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.

Ginza, Tokyo  

Some readers requested me to post some information about places of interest, happenings, etc in Japan instead of just Japanese Lessons. Thought about it and why not? So once in a while, I will post some information related to Japan in Japan Tour Guide Section

Ginza is Tokyo’s most famous upmarket shopping, dining and entertainment district, featuring numerous department stores, boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, night clubs and cafes.

One square meter of land in the district’s center is worth more than ten million yen (more than 100,000 US dollars), making it the most expensive real estate in Japan. It is where you can find the infamous $10 cups of coffee and where virtually every leading brand name in fashion and cosmetics has a presence.

From 1612 to 1800, today’s Ginza district was the site of a silver coin mint (Japanese: ginza), after which the district was eventually named. The Ginza evolved as an upmarket shopping district following the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake.

A visit to the Ginza is most pleasant on a weekend afternoon, when the central Chuo Dori gets closed to traffic and become a large pedestrian zone. At Ginza, it’s merely a Shopping Paradise and of course the price tag is heavy too.

Places of interest in Ginza : Ginza Wako, Sony Building & Kabukiza Theater