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Asakusa to Akihabara (Electric Town)

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Asakusa to Akihabara (Electric Town)

The best way to get to Akihabara from Asakusa appears to be the subway with 2 transfers. Is there an easier way?

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DenshaOtoko

Thank you for this information. May be the way to go if the weather is not cooperating with our travel plans.

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12. Re: Asakusa to Akihabara (Electric Town)

As you can see, there are numerous ways to get there from your destination, all with various pluses and minuses. So, what is your focus once you get to Akihabara?

There is one more way you can come in which is to take the Ginza Line all the way to Kanda and walk back north and cross the Kandagawa (river). It's about the same distance as using Suehirocho but it offers you the classic views of Akihabara that you may have seen before with the electric town signs, elevated Chuo Line tracks and the bridges over the river. See this example: www.britannica.com/eb/art/print…

The only issue I would have coming in on the Ginza Line from either station is that there will be some dead time walking through uninteresting neighborhoods to get to the Electric Town area. If you come in on JR or the Tsukuba Express there will be very little to bore you in terms of where you will be walking. Ever since the Yodobashi Camera store opened, the Showa-dori (opposite from Electric Town) has been undergoing a revitalization of sorts, too.

One last thing, if you're interested in Ameyoko, it would be fine to go to Ueno and walk all the way to Akihabara. The last part south of Okachimachi Station and north of Akihabara Station may be a little boring but it's pretty close and impossible to get lost (just follow the JR tracks above you).

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13. Re: Asakusa to Akihabara (Electric Town)

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Objective is just too look and walk around alittle bit - not looking for anything specific - just to see the area

Thank you so much for the options you have give us

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One thing that I frequently forget is that new or infrequent visitors to Tokyo often get flustered and annoyed in what they consider to be long distance walks to get from one place to another. To a Japanese, six minutes walking is a short, reasonable walk. To a car-bound American, used to driving everywhere, it's a quarter-mile of misery or tee-to-green for a long par 4 on the golf course. Most Americans (I can't speak for other countries) consider that a very long walk, on the order of daunting if it's unexpected. All one has to do is drive around in a large parking mall lot in the US when it's crowded and watch people spend countless minutes looking for the closest parking space possible in order to save one minute of walking. Unless you're used to long walks at home, be aware that when someone tells you it's three minutes walking or six minutes walking to do the mental calculation in your head. A normal gait is something like 3.5-4.0 MPH, give or take, which works out to about 1:30 per 100 meters. 200 meters == 3 minutes. 1 km == 15 minutes, etc.

Mentally, if you prepare yourself for long walks you won't be so psychologically worn out at the end of a day. The walks from Suehirocho and Kanda station when using the Ginza Line are on the order of 300-350 meters depending on which route you take to get to Akihabara and both of them contain stretches of boring city streets and otherwise uninteresting scenery. If you're prepared for 5-6 minutes of walking, then you should have no problems.

The walk from the Tsukuba Express station on Showa Dori is vibrant, busy (sometimes crowded) with plenty of shops, restaurants and other urban scenery, including the elevated JR station itself to keep your sensory inputs active in your brain, in other words, it's not so boring. Alternatively, as densha-man says, the walk to the Tsukuba Express station in Asakusa is also a little boring and dry without much to see, although the area around the ROX building does have some interesting shops to look at.

<<<Objective is just too look and walk around alittle bit - not looking for anything specific - just to see the area. Thank you so much for the options you have give us>>>

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15. Re: Asakusa to Akihabara (Electric Town)

Suehirocho Station is right at the end of the major district, if you walk out of Suehirocho Station you are pretty much in Akihabara. All one has to do is walk down the main street and start shopping, when they reach the "end" they are AKihabara Station, then they can leave back to their hotel or whichever via Akihabara Station. If one goes to Akihabara station first, they walk down the main street then walk back, technically thats more walking, if walking is a major concern, since you're doing it 2x the amount of walking instead of one way.

I've done this walk dozens of times when showing people around.

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Perhaps others may differ but I always found the shopping north of Electric Town (towards Suehirocho Station) to be second tier shops that are not very interesting. The most interesting shops are closest to the Chuo Line tracks leading to the station and recently northwest of the station to see the, uh, freakshows, uh, otaku hangouts. The electric parts bazaars are also very interesting if you're into that stuff.

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>>>> Ameyoko is really easy to find. If you take the Ginza Line from Asakusa to Ueno, go out of Exit 6 and you'll see Ameyoko right in front.

Directions duly-noted Shibuyakko, thank you!

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18. Re: Asakusa to Akihabara (Electric Town)

Snow-san.

Exit 6 applies if you're using subway Ginza or Hibiya Line. If you take JR Yamanote Line to Ueno, the best way is to go out of Shinobazu Exit and follow the street under JR tracks to Okachimachi Station. You can't miss it.

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19. Re: Asakusa to Akihabara (Electric Town)

>>> Exit 6 applies if you're using subway Ginza or Hibiya Line

Ah okay, got it, thank you. I don't intend visiting Akihabara again so would just like to see Ameyoko and anything else in the vicinity that catches my eye...

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