Where are the wonderful spots that should be seen in Akihabara, Tokyo

Akihabara is a city in the eastern part of Tokyo. It is known as one of Japan's leading electric towns, and there are a lot of electronics stores lined up. It is also a city of subculture for games and anime. There are various kinds of shops such as hobby shops and maid cafes.

About Akihabara

About Akihabara

Akihabara was developed as a home appliance town, but with the changes of the times, it has transformed into a town for personal computers and IT equipment, and eventually a sacred place for subcultures. The state-of-the-art devices and information are always gathered here, and even now it is still a source of unique culture.

Akihabara at Night

Akihabara at Night

The number of crimes in Akihabara is decreasing every year. However, occasional crimes occur mostly between 18:00 - 20:00. Therefore, it’s best to be careful during the evening hours. In contrast, after those hours, the crime rate is greatly reduced, so you could say that nighttime safety is not so bad.

Akihabara Electric Town

Akihabara is the best electric town in Japan. Akihabara's current appearance can be traced back to the reconstruction period after World War II. At that time, lots of students bought products from stalls selling radio parts. Following this, with the prosperity of radio parts shops, electronics wholesalers and junk shops began to open shop, setting the foundation for an electric town.

Nowadays, you can find anything related to electricity. Not only complete products such as personal computers and large home appliances, but PC parts and small electronic parts are also on sale. There are also junk shops which specialize in used goods.

Akihabara is Famous as a Sacred Place for Anime

Akihabara is also famous as a sacred place for anime. Until the 1900s it flourished as an electric town. However, demand for games and anime software increased due to the economic slump of consumer electronics and the PCs becoming popular, so the number of shops stocking anime gradually increased.

Nowadays, there are shops that specialize in anime goods, collector's items like figures, and shops that stock used anime goods. There are also cafes with anime motifs.

Where are the Lockers in Akihabara?

Where are the Lockers in Akihabara?

There are 7 areas with coin lockers in Akihabara. There are small, medium and large sized lockers available, and the fee is 300-400 yen for a small one, 500 yen for a medium sized one and 600-700 yen for a large one.

The locations of the coin lockers around Akihabara Station are as listed below.

LocationsNumber of Lockers
Inside the JR Akihabara station Electric Town gate...on the right side of ticket gate
179 lockers
Inside JR Akihabara station 3rd floor...along the wall by the 3rd floor escalator
437 lockers
Outside the JR Akihabara central gate ....In front of the ticket machines
61 lockers
Akihabara station Showa-dori gate...on either side of the gate
120 lockers
By the convenience store in the JR Akihabara station tunnel connecting the east and west sides
26 lockers
Tokyo Metro Akihabara station Electric Town gate...to the right side of the gate
179 lockers
Tokyo metro Akihabara station Iwamoto exit...exit 3
72 lockers

Akihabara Main Sightseeing District

Akihabara Main Sightseeing District

Sightseeing areas of Akihabara can be separated into three mains districts.

Sightseeing AreaCharacteristics
Chuo-dori
Main street with many big stores selling home appliances
Junk street
A slightly hidden away street with a mix of junk goods and maid cafes
Akihabara station Electric Town exit
The main entrance to Akihabara

The Main Street of Akihabara : Chuo-Dori

Chuo-dori is the main street of Akihabara. There are many large home appliance stores, and lots of stores that offer tax exemption.

There are also lots of currency exchange shops and information centres. Incidentally, there are many information centres in the direction of Tokyo Metro Suehirocho Station.

Situated behind Chuo-dori: Junk street

Junk Street is an area with lots of retail stores that stock parts taken out of used computers; the so called “Junk items”. Shops for used computer parts, smartphones and electronics parts are lined up on both sides of the street.

There are also places such as maid cafes and shops that sell Otaku goods. Additionally, street food or the so-called B-grade cuisine such as kebabs and curry can be enjoyed.

