A place where you can find your own little obsession: “Okachimachi”

The JR Okachimachi station is between Ueno and Akihabara stations.These areas are each highly specialised. For example, Akihabara is famous for being “The electronic city”, while Okachimachi is known as “Jewelry town”.

From a past of the altar fittings of Edo period shrines and temples, to the present where ring manufacturing is now flourishing. Today, while still a wholesale district with trader oriented businesses such as craftsmen or gem-dealers remaining, many ordinary people also visit looking for jewelry, engagement rings, or parts for accessories.

2010 saw the opening of “2k540 AKI-OKA ARTISAN”, an institution based on the theme of “making things”, and which links Okachimachi and Akihabara both physically and thematically. Not only jewelry shops, but also a variety of handicrafts, and workspaces reside under one roof. You can buy works directly from the creator, or even try your hand at making something yourself at a workshop. It has gained popularity as a place where you can obtain traditional Japanese, or even rare and previously unseen, crafts.

Okachimachi is a essentially a town where those who loving making gather. A town sure to satiate the inquiring minds of those who have their own little obsessions to search for.