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Akihabara and Jimbo-cho

Akihabara is techno-geek heaven. Also known as Akihabara Electric Town, this district, which was once all about electronics, is becoming a wacky fetish district where otaku (nerds) can indulge in computer-game fantasies, hang out in kinky cafés, and buy manga (comics). Visitors don't just come here to purchase digital cameras, but to also observe one of the nation’s subcultures.


you're looking for something a little more cerebral, head to Jimbo-cho, where family-run specialty bookstores of every genre abound. A number of antiquarian booksellers carry rare typeset editions, wood-block-printed books of the Edo period, and individual prints. The bookstores run for ½ km (¼ mile) on Yasukuni-dori beginning at the Surugadai-shita intersection. Many of Japan's most prestigious publishing houses make their home in Jimbo-cho as well, and the area is also home to Meiji University and Nihon University.

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