho
Akihabara Washington Hotel
Akihabara Washington Hotel
3.5 out of 5
1-8-3 Sakumacho, Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
The price is NT$1,573 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
Akihabara Washington Hotel
VIA INN AKIHABARA
VIA INN AKIHABARA
3 out of 5
2-19-4 Kanda Suda-cho, Tokyo
The price is NT$1,772 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27
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APA Hotel Akihabara-ekimae
APA Hotel Akihabara-ekimae
3 out of 5
2-13-20, Kanda Sakumacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo
The price is NT$1,093 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19
APA Hotel Akihabara-ekimae
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.