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Akihabara Shopping

Where to Shop in Akihabara - Tokyo

If you came to Tokyo hoping to buy some of the latest gadgets then a trip to Akihabara will not disappoint. Everything from Christmas tree lights to cutting-edge silicone chips, parts for robotics, spare computer parts, dynamic audio sound rooms; if it’s electrical you’ll find it in Electric Town.

With so many shops both giant and tiny, it may take days to really explore what Akihabara has to offer. If you can, avoid Akihabara on weekends when it is so cramped that shopping is not pleasant. A visit during the week will be more comfortable and rewarding. When purchasing electronics be sure to check the voltage is suitable to your home country.

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Yodobashi Akiba

With stores all over the country Yodobashi is one of the Japan’s largest electronics chains and the Akihabara store is the biggest in the country, possibly one of the world’s largest electronics stores. Across 9 floors and 23,000 square metres you will find any kind of electronic you are looking for from computer related products to digital cameras and digital music accessories, TV, video games, CDs, DVD software. It doesn’t end there though this shop also stocks toys, bicycles and anime related items.

  • Subway: Akihabara Station, Hibiya Line
  • Address: 1-1 Kanda Hanaokacho, Chiyoda-ku
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Yamagiwa

In business for over 50 years Yamagiwa is one of the oldest stores in the area and holds a central position in Akihabara. Stocking a great range of high-end audio equipment Yamagiwa is the place to come for high-fidelity sound.

  • Subway: Akihabara Station, Hibiya Line
  • Address: 1-5-10 Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku
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LAOX

When it comes to tax-free shopping for tourists LAOX is the largest. In addition to the Japanese made electronics products LAOX also stocks cosmetics, handicrafts and novelty items. English speaking staff are able to assist with the duty-free paperwork.

  • Subway: Akihabara Station, Hibiya Line
  • Address: 1-2-9 Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku
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Ishimaru

A duty-free shop that spans five stories Ishimaru deals in all kinds of goods that appeal to travelers; luggage, travel kits, document holders, plus all the usual electronics goods. A photo studio in the third floor offers you the opportunity to take pictures in front of backdrops of Japan’s stunning natural scenery. English speaking staff assist with the duty-free claims.

  • Subway: Akihabara Station, Hibiya Line
  • Address: 1-15-4 Soto-kanda, Chiyoda-ku
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Akky International

With three stores in Akihabara alone this chain of electronics stores deals in foreign-ready home electronics. Most of the items can be taken home and used straight away. Staff speak English, Chinese and Portuguese.

  • Subway: Akihabara Station, Hibiya Line
  • Address: 1-12-1 Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku
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Super Potato

Looking for old video games? Long lost cartridges and forgotten games consoles? Head to Super Potato to find these 1980s gems recycled and in working order.

  • Subway: Akihabara Station, Hibiya Line
  • Address: 1-11-2 Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku
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Cospa Gee Store

Japanese teens love to dress up in costumes and whole stores are devoted to kos-pu-re or costume play. This store has a great variety of costumes from the Lolita look to the down-right graphic getups.

  • Subway: Akihabara Station, Hibiya Line
  • Address: 3-15-5 Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku
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Volks

This interesting and slightly disturbing shop in the historic Radio Building allows you to customize your own doll. With a great variety of body parts, hairstyles, lips and eyeballs you can create the look you want for you doll.

  • Subway: Akihabara Station, Hibiya Line
  • Address: 6-7F Radio Bldg, 1-15-16 Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku
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Akihabara Gachapon Kaikan

For a real taste of otaku style head to this capsule toy haven. With 350 capsule toy machines you could win something from Godzilla, Ultraman or Dragon Ball. Punk staff and blaring rock music reflect the usual patrons.

  • Subway: Akihabara Station, Hibiya Line
  • Address: 1F MN building, 3-15-5 Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku
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Love Merci

With five floors of racy products this very well stocked sex shop has something for everyone from saucy costumes to sex toys to sexual aids. It is well worth a visit just to see and laugh at some of the unique gag gifts.

  • Subway: Akihabara Station, Hibiya Line
  • Address: 1-2-7 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku
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