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Updated: April 2, 2018

2k540 2k540 AKI-OKA ARTISAN

5-9 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo

Escape otaku overload at an artsy arcade under JR lines

Mention Akihabara and maid cafes and otaku spring to mind. But walking toward Akihabara from JR Okachimachi Station and underneath the elevated railway tracks is a makers' market where obsessions are of a different kind.

Named 2k540, the arts and crafts shopping precinct features around 50 different artisanal shops, studios, galleries, and cafes. The stores sell everything from leather goods to woodwork to jewelry, and visitors are invited to try their hand making various goods, although most classes are taught in Japanese only. Most of the goods sold are one-offs, making this arcade a worthwhile place to shop for one-of-a-kind mementos and souvenirs.

The only thing geeky about 2k540 is its name. A nod to railway terminology, “2k540 Aki-Oka Artisan” refers to both its distance from Tokyo Station (2.54 kilometers) and its location between Akihabara (Aki) and Okachimachi (Oka) stations.

How to Get There

  • Okachimachi Sta. | South Exit | 4 mins on foot
    JR Yamanote Line | JR Keihin-Tohoku Line
  • Akihabara Sta. | Akihabara Electric Town Exit | 6 mins on foot
    JR Yamanote Line | JR Keihin-Tohoku Line | JR Sobu Line | Hibiya Line | Tsukuba Express
  • Suehirocho Sta. | Exit 2 | 3 mins on foot
    Ginza Line

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Contact

Opening Hours

  • 11:00–19:00 Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
    Opening hours may vary by business/facility

Price

Free

Facility Info

  • Restrooms | Dining facilities | Parking |
  • Disabled parking | Accessible restrooms | Baby changing facilities | ostomate restrooms |

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