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A new town of sensitive and skilled artisans underneath the elevated railway tracks

Okachi-machi, known for its wholesale stores selling jewelry and ornaments, is located between Ueno and Akihabara. In December 2010, a new spot was born there which gathers together the skills of traditional craftsmen. This new location is called “2k540 Aki-Oka Artisan” and is situated underneath the elevated railway tracks as you walk towards Akihabara along the train tracks from JR Okachimachi Station.
The theme of these facilities is “making things,” and 2k540 Aki-Oka Artisan features a group of craftsmen who display their advanced, high quality skills in galleries, studios, cafes, shops, and more. In addition to shopping, attention is being paid to 2k540 Aki-Oka Artisan as a place where people can not only watch but also experience; regular workshops are held to allow visitors to try their hand at making things. There are also unique cafes for taking a break after shopping.
2k540 Aki-Oka Artisan’s mysterious name comes from railroad terminology expressing the distance (called “kilotei”) from Tokyo Station. Kilotei describes the distance from a starting point at a train station. In other words, 2k540 Aki-Oka Artisan is located in the 2k540 area, which is two kilometers and 540 meters from Tokyo Station. In addition, “Aki-Oka” refers to the location between Akihabara and Okachimachi.
This new town of artisans beneath the elevated railway tracks is creating new trends that connect Akihabara and Okachimachi by foot.

Photo courtesy of JR East Urban Development

Location

5-9 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo (beneath the elevated railway tracks between Akihabara Station and Okachimachi Station on the Yamanote Line)

Admission

Admission is charged for participation in some events

Access

5-minute walk from Akihabara Station on the Yamanote Line, 3-minute walk from Okachimachi Station on the Yamanote Line, 3-minute walk from Suehirocho Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line

Hours

11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. (some hours may vary)

Closed

Every Wednesday (if Wednesday is a holiday, closings may vary)

Sponsor/For more information

2k540 Promotion Center Telephone 03-6806-0254

URL

http://www.jrtk.jp/2k540/

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