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meaning Field of Autumn Leaves) in Tokyo is referred to as 'Electric Town'
as the streets are lined with shops selling electronic products. The main
street is Chuo-dori with the first 3 large blocks lined with shops to buy
mobile phones, computers, computer accessories as well as electronic
components and electrical appliances.
The neighborhood of Akihabara was once called Kanda-Tashirocho. In the late 18th century this land which was owned by a Shogun was released to people who had been displaced from a nearby town to make way for a firebreak.
Radio Market is an area of Akihabara, just off Chuo-dori which is made up of small laneways lined with stores selling electronic components, radio parts and computer components. Radio Market has been running since just after the second world war.
There are also a number of comic stores selling Japanese anime and manga comics, toys and souvenirs. The Tokyo Anime Centre is located on the 4th Floor of the UDX Building or check out Comic Zin on Chuo-Dori.
Getting to Akihabara
To get to Akihabara either catch a JR train to Akihabara station on either the Yamanote Line, JR Keihin-Tohoku Line or JR Sobu Line. You can get he Yamanote Line train from Shinjuku Station, Shibuya, Ebisu, Tokyo, Ueno, Ikebukuro or many other lines on this circle line.
Last updated 24th June 2013
Maid Cafes in Akihabara
One of the more peculiar aspects of Akihabara is the abundance of Maid Cafes. On almost every corner you will see a young Japanese girl dressed up as a French maid handing out leaflets for the different maid cafes. Maid cafes are a normal cafe selling food and drinks though all the staff are dressed up as French Maids. The maids in cafe treat their customers (mostly men) with great respect giving them compliments or how handsome they are. Some also will play small games to entertain the men. You will need to be able to speak Japanese to understand what the girls are complimenting you on.
Located on Chuo-dori is one of the largest Adult Stores in all of Tokyo - Love Merci Adult Amusement Park. The store has 5 levels of adult products including lingerie, maid outfits, school girls uniforms, magazines, DVDs and all sorts of toys.
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