Dubbed Electric Town, Akihabara is world-renowned as Japan's hub for electronics. From ultra-sleek computers to flashy personal electronics not found anywhere else, the district is home to hundreds of stores. Computer superchain Sofmap has nearly a dozen stores here in less than a square mile, each offering a different product genre, with some employees that are conversant in English. Laox is the neighborhood's most prominent duty-free store, featuring the latest cameras, home entertainment gear, and appliances. For anime fans, Akihabara sells underground comics in underground stores, and costumed characters patrol the streets on weekends.
Getting Around Tokyo
The best way to get around Tokyo is by subway or train. The system is incredibly efficient. The only downside to the subway and train system is that it shuts down nightly between midnight and 1 a.m. and doesn't start again until 5 or 6 a.m. Be careful when staying out late as Japan's subways and trains are known to stop half-way through their routes, leaving travelers stranded and facing an expensive cab ride. Check to see if you qualify for a Japan Rail Pass (http://www.japanrailpass.net/eng/en001.html) before you depart for Japan. There are two classes: "Green" and "Ordinary" (Green indicates a first-class experience). Passes can be purchased for 7, 14, and 21 days.
Nearby Airports
  • Narita International Airport-NRT
  • Haneda International Airport-HND
Airport Taxis
  • $200 from Narita International Airport
  • $30 from Haneda International Airport
Things to Do and See Near Akihabara