2k540 Aki-Oka Artisan

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Name in Japanese: 2k540 AKI-OKA ARTISAN
Area: Akihabara , Okachimachi
Address: 5 Chome-9 Ueno, Taitō-ku, Tōkyō [map]
Phone: 03-6806-0254 03-6806-0254
Access: 218 m from Suehirochō Station Ginza Line (G14)
0.5 km from Akihabara Station Hibiya Line (H15)Yamanote Line (JY3)Chūō-Sōbu Line (JB21)Keihin-Tōhoku Line (JK20)
0.6 km from Ueno-hirokoji Station Ginza Line (G15)
Hours: 11am - 7pm
Website: http://www.jrtk.jp/2k540/

A collection of 50 craft shops, workshops and cafes under the tracks between Akihabara and Okachimachi stations, 2k540 Aki-Oka Artisan is a result of the local gentrification. Previously a machinery storage area, the area beneath the train tracks is now a pedestrianised walk way with a quirky twist. As you may be wondering what the name means, 2k540 refers to the distance from Tokyo Station, while Aki is from Akihabara and Oka from Okamachi, the stations it lies between. There is a focus on arts and crafts with over 50 different shops and cafes, which lends the final addition to the name: artisan.