Main Exit of Akihabara Station: Electric Town (Denkigai) Exit

Electric Town exit is used when heading from Akihabara Station to Chuo-dori and Junk-dori. Go out of the ticket gate and head north on Chuo-dori. There is a currency exchange office and information desk on the right. On the south side, large duty-free shops are located on the other side of Chuo-dori.

Things To Do in Akihabara

Things to Do in Akihabara

There are lots of things you can do in Akihabara, like shopping and experiences. The examples below are what we recommend when visiting Akihabara.

  • Buy home appliances and information devices at large electronics stores
  • Buy anime goods and figures
  • Experience Akiba's pop culture at a maid cafe
  • Buy strange things from vending machines
  • Get cheap cute goods from gachapon machines

Akihabara Shopping Spot -Electrical Appliances-

Akihabara Shopping Spot -Electrical Appliances-

If you are searching for electrical appliances in Akihabara, go to the area in front of JR Akihabara Station or Chuo-dori. There are shops that sell not only electrical appliances but also miscellaneous goods and luxury goods. Here, we will introduce some recommended shops.

Facility NameCharacteristics
Bic Camera
Large-scale store for electrical appliance along the Chuo-dori
Yodobashi Camera
Large-scale retailer with an unrivalled product lineup
Sofmap AKIBA 1 Subculture/Mobile Branch
Specialty shop selling subculture specific software

Bic Camera AKIBA

BIC CAMERA AKIBA is a large-scale retailer facing Chuo-dori. The store spreads from the 1st to 7th floor, and cameras, home appliances, medicines, etc. are sold there.

They also sell products for cosplayers and collectors. For example, coloured contact lenses and figures can be purchased.

Spot information

  • Spot name: Bic Camera AKIBA
  • Street address: 4-1-1 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0021
  • Access: JR Akihabara Station Electric Town Exit (north side)...about 2 minutes on foot
  • Wi-Fi: Available (Bic_Wi2_WiFi)
  • Language: English, Chinese
  • Credit cards: VISA, Master Card, JCB, AMERICAN EXPRESS, Diners Club, DISCOVER

Yodobashi Camera, Akihabara

Yodobashi Camera Multimedia Akiba is a huge store in front of JR Akihabara Station Showa-dori. It is a building with floors B1 to 8F. Floors 1F to 6F stock home appliances, toys and musical instruments, B1F and 7F are for books and clothing, and 8F is Akihabara's largest dining floor with the most restaurants.

In addition, as there is a foreign currency exchange shop and information desk on the 1st floor, it is a good place to stop by before sightseeing in Akihabara.

Spot information

  • Spot name: Yodobashi Camera Multimedia Akiba
  • Street address: 1-1 Kanda Hanaokachō, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 101-0028
  • Access: JR Akihabara Showa-dori Exit...about 1 minute on foot
  • Wi-Fi: Available (Yodobashi_Free_Wi-Fi)
  • Language: English, Chinese, Korean
  • Credit cards: VISA, MasterCard, JCB, AMERICAN EXPRESS, Diners Club, UnionPay

Sofmap AKIBA 1 Subculture / Mobile Branch

The Sofmap AKIBA 1 store is located on Chuo-dori. They stock software, figures, plastic models, etc., both new and used.

There is a theatre on the 8th floor, where live concerts and other various events are held every day. Be sure to stop by when shopping in the area!

Spot information

  • Spot name: Sofmap AKIBA 1 Subculture / Mobile branch
  • Street address: 3-13-12 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0021
  • Access: JR Akihabara Electric Town Exit (north side)...about 5 minutes on foot
  • Wi-Fi: Unavailable
  • Language: Only Japanese
  • Credit cards: Available

Akihabara Shopping Spots -Fashion-

Akihabara Shopping Spots -Fashion-

Akihabara is packed with fashion shops such as maid clothes and cosplay. Here, along with fashion unique to Akihabara, we will introduce some recommended shopping spots for both young people and adults.

