Akihabara Station

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Coordinates: 35°41′54″N 139°46′25″E / 35.698240°N 139.773731°E / 35.698240; 139.773731

Akihabara Station
Akihabara Station Electric Town Exit.jpg
Electric Town Exit of Akihabara Station, August 2011
Prefecture Tokyo
(See other stations in Tokyo)
Ward Chiyoda
Neighborhood etc. 1 Soto-Kanda (JR Station)
Kanda-Sakuma-chō (Tokyo Metro)
Kanda-Hanaoka-chō (Tsukuba Express)
Year opened 1890
Rail services
Operator(s) JR East
Tokyo Metro
Metropolitan Intercity Railway Company
Line(s) Keihin-Tōhoku Line
Yamanote Line
Chūō-Sōbu Line
Hibiya Line
Tsukuba Express
Aiga bus inv.svg Small bus terminal at this station

Akihabara Station (秋葉原駅 Akihabara-eki?) is a railway station located in Tokyo's Chiyoda ward. It is at the center of the famous Akihabara shopping district specializing in electronic goods.


JR Akihabara Station Showa Dori Entrance (May, 2006)

JR East:

Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line No. 3 Entrance (Dec, 2006)

Tokyo Metro:

Metropolitan Intercity Railway Company:

The above-ground section of the station is cross-shaped, with the Chūō-Sōbu Line tracks running from east to west, and the Yamanote and Keihin-Tōhoku Line (and Tōhoku Shinkansen, which does not stop at Akihabara) from north to south.

Station layout[edit]

JR East[edit]

There are two island platforms serving four tracks for the Yamanote Line and the Keihin-Tohoku Line on the 2nd level, and two side platforms serving two tracks for the Sobu Line Local service on the 4th level.

1 Keihin-Tohoku Line northbound for Ueno, Tabata and Ōmiya
2 Yamanote Line inner track for Ueno, Tabata and Ikebukuro
3 Yamanote Line outer track for Tokyo, Shinagawa and Shibuya
4 Keihin-Tohoku Line southbound for Tokyo, Shinagawa and Yokohama
5 Chūō-Sōbu Line westbound for Ochanomizu, Shinjuku, Nakano and Mitaka
6 Chūō-Sōbu Line eastbound for Kinshichō, Funabashi and Chiba

Tokyo Metro[edit]

There are two underground side platforms serving two tracks.

1 Hibiya Line for Ginza, Kasumigaseki, and Naka-Meguro
2 Hibiya Line for Ueno, Kita-Senju, Kuki and Minami-Kurihashi (via Tobu Skytree Line)

Tsukuba Express[edit]

There is an underground island platform serving two tracks.

1, 2 Tsukuba Express for Minami-Nagareyama, Moriya and Tsukuba

Adjacent stations[edit]

« Service »
Yamanote Line
Kanda - Okachimachi
Keihin-Tohoku Line
Tokyo   Rapid   Ueno
Kanda   Local   Okachimachi
Chūō-Sōbu Line
Asakusabashi Local Ochanomizu
Hibiya Line (H-15)
Kodenmachō (H-14) - Naka-Okachimachi (H-16)
Tsukuba Express (01)
Terminus   Rapid   Shin-Okachimachi (02)
Terminus   Commuter Rapid   Shin-Okachimachi (02)
Terminus   Semi Rapid   Shin-Okachimachi (02)
Terminus   Local   Shin-Okachimachi (02)


Akihabara Station was opened in November 1890 as a freight terminal linked to Ueno Station station via tracks following the course of the modern day Yamanote Line.

It was opened to passenger traffic in 1925 following the construction of the section of track linking Ueno with Shinbashi via Tokyo Station and the completion of the Yamanote Line. The upper level platforms were added in 1932 with the opening of an extension to the Sōbu Line from its old terminal at Ryōgoku to Ochanomizu, making Akihabara an important transfer station for passengers from the east of Tokyo and Chiba Prefecture.

The huge growth in commuter traffic following the Second World War caused considerable congestion and was only relieved with the construction of the Sōbu line tunnel linking Kinshichō with Tokyo, bypassing Akihabara.

The Hibiya Line subway station was opened on May 31, 1962 with the line's extension from Naka-Okachimachi to Ningyōchō.

On August 24, 2005, the underground terminus of the new Tsukuba Express Line opened at Akihabara. The entire station complex, including the JR station, was also refurbished and enlarged in preparation for the opening of the Tsukuba Express.[1]

Surrounding area[edit]

The main attraction is the Akihabara electronics retail district to the north and west of the station.


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