Akihabara Station

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

Akihabara Station

The Akihabara Electric Town entrance of Akihabara Station, February 2015
Location 1 Soto-Kanda (JR Station)
Kanda-Sakuma-chō (Tokyo Metro)
Kanda-Hanaoka-chō (Tsukuba Express)
Chiyoda, Tokyo
Operated by
Connections Bus terminal
Opened 1890
Akihabara Station
Location within Japan

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


Akihabara Station is served by the following lines. JR East:

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-Tohoku Line (and Tohoku Shinkansen, which does not stop at Akihabara) from north to south.

Station layout

Yamanote line platform with station doors, August 2015
JR Akihabara Station Showa Dori Entrance (January 2016)

JR East

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 anti-clockwise for Ueno, Tabata, and Ikebukuro
3  Yamanote Line clockwise 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

Chest-high platform edge doors were installed on the Yamanote Line platforms in May 2015, to be brought into operation from 20 June 2015.[1]

Tokyo Metro

Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line No. 3 Entrance (December 2006)

There are two underground side platforms serving two tracks.

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

The song "Koi Suru Fortune Cookie" by AKB48 is to be used as the departure melody on the Hibiya Line platforms from spring 2016.[2]

Tsukuba Express

There is an underground island platform serving two tracks.

G Street level Exits/Entrances, connection to JR services
B1F Upper Mezzanine Fare control, station agent, ticket/Pasmo/Suica vending machines, FamilyMart, shopping, elevator to platform
B2F Center Mezzanine Staircases and escalators to Lower Mezzanine
B3F Lower Mezzanine Staircases and escalators to platform
Platform level
1 TX Tsukuba Express towards Tsukuba (Shin-Okachimachi)
Island platform, doors will open on the left or right
2 TX Tsukuba Express towards Tsukuba (Shin-Okachimachi)
1, 2  Tsukuba Express for Minami-Nagareyama, Moriya, and Tsukuba

Adjacent stations

« Service »
Yamanote Line
Kanda - Okachimachi
Keihin-Tohoku Line[3]
Kanda   Rapid
Kanda   Rapid
(weekends and national holidays)
Kanda   Local   Okachimachi
Chūō-Sōbu Line
Asakusabashi Local Ochanomizu
Tokyo Metro 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 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.[4]

Passenger statistics

In fiscal 2013, the JR East station was used by an average of 240,327 passengers daily (boarding passengers only), making it the ninth-busiest station operated by JR East.[5] Over the same fiscal year, the Tokyo Metro station was used by an average of 122,576 passengers daily (both exiting and entering passengers), making it the 23rd busiest Tokyo Metro station.[6]

The passenger figures for previous years are as shown below.

Fiscal year Daily average
JR East Tokyo Metro
2000 137,736[7]
2005 171,166[8]
2010 226,646[9]
2011 230,689[10] 119,184[11]
2012 234,187[12] 119,409[13]
2013 240,327[5] 122,576[6]

Surrounding area

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

Bus terminal

Route buses

Highway buses

See also


  1. 山手線秋葉原駅に可動式ホーム柵設置 [Platform edge doors installed at Yamanote Line Akihabara Station]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 23 May 2015. Retrieved 23 May 2015.
  2. 日比谷線 秋葉原駅・銀座駅、千代田線 乃木坂駅 発車メロディ導入曲決定! [Departure melodies to be introduced at Hibiya Line Akihabara and Ginza Stations and Chiyoda Line Nogizaka Station]. News release (in Japanese). Japan: Tokyo Metro. 20 January 2016. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  3. "2015年3月 ダイヤ改正について" [Information regarding the March 2015 timetable amendment] (pdf). East Japan Railway Company. 19 December 2014. p. 10. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  4. SeeJapan: August 2007
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