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Akihabara Electric Town

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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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APA Hotel Akihabaraeki Denkigaiguchi
APA Hotel Akihabaraeki Denkigaiguchi
3 out of 5
3-11-4, Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Tokyo
The price is $32 per night from Aug 9 to Aug 9
Located in Chiyoda, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kanda Shrine and Ueno Onshi Park. Tokyo Dome and Tokyo Imperial Palace are also within 3 mi (5 km). ...
4.4/5Excellent! (977 reviews)
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"Perfect english and 11:00 AM checkout. Loved it"

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Best Western Hotel Fino Tokyo Akihabara
Best Western Hotel Fino Tokyo Akihabara
3 out of 5
5-1-6 Ueno, Taitol-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo
The price is $41 per night from Aug 2 to Aug 2
Located in Ueno, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Akihabara Electric Town and Ameya-Yokochō. Ueno Onshi Park and Ueno Zoo are also within 1 mi (2 km). ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (445 reviews)
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"They allowed us to check in early. Fresh sheets/towels everyday. And very near 2 major stations (Ueno and Akihabara). Convenient and comfy. The hubby also loved that it's near the shops in Akihabara. He can go out and explore anytime he likes."

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2021

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The Royal Park Hotel Iconic Tokyo Shiodome
The Royal Park Hotel Iconic Tokyo Shiodome
4 out of 5
1-6-3 Higashi-Shimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo
The price is $51 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
Located in Shiodome, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ginza Wako Building, Kabuki-za Theatre, and Zojoji Temple. Tokyo Tower and Hibiya Park are also ...
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"Very comfortable stay with great service"

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APA Hotel Akihabaraeki Denkigaiguchi
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3 out of 5
3-11-4, Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Tokyo
The price is $32 per night from Aug 9 to Aug 9
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3 out of 5
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The price is $41 per night from Aug 2 to Aug 2
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4 out of 5
1-6-3 Higashi-Shimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo
The price is $51 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
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3 out of 5
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The price is $43 per night from Aug 3 to Aug 3
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3 out of 5
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The price is $62 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
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2.5 out of 5
Kanda Neribeicho 15-1, Tokyo, Tokyo
The price is $65 per night from Aug 26 to Aug 26
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NOHGA HOTEL AKIHABARA TOKYO
3 out of 5
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The price is $94 per night from Jul 27 to Jul 27
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remm Akihabara
3.5 out of 5
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The price is $84 per night from Aug 24 to Aug 24
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VIA INN AKIHABARA
3 out of 5
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The price is $59 per night from Aug 12 to Aug 12
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