akihabara city guide

Tokyo Architecture Highlights

Akihabara Street Scene
Akihabara Street Scene Chuo Dori Street
Chou Dori Street
Night View from Roppongi Hills Tower
Night View from Roppongi Hills Tower Ueno, DownTown Tokyo
Ueno, DownTown Tokyo
Rotors -- Under the Yamanote Line near Akihabara
Rotors -- Under the Yamanote Line near Akihabara Disney Castle, Maihama
Disney Castle, Maihama Tokyo Tower, as seen from Roppongi Hills Tower
Tokyo Tower Viral Tubes, near Landmark Tower, Yokohama
Viral Tubes, Yokohama

hotels - akihabara
IF YOU WANT TO SLEEP IN AKIHABARA AS WELL AS SHOP THERE, HERE IS A SELECTION OF SOME OF THE ACCOMMODATION POSSIBILITIES IN TOWN. Personally I would head up to Minowa or Kita Senju or somewhere like that where the hotels are megacheap, or stay at my friend's place the Tokyo Ryokan in Asakusa. But some people just want to be in the heart of the action, and they want to stay in Akihabara. As well as being surrounded by electronic shops and malls and bazaars, Akihabara is close to other Tokyo attractions such as Ginza -- the Sony Showroom is just down the road, the Imperial Palace, Roppongi, and the historic sights of Ueno. Ueno would probably be the place to party if you decided to stay in Akihabara, since the streets of Akihabara are usually deserted after 9pm. Alternatively, you could take the subway to Roppongi.

Belmont Hotel: “Œ‹ž“s‘δ“Œ‹ζ–φ‹΄‚P|‚Q|‚W.
(1-2-8 Yanagibashi, Taito Ward.)
Phone: 03/3864 7733. Fax: 03/3864 7732.
Price: from 9000 Yen per night.
You cant beat this location on picturesque Kanda River. Good access to Akihabara and Asakusa and close to the river cruise launches.
"Access -- From Asakusabashi Station on the JR Sobu line: 2 min.walk.
From Asakusabashi Station on the Asakusa line: 2 min. walk.
From Higashi Nihonbashi Station on the Asakusa line: 5 min. walk.
"Room Charge single room 8000yen`11000yen.
Twin room deluxe twin room 15000yen`16700yen 22000yen
double room 15500yen
Japanese special room 21000yen 40000yen."

Capsule Inn Hotel: 6-9 Akihabara, Taito Ward.
Phone: 03/3251 0841. Fax: 03/3251 0844. Web: www.akihabara.yad.jp/map.html. Map: www.wh-rsv.com/english/akihabara/index.html#access.
Check In: 5pm. Check Out: 10am.
Credit cards accepted: American Express, JCB, Master Card, VISA.
About four minutes walk from Akihabara JR station and the Akihabara Hibiya Line station.
A night in a capsule hotel is a high priority for many tourists visiting Japan. I don't know why -- I mean I know capsule hotels are supposed to be a uniquely Japanese experience, an experience you wouldn't find in downtown Berlin or Chicago. Capsule hotels represent the two threads of Japan, the past and the future, coming together in one knot: the bonsai Zenlike love of miniaturization (in this case the miniaturization of your room!), and the Japanese love of high-tech. The end result is a style of accommodation reminiscent of those old sci-fi classics like Alien and Doctor Who -- humans stored cryogenetically in coffin sized bedchambers. If you want to experience a night in a capsule hotel while you are in Japan, what better place is there than Akihabara, the hightech heart of the whole country? On the other hand, I would rather spend the night in a Japanese love hotel, even if I was alone, because the love hotels are more fun. In a love hotel you can sing karaoke and enjoy light shows in your bathtub. In a capsule hotel you are basically crammed in like sardines. And from what I have heard (since I have never stayed in a capsule hotel before) you pass an uneasy night listening to a cachophany of neighboring wheezes and snores, before getting woken by the chorus of alarms which kick in about 6am, and continue until checkout time at 10am.
I am a cynic I know -- so go ahead and f00king shoot me!

Doll@Cafe: ŠO_“c‚P|‚U|‚VH—tŒ΄ƒZƒ“ƒ^[ƒrƒ‹5F.
(5th floor Akihabara Center Building, 1-6-7 Soto Kanda.)
Phone: 03/3251 5865. Web: http://www.doll-cafe.net. Map: http://www.doll-cafe.net/html/access.htm.
If Akihabara is the wierdest part of Tokyo, then Doll@Cafe is probably the wierdest part of Akihabara. Located on the fifth floor of Akihabara Center, Doll@Cafe is not actually a cafe but rather what they would call in England a "place of ill repute". That's right it is a brothel, a whorehouse! But here's the catch -- at Doll@Cafe there are no females, at least human females at least (with blood in their veins.) At Doll@Cafe all the ladies are lifesize dolls. I admit, some of them look cute -- see some more pictures here. But for the life of me I just can't understand why people would shell out money -- and this case a lot of money -- to sleep with a doll. For that amount of money they could purchase a real hooker. It is obvious therefore that some Japanese men would rather make love to a doll than to a woman. It is just too strange for words (but such is the nature of Japan!)
Like love hotels, there are two options -- the short stay (euphemistically called a "rest", although we all know that short Japanese love hotel stays are anything but restful), and the overnighter (at this establishment they call it the "night course".)
It's cool to take photos of yourself with the dolls, and you can also dress them up in whatever turns you on -- school uniforms and maid costumes seem to be particularly popular.
The dolls are specifically made for love and weigh in at around 26 to 28 kilograms, and are 140cm to 150cm tall when standing. A night of passion with one of them will set you back 22,000 Yen (around US$250). If you want a quick rumble then a 45 minute session will cost you only 10,000 Yen.
Want to experience modern sex Japanese style -- Doll@Cafe is the place for you!
But if real women are more to your taste, then perhaps you ought to head to Thailand!

