|Electric Town Exit of Akihabara Station, August 2011|
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|Neighborhood etc.||1 Soto-Kanda (JR Station)
Kanda-Sakuma-chō (Tokyo Metro)
Kanda-Hanaoka-chō (Tsukuba Express)
Metropolitan Intercity Railway Company
|Small bus terminal at this station|
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.
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|
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)|
There is an underground island platform serving two tracks.
|1, 2||■Tsukuba Express||for Minami-Nagareyama, Moriya and Tsukuba|
|Hibiya Line (H-15)|
|Kodenmachō (H-14)||-||Naka-Okachimachi (H-16)|
|Tsukuba Express (01)|
|Terminus||Commuter Rapid||Shin-Okachimachi (02)|
|Terminus||Semi Rapid||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.
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.
The main attraction is the Akihabara electronics retail district to the north and west of the station.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Akihabara Station.|
- Akihabara Station information (JR East) (Japanese)
- Akihabara Station information (Tokyo Metro) (Japanese)
- Akihabara Station information (Tsukuba Express) (Japanese)