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 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 would take days to fully explore what Akihabara has to offer. If you can, avoid Akihabara on weekends when it is so cramped that shopping isn't 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’ll find every kind of electronics item you could think of – from computers to digital cameras, music accessories, TVs, to video games and fun gadgets. It doesn’t end there though, as this shop also stocks toys, bicycles and anime related items.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 9.30am to 10pm
  • Address: 1-1 Kanda Hanaokacho, Chiyoda, Tokyo 101-0028, Japan
  • Tel: +81 (0)3-5209-1010
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LAOX Akihabara

LAOX is a tax-free shop in Akihabara that offers visitors a huge range of souvenirs and Japanese products. If you’re looking for 1 shop to pick up all your gifts for the family, LAOX would be a great choice. In addition to the Japanese-made electronics products, LAOX also stocks cosmetics, handicrafts, jewellery and novelty items. Staff at LAOX Akihabara can speak English, Chinese and Korean and are able to assist you with the duty-free paperwork.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 7.30pm
  • Address: 1-2-9 Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda, Tokyo, 101-0021, Japan
  • Tel: +81 (0)3-3253-7111
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Ishimaru Denki Akihabara

Ishimaru Denki Akihabara is a duty-free shop that spans 5 stories and deals in all kinds of goods that appeal to travellers: luggage, travel kits, plus all the usual electronics goods. A photo studio on the third floor offers a fun opportunity to take pictures with many of Japan's most impressive landscapes as backdrops. English speaking staff will be able to assist you with the duty-free claims. The building itself seems cut straight from a sci-fi movie, and looks particularly impressive at night with its wall of lights.

  • Subway: Akihabara Station, Hibiya Line
  • Address: 1-15-4 Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan
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Cospa Gee Store Akiba

Cospa Gee Store stocks a range of fantasy costumes and fancy dress outfits. 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 more risqué outfits.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 11am to 8pm
  • Subway: Akihabara Station, Hibiya Line
  • Address: 3-15-5, Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
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Akihabara Gachapon Kaikan

For a real taste of otaku style, head to this capsule toy (gachapon) haven in Akihabara. With more than 400 capsule toy machines you could win anything from Godzilla, to Ultraman or Dragon Ball Z. You should visit Akihabara Gachapon Kaikan as much for the experience as purchasding a capsule toy. Punk staff and blaring rock music seems to go down well with the customers.

  • Opening Hours: Monday–Saturday from 11am to 8pm. Sundays until 7pm
  • Address: 1F MN building, 3-15-5 Sotokanda, Chiyoda, Tokyo 104-0061, Japan
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