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Akihabara Electric Town

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.


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ICI HOTEL Kanda by RELIEF NT$1,975
ICI HOTEL Kanda by RELIEF

ICI HOTEL Kanda by RELIEF

1-9-15 Kajicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Chiyoda, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Tokyo Stock Exchange, Akihabara Electric Town, and Imperial Palace Garden. Marunouchi Building and Ameya-Yokochō are also within 1 mi (2 km). Shinnihombashi Station and Tokyo Kanda Station are within a 5-minute walk.

    ICI HOTEL Asakusabashi by RELIEF NT$2,179
    ICI HOTEL Asakusabashi by RELIEF

    ICI HOTEL Asakusabashi by RELIEF

    1-26-6, Asakusabashi, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Taito, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Tokyo Anime Center, Akihabara Electric Town, and Edo-Tokyo Museum. Ryogoku Kokugikan and Ameya-Yokochō are also within 1 mi (2 km). Asakusabashi Station and Tokyo Asakusabashi Station are within a 5-minute walk.

      remm Akihabara NT$3,613
      remm Akihabara

      remm Akihabara

      1-6-5 Kanda Sakumacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Chiyoda, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Akihabara Electric Town and Ameya-Yokochō. Ueno Park and Tokyo Dome are also within 2 mi (3 km). Tokyo Akihabara Station is only a 2-minute walk and Akihabara Station is 4 minutes.

        DDD HOTEL NT$2,295
        DDD HOTEL

        DDD HOTEL

        2-2-1 Bakurochou, Nihonbashi, Tokyo, Tokyo
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Chuo, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Ueno Park, Tokyo Sky Tree, and Tokyo Imperial Palace. Tokyo Tower and Shibuya Crossing are also within 9 mi (15 km). Asakusabashi Station and Bakurochou Station are within a 5-minute walk.

          Akihabara Washington Hotel NT$2,608
          Akihabara Washington Hotel

          Akihabara Washington Hotel

          1-8-3 Sakumacho, Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Chiyoda, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Akihabara Electric Town and Ameya-Yokochō. Ueno Park and Tokyo Dome are also within 2 mi (3 km). Tokyo Akihabara Station is only a 2-minute walk and Akihabara Station is 4 minutes.

            JR-EAST HOTEL METS AKIHABARA
            JR-EAST HOTEL METS AKIHABARA

            JR-EAST HOTEL METS AKIHABARA

            1-17-4 Sotokanda, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Tokyo
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Chiyoda, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Akihabara Electric Town and Ameya-Yokochō. Ueno Park and Tokyo Dome are also within 2 mi (3 km). Tokyo Akihabara Station is only a 3-minute walk and Iwamotocho Station is 5 minutes.

              APA Hotel Akihabaraeki Denkigaiguchi NT$1,610
              APA Hotel Akihabaraeki Denkigaiguchi

              APA Hotel Akihabaraeki Denkigaiguchi

              3-11-4, Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Tokyo
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Chiyoda, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tokyo Anime Center, Akihabara Electric Town, and Ameya-Yokochō. Ueno Park and Tokyo Dome are also within 1 mi (2 km). Suehirocho Station is only a 4-minute walk and Akihabara Station is 8 minutes.

                APA Hotel Akihabara-ekimae NT$1,733
                APA Hotel Akihabara-ekimae

                APA Hotel Akihabara-ekimae

                2-13-20, Kanda Sakumacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Chiyoda, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Akihabara Electric Town and Ameya-Yokochō. Ueno Park and Ryogoku Kokugikan are also within 1 mi (2 km). Akihabara Station is only a 2-minute walk and Iwamotocho Station is 7 minutes.