Den Den town, Osaka
Technology, DVD and Anime, that's what Den Den Town is all about. The place is loaded with technology stores and anime shops, and naturally the Pachinko stores are not far away as well. Look properly for some proper bargains but it's not the cheapest place on the planet.
Any electronics you want...it's there ! I even found things i didn't know exist !
The prices are incredibly low and the choice is amazing. Too bad a lot of electronics cannot work in the US otherwise I would have emptied my bank account over there.
Make a list, do the whole street and compare the prices
What to buy: Amazing sound system. Cell phone of your dream. Speaker design like you will see in 5 years at a "Best Buy" near you. I want to cry now...
What to pay: cheap cheap cheap
Den Den Town is the name given to the "electronics strip" - scads of stores, big and small - corporate and mom-and-pop, which line this downtown street for literally a mile or more.
Most of the selections are the same, so it's a flip of the coin to find one sale better than another.
The only single shop of note I found was Sofmap (a computer giant mega-store). For the electronics buff, you can (and WILL!) find everything, and anything, you want here.
In fact, there was a Sofmap on every 2nd or 3rd block here, so large is its presence.
From batteries, to floppy disks, to credit-card CD-Rs, to camcorders, PCs & PC-digital-still-camcorders-with-built-in-photo-printers... it's ALL here...
As for getting 'great deals', don't wait until you're here - you'll find enormous choices, but the prices weren't good enough to make me buy more than a few unique-shaped CD-Rs (and then, they showed up on Toronto shelves 6 months later!)
For selection, however, the place is a godsend.
**LEAVE YOUR CREDIT CARDS AT THE HOTEL :> **
Nipponbashi is a famous area next to Namba where you can buy discounted electronic goods & computers. You should bargain, as it is expected in most of the shops (even if the price is stated on a tag). If you buy a computer, for example, have them discount the price & also throw in a few extras like a cord or cover or extra battery.
If you are a foreigner & bring along your passport, you may not have to pay tax on the product.
What to buy: Computers, cameras, stereos, TVs, VCRs, etc. New & used items available.