A Shopping Mall with an Abundant Amount of Brands for Young People

If you are searching for fashion shops for young people in Akihabara, head for a shopping mall. For example, “Atre Akihabara” has shops specializing in T-shirts and handmade fashion goods.

Moreover, after exiting the JR Akihabara Station central ticket gate, there is a shopping mall called "Akiba Trim" on your right. Here, you will find the shops "MUJI" and "UNIQLO", which stock simple and easy to wear clothes.

Department Stores with Top Brand Clothing for Adults

There are no department stores with top brands in Akihabara. If you're looking for fashion that costs tens of thousands of yen, head to Matsuzakaya Ueno, which is about 15 minutes on foot from JR Akihabara Station.

Beside having fashion brands for adults, they also have free Wi-Fi (matsuzakaya-wifi) in the store, and a mobile battery rental service.

Furthermore, there are a lot of services for foreigners visiting Japan, such as Chinese interpreters on standby and baggage storage at tax-free counters.

Maid Costumes and Cosplay Goods

If you wish to buy Akihabara specific fashion, you should stop by a shop that sells maid clothes and cosplay goods. For example, "Candy Fruit" sells various types of original made clothes and accessories.

If you wish to buy cosplay-related merchandise, we recommend ACOS Akihabara and Swallowtail Akihabara. ACOS Akihabara stocks colour contacts, cosplay cosmetics, and wigs, and the Swallowtail Akihabara shop offers products such as wigs and costumes.

Akihabara Shopping Spot -Anime / Figure Stores-

Akihabara Shopping Spot -Anime / Figure Stores-

Akihabara is a sacred place for anime, so there are an abundant number of anime and figure goods shops. When you come sightseeing in Akihabara, be sure to go around and find treasures.

Facility NameCharacteristics
Akihabara Gachapon Kaikan
Gashapon heaven
Akihabara Radio Kaikan
Tenant building with an abundant number of shops selling hobby goods and dolls
Animate Akihabara main branch
Anime / Comics / Games Specialty Shop

Akihabara Gachapon Kaikan

Akihabara Gachapon Kaikan is a sacred place for Gachapon with around 430 Gachapon machines. Gachapon is a machine where you insert coins and turn the lever, and a random capsule containing toys such as figures appear. It's interesting and fascinating to find out what comes out. (Information as of December 2019)

Spot information

  • Spot name: Akihabara Gachapon Kaikan
  • Street Address: 3-15-5 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0021
  • Access: JR Akihabara Station Electric Town Exit (north side)...about 6 minutes on foot
  • Wi-Fi: Unavailable
  • Language: Only Japanese
  • Credit cards: No credit cards accepted

Akihabara Radio Kaikan

Akihabara Radio Kaikan is a tenant building right in front of JR Akihabara Station Electric Town Exit south side. There are specialty stores that sell things such as dolls, books and figures. It is recommended for those who wish to see many kinds of anime goods at once.

Spot information

  • Spot name: Akihabara Radio Kaikan
  • Street address: 1-15-16 Sotokanda Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0021
  • Access: Right by JR Akihabara Station Electric Town Exit (south side)
  • Wi-Fi: Available (Depending on the shop)
  • Language: English, Chinese, Korean (Depending on the shop)
  • Credit cards: Available (Depending on the shop)

Animate Akihabara Main Branch

Animate Akihabara main branch is a shop that specializes in goods like anime, comics and games. The goods stocked are diverse, including books, character goods, figures, and video game software. There is also a wealth of cosplay costumes and goods for cosplay.

