Let’s walk and drop in special spots in a metropolis Tokyo!!

Let’s walk and drop in special spots in a metropolis Tokyo!!

Walking in Entertainment Town 1
From Akihabara Electric Town to Kanda Myojin Shrine

Akihabara Sta. 
 → Ochanomizu Sta. 

From Chuo-dori, the main street of Akihabara Electric Town, commonly known as “Akiba”, crowded with specialty stores selling anime, manga (Japanese style comics), and game goods, walk to Junk Street which is lined with small electronics stores. On the way, stop by retro milk stands, an earphone specialty store, collectors' stores, and the so-called Maid cafés to enjoy Akiba culture. After taking a break at mAAch ecute Manseibashi, located in the remains of the former Manseibashi Station, cross the Shohei-bashi Bridge and walk towards Kanda. The finale of the walk is Kanda Shrine, where the guardian deities of Tokyo's 108 neighborhood associations are enshrined. In the precincts of the shrine, where many historical sites still remain, you can still get a feel of the stylish and sophisticated Edo culture.

Start 

Akihabara Station Electric Town Exit
(JR Yamanote Line, Keihin-Tohoku Line, Sobu Line)

Goal 

Ochanomizu Station Hijiribashi Exit
(JR Chuo Line, Sobu Line)

Distance 

about3.2㎞

Walking Time 

about 45mins

Standard time for stopover places 

      about
      1.5hours
         about 
         1hour
         about 
        15mins
 
         about 
        1hour

Standard Time of this route 

about 4hours 30mins

The illustrated map of this course

Walking Video

Vol.19 Cinematic Stroll(English Ver.)

Entertainment Town 1 Akihabara to Kanda
Akihabara Sta.
→Ochanomizu Sta.

Experience otaku (geeky) culture in Akihabara, the "mecca of anime and games," and refined Edo culture at Kanda Myojin Shrine, where the “Guardian Deities of Edo” are enshrined.

Route Description

3mins 200m

9mins  650m

6mins  450m

2mins   120m

7mins 520m

10mins  700m

7mins  500m

Route Guide

The starting point of the walk in Akihabara isthe Electric Town Exit of Akihabara Station LinkIcon . Before exiting the ticket gate, stop by MILK SHOP LUCK LinkIcon , a retro milk stand on the Sobu Line platform, to recharge before you start. After exiting the Electric Town Exit, turn left at the station square, and when you reach Chuo-dori Street, turn right at Bic Camera and continue straight. Chuo-dori is the main street of Akihabara. On Sundays, the area from in front of the station becomes a pedestrian zone. After walking for about five minutes, you’ll see the main building of the e-Earphones Akihabara store LinkIcon  on your right, with its eye-catching orange sign. Here, you can try on and listen to music with 5,000 different types of earphones and headphones. Continue on Chuo-dori, and turn left at the next intersection, Sotokanda 5-chome, continue along Kuramae-dori Street, then turn left at the corner of the second block and enter Akihabara Junk Street. This is a unique street lined with stores that sell small items that are hard to find in electronics stores. At the corner of the fourth block is the tall black-painted building called the Mandarake Complex LinkIcon . This is a collector's store that sells comics, anime, figures and other items related to Akihabara's otaku culture. Continue down Junk Street and turn left at the end of the street. Just ahead, cross the crosswalk to the other side, and you'll find the long-established Maid café, “at-home café LinkIcon ” on your right. Here you can enjoy the "moe culture” (love for young fictional female characters) that originated in Akihabara. Turn right at the café to be on Chuo-dori, then turn right again. After passing the Manseibashi Intersection and crossing Manseibashi Bridge, you’ll find mAAch ecute Kanda Manseibashi LinkIcon , a commercial facility located in the remains of the former Manseibashi Station, on your right. Take a look at the old station building before having lunch at the “Sta.” restaurant. From here, your walk takes you from Akihabara to Kanda. Cross the Shoheibashi Bridge and continue straight down Shohei-dori Street. Turn left at the corner before the Shohei Elementary School Entrance intersection and enter Myojinshita Otokozaka Street. Go up the steep stone steps of Otokozaka and you’ll come to Kanda Shrine LinkIcon . This historic shrine is known as the place where the “Guardian Deities of Edo” are enshrined. After exiting the shrine, turn right, then left onto Hongo-dori Avenue and go straight ahead. Cross Hijiribashi Bridge and turn right at the Hijiribashi Intersection to reach today's goal, the Hijiribashi Exit of Ochanomizu Station LinkIcon .

