Akihabara – From Anime to Electronics

Akihabara, just two stops north of Tokyo Station on the JR Yamanote Line, has long been the place to go for electronics. Centered around Chuo Dori and its side streets, Akihabara boasts hundreds of stores, some of them sophisticated department stores like Yodobashi Camera and others no larger than closets that have been open for decades.

Everything electronic, electric, and digital is for sale, from rice cookers and cell phones to digital cameras and computers. Some stores, like Akky International, Eisan, and Laox, offer duty-free departments, where products are made for export. In any case, prices vary, so visitors should be sure to comparison shop and to bargain for the best deals.

In recent years, Akihabara has also become a mecca for those interested in Japanese pop culture, including anime (Japanese animation), manga (Japanese comic books), and cosplay (costume play). A good place to start is the Tokyo Anime Center, just north of Akihabara Station on the fourth floor of UDX. It offers exhibits relating to anime, an information desk on the latest developments, a shop selling anime products, and a 3-D theater with screenings of popular works and previews of upcoming films.

Nearby shops that are must-sees for lovers of anime and manga include Kotobukiya, specializing in action figures and pop culture figurines; Tsukumo Robot Kingdom, with the latest in robot wizardry and do-it-yourself robot kits, and Animate with its large manga collections. Don Quixote is a multi-level store selling a bit of everything, from gag gifts to maid costumes.

For those who prefer some guidance, free 2-hour tours in English are available that take in Akihabara’s main shops and attractions. For more information, including the dates of upcoming tours, go to http://akihabara-tour.com.

80 comments
Zarkaus B Amurils
Zarkaus B Amurils

shopping? ?? xD i really got no idea whats in this district. :P but when i hear about it it involves shopping. XD

Ahmad Gohaar
Ahmad Gohaar

Goooood morning Japan .......from Egypt news

Edwin Kilbourne
Edwin Kilbourne

When I was into cameras, Akihabara was a dream world.

Miguel Valentin
Miguel Valentin

no different than Manhattan, NYC except for the electronics, Rodrigo....

Bas Martens
Bas Martens

Still going for the electronics stores ; wil; be there in 9 days again ! ;)

Akio J. Nagai
Akio J. Nagai

not also yamanote-line(green car), keihin-tohoku line(blue car), sobu-line(yellow car,i used it everyday)of JR, and hibiya line of metro, also tsukuba line(combined, maybe JR and another).....

Kevin Bruner
Kevin Bruner

What brings me to Akihabara? It's where several train lines cross, so it's very convenient for changing lines to get across Tokyo in a hurry. Akiba has a reputation for being good for pop culture, but I will tell you a secret: serious toy/manga/anime collectors go to Nakano these days. Akiba is great for tourists because it's so flashy, and it's great for electronic parts, but if you have something that you really need to find, then hop on the Chuo Line and head West until you get to Nakano. That being said, if in Akihabara and you need something, Yodobashi Camera Akihabara has almost everything.

Abdul Wahab
Abdul Wahab

Akihabara I am coming to u in next year

Koichilo Watanabe
Koichilo Watanabe

streetview : https://www.google.co.jp/maps?q=%E6%9D%B1%E4%BA%AC%E9%83%BD+%E7%A7%8B%E8%91%89%E5%8E%9F%E9%A7%85&ie=UTF8&ll=35.697499,139.771065&spn=0.00152,0.006968&sll=35.400688499999994,139.375825&sspn=0.8600773717230502,1.407329743586675&t=m&hnear=%E7%A7%8B%E8%91%89%E5%8E%9F%E9%A7%85%EF%BC%88%E6%9D%B1%E4%BA%AC%EF%BC%89&z=18&brcurrent=3,0x60188c1cde00f787:0x85cc2be3ec8420aa,0&layer=c&cbll=35.697501,139.771064&panoid=Kr69h74ax4my3jV5i2Trdw&cbp=12,32.34,,0,-20.37

Lesley Elmes
Lesley Elmes

We went there to explore the book shops & arcades, then we walked to the Dome & watched a Giants baseball game! Great day of our honeymoon!

Kyuta Syuko
Kyuta Syuko

All of the above =D or so I would like to say but I've never been...

Charlie Brown
Charlie Brown

I bought there my first iPod and digital camera 8 years ago!!! :D

Darren Shields
Darren Shields

It was a curiosity but a bit over the top for my taste though.

Koichilo Watanabe
Koichilo Watanabe

"Akiba" is one of my favorite places. This photo was taken from south of Akihabara town around Mansei-bashi toward north.

Jose Ayala
Jose Ayala

Great stuff, they’re all pretty impressive pictures

Jamie Zan
Jamie Zan

going their in dec. can't wait.

Chenthil Kumar
Chenthil Kumar

Dirt is because of those who don't know Japanese culture :) I like Akhihabara because of latest Hi-tech Made in Japan electronic products!

Angela Chan
Angela Chan

so dirt on 新大阪東"東橫"附近的行人路上

Alexander Pinks
Alexander Pinks

Yes they do have everything awesome place and random concerts

Angelo Caudana
Angelo Caudana

i have been there... akihabara and others. i miss you tokyo!

Mônica Yoshii
Mônica Yoshii

Fiz muitas compras em Akihabara e coimi comidas deliciosas.Saudades.

Sarah Wood
Sarah Wood

The lights, the shops, the anime, and the video games!! :D

Justin Colon
Justin Colon

The experience of a new place brings me to Akihabara. Who knows, I may like it there!

Tracy Drane
Tracy Drane

Waaaay too crowded, but I enjoyed all the new gadgets and all the lights.