Spot information

  • Spot name: Animate Akihabara Main Branch
  • Street address: 4-3-2 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. 101-0021
  • Access: JR Akihabara Electric Town Exit (north side)....about 4 minutes on foot
  • Wi-Fi: Unavailable
  • Language: English, Chinese
  • Credit cards: VISA, Master, Diners Club, Discover, TS CUBIC, Union Pay, JCB, AMERICAN EXPRESS

Akihabara Shopping Spot -Miscellaneous Goods

Akihabara Shopping Spot -Miscellaneous Goods

When shopping in Akihabara, miscellaneous goods should also not be overlooked. Sophisticated fashion goods and high-quality goods made by artisans can be purchased.

Facility NameCharacteristics
2k540 Aki-Oka Artisan
A shopping mall with a handmade goods theme
100-yen shop
A shop where miscellaneous goods and food can be bought 100 yen
Mandarake Complex
A large used books shop that also sells figurines

2k540 Aki-Oka Artisan

2k540 Aki-Oka Artisan is a “handmade” themed shopping mall located under the elevated railway between JR Akihabara Station and JR Okachimachi Station. All the shops here sell good-looking miscellaneous goods made by craftsmen who are particular about high quality products, like leather goods, furniture, and traditional crafts.

For example, “Some Kouba Nijiyura,” which sells dyed towels, and “Megurite,” which sells textiles and miscellaneous goods, are recommended places to buy souvenirs.

Spot information

  • Spot name: 2k540 Aki-Oka Artisan
  • Street address: 5-9 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0005
  • Access: JR Akihabara Electric Town (north exit)...about 6 minutes on foot
  • Wi-Fi: Available
  • Language: English
  • Credit cards: Available (depending on the store)

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Akihabara 100-yen Shop

If you are searching for reasonably priced goods in Akihabara, stop by the 100-yen shop. The closest 100-yen shop from the station is "Can★Do". As it is located right on the Junk Street, you can stop by while walking around shops for things such as anime goods and computer parts.

“Daiso” is located near JR Ueno Station, about 4 minutes by train from Akihabara. “Can★Do” is recommended for food and daily necessities, while “Daiso” is recommended for small items like toys.

Mandarake Akihabara

Mandarake Complex is a large used bookstore on Junk Street. Even though it is a secondhand bookstore, there are lots of other items such as used games, figurines, and cosplay goods at the stores.

Soft PVC dolls can be purchased at the Mandarake CoCoo store, which specializes in soft vinyl toys.

Spot information

  • Spot name: Mandarake Complex
  • Street address: 3-11-12 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0021
  • Access: JR Akihabara Electric Town Exit (north side)...about 4 minutes on foot
  • Wi-Fi: Unavailable
  • Language: English
  • Credit cards: VISA, Master Card, JCB, Diners Club

Akihabara Shopping Spot -Duty Free Shops-

Akihabara Shopping Spot -Duty Free Shops-

There are duty-free shops gathered in Akihabara. There are lots of duty-free shops especially on Chuo-dori. Here, we will introduce mainly large-scale commercial facilities that offer tax exemption.

Facility NameCharacteristics
LAOX Akihabara Main Branch
Duty-free speciality general merchandise store
Akky One
A shop that stocks goods aimed at foreign travellers such as home appliances / cosmetics / souvenirs
Jungle Akihabara
A shop that stocks toys and figurines

LAOX Akihabara

LAOX Akihabara Main Store is a general merchandise store that specializes in duty-free. The products stocked range from household appliances to jewelry. There is support for around 20 languages available, including currency exchange machines and temporary luggage storage. Moreover, they support overseas warranties, and it is possible to ship overseas for a fee.

Furthermore, they also have a prayer space. It should be noted that it is also a spot that has been certified by the Japan Tourism Bureau as a foreign tourist information centre.

Spot information

  • Spot name: LAOX Akihabara Main Branch
  • Street address: 1-2-9 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0021 / 1-2-14 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0021 (South Building)
  • Access: JR Akihabara Electric Town Exit (south side)...about 2 minutes on foot
  • Wi-Fi: Available
  • Language: English, Chinese, Korean
  • Credit cards: VISA, Master Card, JCB, Diners Club

Akky One

Akky One is a large duty-free store near Akihabara station. They have cooking appliances, cosmetics aimed for overseas travellers and souvenirs that are unique to Japan.

