Akihabara Station

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Akihabara Station (秋葉原駅) is a station on the Tokyo Subway and Yamanote Line located in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. The station is well known for being the center of the Akihabara electronic shopping district.



First opened in November of 1890, Akihabara’s original role was as a freight terminal linking Ueno Station to the Yamanote Line. Passenger trains first ran on the line in 1925 when the Ueno segment was linked to Shinbashi through Tokyo Station and the Yamanote Line was fully completed. The current platforms on the upper level were created in 1932 and the Sobu Line’s extension soon after made Akihabara an important transfer station between Tokyo and Chiba City.

Following World War II, a second Sobu Line tunnel was build to link Kinshicho and Tokyo because of considerable congestion in Akihabara. Later, another station was opened for the Hibiya Line in 1962 as well. Most recently, the Tsukuba Express Line terminal was opened in 2005 alongside the full remodeling of the rest of the station.

Lines and Service

Akihabara Station currently provides service to five different lines from three separate services. The following lines run through Akihabara Station:


The station is built with an above ground and below ground segment. The above ground part of the station consists of a cross-shaped platform set up with the Chuo-Sobu Line trains running east-west, and the Yamanote and Keihin-Tohoku Lines running north-south.

JR East Lines

Tokyo Metro

  • Hibiya Line – Ginza, Kasumigaseki, Nakameguro, Hiyoshi, Kikuna
  • Hibiya Line – Ueno, Kita-senju, Kita-Koshigaya, Kita-Kasukabe, Tobu Dobutsu Koen

Tsukuba Express

Nearby Stations

The stations nearest to Akihabara include, in either direction:

  • Yamanote Line – Kanda, Okachimachi
  • Keihin-Tohoku Line – Tokyo, Ueno, Kanda, Okachimachi
  • Sobu Line Local – Asakusabashi, Ochanomizu
  • Hibiya Line – Kodenmacho, Naka-Okachimachi

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