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For a country whose love of all things electronic is challenged only by its love of all things manga and anime, Akihabara is something of a national shrine. Here you'll find endless electronics stores squeezed into alleyways, stores piled high with the latest gaming wizardry, and cute anime characters in picture and in flesh. Themed cafes and retro-arcades complete 'Electric Town,' a place ready-made for the otaku (geeks) that flock here. But Akihabara has culture, too. Its Kanda Myojin shrine is reckoned one of the city's most beautiful.

Hotels in Akihabara

Akihabara Station is the hub of all this neighborhood's frenetic activity, and many Akihabara hotels are close to it. APA Hotel Akihabara-ekimae is right next door, with reviewers liking its comfortable well-appointed rooms, and the option to rent a laptop. Nearby is the b ochanomizu, which is one of the more luxury hotels in Akihabara. The Dormy Inn Akihabara is another elegant yet modern hotel, which has its own ramen restaurant. As a bonus, it lies just off of Chuo Dori, the main street and hub of all that's weird and wonderful in Akihabara.

Things to see in Akihabara

The first thing any visitor to Akihabara must to do here is to walk the astonishing half-mile of Chuo Dori, absorbing the sights and sounds of its manic shops, glaring billboards, and flashing neon signs. Dive into its alleys and see what gadgets, games and manga books its plethora of stores has to offer. Yodobashi is one of biggest, brashest, and newest electronics stores here. The prices of its phones, tablets, cameras, and laptops are notoriously up for negotiation. Another must-see is Mandarake, a megastore for manga and anime and something of a shrine for any self-respecting otaku. You can open your mind to another fascinating side to Japanese youth culture by attending a concert of the nation's girl supergroup, AKB48. This 48-member girl band has their own theater dedicated purely to their polished J-pop performances. But it's not just about youth here—the fabulous 1,200-year-old Shinto shrine of Kanda Myojin lies a couple of blocks from the station

Good for young travelers

As a district that so fervently worships the cult of new technology and youth culture, much of the accommodation in Akihabara tends to younger solo travelers. Everything from restaurants and cafes to clubs are deeply imbued with the stylings of classic Japanese anime art. You'll also find many hotels and eateries here are reasonably priced. But Akihabara is quite close to the splendid attractions of central Chiyoda ward, such as the Imperial Palace. It could easily serve as a base for those looking to experience Tokyo at both its extremes—youthful and ancient.

How to get to Akihabara

Akihabara, as a major transport hub, is crossed by 4 of the capital's JR lines. The fastest way to travel to Akihabara from the airport is to take the high-speed Skyliner train to Nippori Station. Here you should change over to the JR Yamanote line, reaching Akihabara in less than an hour. A cheaper option is to take the Narita Airport Limousine Bus, which will get you as far as Tokyo Station. Again, you'll need to change for Yamanote line, this time heading north for an overall journey of an hour and a quarter. Once in Akihabara, the extensive metro system is the best way to travel around Tokyo.

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