Located under a JR railway station line overpass between Akihabara Station and Okachimachi Station is a one of a kind artisan alley. Opened in 2010 it features multiple talented vendors showcasing their high quality and usually one of a kind crafts.
In fact, over 50+ shops of handmade Japanese crafts can be seen here. From kaleidoscopes, hats, and even umbrellas there surely is something for everyone. Added bonus, the tourists can get a tax-free price on all sales.
For example, there are handmade kaleidoscopes of every size and color. One has to see them to believe the dazzling colors they can portray. If you’re lucky you can see the actual artist producing his wares in the storefront ( as seen below)!
Another thing not to be missed is a traditional Japanese wood carving artisan. From toys to desktop items, this store is a must see. Who doesn’t need a wooden keyboard?
The name itself is derived from old train terminology or distance from the Tokyo railway station of 2 km 540 meters, hence the 2k540. The Aki-Oka on the signage above also designates it’s distance between Akiahabara and Okachimachi stations
For the adventurous, there are regular classes held to allow both young and old to try themselves at craft making, some of which may charge a nominal fee. The area is closed on Wednesdays and some stores’ opening hours vary, so be sure to check the website for accurate dates and times.
There are multiple cafes and coffee shops should you need to rest or unwind. One of which even had a hammock to get most of your relaxation. There is a specialty coffee bean store that will happily provide you a sample with every purchase!
|Location||5-9 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo (beneath the elevated railway tracks between Akihabara Station and Okachimachi Station on Yamanote Line) Access|
|Admission||Admission is charged for participation in some events|
|Access||5-minute walk from Akihabara Station, Yamanote Line, 3-minute walk from Okachimachi Station on Yamanote Line, 3-minute walk from Suehirocho Station on Tokyo Metro Ginza Line|
|Hours||11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. (may differ)|
|Closed||Every Wednesday (may differ if Wednesday is a holiday)|
2k540 website *Japanese only