Guide of Drop-in Spots

Symbols

見どころ・遊び場
highlight. Entertainment
レストラン・食事処
restaurant
カフェ・ドリンクスタンド
cafe
買い物スポット
shopping spot
宿泊施設
accommodations

見どころ・遊び場
highlight. Entertainment

レストラン・食事処
restaurant

カフェ・ドリンクスタンド
cafe

買い物スポット
shopping spot

宿泊施設
accommodations

LinkIcon Akihabara Station, Electric Town Exit

From the Electric Town Exit of Akihabara Station on the JR Yamanote, Keihin-Tohoku, and Sobu Lines

JR Akihabara Station has three exits: the Electric Town Exit, the Central Exit, and the Showa Street Exit.  If you want to go to Electric Town, where you can find electronics and subculture stores, take the Electric Town Exit. There are North and South Electric Town Exits, so you can choose the one you want to use depending on where you’re going. However, if you want to go to Yodobashi Camera Multimedia Akiba, exiting by the Central Exit is more convenient. The Central Exit and the Electrical Town exit are connected by an east-west free passage lined with stores and other establishments. You can also access the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line and Tsukuba Express Line from Akihabara Station, which are separate from the JR station.

Start from Akihabara Station Electric Town North Exit!

You can see the JR elevated railway and the Yodobashi Camera building on the right side of the plaza in front of the Electric Town North Exit.

Immediately to the left of the Electric Town North Exit, you can see the red SEGA Akihabara Building 1.

The iconic Akihabara Radio Kaikan is located on the street from the South Exit to Chuo-dori.

LinkIcon MILK SHOP LUCK

Recharge before your walk with a nostalgic bottle of milk and “anpan” red bean paste buns!

This milk stand is located on the station platform where Osawa Milk was established in 1950. For more than 70 years the company has been selling milk and other dairy beverages, as well as bread and other snacks, on platform of Akihabara Station. The drinks for sale are mainly bottled milk. When you buy a bottle, open the top and drink out of the bottle on the spot, then return the bottle. You can’t take the bottle home. The most popular snack is “anpan”, and an order of milk and “anpan” is called “Anpan Teishoku (anpan set meal)”. The store front, with its hanging strip-type menu of milks, retains the atmosphere of the Showa Era. Commuters and tourists who use Akihabara Station are always stopping here to boost their energy. There’s also a retro Osawa Milk milk stand on platform 5 of the Sobu Line,.

A retro store on platform 6 of the JR Sobu Line. In the old days, there used to be milk stands like this on station platforms everywhere.

The bottled drinks available are displayed on strips of paper.

Bottled milk is said to be lighter in taste and easier to drink than packaged milk.

A wide variety of breads. The most popular is anpan (sweet red bean bun), which comes in three varieties.

Every year, a "local milk election" is held, where visitors can sample the most popular milks and vote for their favorite. Shinshu Azumino Milk came first for the third year in a row.

Boost your energy with "Anpan Teishoku", a bottle of milk and anpan.

MILK SHOP LAKU

Address

Platform 6 for Sobu Line of JR Akihabara Station1 Soto-kanda,Chiyoda-ku

Tel

03-3251-3286

Closed

No Holiday

Hours

6:30-21:00

Access

Platform 6 for Sobu Line of JR Akihabara Station

Electric Town Exit of Akihabara Station ~ e-earphone

When you reach Chuo-dori, turn right at Bic Camera.

Pass by Don Quijote Akihabara, which also houses the AKB48 Theater.

Take in the unique signs and POP signage as you continue down Chuo-dori.

The bright orange e-Earphone sign is on the right.

LinkIcon e-earphone

Find your favorites at the world's first store specializing in earphones and headphones

In Akihabara's Electric Town, where there are a huge number of stores specializing in home electronics, this is the only store that specializes in earphones and headphones. The store offers over 25,000 earphones and headphones from around the world, at prices ranging from 600 to 800,000 yen. In the store, you can freely try on and listen with over 5,000 models. The main building has just been relocated and renovated on the main street of Akihabara in April 2021. It features a first floor that focuses on wireless products, a second floor where you can choose products for games, sports, teleworking, and other applications, and a third floor with high-end audio products for serious enthusiasts. Here, you’ll be able to find just the right earphones and headphones for your ears.

The main building of e-earphones, which was relocated and renovated in April 2021.

The first floor is the "Wireless" floor, with a wide range of wireless items.

The popular wireless earphones,Jabra Elite 85t (26,530 yen ).

Try the Elite 85t. You can really feel the high noise-canceling performance.

