Akihabara, Tokyo’s world-famous Electric Town where you will find a wide range of comtemporary electric & electronic appliances at far cheaper prices than any where in Japan. If you have plan to go there, Akihara is a place where you shouldn’t miss this place.
More than 250 electrical appliances and electronics shops of all sizes are located in a small area around Chuo-dori Avenue, in the west of Akihabara Station. In recent years, the main trend has shifted from general home electrical appliances toward the new world of the internet.
This town began specializing in electrical equipment in the latter half of the 1940s, when people’s primary source of information was radio. In the beginning, many shops dealing in radio parts gathered under the elevated railroad of JR. Later, these shops began dealing with home electrical appliances, thus developing into the world’s biggest electrical equipment town.
With many service centers and the showrooms of major manufacturers, as well as duty-free shops and various events, the town is attractive in the eyes of visitors. Among these events, the Denki-matsuri Festival, held in summer and winter, is the biggest, a great chance for good shopping that you should never miss. Take the time to fully explore the wonderland.
To go there, the easiest way is to take subway / train (taxi fare is just too high).
Save Cost (1,100 yen – 77 mins)
– From Narita Airport >> Keisei Funabashi (Use Keisei Line Express – 46mins)
– Keisei Funabashi >> Funabashi (Walk – approx. 3 mins)
– Funabashi >> Akihabara (JR Sobu Line – 28 mins)
Save Time (2,070 yen – 64 mins)
– From Narita Airport >> Nippori (Use Keisei Line Express – 56mins)
– Nippori >> Akihabara (JR Yamanote – 8 mins)
One thing good about Japan is that you will never lost as the subway system is just too convenient. At first, it was a little confuse but as time goes, you will use to it.