It is easy to use as the multilingual staff will give you advice on product selection in the store. There is a currency exchange machine on 2F, which supports 12 currencies such as the US dollar, Singapore dollar and Thai baht.

Spot information

  • Spot name: Akky One Akihabara Branch
  • Street address: 1-15-2 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0021
  • Access: JR Akihabara station (south side)...about 1 minute on foot
  • Wi-fi: There is Free Wi-Fi in front of the store
  • Language: English, Chinese, Korean
  • Credit cards: VISA, MasterCard, JCB, AMERICAN EXPRESS, Diners Club, UnionPay

Jungle Akihabara

Jungle Akihabara is a shop that mainly deals with toys such as figurines, plastic models, and toy guns. They handle a wide range of products, from products that are retro and unique to the latest ones.

There are two branches; Jungle 1 and Jungle 2. The first shop is located along Junk Street, and the second shop is located in Akihabara Radio Kaikan. The product lineup is the same at both shops, so it's a good idea to visit the one that is easiest to access.

Spot information

  • Spot name: Jungle Akihabara Branch 1/ Branch 2
  • Street address: 3-9-2 Sotokanda, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 101-0021 / Radio Kaikan 7F 1-15-16 Sotokanda, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 101-0021
  • Access: JR Akihabara Station Electric Town Exit (North exit)…about 5 minutes on foot / JR Akihabara Station Electric Town Exit (South exit)…right by the station
  • Wi-Fi: Unavailable
  • Language: English
  • Credit card: VISA, Master Card, JCB, AMERICAN EXPRESS, Diners Club, Discover, UnionPay

Akihabara Attractions / Amusement Spots

Akihabara Attractions / Amusement Spots

Akihabara is packed with not only shopping spots but also amusement spots as well. Try to make memories at spots that are unique to Akihabara!

Cosplay Experiences in Akihabara

Cosplay Experiences in Akihabara

Akihabara has a shop where cosplay can be experienced. Most shops offer costume rental, makeup, and photography. While you’re here, you may as well look for your favourite costume and take a commemorative photo.

The recommended shop for a cosplay experience is Akihabara Studio Crown. At Akihabara Studio Crown, it is possible to take a walk in the neighbourhood while wearing cosplay. "Karaoke Adores" cosplay is limited to a specific floor, but you can enjoy karaoke while wearing cosplay.

Akihabara Vending Machine Corner

There is a rare "vending machine corner" on a back street of Akihabara Station. This is an area where lots of vending machines are lined up, so if you come to Akihabara, be sure to stop by.

The content of the vending machines on regular roads are largely beverages, but the vending machines in this corner are unusual. The irresistible lineup of snacks, railway models, stag beetle toys, toothpaste, and others is incomprehensible and attractive.

Spot information

  • Spot name: Vending Machine Corner
  • Street address: 2-9-7 Kanda Sudachō, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0041
  • Access: JR Akihabara Electric Town Exit (south side)...about 5 minutes on foot
  • Wi-Fi: Unavailable
  • Language: Only Japanese
  • Credit cards: No credit cards accepted

Sightseeing Spots around Akihabara such as Shrines and Bridges

Sightseeing Spots around Akihabara such as Shrines and Bridges

If you come to Akihabara, be sure to stop by classic sightseeing spots such as shrines and bridges. Here, we will introduce some recommended spots.

Facility NameCharacteristics
Kanda Shrine
An old shrine with a history of around 1300 years
Manseibashi
Bridge featuring Art Deco pillars and metal railings
Old Manseibashi Station
A shopping facility with plenty of restaurants

Kanda Shrine

Kanda Shrine is located on the east side of Akihabara, and it is commonly called "Kanda Myojin". Although it is an old shrine with a history of around 1300 years, it is also called "sacred place" among fans as the shrine appears in "Love Live!" In addition, the shrine collaborates with various anime and comics, and they sell collaborative products such as shuin (Shrines or Temples’ calligraphy and seal) collection book, amulets, and ema boards.