Hi-Unit HSE-1000PN & HSE-2000PN wired earphones co-developed by Pierre Nakano and e-earphone. Good value for such a low price (1,700 yen) & (3,600 yen).

A corner on the second floor where you can try out headsets while playing games. Our model was wearing the popular Razer Kraken (7,980 yen).

The fourth floor is lined with high-end items for serious enthusiasts. The photo shows HIFIMAN Susvara headphones from China (594,000 yen), and Rhapsodio Infinity MK2 earphones from Hong Kong (396,000 yen).

Staff member, Mr. Keito Toya , told us that he recommends AfterShokz AEROPEX bone conduction earphones (18,180 yen) when walking. Since they don't block your ears, you can hear sounds around you while walking.

e-earphone

Address

Shintou Building 4-7-1, Soto-kanda, Chiyoda-ku, TOKYO, 101-0021 JAPAN

Tell

0570-06-1118

Closed

No Holiday

Hours

11:00-20:00

Access

7-minute walk from the Electric Town Exit of JR Akihabara Sta.

Website

https://www.e-earphone.jp/

e-earphone~Mandarake Complex

Turn left on Chuo-dori at the intersection of Sotokanda 5-chome.

A colorful military store building on the right side of the intersection.

Go straight down Kuramaebashi-dori Avenue.

Turn left at the corner of the “Tsukemen” noodle shop onto Junk Street.

Junk Street is an alleyway to AKIBA CULTURES ZONE. There are a lot of stores for serious enthusiasts here.

A store that sells very cheap items.

A store selling PC-related parts.

There are many unique restaurants, including a kebab store.

LinkIcon Mandarake Complex

Eight floors of Japan's otaku culture

One of the largest collectors' shops in Japan, established in 1980 and headquartered in Nakano, Tokyo. The Akihabara store is a tall, eye-catching black eight-story building that stands out from the rest on Junk Street, with each floor divided into different genres and filled with collectibles, such as comics, anime DVDs, figures, cards, and cosplay (costume play) items. Anyone, even if they’re not a collector, can come here and find things they've always wanted or miss. People bring their own items to the purchase counter on the first floor at 12 o’clock when the store opens. The secret to getting a high price is to bring items that are rare, in good condition, and part of a complete series. Six times a year, the shop holds a large auction and publishes a catalog of items for sale.

A black eight-story building that stands out on Junk Street.

A glass-walled showcase of popular goods.

A statue of Fukusuke, the god of happiness, greets visitors at the buyback corner on the first floor.

JPA (Japanese Pop Antiques) are very popular. Here are some Fujiya Peko-chan dolls.

JPA's tin toys are highly prized, with some going for as much as 10 million yen. This photo shows the nostalgic "Tetsujin 28-go“ and other items.

The fourth floor is devoted to women's “doujinshi” (fanzines) and comics. There’s also a wide selection of Japanese fans featuring pictures of popular male idols.

The manga floor on the third floor is a must for manga and anime lovers. Browse through the shelves and you're sure to find "that manga" you've always loved.

The English version of the popular shonen manga (for young teen males) "Dragon Ball" is also available.

All kinds of toy vehicles are available on the 8th floor.

Goods from “Demon Slayer", the movie that was a big hit in 2020, are also popular.

Mandarake Complex

Address

3-11-2 Soto-kanda, Chiyoda-ku

Tell

03-3252-7007

Closed

No holiday

Hours

12:00-20:00

Access

4-minute walk from the Electric Town Exit of JR Akihabara Sta.

Website

https://www.mandarake.co.jp/dir/cmp/

Mandarake Complex ~at-home café

Turn right at the end of Junk Street.

Cross the crosswalk and you’ll see the at-home café on your right.

LinkIcon at-home café

Be our special Masters and Princesses at your dream Mansion, at-home cafe.

"at-home cafe" is an award-winning restaurant chain, which is Akihabara’s longest-running food and entertainment maid cafe.
Once you’re seated, the maids welcome you back home with their “Moe Moe Kyun” voice and hospitality. They will look after you until you leave. They are famous for having unique menus and for serving meals and drinks with a cute magical performance. Not only that, you can have drinks and food with a drawing services, cheki (polaroid) photos, and games. The maids are practicing English conversation, singing, dancing, etc. daily to amuse their Masters and Princesses!
The maid uniforms changes slightly depending on maid rank, and at-home cafe have anniversary events when the maids are promoted along with other holiday events like Easter Bunny, Valentine’s Day, Halloween, Christmas and so on!
It is so much fun that your basic one-hour stay seems to end all too soon. This is a family-friendly place popular with people of all ages, from children to seniors. Maid cafés are now found all over the world, so why not try one in Akihabara where they were born?

