Translated by Shinji Takaramura
Gadgets Galore: From Akihabara Station To The Electric Town Exit
To some, the Electric Town exit of Akihabara Station may be hard to find, but this article will show you how to navigate the area like a pro.
Written by ochiai keiichi
The Yamanote line, Keihin-Tohoku line, and the local trains of both the Chuo and Sobu lines all stop at JR Akihabara Station, so it maybe difficult for first-time visitors to navigate inside the station. Also, the Akihabara stations of the Tsukuba Express and the Tokyo Metro Hibiya line are located on the opposite side of the Electric Town, with a JR Station in between.
So even the Japanese have difficulty reaching Electric Town after getting off at Akihabara Station.
In this article, we will show you how to reach the Electric Town exit of JR Akihabara Station, from each station.
From JR Akihabara Station
You should think in terms of floors to understand JR Akihabara Station.
First of all, the exits are primarily on the first floor. After exiting the Central gate, you can reach the Electric Town exit by walking through the first floor.
If you exit from the Showa-dori gate, you will have to use the passageway on the second floor, and go down to the first floor to reach the Electric Town exit.
The platforms for the Yamanote line and the Keihin-Tohoku line are on the second floor.
The local trains of both the Chuo and Sobu lines stop at the the third floor platform.
Where to Go From the Third Floor Platform
Let's head to the Electric Town exit. After getting off the train heading for Shinjuku at the third floor platform, look for the sign in the photograph, with the words Electric Town Exit written on it. It is located in the middle of the platform.
There is another sign, with three exits, including the Electric Town, written on it. The route following this sign is complicated, so get back to the first sign.
Follow the arrow of the first sign and go down the stairs.
You will reach the second floor platform for the Yamanote and Keihin-Tohoku lines. Turn around...
... and there is an escalator, located behind the stairs you just went down, so head for the first floor. For those getting off at the second floor platform, look for this escalator.
This is a long escalator.
At the end of the escalator, you will find this sign on the floor. Follow the arrow with the pink background.
Keep on walking, and you will reach the Electric Town exit in no time.
From the Akihabara Stations of the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line and Tsukuba Express
The exits of both stations are located on the opposite side of the Electric Town exit. Take the "Tozai Renraku Tsuro" [a connecting passageway between the east side and the west side of the JR Akihabara station], and head for the Electric Town exit.
This route starts from exit No.3 of the Hibiya Line's Akihabara Station. The Tsukuba Express (also known as the TX line) exit will come up along the route.
From exit No.3 of the Hibiya Line's Akihabara Station, you can see Yodobashi Akiba. Turn left at its entrance.
Walk along Yodobashi Akiba and keep on going through the pedestrian crossing.
This is the A2 exit of the TX line. Turn left at this point, and head for the Central gate of JR Akihabara Station.
For those coming out of the A2 exit, turn right, and head for the Central gate.
Keep on going straight.
You will see the connecting passageway on your right.
Go through the passageway, and you will reach the Electric Town exit in no time.
This is the the Electric Town exit. The ticket gates of JR Akihabara Station are inside. Compared to the JR stations in Shunjuku or Ueno, Akihabara is a relatively small station. Choose your route carefully, and you will be able to enjoy sightseeing in Akihabara.