Akihabara 3.4 rating

  Neighbourhoods and Streets

The area houses thousands of shops selling every technological gadget you can imagine, from computers to gaming consoles and vacuums to DVDs, at reasonable prices. This area is also known as the 'Gamer's Mecca' and has in recent times become strongly identified with anime/manga (cartoon) subculture, with the legions of otaku geeks traipsing down on weekends known as Akiba-kei. Akihabara is also perhaps the last stronghold in the world for classic arcade gaming. Although arcades are still everywhere in Japan, and more so in Tokyo, the concentration (and skill of play) is especially high in Akihabara. The huge towers of Sega, Taito, and others can't be missed, but places like 'Hey Arcade' have entire floors dedicated to shooting games (think Galaga) and fighting games (think Tekken). Recommended for a nostalgic trip back to the eighties, and to check out the pros. On Sundays, the main thoroughfare Chuo-dori is closed to vehicles, and it turns into an unofficial stage for cosplayers (people dressed up as anime characters) and local bands to strut their stuff. Sadly, this is not as populated as it once was following a bizarre 2008 incident where a knife-wielding lunatic went around stabbing people at random, but the cosplayers are slowly returning.



About Akihabara

 1 Chome Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tōkyō-to 101-0028, Japan

 Nearest Transit: Suehirochō (Line: (G))

Akihabara and Nearby Attractions on Map

Nearby Attractions km / mile

Sensoji(2.5 km)
Sensoji, also known as Asakusa Kannon, is Tokyo's oldest Buddhist temple that dates back to the 7th century AD.

Tokyo National Museum

Tokyo National Museum(1.9 km)
Established in 1872, the Tokyo National Museum is the oldest Japanese national museum.

National Museum of Nature and Science

National Museum of Nature and Science(1.6 km)
The National Science Museum in Tokyo focuses on the living world, with life-sized representations of practically every life form the earth has ever seen, from the blue whale (outside the old building) to hundreds of exotic insects.

Ueno Park

Ueno Park(1.3 km)
Ueno Park, adjacent to the station, is home to most of the attractions in the area, including the Ueno Zoo and a concentration of Japan's best museums.

Ryōgoku Kokugikan

Ryōgoku Kokugikan(1.8 km)
The largest sumo arena in Japan with a capacity for 10,000 spectators, this is where grand tournaments or basho are held in January, May and September, starting on the second Sunday of the month.

Kanda Shrine

Kanda Shrine(0.6 km)
This shrine has a history dating back to the 8th century and had been highly regarded under the Edo shogunate.

Imperial Palace

Imperial Palace(2.7 km)
The Imperial Palace in Tokyo is the official residence of the Emperor of Japan, built on the site of the former Edo Castle.

Ueno Zoo

Ueno Zoo(1.7 km)
The Ueno Zoo, a part of Ueno Park, is Japan’s oldest zoo and home to over 460 species.

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