Cute entrance featuring a maid's hair band.

You can take a commemorative photo with the hair band sign on your head.

The first floor is lined with photos of the maids.

Today's guest is hitomi, a "Legendary Maid", the highest rank of maids. She’s a famous maid who is invited to events all over the world.

A maid drawing with ketchup. The table has a guard panel to prevent splashes.

A loving spell with the maids to make the menu more delicious.

“Pipiyo piyoyo”♪ chick's rice (990 yen) and young lady's sundae (770 yen).

Commemorative photo with hitomi (Photo is for this article. All maids and customers wear masks in the store.)

at-home café

Address

1-11-4 Soto-kanda Chiyoda-ku

Tel

03-5207-9779

Closed

No holiday

Hours

11:00-20:00 Weekends, holidays 10:00-

Admission

¥770(There are discounts for students and seniors)
The charge for food and drinks is additional.

Access

3-minute walk from the Electric Town Exit of JR Akihabara Sta.

Website

https://www.cafe-athome.com/

at-home café ~mAAch ecute KANDA MANSEIBASHI

Go right out of the café, and turn right when you reach Chuo-dori.

Continue through the underpass of the JR Sobu Line.

Chuo-dori merges with Route 17 at the Manseibashi Intersection.

Crossing the Manseibashi Bridge, you can see mAAch ecute Kanda Manseibashi.

LinkIcon mAAch ecute KANDA MANSEIBASHI

A nostalgic commercial space using the remains of a 100-year-old station

In September 2013, the 100-year-old red brick remains of the former Manseibashi Station, which opened in 1912, were renovated and restored as a commercial facility. The JR Chuo Line runs on either side of the glass-walled observation deck on the "2013 Platform" which was built when the station was opened. Passing through the two staircases of the old Manseibashi Station, the "1912 Staircase" and the "1935 Staircase" to get to the platform, you’ll feel like you’re actually walking in the old Manseibashi Station. The remains of the station, such as the brick walls and the continuous arches, have been retained to create a truly special space. There are 16 stores and cafes in the facility, all unique and highly distinctive. The nostalgic space create a great atmosphere for enjoying a meal or shopping.

The brick structure under the JR Chuo Line elevated tracks that run along the Kanda River.

Entering the entrance to the former Manseibashi Station is a trip back in time.

The staircase of the old Manseibashi Station, opened to the public for the first time in 70 years. This is the "1935 staircase", a concrete structure built in 1935.

This is the 1912 staircase, a stone staircase dating back to the opening of Manseibashi Station.

The "2013 Platform" that renoveted a platform of the former Manseibashi Station. The JR Chuo Line runs behind the glass.

There’s a diorama of the former Manseibashi Station in the "LIBRARY". The red-brick Manseibashi Station is a beautiful building, similar to the Marunouchi Exit of Tokyo Station.

The curiously shaped archways that run through the stores in the North Corridor are also a remnant of the station.

A stroll on the open deck along the Kanda River. It’s a lovely view.

mAAch ecute KANDA MANSEIBASHI

Address

1-25-4 Kanda-sudacho Chiyoda-ku 

Tel

03-3257-8910(9:30-17:00)

Closed

No Holiday

Hours

11:00 -22:00(Sunday, holidays -20:30)
Open deck -22:30(Sunday, holidays-20:30)
Shops -22:00
Restauranas,Cafes -23:00(Sunday, holidays-21:00)
※Some shops differ in business hours.

Admission

Free

Access

4-minute walk from the Electric Town Exit of JR
Akihabara Sta.

Website

https://www.ecute.jp/maach

■Sta.

The concept is "a secret base in town with a restaurant”.

This restaurant-bar opened in mAAch ecute Kanda Manseibashi in April 2021. Richly decorated with greenery, the interior is a unique space that makes use of the remains of the station, such as the arched walls and warm-feeling red bricks. The glass windows overlook the Kanda River in front of the restaurant. And chefs, nutritionists and food stylists offer "just the right food” using handmade seasonings. "This Week's Sta. Set Meal" is a healthy lunch made with seasonal ingredients. Beautifully presented on one plate, it’s sure to whet your appetite. For dessert, try the "square cheesecake”, a popular dish that melts in your mouth.

Entering through the entrance facing the open deck.

The interior of the store, which is made from the remains of the station, has the feel of a hideaway.

This week's Sta. Set Meal, featuring a variety of seasonal vegetables (1,500 yen).

A square cheesecake (500 yen) and a cup of tea (300 yen).

