Akihabara Electric Town is a Tokyo suburb with is streets lined with shops that are dedicated to all the latest modern gadgets, music, anime and manga comics. Sometimes called Akiba or Akihaba, this suburb is an amazing place to walk around and check out the sights.
On weekends the main street of Akiba is closed to traffic, and the roads fill with “Otaku” or “geeks” in Japanese. There are plenty anime, gaming, computer and scale modelling shops here for the Otaku to meet each other. Akihabara is around five minutes by train from Tokyo Station.
Akihabara Electronics town is geeks paradise, it’s a whole suburb dedicated to electronic gadgets and gizmos, from DVD and MP3 players to cameras, to computers and robotics the amount of product on display in this suburb will amaze. There are thousands of stores, from giant department stores right down to the smallest booth selling electronic equipment.
Below is a Map of Akihabara with the major attractions numbered. You will note the huge Akihabara station in the center of the map, around this area is where many of the duty free electronics shops are located and continue up Chuo Dori. Chuo Dori is closed to traffic on Sundays and the whole area is filled with Japanese Otaku (Geeks). Laox’s Main store was once the largest electronics store in Japan until Yodabashi Camera opened a few years back on the other side of Akiba Station.
Kanda Myojin (Often called Kanda Shrine) is a shrine located between the Akihabara and Ochanomizu areas of Tokyo. The shrine is best known for its Kanda Maturi (Kanda Festival) held during mid May.
Tokyo Transport Museum
This is a great museum for the whole family, and has something for everyone. The largest part of the museum is dedicated to Japan’s most popular form of transport, the train. You don’t even need to enter the museum to see the trains, there is a bullet train and old steamer built into the front of the building. The building was originally the railway museum and dates back to 1921.
The Tsukuba Express or TX is a new railway line which opened in late 2005, it connects Akihabara with the high tech city of Tsukaba.
Tokyo Dome City
The Tokyo Dome City is home to a massive entertainment complex including the Tokyo Dome Arena, Baseball Museum, Theme Park, Shopping Complex and the 41 floor Tokyo Dome Hotel.