It's like Las Vegas at Akihabara at night. There are so many neon lights. And, everybody is selling some gadgets at every corner...I enjoyed window shopping from one store to another. There are so many new gadgets to see: the latest television, cell phones, cameras, kitchen appliances, etc. You name it, Akihabara has it!
Walking along with other shoppers is just fun for me! I didn't realize how many tourists come here just to buy electronics! I had seen a lot of Indian tourists buying gadgets!
Achihabara, also known as Electric City, is full of stores selling all kinds of electronics. Computers, tv's, digital cameras, etc. The prices vary so shop around. Getting to Achihabara is easy, it is right off the trian station. There are also a few restaurants located here.
Akihabara is famous for its many electronics shops. In recent years, it has also gained fame as a center of the gaming, manga and animation culture. I bought a polaroid camera here. Tourists can purchase electronic goods here duty-free.
Japan, especially Tokyo, has developed a unique culture phenomena, which is cartoon dressing among young girls/female teenagers.
Akihabara is originally the market for electronics, now also become the place to observe cartoon dressing girls. Usually they are shy from cameras, and you have to be quick in pressing the shutter... :)
This is a must place to go. Many electrical things to buy here. I went there by train. And i forgot how much does it cost to go there. Beware because the coin-machine are only written in Japanese. If you dont understand you better travel with guide or at least dictionary in your hands.
By slang, the word otaku refers to geeks and nerds who are crazy about a particular thing and spend lots of their time at home. For example someone who is crazy about anime is an anime otaku.
Akihabara is well known as a town of electronics and anime-related goods. Anime video tapes, DVDs, manga, figurines,... They even have a restaurant for anime otaku where the waitresses are girls dressed in maid uniforms--one otaku dream, I found out. :D
If you are looking for hentai DVDs ;) there are loads of it! (I think it's too much.)
It's kind of unusual when I found a store called Laox where they don't only sell electronics but also souvenirs for tourists.
If you are into any collectors type stuff (my husband is a transformer fan) there are a ton of stores in Akihabara that cater to it! There is Mandarake (of course) but loads of smaller ones as well. They have the regular stuff plus really rare collectors items.
If you arent a collector, you should still go to these stores to get the Japanese experience. Go to Mandarake and see the shelves lined with Manga or the hard to find anime or star wars or transformers and other collector toys. I dont collect anything, but loved going there!
We know from travel website that Akihabara is well-known for electronic gadget. So, we visit there on the evening.
Yes, we found a lot of stores and buildings that sell electronic equipments like camera, handicam.
Also, we found buildings that sell toys. Very excited to see a lot of Japanese toys. This should match with kids interestings, also with adults who love toys.
And unexpected, a lot of sex shops and porno DVD shops. As they're illegal in my country, so this is the high-light of this trip in Akihabara. There are a lot of buildings. I'm sure that guys can spend the whole days here. ;-)
Akihabara is the Tokyo's district for shops selling the latest models of electrical products. Many models are marketed and tested in Japan before being sold overseas and so you will see new untested features. There are also many discounts and boisterious and colorful live street advertisements to get pedestrians and shoppers' attention.
Unfortunately, the voltage used of Japan made may be incompatible with your home country. And the operating manuals and keyboards and push buttons are all in Japanese.
But it is fun just window shopping and seeing the latest gadgets that Japanese imagination and creativity can churn out.
Akihabara is popular for its electronics stores. Although I felt products weren't much cheaper than in New Zealand (where there is no duty anyway), the range of products was the mind boggling thing. Stores such as the huge new Yodobashi Camera near the Akihabara railway station, have floors and floors of electronic gizmos from a huge range of companies. Just walking the streets in the evening is fun and browsing the shops is fine if you don't have wads of yen in your wallet!
Another great store in the akihabara area is Yodobashi. which has stores all over Tokyo, but the new store in Akihabara has to be one of the biggest electronic stores in Tokyo.
The store has 9 floors with over 23,000 square metres of floor space, featuring over 600,000 items. If you can't find what you are looking for here you, probably will not be able to find in Tokyo. Have fun!!..
AKIHABARA is JAPAN ELECTRONIC CAPITAL....rows and rows of electric stores........
In the Meiji Era (1868 to 1912), Akihabara specialized in domestic goods and accessories, in the inter-war years it was bicycles, but now, it's gadgets galore - from the latest most useful to the latest most useless..
In the beginning the main customers were students. They found that by building and selling radios they could make a lot of money. Today the market occupies the alleyways close to JR Akihabara Station, "Electric Town" Exit"..
The larger shops are located along Chuo Dori Avenue. With a good range of export models ..
For computers head for T-Zone.
For general items try Laox or Ishimaru ..
To check the voltage requirements for your home country go to The World Electric Power Guide
Competition is fierce between the shops and prices can vary quite substantially.
Check the link below for a tour of Akihabara...
Akihabara is probably what most westerners imagine when they think of Tokyo. Any electrical gadget you can think of is available. The atmosphere is fast paced and the lights bright. A great place to explore if you love new technology.
This is the district of the leading edge of technology. All the major brand name electronics department stores are located here, eg. Laox, Odoen and Ishimaru. In addition, fans of anime can find numerous comic book shops. It can be reached by JR Yamanote Line to Akihabara Station, located north of Tokyo district. Another alternative is the JR Chuo-sobu line that bisects the JR Yamanote Line.
Tokyo neighbourhoods: Akihabara!
Also known as 'Electric town', Akihabara is the centre of electronic gadgets! All those huge posters with bright colors you know ... well most of them hang here. You can just drink in the environment, or actually go shopping in one of the many electronics stores.
But be careful if you actuallu decide to shop. Many systems etc for the gadgets are different between Japan and Europe, Japan and USA or Japan and other countries. All we could buy was a portable DVD-player ...:-(