- Akihabara Station
infobox japan station
caption=Central entrance to Akihabara station.
address=1 Soto-Kanda (JR Station)
Kanda-Sakumacho (Tokyo Metro)
Kanda-Hanaokacho (Tsukuba Express)
Keihin-Tōhoku Line Yamanote Line Chūō-Sōbu Line
Metropolitan Intercity Railway Company
nihongo|Akihabara Station|秋葉原駅| akihabara-eki is locatedin
Tokyo's Chiyodaward. It is at the centre of the famous Akihabarashopping district specialising in electronic goods.
Akihabara Station was opened in November 1890 as a freight terminal linked to
Ueno Stationstation via tracks following the course of the modern day Yamanote Line.
It was opened to passenger traffic in 1925 following the constructionof the section of track linking Ueno with Shinbashi via Tokyo station and the completion of the Yamanote Line. The upperlevel platforms were added in 1932 with the opening of an extension to the Sōbu Line from its old terminal at Ryōgoku to Ochanomizu, making Akihabara into an important transfer station for passengers from the east of Tokyo and Chiba.
The huge growth in commuter traffic following the Second World War caused considerable congestion and was only relieved with the construction of the Sōbu line tunnel linking Kinshichō with Tokyo, bypassing Akihabara.
The Hibiya Line subway station was opened on
May 31, 1962withthe line's extension from Naka-Okachimachi to Ningyōchō.
August 24, 2005, the underground terminus of the new Tsukuba ExpressLine opened at Akihabara. The entire station complex, including the JR station, was also refurbished and enlarged in preparation for the opening of the Tsukuba Express. [ [http://news.seejapan.co.uk/newsarticle.cfm?issueid=113&articleID=817 SeeJapan: August 2007 ] ]
Chūō-Sōbu Line Tokyo Metro:
Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line Metropolitan Intercity Railway Company:
The above-ground section of the station is cross-shaped, with the Chūō-Sōbu Line tracks running from east to west, and the Yamanote and Keihin-Tōhoku Line (and
Tōhoku Shinkansen, which does not stop at Akihabara) from north to south.
Around the Station
The main attraction is the
Akihabaraelectronics retail district to the north and west of the station.
*There are 2
island platforms with 4 tracks for the Yamanote Line and the Keihin-Tohoku Line on the 2nd level, and 2 side platforms with 2 tracks for the Sobu Line Local Service on the 4th level.
*There are 2
side platforms with 2 tracks underground.
*There is an
island platformwith 2 tracks underground.
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Notes and references
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