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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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Hotel Yanagibasi - Hostel ¥5,950
Hotel Yanagibasi - Hostel

Hotel Yanagibasi - Hostel

1-3-12, Yanagibashi, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
     
    2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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

    JR-EAST HOTEL METS AKIHABARA ¥9,414
    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.

      remm Akihabara ¥11,076
      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.

        ICI HOTEL Kanda by RELIEF ¥8,636
        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.

          Hotel MyStays Ochanomizu Conference Center ¥5,182
          Hotel MyStays Ochanomizu Conference Center

          Hotel MyStays Ochanomizu Conference Center

          2-10-6, Kandaawajicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo-to
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Ochanomizu, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Akihabara Electric Town and Ameya-Yokochō. Ueno Park and Tokyo Dome are also within 1 mi (2 km). Awajicho Station and Shin-ochanomizu Station are within a 5-minute walk.

            APA Hotel Akihabaraeki Denkigaiguchi ¥6,694
            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 15-minute walk of Kanda Shrine and Ueno Park. Tokyo Dome and Tokyo Imperial Palace are also within 3 mi (5 km). Suehirocho Station is only a 4-minute walk and Akihabara Station is 8 minutes.

              Akihabara Washington Hotel ¥9,132
              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.

                GLANSIT AKIHABARA COMFORT CAPSULE HOTEL ¥6,206
                GLANSIT AKIHABARA COMFORT CAPSULE HOTEL

                GLANSIT AKIHABARA COMFORT CAPSULE HOTEL

                4-4-6 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo
                   
                  2.5 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 National Science Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km). Suehirocho Station is only a 2-minute walk and Akihabara Station is 8 minutes.