We also wish for you to take note of the event called Edo Tokyo Night Market. At this monthly event, you can enjoy Japanese culture, such as festivals, stalls offering Japanese food, and traditional Japanese dance performances.

Spot information

  • Spot name: Kanda Shrine
  • Street address: 2-16-2 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0021
  • Access: JR Akihabara Electric Town Exit (north side)...about 7 minutes on foot
  • Wi-Fi: Available(kandamyoujin-wi-fi・password 32540753)
  • Language: English, Chinese, French
  • Credit cards: No credit cards accepted

“Edo Tokyo Yoichi or Night Market” in Kandamyojin, Akihabara, in Tokyo- a Regular Monthly Event

Manseibashi Bridge

Manseibashi is a bridge over the Kanda River. It is located on the south side when looking at it from JR Akihabara Station. When its construction was completed in 1873, it was slightly more upstream, but it was rebuilt several times due to floods and earthquakes, and the current bridge was completed in 1930. Its huge Art Deco style main pillar and a metal railing with flower motif are symbolic.

Spot information

  • Spot name: Manseibashi
  • Street address: 1-25 Kanda Sudacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0041
  • Access: JR Akihabara Electric Town Exit (south side)...about 4 minutes on foot

Old Manseibashi Station

The former Manseibashi Station was abolished a long time ago. The part that remains as a relic was reconstructed as a commercial facility called “mAAch ecute Kanda Manseibashi”. The glass-walled observatory cafe deck on the second floor is the relic of the platform, and the JR Chuo Line, which passes nearby, is impressive.

mAAch ecute Kanda Manseibashi has mostly restaurants.

Spot information

  • Spot name: Old Manseibashi Station
  • Street address: 1-25-4 Sudacho, Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0041
  • Access: JR Akihabara Electric Town Exit (south side)...about 4 minutes on foot
  • Wi-Fi: Available
  • Language: English, Chinese, Korean
  • Credit cards: VISA, Master Card, JCB, AMERICAN EXPRESS, Diners Club

Akihabara Food & Restaurants

Akihabara Food & Restaurants

Akihabara is an area packed with restaurants. More than 800 gourmet spots are intermingled in the town.

Akihabara Ramen Restaurants

Akihabara Ramen Restaurants

The ramen shops in Akihabara are spread all around the station. Among them, Kyushu Jangara Akihabara Main Branch is a famous restaurant that has been around for a many years. The menu includes ramen for vegans in addition to pork bone ramen.

We also recommend the original Taiwanese Maze Soba of “Menya Haruka” and the hearty ramen that has a whole chicken thigh on the bone on top from “Toriou Keisuke”. The budget for any of these restaurants is 700 - 1,400 yen. (Information as of December 2019)

Akihabara Yakiniku

Akihabara Yakiniku

There are lots of yakiniku restaurants in Akihabara along Showa-Dori on the east side of the station. There are restaurants where you can eat rare sections of meat, as well as well-established high-end restaurants.

If you wish to eat rare sections of meat, "Yamano" is recommended. In addition to Yakitori, Chilitoriyaki, meat on vegetables, is a specialty, and it can be eaten it from about 1,700 yen. Furthermore, if you wish to go to a well-established restaurant, we recommend “Niku no Mansei”, which was founded in 1949. You can taste high quality Yakiniku that melts in your mouth. It costs about 5,000 yen for a variety of meat. (Information as of December 2019)

Akihabara Yakitori

Akihabara Yakitori

There are lots of yakitori restaurants in Akihabara around the station. Restaurants in Akihabara are characterized by the fact that they are very particular about the ingredients. Among them, “Yakitoriya Sumire Akihabara Denkigaiguchi” serves Yakitori with a juicy flavour. “Aburidori Baricho Akihabara” uses carefully selected ingredients purchased from different parts of Japan. Prices start at around ¥200 per stick. (Information as of December 2019)

