Akihabara is no longer just for electronics shopping. About 500M away from Akihabara station a renovated train station with cool new food and boutique. The train station integrity was maintained so you know you are in an old train station due to the shape of the walls and walkways at Maach Acute. The station houses about 15 boutiques of beautiful Japanese-designed products from home and a handful of restaurants. The station used to be the Manseibashi station that was a major station on the old Chuo line opened in 1912, but closed in 1925. From 1932-43, then 1948 -2006 the station was the National Railroad Museum. September 2013 (101 years after originally being build) it was rebirthed and opened as Maach Ecute. This space is very special and would make a nice date spot if you have a few hours to watch the water go by.
Maach Ecute (Akihabara, Tokyo) – From Train to Boutique Station
Many of the store & restaurants face out to the Kanda river so you can watch the water go by as you enjoy a drink or eat. There is also a small museum area that explains the history of the station in Japanese and has an old train station model and photos.
Also a visit to Maach Ecute can be combined by shopping in Akihabara for electronics, as well as, a visit to 2K540 Aki-Oka Artisan Center which is a great place to view and buy Japanese crafts, read post here.
- Merchandise: Japan made clothing, glass, furniture, bags, etc
- Price: very wide spectrum
- Service: very knowledgeable and friendly
- Gift-wrap: available in many shops
- Child friendliness: stroller friendly, but nothing special for kids
- Toilets: very clean
Maach Ecute Details
Maach Ecute, Akihabara
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