Sta.

Address

1st floor of mAAch ecute KANDA MANSEIBASHI

Tel

050-3613-1689

Closed

Weekends, holidays

Hours

11:00-23:00

Website

https://www.ecute.jp/maach/shop/1248

mAAch ecute KANDA MANSEIBASHI~Kanda Myojin Shrine

Turn right at the intersection in front of the post office, where the red brick wall ends.

Cross the Shohei Bridge over the Kanda River.

At the Shoheibashi Intersection, cross to the other side of the road and go straight.

Go straight at the Kanda Myojinshita Intersection.

Turn left at the corner before the Shohei Elementary School Entrance Intersection onto Myojinshita Otokozaka Street.

Go up the steep stone steps of Otokozaka.

Otokozaka offered a great view. It was also a famous place for moon viewing.

Otokozaka Gate on the right. You can enter Kanda Shrine through the Zuishinmon Gate in front.

LinkIcon Kanda Shrine

Where the “Guardian Deities of Edo” are enshrined, a site with 1,300 years of history.

The shrine was founded in 730, the second year of the Tenpyo Era, and was the main shrine of Edo. Located at the front gate of Edo Castle, it was highly revered by the Tokugawa Shogunate and the general public since the Edo period. Even today, it’s home to the guardian deities of 108 town associations in the center of Tokyo, including Kanda, Nihonbashi, Akihabara, Otemachi, and Marunouchi. The enshrined deities are Daikoku-sama, Ebisu-sama, and Taira no Masakado, and it’s said that they provide blessings for matchmaking, business prosperity, health, and luck for victory. The biennial Kanda Festival, called the Tenka Matsuri, is a spectacular festival known as one of the three major festivals in Japan. Once you pass through the Zuishinmon Gate at the entrance, you’ll find many things of interest, including the main shrine building, several small shrines, and statues of Daikoku-sama and Ebisu.

The vivid vermilion, ornately decorated Zuishinmon Gate.

Statues of Zuishin, the gatekeeper of the shrine, stand on either side of the gate.

The imposing main shrine building in the Gongen-zukuri style (Shinto style architecture ), built in 1934.

Komainu (guardian lion-dogs) sitting on either side of the main shrine. It’s rare to see them facing the front.

Statue of Daikoku-sama, a deity shrine. It’s the largest stone statue in Japan.

Statue of Ebisu-sama, a deity enshrined in the second shrine. It features a figure crossing the ocean.

A place to deposit Senjafuda (votive slips). Anyone can obtain permission at the shrine office to have them displayed.

“Goshuin” (red seals) are available on the first floor of the Cultural Exchange Center (9:00-16:00, 300 yen).

Kanda Myojin Shrine

Address

2-16-2 Soto-kanda Chiyoda-ku

Tel

03-3254-0753

Closed

No holiday

Hours

Unrestricted entry(EDO Culturel Complex: 10:00-22:00)

Admission

Free

Access

5-minute walk from the Hijiribashi Exit of JR Ochanomizu Sta.

Website

https://www.kandamyoujin.or.jp/

Kanda Myojin Shrine~Ochanomizu Station Hijiribashi

Leave Kanda Myojin Shrine through the Zuishinmon Gate and turn right.

Go down the hill and turn left at the end of the street onto Hongo-dori Avenue.

The site of the Edo-period Shoheizaka Gakumonjo (college), the predecessor of the University of Tokyo, on the right side of Hongo-dori.

The beautiful dome of the Nikolai Hall can be seen from Hijiribashi Bridge.

LinkIcon Ochanomizu Station, Hijiribashi Exit

To the Hijiribashi Exit of Ochanomizu Station on the JR Chuo and Sobu Lines


There’s a platform located between the Ochanomizubashi Exit and the Hijiribashi Exit. The area around the station is home to famous historical sites such as Kanda Shrine and Yushima Seido Temple, as well as many schools and university hospitals. The station is currently undergoing barrier-free construction, and the Hijiribashi Exit has been moved a little closer to the Ochanomizubashi Exit. until construction is completed in 2023. If you want to use the subway, the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line serves the station. Shin-Ochanomizu Station on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line is also just a one-minute walk away.

Turn right at Hijiribashi Intersection, and the goal of Ochanomizu Station Hijiribashi Exit is just around the corner.

Shin-Ochanomizu Subway Station is right in front of the JR Ochanomizu Hijiribashi Exit.

JR Ochanomizu Station is undergoing improvements to make it barrier-free.

The Hijiribashi Exit has been moved to a temporary station building until the station is completed in 2023.