Akihabara Desserts

Akihabara Desserts

The dessert shops in Akihabara are mainly located in shopping malls. For example, "Patisserie E Cafe A La Campagne" on the 4th floor of Atre Akihabara 1 offers a tart with plenty of fruit from around ¥700. Also, 2k540 AKI-OKA ARTISAN's "Cafe ASAN" is an unusual store with hammock seats and specializes in souffle pancakes. A small size costs about 1,400 yen. (Information as of December 2019)

Akihabara Bars

Every bar in Akihabara is unique. For example, "Gauge" is a measuring instrument manufacturer bar that uses vintage measuring instruments as decorations. “AKIBA★BASE” is a cafe bar with a shooting range. "Alchemist" is an anime song DJ bar where anime and game events are held. Prices at each bar starts at around ¥ 700 per drink, but there is an extra admission charge at the bars except for at Gauge. (Information as of December 2019)

Akihabara Food Court

If you wish to see a variety of restaurants at once, a food court is recommended. There are two food courts in Akihabara. The first is Tokyo Food Bar Akihabara, located on the first floor of JR Akihabara Station. There are 4 restaurants including soba and tonkatsu. The price is around 1,000 yen and all of them are reasonably priced.

The other is the Akihabara Ramen Theatre, which is located in the Akihabara UDX Building. There are two restaurants, starting at about 800 yen during the daytime, and starting at about 2,000 yen at night, because the entire food court turns into izakaya style. (Information as of December 2019)

Unique Cafes in Akihabara

Unique Cafes in Akihabara

In Akihabara, the unique cafes are worth paying attention to. Be sure to stop by a spot that can only be experienced here!

Akihabara Maid Cafe

There are many maid cafes in Akihabara. Maid cafes are scattered widely along Chuo-dori and Junk Street.

Although they are not different from a normal cafe where you can have food and and drink, they offer their services with various concepts and performances. There are largely cafes with a price system with an hourly fee (500-600 yen) + 1 order (drink or meal).

Among them, Maidreamin and Akiba Absolute Area (Akiba Zettai Ryoiki) are famous among maid cafes in Akihabara.

Maid Cafes - What To Do There

Ninja Cafe

Akihabara also has a ninja themed cafe. "Akihabara Ninja Cafe @ Sinobazu Cafe Mansei-jo" is an invaluable spot where it is possible to experience Shuriken throwing. The system is admission fee + one drink, and if it is the first time you have visited the cafe, it costs 600 yen for 30 minutes for men and 100 yen for women. (Information as of December 2019)

By the way, how much do you know about "Ninja"? If you want to know more about ninja, read this article!

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Cosplay Cafes

There are various cosplay cafes in Akihabara. Among them, Yugen Hanten is a Chinese Jiangshi cafe. Jiangshi wearing Chinese clothing will welcome you to the cafe. "LittleTGV" is a railway pub. The pub is decorated with real railroad goods and models, and the staff cosplay in uniforms. Both establishments have a minimum nightly budget of about 2,500 yen. (Information as of December 2019)

Animal Cafes

Akihabara has cafes where it is possible to interact with animals. For example, Akiba Fukurou is a cafe where it is possible to interact with owls, however entry is through reservation only. The price is 2,000 yen including photography and allowing owls to ride on your hand.

"Neko JaLaLa" is a place where you can drink tea while petting cats and being surrounded by cats. The fee is 550 yen for 30 minutes. Furthermore, "Moff Rell" is a cafe where you can play with rabbits. The price is 1,100 yen for 30 minutes, including snacks for the rabbit. (Information as of December 2019)

Akihabara Hotels

Akihabara Hotels

Hotels in Akihabara are characterized by the fact that they are both near the station and affordable. Here, we will introduce recommended hotels in each rank.

