Needless to say, akihabara is one of the most famous electric towns in the world. Akihabara flourished because of the many electronic stores in the area, and during the period of rapid economic growth the number of stores specializing in records and CDs increased. A short time later the number of video game shops also increased. As a trend of the times, the number of hobby shops and anime (Japanese animation) shops in Akihabara have also been on the rise. The Akihabara that we see present today was developed in this way.
History of Akihabara
The history of Akihabara as an electric town began after the war, when radio parts started to be sold there. Nowdays visitors can not only just buy electric appliances and sub-cultural goods such as anime related items, but also electronic parts such as ICs (integrated-circuits), condensers, and other necessary things for electronic repair such as implements, measuring instruments, and screws. Additionally, if you walk along the street just next to the main street, visitors will find PC related goods and parts which are comparatively inexpensive.
At present day, the majority of the large stores that sell electrical appliances such as vacuum cleaners or refrigerators, which are popular gifts among tourists, are concentrated around Akihabara Station.
Sub-culture in Akihabara
On one side of the coin Akihabara is known as an electric town, but on the flip-side is also recognized as a town with such sub-culture as audio, amateur radio, anime, Japanese comics known as "manga", and video games for Japanese game fanatics called "otaku". The shops for anime or game maniacs are concentrated, and the goods for so-called "otaku" are abundant and include such things as game software, anime, DVD, manga, coterie magazine, plastic models, figures, trading cards, goods for cosplay and model trains. Here visitors can purchase these goods which are even rare for "otaku" to find.
Additionally, Akihabara is also the center for maid cafés. More than 20 maid cafés of various styles are in the area, and each maid café has a unique setting. There are a variety of cafes such as the one with a European pub theme or one with a fantasy school theme. Visitors are guaranteed to be able to find their favorite one. Furthermore, many events for "otaku" are held, which makes Akihabara a special place.
Train: Akihabara Station is a very busy station that is served by the JR Sobu Line, JR Yamanote Line, JR Keihin-Tohoku Line, and the Hibiya Subway Line. Whichever line visitors decide to take, they can get from the center of Tokyo to Akihabara in around ten minutes.
Car: The nearest interchange is Kandabashi IC on the Metropolitan Expressway Inner Circular Route.
Parking: Available; Akihabara UDX Parking, Akihabara Daibiru Parking, and the Fuji-Soft Building Parking. All of these parking options come with a fee. However, if visitors buy goods worth more than 10,000 yen at stores that are part of the Akihabara Denkigai Shinkoukai (Akihabara Electric Town Organization) and show their parking ticket when they pay, they will receive a parking service ticket that allows them to park for 120 minutes for free.
Image Gallery: Akihabara
1-6-10 Sakuma-cho, Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
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