Tokyo - Akihabara & Around (Chapter)
This is the Akihabara & Around chapter from Lonely Planet's Tokyo guidebook.
Otaku (geeks) flock to this electronics mecca to snatch up the latest plastic figurines or sip tea in cafes staffed by French maids. It's bizarro-Tokyo but perfect for gadget and craft shopping.
- Wandering the teeming streets of Akihabara Electric Town, soaking up the otaku (geek) vibe – the blazing neon, the cafe maids, the ubiquitous electronics and anime (Japanese animation) and manga (Japanese comics) goods make a mighty cultural stew
- Marvelling at the vintage components stalls under the tracks at Akihabara Radio Center and the latest gadgets at Yodobashi Akiba
- Browsing the wooden keyboards, guns and kaleidoscopes at eclectic arcade 2k540 Aki-Oka Artisan
- restaurants & bars
Coverage includes: Neighbourhood Top Five, Explore Iidabashi & Northwest Tokyo, Local Life, Getting There & Away, Sights, Eating, Sleeping, Drinking and Shopping.
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