Hotels near Akihabara station

There are relatively reasonably priced hotels around Akihabara Station. For example, “Akihabara Washington Hotel” and “APA Hotel 〈Akihabara Ekimae〉” are conveniently located just one minute away from JR Akihabara Station on foot.

In addition, a little further away, “Via Inn Akihabara” features an open room with large windows while still being compact. The prices range from a minimum of 7,000 yen to 10,000 yen. (Information as of December 2019)

Akihabara 4 and 5 star hotel

There are no 4 or 5 star hotels in Akihabara. If you are looking for a high-ranked hotel, you can find them near Tokyo Station.

For example, “Palace Hotel Tokyo” is a hotel with a calm atmosphere surrounded by greenery and water, the original landscape of Japan. In addition, “Four Seasons Hotel Marunouchi Tokyo” is a hotel with a bright interior with a wooden texture base design and a view of Tokyo Station from inside the hotel. Prices range from 60,000 to 150,000 yen per night for a standard room. (Information as of December 2019)

Akihabara Capsule Hotels

Capsule hotels in Akihabara have a refined atmosphere. Furthermore, some of the hotels are very particular about beds.

Examples of such hotels are the “Anshin Oyado” for men using Simmons mattresses and the “Grandit” using their own original mattresses. We also recommend “First Cabin Akihabara Showa Dori” and “BAY HOTEL Akihabara” exclusively for women. The lowest price range is wide at about 3,500-6,000 yen. (Information as of December 2019)

Akihabara Hostels

There are two hostels on the east side of Akihabara station. They are easy to use, located about 5 minutes on foot from JR Akihabara Station. “The Akihabara Hotel 3000” has dormitories for men and women and rooms for families that can accommodate 2 to 8 guests. The price is around 3,000 yen for a dormitory.

As well as the dormitory dedicated to men, “And Hostel Akihabara” has an IoT Double Room which is a private room where you can do anything with loT. Pricing starts at around 3,600 yen for a dormitory. (Information as of December 2019)

How Far is it from Tokyo station to Akihabara station?

To reach Akihabara Station from Tokyo Station, the JR Yamanote Line or the JR Keihin Tohoku Line should be used. The Yamanote Line departs from Platform 3 and the Keihin Tohoku Line departs from Platform 4. It takes about 4 minutes.

Access to Major Stations within the Tokyo Metropolis

If you enjoyed sightseeing in Akihabara, be sure to stop by other nearby sightseeing spots. The access from Akihabara to major stations in Tokyo are listed below.

Major Station NameTransportation
Time
Akihabara to Shinjuku
Akihabara Station → [JR Chuo / Sobu Line] → Shinjuku Station
About 22 minutes
Akihabara to Shibuya
Akihabara Station → [JR Chuo Sobu Line] → Yoyogi Station → JR Yamanote Line → Shibuya Station
About 20 minutes
Akihabara to Harajuku
Akihabara Station → [JR Chuo Sobu Line] → Yoyogi Station → JR Yamanote Line → Harajuku StationAbout 23 minutes
Akihabara to Asakusa
Akihabara Station → [Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line] → Ueno Station → [Ginza Line] → Asakusa Station
About 12 minutes
Akihabara to Ginza
Akihabara Station → [Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line] → Ginza Station
About 15 minutes
Akihabara to Odaiba
Akihabara Station → [JR Yamanote Line] → Shimbashi Station → [Yurikamome] → Odaiba Station
About 35 minutes
Akihabara to Haneda Airport
Akihabara Station → [JR Yamanote Line] → Shimbashi Station → [Yurikamome] → Odaiba Station
About 32 minutes
Akihabara to Narita Airport
Akihabara Station → [JR Yamanote Line] → Tokyo Station → [JR Sobu Main Line] → Narita Airport
About 1 hour and 10 minutes

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