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Akihabara Electric Town

Electronics center of Tokyo and hotbed of otaku culture

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East Gardens of the Imperial Palace
Garden housing the ruins of Edo Castle
Imperial Collection
Gallery displaying artwork which has been donated by members of the Imperial Family
Mitsui Memorial Museum
Collection of Japanese and Asian art covering 400 years
Japan Science Museum
Large science museum with a huge array of child-friendly exhibits and activities

Related Tours

Go Kagaku!
Much of Japan’s influence on the world has affected the young, or those who were once young, whether through Pokemon or the Nintendo 64. 

  • Get your tech fill in the Akihabara Electric Town
  •  Learn about the story of Japanese science in the Science Museum
Gotta Akihabara

The modern face of Japan, in all its techy glory, is on show in the Akihabara Electric Town. One of the world’s great electronic centers, you will go around a plethora of shops offering some of the best, and esoteric, gadgets in Tokyo. With tiny establishments concentrating on their own small sub-niche to the largest electronics store in the world, it is a cornucopia for people looking to experience the best of electric Japan. In addition, it is also the centre of manga and anime fandom and has many shops devoted to each of those art forms. With a guide on hand to translate, and help, all members of the group will be able to get a feel for this very character-filledl neighbourhood. 


Hands-on Haiteku

Going with your guide to the Science Museum in historic Chiyoda district, you will see how the Japanese relationship with science has changed over the ages; and what new developments humanity can expect in the future. Designed for children, with plenty of exhibits, it has a great range of fun activities for them to do across its five floors. Each of those levels has its own theme and most of the futuristic items on show are there to be played with by little fingers.   

Touriocity Tip: For a more exhilarating experience, and without having to make the trek to Disneyland, why not try Tokyo Dome City in central Tokyo? An amusement park with free admission and open all year round, you can either wander around and soak up the craziness, or pay for the rides you want to try. 
Backstreets and Tokyo Subculture: Historic to Electronic
This 4 hour walking tour gives travellers a taste of both traditional and modern Japan. Visit Meiji Shrine, before walking through the Harajuki district.  Explore the depths of Akihabara, be introduced to the parades of arcades, browse some of the wackiest technology, and conclude with a local drink at a 'maid cafe'.
 
  • Commence with a visit to Meiji Jingu Shrine
  • Take a walk through the Harajuku district and Takeshita dori 
  • Explore the buzzing Akihabara neighbourhood 
  • Be intrigued by Japanese subculture and meet the locals
  • Pop in and out of electronic shops 
  • Learn about the culture surrounding anime and cosplay
  • Enjoy a drink and catch a show at a popular 'maid cafe'
  • Snap photos with your Japanese French maid


Begin your tour at the Meiji Shrine, where your guide will explain the Japanese custom of dedicating shrines to dead emperors. This shrine commemorates Emperor Meiji and his wife, who oversaw Japan’s lightning-speed transition to industrial power in the 19th century. Enter through an enormous torii gate, as you enjoy a bucolic retreat from the city. The shrine holds around 10,000 trees, as well as a small museum about the Emperor and a special inner garden. 

From here, you will walk through the popular shopping districts of the Harajuku district and Takeshita dori to soak in an entirely different neighbourhood, made distinct by their endless rows of independent shops for local fashionistas. 

 Enjoy a visit to the buzzing Akihabara neighbourhood, renowned for its mega-electronic stores and Japanese subculture. Be dazzled by the hundreds of tech department stores and arcades that stretch up and down several kilometers of the city. Meet the local population, known fondly as ‘otaku’—geeks. In fact, Akibahara throngs with ‘otaku’ from the video game ‘king of things’ to the anime obsessed.

Wander with your local guide through the main streets and backstreets, where you will pop in and out of electronic shops, each selling the world’s newest and wackiest technology. Spend time understanding the culture that surrounds anime and cosplay (‘costume play’ where adults dress up as characters from films, popular video games, comics and books).

The tour finishes at one of the dozens of ‘maid cafes’ where the employees have taken cosplay into commercialism. Be served your local drink by a Japanese French maid. If you’re there at the right time, you may even catch one of their song and dance routines. No trip to Akihabara is complete without venturing a visit to one of these establishments. 
 
Once you finish your tour of Akihabara, you too will be a local Otaku! 

Travel Curious Tip: 
don’t forget to snap a picture with the French maid serving your table before you leave.

We built this tour because 
it invites travellers to explore the lively and wacky subcultures that Japan has to offer, while considering the historic background from whence it has emerged. 
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