Akihabara is the mecca of Otaku culture. If you like manga, anime, games, and any other Japanese pop-culture related things, this is the town for you. The stores handling manga and video games in this area are so specialized, and there are some rare items you can only find in Akihabara.
Akihabara is also famous for its many electronic devices’ shops. It all started after WWII when merchants handling radio parts started to gather in this town. Back then it was famous for being a black market. But now it has evolved into the “place to go” for purchasing electronic devices, to the point that Akihabara is referred to as the “Electric Town”. In fact, right in front of the train station stands one of the largest electronic appliances store.