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Akihabara

Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan

The Basics

If you’re looking for electronics, head to the stores in Akihabara, which range in size from tiny stalls to sprawling, multi-level department stores. In addition to the electronics, the neighborhood is also a center of "otaku," or geek culture, and is a popular haunt for diehard anime and manga fans. This is a great place to people-watch and see fans dress up as their favorite characters from anime and manga.

Peeking into otaku culture can be tricky for foreign visitors, so opt for a tour of the neighborhood with a guide who can explain the various subcultures you’ll see as you visit gaming centers, manga cafes, and other popular spots.

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Electric-Powered Biking Tour: Asakusa, Akihabara, and Imperial Palace
Electric-Powered Biking Tour: Asakusa, Akihabara, and Imperial Palace
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$78.30 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Amazing bike tour
Ichi, our guide was really informative taking us to temples, on the roads, across bridges and through quaint authentic villages. Had a 10 yr old with us who managed to keep up too! Highly recommended.
Peni_B, Jan 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Tokyo

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Akihabara tour
vickihY6688EP, Oct 2019
AKIHABARA Culture Tour with a knowledgeable Guide
Our tour through Akihabara with Sarah was fantastic. Sarah was very knowledgeable about the area and gave us plenty of time to stop and buy things. A tour worthwhile when your not sure where to go
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Insigtful
Karenankh1, Dec 2019
AKIHABARA Culture Tour with a knowledgeable Guide
Coco was our tour guide, she was very kind and helped us through all our questions. Very good. This tour is good for otaku
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Kiwi on tour
MichaelGray_W, Dec 2019
Electric-Powered Biking Tour: Asakusa, Akihabara, and Imperial Palace
Excellent way to move around and see plenty with a guide leading the way. A little expensive but we are pleased we did it all the same.
star-5
Biking fun!
mw1282, Aug 2019
Electric-Powered Biking Tour: Asakusa, Akihabara, and Imperial Palace
Comfortable bikes that are easy to control. Our guide was knowledgeable, enjoyable and engaging. A great way to get a quick glimpse of Tokyo. If I were to do it again, I would do a full day tour.
star-5
Fantastic guided tour
Michelle_R, Jul 2019
Electric-Powered Biking Tour: Asakusa, Akihabara, and Imperial Palace
Take-san was an informative and humourous guide on our bike tour around Tokyo. This is a great value which we recommend and gave us insight into traditional and modern Tokyo. Take- San took a number of photos and also sent us a lot of helpful info for other points of interest.Thank you!!
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It was the highlight of our trip!
Amy_B, Apr 2019
Electric-Powered Biking Tour: Asakusa, Akihabara, and Imperial Palace
Yoshi, our tour guide, was excellent. He taught us a lot about the history of Japan and its emperors and shoguns, and he showed us a great overview of Tokyo. Because we had electric bikes, he was able to take us to places not accessible with buses or cars. We recommend the electric bike tour and would do it again to see other places.
star-5
Great way to see the city
MERV_B, Apr 2019
Electric-Powered Biking Tour: Asakusa, Akihabara, and Imperial Palace
My 17 year old son and I had a great time on the electric bike tour. Guide was upbeat and interesting. Tons of foot traffic because of cherry blossom season but after a couple of stretches where we had to walk our bikes things opened up and we got to see so many parts of the city we just would not have explored on foot. Great tour!
star-5
Fabulous Experience
Chris D, Jun 2018
Electric-Powered Biking Tour: Asakusa, Akihabara, and Imperial Palace
We took the morning tour with Yoshi and couldn’t have enjoyed it more. Yoshi was a wonderful guide, very knowledgeable and friendly. We rode through the streets of Tokyo without any problems and saw both the older historic buildings along with the newer technical side of Tokyo.Thoroughly recommend this tour for seeing parts of Tokyo you wouldn’t see on a bus or train.
star-5
Worth every penny
Lachlan C, Nov 2018
Electric-Powered Biking Tour: Asakusa, Akihabara, and Imperial Palace
Guide is very knowledgeable and informative. He also takes lots of pictures of you that he then emails to you after
star-5
SEE TOKYO UP CLOSE (WE WERE A PART OF HISTORY)
denetta_s, May 2019
Electric-Powered Biking Tour: Asakusa, Akihabara, and Imperial Palace
WOW how to see Tokyo and feel involved! The transition of the Emporer to his son took place the day we did the tour. First it was a little unclear where to meet but with the help of some Tokyo citizens we managed to get to the right place to start our trip. There was a lovely Italian restaurant just nest to the spot so because we went early we were able to eat lunch right outside beside where we left for the trip. (La Mermma). Our tour guide was Hideki "MORI" and was he great! Knowledgable (like a seasoned professor), patient, FUN, calm, a lovely person! Gave a very warm feeling for Japanese residents. Took us even down a beautiful alley with a private small neighborhood temple! explained about various neighborhoods! so knowledgable! love that behind the scene stuff! what a beautiful clean city!! so gorgeous and quaint I filmed a video of it! Saw more military and police than I have seen in my life!! so exciting! I felt so safe. Even riding in urban area with so much traffic was NOT threatened (and I am trauma surgeon)!! Such a small group we really got to know other riders! (six guests including us!!) Mori even took us to a shrine where they were playing drums and flutes for a festival! That was unexpected! Note: my husband and I are nearly 70 and we did not feel out of place or crazy for doing this (but we can ride bikes!) it was three hours (about 5 miles) but the best three hours we spent in Japan. If I come back I will certainly contact Mori for some more interactive touring in Tokyo. I feel like I have a Japanese friend!! what a day!!
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Lots of Fun
Elisa_F, May 2019
Electric-Powered Biking Tour: Asakusa, Akihabara, and Imperial Palace
We enjoyed this electric bike tour very much. It was well suited for adults and our 13 year old. Our guide took us to neighborhoods around Tokyo we never would have seen otherwise. He was also flexible with where we went and customized our tour a little to accommodate a request from the group. The bikes have electric power to support pedaling and you hardly have to work at all if you don’t want to. We enjoyed our afternoon very much! A great way to see Tokyo, and get some fresh air and exercise at the same time.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Most stores in Akihabara offer tax-free shopping to foreign tourists.

  • Foreigners who make purchases over 10,000 yen (around $100 USD) may be required to show a passport.

  • Before purchasing, check the voltage of items that you plan to use outside of Japan.

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How to Get There

Akihabara Station is on the JR Keihin-Tohoku, Yamanote, Sobu Main, and Chuo-Sobu lines. It’s also on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya line. The journey takes just over 10 minutes from Tokyo Station.

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When to Get There

Akihabara is lively at any time and on any day of the week, but it is especially busy on the weekends, when young people gather in large numbers. Visit after dark to enjoy the neighborhood’s glowing neon lights.

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Ueno

Just a 10-minute walk from Akihabara, the Ueno neighborhood showcases a completely different side of Tokyo. This more traditional area is known for its large park, its Shinto and Zen landmarks—such as the 17th-century Benzaiten Shrine—and for its many museums, including the Tokyo National Museum, the National Museum of Nature and Science, and the National Museum for Western Art.

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