Tokyo Day 1: Exploring Akihabara | Things to do | How to get there

After leaving our baggage on our accommodation in Tokyo Kiba (Capsule Hotel), we went straight to Akihabara to kickstart our first day.

Akihabara is known as the center for electronics shops, anime, manga, cosplay and maid cafes.

We are hoping to score cheap anime figures and memorabilia here but ended up playing Arcade games and claw machines instead because the prices of the figures that we saw are expensive (for me! :P)

HOW TO GET TO AKIHABARA

Akihabara Station can be reached by riding trains from: JR Yamanote Line (Green line), JR Keihin-Tohoku Line (Light Blue line), JR Chuo-Sobu Line (Chuo is orange line while Sobu is yellow line) or Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line (Gray line).

LOCATION 1: From Tokyo Kiba Hotel
There is no direct train line from Kiba to Akihabara. You need to transfer from Tokyo Metro Tozai Line (Blue line) to Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line.

From Kiba, ride Tokyo Metro Tozai line then transfer after 2 stations to Kayabacho station. From Kayabacho station, transfer to Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line and travel for another 3 stations until you reach Akihabara.

If you are using Japan Rail Pass, you cannot use it since the nearest MRT from Kiba is Tokyo Metro lines.

Usual travel time from Kiba to Akihabara is 20 minutes and will costs around YEN170 (YEN165 for IC holders)

LOCATION 2: From Tokyo

From Tokyo Station, there are 2 train lines that you can ride from Tokyo to Akihabara. You can use JR Yamanote Line (Green line), JR Keihin-Tohoku Line (Light Blue line).

From Tokyo, ride JR Yamanote Line (Green line) or JR Keihin-Tohoku Line (Light Blue line) then alight at Akihabara Station (2 stations from Tokyo). Travel time is around 5 minutes and will costs around Y140 (Y133 for IC holders).

If you are using Japan Rail Pass, you CAN use it and transportation fee will be FREE.

Since we came from Tokyo Kiba Hotel, we used the first Location option – Tokyo Metro line. We have a Japan Rail Pass in this trip but we cannot use it from Kiba since Japan Rail Pass is only applicable for JR line trains.

After arriving at Akihabara Station, we roam around the area and felt amazed at the buildings with Anime designs and signages. We are really indeed in Akihabara!

While roaming around the area, we found a One Piece action figures (which I was hoping to find here) but to my surprise it is more than the price of my allocated budget so we gave it a pass 🙂 The action figure ranges from YEN 3,980 to YEN 6,980 each (that’s around PHP 1,990 to PHP 3,490 each!).

We also found a money exchange machine here. You can check details on places where you can exchange Philippine Peso to Japanese Yen here.

THINGS TO DO IN AKIHABARA

#1 Buy Electronic / Gadgets

Buildings in Akihabara

There are a lot of Electronics shops that you can see upon exit of the Akihabara train station. You can buy computers, gadgets, camera, etc. Though it may be in local language and not suitable for International / export manufacturing so take note of that.

#2 Play Video Games and Claw Machines

Claw Machines inside SEGA Building in Akihabara

While roaming some random streets, we found SEGA building. We checked it out and guess what, it’s a 6 floor building dedicated for Video Games and Claw Machines! Every game costs YEN 100.

#3 Visit a Maid Cafe

AKB48 Cafe and Shop from Google Maps

I never thought that Maid Cafe’s is really popular in Japan. While strolling the street, we found a female in maid costume distributing flyers to tourists. Maid Cafe’s are somehow like a cosplay restaurant where staffs and waitresses are dressed in maid costumes. The main attraction of this cafe is their customer service and unique experience.
If you are familiar with AKB48, you can found their Theater and Cafe here in Akihabara.

#4 Buy Duty Free items

We found different variants of KitKat in Akky Akihabara

We found Akky Store just near SEGA building. This building caught my attention as it offers tax free prices for tourists. Though actually, items will only be tax-free when you buy atleast YEN 5,000 or more. The store offers different souvenirs especially for tourists.

Anyway, if you are looking for different flavors of KitKat Chocolate, you can find different variants here in Akky. We found Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Matcha, Mt Fuji Strawberry Cheesecake, Yokohama Strawberry Cheesecake, Wasabi, Rum Raisin and Sake.

#5 Try Street Go Karting and Explore Tokyo downtown

Photo from Klook

While roaming Tokyo, we a found a bunch of people driving GO Kart literally on the street. You can book this activity ahead of time but you need to have an International Driving Permit. It is a pretty awesome experience because you can go kart dressed on a cool cosplay costume.

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