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Akihabara

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Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan

The Basics

If you’re looking for electronics, head to the stores in Akihabara, which range in size from tiny stalls to sprawling, multi-level department stores. In addition to the electronics, the neighborhood is also a center of "otaku," or geek culture, and is a popular haunt for diehard anime and manga fans. This is a great place to people-watch and see fans dress up as their favorite characters from anime and manga.

Peeking into otaku culture can be tricky for foreign visitors, so opt for a tour of the neighborhood with a guide who can explain the various subcultures you’ll see as you visit gaming centers, manga cafes, and other popular spots.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Tokyo

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Akihabara tour
vickihY6688EP, Oct 2019
AKIHABARA Culture Tour with a knowledgeable Guide
Our tour through Akihabara with Sarah was fantastic. Sarah was very knowledgeable about the area and gave us plenty of time to stop and buy things. A tour worthwhile when your not sure where to go
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Amazing bike tour
PeniB6, Jan 2020
Electric-Powered Biking Tour: Asakusa, Akihabara, and Imperial Palace
Ichi, our guide was really informative taking us to temples, on the roads, across bridges and through quaint authentic villages. Had a 10 yr old with us who managed to keep up too! Highly recommended.
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Insigtful
Karenankh1, Dec 2019
AKIHABARA Culture Tour with a knowledgeable Guide
Coco was our tour guide, she was very kind and helped us through all our questions. Very good. This tour is good for otaku
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Kiwi on tour
scorpiomichael, Dec 2019
Electric-Powered Biking Tour: Asakusa, Akihabara, and Imperial Palace
Excellent way to move around and see plenty with a guide leading the way. A little expensive but we are pleased we did it all the same.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Most stores in Akihabara offer tax-free shopping to foreign tourists.

  • Foreigners who make purchases over 10,000 yen (around $100 USD) may be required to show a passport.

  • Before purchasing, check the voltage of items that you plan to use outside of Japan.

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How to Get There

Akihabara Station is on the JR Keihin-Tohoku, Yamanote, Sobu Main, and Chuo-Sobu lines. It’s also on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya line. The journey takes just over 10 minutes from Tokyo Station.

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When to Get There

Akihabara is lively at any time and on any day of the week, but it is especially busy on the weekends, when young people gather in large numbers. Visit after dark to enjoy the neighborhood’s glowing neon lights.

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Ueno

Just a 10-minute walk from Akihabara, the Ueno neighborhood showcases a completely different side of Tokyo. This more traditional area is known for its large park, its Shinto and Zen landmarks—such as the 17th-century Benzaiten Shrine—and for its many museums, including the Tokyo National Museum, the National Museum of Nature and Science, and the National Museum for Western Art.

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