AKIHABARA SHOPPING

Akihabara Shopping - Akihabara is famous for its electronics and hi tech shopping. Akihabara features the massive Yodobashi Camera store.

Akihabara is Tokyo's "Electric Town", which is focused around Akihabara Station. Akihabara built its reputation has a place to go in Tokyo for very technically advanced hobbist style parts and equipment sold from many small shops. Today those smaller shops only make up a small and demininshing part of Akihabara. The Akihabara of today caters much more to the main stream consumer and their desires for consumer electronics sold from larger stores.

Akihabara Shopping

Some of the smaller market style stores in Akihabara

Akihabara Shopping

On Sunday afternoons, the main street is blocked to vehicle traffic and the area takes on a different feel. This makes it easier to access many small vendors that offer products not seen in the major stores. Refer to our Akihabara Map for the locations of the most of the popular stores in Akihabara.

Note that products intended for the Japanese market may only use 110V electricity (most now have international power supplies, but check to make sure), have no international warranty, are labelled in Japanese and some will only have Japanese documentation. Head for the many duty-free shops to find export models, which are priced at a premium and the range will be very limited.

Duty Free Stores
Larger shops can arrange sales tax exemptions for purchases of over ¥10000, saving you 5%. Unlike most countries, in Japan the sales tax is refunded immediately, so there is no need to claim the sales tax back at the airport on departure. You will need to show your passport and you should clear your purchase through customs at the airport at departure time. The larger stores and some smaller shops take credit cards, but a transaction fee may be applied (usually 2%).

Shopping Comparison
Most major items I found to be similar pricing to that in the USA or Australia, but exchange rate variations can make for short term discounts. Warranties are the other issue to consider, many brands do not have international warranties. The advantage of shopping in Japan for electrical or photographic items is the access to a range of products that are not released outside of Japan. These items may not have had their international release or may never be released. This also applies to many smaller items and accessories, but the internet has started to make some of these items more available outside of Japan.

Should I buy a camera in Japan or locally?
Potentially you may be able to buy a model a few weeks earlier in Japan or for a little less. It was difficult to make a comparison, but the difference didn't seem to that great. Part of the problem, particularly with digital SLR cameras is the lenses packages vary and even the name of the camera, for example, a Canon EOS 350D in Australia, a Rebel XT in USA and a KISS in Japan. Then there are many combinations of lenses that can be packaged with it.

I strongly recommend buying your camera before you travel unless you are already very familiar with the camera. You really need time to learn all the different aspects of the camera before you travel, other wise you will be in a situation where you want to take a difficult or unusual photo and the result may not be the best it could be. Even with many hours practice with the camera before I left for Japan, I was still caught out in one situation where I had to switch to automatic mode, thus missing a particular low light long range flash photo.

AKIHABARA STORES

You can locate these stores on our Akihabara Map.

Aisan

Aisan
Aisan store in Akihabara, supplies mainly cables and networking equipment....

AKKY II Store
AKKY II Store is just a short walk from JR Akihabara station (Akihabara). Great selection of Duty Free electronic products for overseas use as English OS PC, English OS PDA, Digital Video Ca...

AKKY III Store
AKKY III Store is just a short walk from JR Akihabara station (Akihabara). Great selection of Duty Free electronic products for overseas use as English OS PC, English OS PDA, Digital Video C...

AKKY International Main Store
AKKY International Main Store is a minute walk from JR Akihabara station (Akihabara). Great selection of Duty Free electronic products for overseas use as English OS PC, English OS PDA, Dig...

DoCoMo Akihabara
DoCoMo, or formally NTT DoCoMo is the brand of the mobile network owned by NTT telecommunications company which is one third owned by the Japanese Government. DoCoMo Akihabara islocated in A...

Don Quijote Akihabara

Don Quijote Akihabara
Don Quijote is a chain of discount stores selling a wide range of products including groceries, electronics and clothing. Don Quijote Akihabara is in Akihabara....

Ishimaru Denki Main Store Akihabara

Ishimaru Denki Main Store Akihabara
Ishimaru Denki operates several stores in Akihabara. Ishimaru Denki Main Store Akihabara focuses on computers and mobile phones....

Ishimaru Denki Soft
Ishimaru Denki operates several stores in Akihabara. Ishimaru Denki Soft store focuses on software; that is movies, games and anime related merchandise....

Kajitsu Duty Free Shop
Kajitsu Duty Free Shop focuses on supplying the Chinese traveller with duty free products from Japan....

LAOX Computer Building

LAOX Computer Building
Laox Computer Store specializes in export products and has multilingual staff on hand. There are in fact eight Laox stores in Akihabara, including the main store, computer store, Duty free s...

LAOX Duty Free Akihabara

LAOX Duty Free Akihabara
Laox Duty Free Store specializes in export products and has multilingual staff on hand. There are in fact eight Laox stores in Akihabara, including the main store, computer store, Duty free ...

LAOX Mac Akihabara
LAOX Mac specializes in Apple products. There are in fact eight Laox stores in Akihabara....

LAOX Main Store

LAOX Main Store
LAOX Main Store specializes in export products and has multilingual staff on hand. There are in fact eight Laox stores in Akihabara, including the main store, computer store, Duty free store...

LAOX Watch and Camera Store
LAOX Watch and Camera Store specializes in export products and has multilingual staff on hand. There are in fact eight Laox stores in Akihabara, including the main store, computer store, Dut...

Onoden Main Store

Onoden Main Store
Onoden Main Store features Duty Free and English speaking staff. The range includes electrical home appliances through to home entertainment systems and cameras....

Radio Centre Akihabara

Radio Centre Akihabara
Electronic component market in Akihabara. Also referred to as Radio Kaikan....

Radio Kaikan

Radio Kaikan
The cradle of modern technology in Akihabara. In the early days of personal computers, NEC established a direct sales outlet here, where it sold the first personal computer in Japan. Now the...

Sega Akihabara

Sega Akihabara
Sega Akihabara is the Sega specialty theme store in Akihabara....

Sofmap 4 Akihabara
There are some 12 Sofmap stores in Akihabara....

Sofmap Akihabara

Sofmap Akihabara
There are some 12 Sofmap stores in Akihabara....

Sofmap Kakuta Akihabara

Sofmap Kakuta Akihabara
There are some 12 Sofmap stores in Akihabara....

Sofmap Mac Akihabara
There are some 12 Sofmap stores in Akihabara. This one specializes in Apple Mac equipment....

Takarada Duty Free Main Shop

Takarada Duty Free Main Shop
Takarada is a large electronics store in Akihabara that sells duty free. This is the main store of two in Akihabara....

Takarada Duty Free Rocket number 1 Store

Takarada Duty Free Rocket number 1 Store
Takarada is a large electronics store in Akihabara that sells duty free. This is their second of two stores in Akihabara....

Tsukumo Robot Kingdom

Tsukumo Robot Kingdom
Tsukumo Robot Kingdom was the first specialist store selling robots in the world. Robot fans and builders all over the world come to Tsukumo Robot Kingdom which is just three minutes walk fr...

Yamada Denki, LABI Akihabara PC Store

Yamada Denki, LABI Akihabara PC Store
Yamada Denki, LABI Akihabara PC Store (former Sato Musen as seen in this picture), is a large computer store directly opposite Akihabara Station. Yamada Denki is one of Japan's largest chain...

Yodobashi Camera Akihabara

Yodobashi Camera Akihabara
Yodobashi Camera is a chain of camera stores that sell far more than just cameras. Their range includes home eletronics, mobile phones and computers. Yodobashi Camera Akihabara is a massive ...


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