Akihabara is a place famous for subculture and otaku culture such as manga, anime, video games, and electronics. Many people visit Akihabara to see the town and see only aspects of Akihabara for otaku. 2k540 AKI-OKA ARTISAN is a bit different destination from such impressions of Akihabara. The place gathers approximately 50 shops offering modern-style Japanese crafts such as pottery, woodworks, accessories, leather crafts, etc. This is some of the rare places in Akihabara to feel traditional Japanese flavors. Let’s take a look at it.
What is 2k540 AKI-OKA ARTISAN in Akihabara?
2k540 AKI-OKA ARTISAN is located under the railroad between Akihabara Station and Okachimachi Station. You will be able to find the place easily by heading north along the railroad from Akihabara Station (or towards south from Okachimachi Station). It’s only 6 mins on foot from Akihabara Station.
It’s an artisan institution which combines studio, shop, and cafes. Approximately 50 artisans have their shops here, offering various traditional crafts some of them arranged in the modern design to match our contemporary life. I guess products here would match Western-style houses and decors naturally.
Shops include potteries, wooden works, leather crafts, textiles, jewelry, glass arts, etc. There is also an open space to invite different artists from all over Japan seasonally. 2k540 AKI-OKA ARTISAN has a few restaurants and cafes so you can also take a break from shopping, as it has approximately 50 shops and it would take quite a while to see everything.
Below are examples of shops in the shopping complex 2k540 AKI-OKA ARTISAN:
Nijiyura is a brand launched by a factory in Osaka to pass on the traditional dying technique “chu-sen” to future generations. Nijiyura produces products in modern design that fits our contemporary life. Pretty seasonal prints on their Tenugui (Japanese towel) and handkerchiefs are beautiful, and they would be perfect for your souvenir from Japan.
Nocra is a woodcrafts shop, and their items are made in Asahikawa, Hokkaido where is famous for woodcrafts and wood furniture in Japan. Their playful woodcrafts such as stationery, interior goods, and toys are amazing, and you can have fun just looking at them as well.
Megurite is a shop gathered five different traditional crafts artisans: bamboo crafts, woodcrafts, Mizubiki, etc. As it’s a shop that combines different artists, the shop offers various products, and it’s a great place to explore what you like. Male, female, and children alike can enjoy shopping in Megurite.
Maito produces clothing and daily living goods made from natural materials based on dyeing techniques using plant materials that existed in ancient times. The natural colors of their products are beautiful and also the quality of textile is fantastic.
Tokyo noble is a specialty shop where you can create your customized umbrellas. Being able to choose from 77 colors and a wide variety of handles must be unique. They also offer readymade umbrellas so if you forgot to bring one from home; this is the place to buy pretty umbrellas in Akihabara!
Hyakkaten means department store in Japanese. As the name suggests, they gather exceptional and unique Japanese products created using traditional techniques and materials from all over Japan. You surely be able to find something you like from their extensive selections of Japanese crafts.
Some shops even offer workshops on weekends, and you can try making your traditional Japanese crafts. Why don’t you include 2K540 AKI-OKA ARTISAN to places to visit in Akihabara on the next vacation?
2k540 AKI-OKA ARTISAN
Address: 5-9-23 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo
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Information in this article is as of July 2019.