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Toys & Computer Games: Akihabara, an Electronic City
Computers, Electronics, Toys and Games sell here are usable worldwide. Check the electrical adaptor before you buy anything here.
Traveler must not forget to bring your passport for cash back registration.
What to buy: Computers and Electronics, Camera, Games, toy etc
What to pay: Cash and credit card
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As a matter of fact, prices are comparable with Hong Kong. But as electronic goods lovers, there seems no reason not to wander around the Holy Land of electronics in the world for its diversity and trendy electronic products.
What to buy: Make sure the voltage is suitable for your country use and whether multi-language manual is avaliable
Akihabara - Electronics Town!: Akihabara - Electronics Town!
Akihabara is a place to go in Tokyo to find anything electronic. Seriously, if you need a cell phone in Japan, this is the only place in Tokyo where I would go to buy one (Although they will be on sale everywhere!)
As a former rep for a major computer company, I was lucky enough to get to roam the area from time to time. It was cool, because I could scope out the gizmos that ranged from Adult electronics, to the most amazing toilets I have ever seen, and everything in between. It is a great place to kill a few hours looking for bargains on a camera or a camcorder.
What to buy: Well, it is the electronics district, I would have to say....electronics.
What to pay: Like everything in Tokyo, it is going to be expensive. The trick is to buy the product when it is new. Things are cheaper when the first come out and a company is trying to corner th market, then the prices go up. Check out LAOX Duty Free shops, and consider the shipping back home carefully, it can be expensive.
Electric: Electronics shops at Akihabara
Akihabara is an area in central Tokyo famous for its high concentration of electronics shops.
Akihabara offers visitors latest electronic products and gadgets on the Japanese market such as computers, stereo systems, cellular phones and home appliances.
I was shocked to found some Sun Microsystems Desktop in some refurbished computer shops.
P/s: handset based on JPhone technology is so inexpensive, but will be of no use here.
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various: A large curry please (english joke)
The electrical shops in 'Electric town' or Akihabara are so stuffed with new products and attachments for old products that they make a British "Currys" or "Dixons" look as out of date as Arkwright's in "Open all hours".
In Akihabara itself there is the central 'market' type area witha regular grid of stalls and then larger shops around it.
What to buy: If you are up on this stuff then you can suss out what's new, as new products are often test-marketed here first.
We did not find prices to be especially cheap, but it was very useful to look at products, and see what was the industry standard. For example the number of pixels on a standard digital camera.
Electronic goods: Akihabara
Not really an exact shop, more like the whole town. Known as electric town, akihabara, calls itself the biggest electronics city in the world for finding electronics(computers,digital cameras). Look around, and try and barter, if you can.
What to buy: Went looking for digital camera, ended up finding a better deal in shinjuku, but deals were still to be had.
LAOX: The electric city
The place to be is Akihabara, also known in Tokyo as the "electric city".
Go there when the japanese sun is leaving the place to the darkness. You will definetely be attracted by the hundreds of flashing neon of the main street. I would suggest to have a walk down the street and then pop in one of the biggest shop, because they all have standard prices. LAOX is the biggest electronic department store of the area, with several shops within few miles from each others.
What to buy: Tokyo is home of some of the biggest and worldwide known electronic manufactures, like the giant Sony. This is why you can find here attractive bargains for cameras, laptops and other electronic equipments.
Instead, for typical japanese souvenirs, I would suggest Asakusa, right near the Senso-ji temple (see picture).
What to pay: Be aware, prices are not far cheaper than in UK. They are just reasonable cheaper; for example, a Sony digital camera priced £250 in UK, here is sold at around £200. Anyway, the more the product is good and expensive, the more you will save here in Tokyo. And be aware that you could buy a product with a manual in japanese language only. I'm sure you agree with me that it would be not the easiest to read. So, I suggest you to avoid small shops and check if a translated manual is provided.
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7 floors of blinking neon lights, electronics stores with sh*tload of goods, computer spare parts sold on the pavement of the street, Japanese people standing in front a huge screen amazed by a 22nd century video game, and crowd, of course. Akihabara is a must see, but I suggest that you find your girlfriend another program instead of this.
What to buy: Electronics, but be careful, these goods are designed for Japanese electric network (110V, etc).
What to pay: A lot. :)
Akihabara Electronic Shopping Street
Akihabara is renowned worldwide as a treasure trove of consumer electronics. Hundreds of shops, from megastores to tiny parts suppliers, line the streets beneath garish neon signs. Originally a black market district where radios were sold, Akihabara evolved into a giant mirror of the nation's prosperity and its burgeoning technology. Japanese manufacturers send prototypes of new products to Akihabara to test consumer response. Larger shops are recommended for shoppers from overseas. Prices may be negotiable, but only to a certain extent. Most shops open 10:00-19:00.
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