Akihabara Electric Town

Akihabara Electric Town information

Tokyo , Japan
Getting there
train JR Yamanote to Akihabara, Denki-gai exit
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Lonely Planet review

What the Tsukiji Central Fish Market is to the food trade, Akihabara is to Japan’s legendary electronics industry: bustling, busy and fun to watch, and you don’t have to get up early in the morning to catch the action (afternoon is prime time). Akihabara can no longer claim exclusive rights to the title of the city’s electronics centre (thanks to increased competition from denser hubs such as Shinjuku and Ikebukuro), yet it is still quite the scene. Akihabara is where many items are market-tested, so even if you have no intention of shopping now, it’s worth a peek to see what you may be buying two years hence.

As the electronics business has moved elsewhere (Korea, China and Taiwan), Akihabara has turned to the boom market in cartoon manga, often pornographic, to round out its fiscal activity. If you like your cheap thrills of the PG-13 variety, don’t miss the opportunity to have a cup of coffee and curry rice in any of Akihabara’s unique maid cafes.