Tokyo Green Hotel Ochanomizu: _“c’W˜H’¬‚Q|‚U.
(2-6 Kanda Awajichou.)
Phone: 03/3255 4161. Fax: 3/3255 4862. Map: click here for map.
My lesbian cousin Kel and her pet girl of the time stayed here during the silver winter of 2006/2007. I visited them once and watched a new remake of Monkey on TV. We went up to Nikko and hung out in the winter sun. According to notes I made at the time: "(The Green Hotel) is At Awajicho. Just a stones throw from Akihabara. My cousin Kellie stayed here." Kel told me all about Chem Trails. I smoked dope and tried to date a girl called Tomomi. It was just another winter in paradise -- but it was good having Kel around, even in her current lesbian form." .
From Subway Marunouchi Line Awajicho Station: 2 mins on foot. From Shuto Expressway Kandabashi Exit: (500 m)

Room Info Meals Plan Price
(Per person)
Single room 9sqm
for 1persons
BedSize 105cmx195cm
No Meal Selection JPY 7,900
Single room 9sqm
for 1persons
BedSize 105cmx195cm
Breakfast Selection JPY 9,000
Washington Hotel: ²‹vŠΤ’¬‚P|‚W|‚R.
(1-8-3 Sakumacho.)
Phone: 03/3255 3311. Fax: 03/3255 7343. Web: www.wh-rsv.com/english/. Map: www.wh-rsv.com/english/akihabara/index.html#access.
Check In: 2pm. Check Out: 10am.
Two minutes walk from Akihabara Station on the JR Lines and Eidan Hibiya subway line. Just across the road you will find the Tsukuba Express line, which can take you north out of the city.
Credit Cards accepted: Amex, Visa, Master, Diners.
Regular Rates: Singles from 11,550 Yen, Twins from 18,690 Yen, and Doubles from 17,850 yen. Breakfast is an extra 1,300 yen per person with tax.
This is a huge restaurant located in the heart of Akihabara, and is perfect for those whose idea of a holiday in Japan, is hunting through software shops and used manga malls. Conditions in this hotel, are just as hightech as those outside, on the neon streets. All guest rooms are furnished with a work desk, TV, high-speed intrnet access, telephone, refrigerator, air conditioning, hairdryer, bath, shower and toilet. Inside the hotel are two restaurants: Ginza (open weekdays only), a traditional Japanese number offering live seafood, tempura and kaiseki (Japan's answer to haute cuisine). The other place is Cafe Restaurant Bonjour, "a bright yet relaxing atmosphere in a fashionable cafe terrace style. Serves tea, coffee, cakes, refreshments and other light meals" according to the hotel website.
Someone who stayed at the Washington commented: "The room was microscopic, and the bathroom was even smaller, but the Hotel was super clean and in the middle of Akibahara, the mecca of Japan's nerd culture..."
On the other hand, a New Zealand guest of the hotel remarked: "Liked - great location, easy access to the trains and subway. (1 minute walk) Only one change to get to the airport. Close to the Ueno area for eating, markets and color. Easy access to Ginza. Clean rooms, competent and helpful service. Rooms a reasonable size - for Tokyo.

If you do end up staying in Akihabara, you should at some point check out some of the local maid cafes. On Big Empire Dot Com, the maid phenomenon was described thus: "Though the name may imply otherwise, a maid café is not a place to find a woman busily working a vacuum, nor even an ambiguous shroud for yet another type of Japanese sex establishment. With menus, written in deliberately unique Japanese, offering everything from ?glittle devil?h cocktails (600 yen) to full-body massages (4,000 yen for thirty minutes), these establishments allow customers to partake in a faux master-and-servant relationship with a young lady sporting a Victorian outfit or other seductive wear, perhaps a uniform based on a popular manga, anime, or video game. Conversations often include such honorific titles as my lord or my lady."

: TelephoneF 3862 0095. In the backstreets on the other side of the Showa HighwayC near the overhead train line which leads to Asakusabashi. Looks like a typical Japanese business hotel. If you follow that overhead rail line to Asakusabashi you will find a neat area though... very Tokyo Bladerunner with shops and restaurants cramming the narrow streets.

Akihabara Maid Cafes: A-K | Akihabara Maid Cafes: L-Z | Maid Cafes in Other Parts of Japan and Korea | Maid Reflexology (Massage and Aromatherapy)| Maid Services for Freaks
Contact the author Rob Sullivan at coderot@gmail.com. Anticopyright November 2007/July 2004.




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