Worldwide famous Electronic City Akihabara, the whole street selling electronically things, computing, cameras and housing electrical things. When moving into a new house, in order to get everything ready for the new life, most of us will spend a day here to buy everything we want, TV, Fridge, Owen, Air conditional, dryer, iron, computer etc.. The price basically selling here is about 30% cheaper than any country else in the world.
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...
As soon as we came out from the Akihabara train station, the first I noticed was the large crowd. Colourful buildings billboard showing advertisement mainly in Japanese; I assume the ads is for electronics product.
On the day the weather was uncomfortable, it was drizzling. I am not madly keen in electronics but I must admit Akihabara got me excited. There were electronic products I’ve never seen before in Australia, talking robotic toys on display, latest video and digital camera, plasma and LCD television, computers, games, electronic toilet seats and so on.
As we walk around the blocks every now and then you’ll see a see people on the street dressed as popular Japanese animation hero characters, people trying to lure you to their shops. We also noticed all of the shops we visited the staffs all spoke English and other foreign language. You’ll also find larger store along Chuo Dori Avenue and there are many mega store. We saw a few of the popular waitresses dressed in maid costumes and shops you would find in red light district, hmm I wonder what electronic gadget they sell.
The competition is fierce between shops at Akihabara, but I found for the same product it is cheaper in Australia.
Even though we are not into electronic we have visited and experienced the largest electronics town in the world.
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.
For a family with three boys (that includes my hubby) who are all electronic mad, a visit to this ELECTRIC TOWN was FULLY SICK, as my eldest said.
In fact we went back there twice, which is uncommon as we never went to the same place/ attraction twice, believe me as there are lots more places to see in Tokyo and surrounds!
Even before you step out of the train station, you will sense heaps of people converging in one area alone towards the left side so the best thing is follow where the locals are going!
There are hundreds of electronic shops selling the latest cameras and gadgets, accessories, mobile phones, gaming consoles, etc, etc..ad infinitum. The duty free shops and other outlets will indicate if the goods are ready for use overseas too so don't fret!(No worries, there are also lots of eateries- selling all kinds of food as always!)
My kids were just so happy looking at all the available new games for their PS3 and Nintendo DS Lite gaming machines! We didn't get any as most are in Japanese but we did get accessories for their DS Lite consoles.
The women are not forgotten as they sell the latest appliances for the kitchen and for beauty enhancement. Even clothes can be bought there too! The prices vary so it is a good idea to shop around but as we were pressed for time I just tried to compare the prices back in Sydney! The WII and the PS3 are cheaper already in Australia!
It is the accessories that are awesome, the variety of designs are just too much for the eyes to take in one day! My youngest also got some figures of his fave anime characters.
AKIHABARA is becoming the center of anime also in Japan. Lots of shops carry just little figurines of various animation characters and games!
If you are looking for thingamajigs, doohickies or watchamacallits, then this is the area to head to. It is a rabbit warren of little shops selling all things electrical and a great place to have a wander thru and just soak up the atmosphere. There are also a number of places selling manga comics. It is really crowded though, so if you're claustophobic beware!
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!!..
You must come here to experience Japan's high tech electronics! And prepare more money. One can easily spend purchasing even though you never plan to purchase! I bought one mini-HiFi back home. Well... I was thinking to buy a new digital camera. My Nikon is only one year old and is considered 'antique' here in Akihabara!!!
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!
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.
Akihabara-or the electronic town in Tokyo! Those who want to check-out the electronics made in Japan shouldn't miss out this area.A whole long wide street are offered for your fancy! The place couldn't be finished by a day if you want to check it one by one! But mind you, it's also expensive buying products here. There's a Duty free shop in here though.
An `otaku' is a person who is a fanatic of a certain hobby. In Japan, it usually refers to a anime, game or manga fan. Akhihabara is the electronics capital of Japan. On Sundays, the main street in Akhihabara is closed to traffic and you can wander freely around. Besides the numerous computer, anime and game shops, there are also youngers and teens dressed up in their favourite manga or anime character. Here are some pictures of otaku at Akhihabara. There are also cafes in Akhihabara which are otaku cafes. The waitresses are dressed in anime costume and act out their assumed anime roles while interacting with customers. Unfortunately, everything is in Japanese.
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.
Akihabara is the famous "electric street" where you'll find all things electronic. It is also affectionately known as "akiba" by the Japanese.
There are personal gadgets such as digital cameras, IPODS, video cameras, handphones, PCs, notebooks and more. You'll also find parts for digital cameras, wires for computers, & used cameras and camera parts. General electrical household items may also be found here.
Big names here are LAOX which features a multi-storey shop selling all kinds of electrical and electronic items. You can handle & test the digital cameras & digital Video cameras out. I tried quite a few out myself. The default setting was in Japanese, but you can try to ask for the staff to change the language setting to Chinese (Mandarin or simplified Chinese) or English or other languages.
The time I was there, a bunch of ladies in Anime costume were on hand just outside the JR station handing out flyers.
*Update* (2009): I've found a very useful website which tells you how to plan 1/2 day visit of Akihabara and Ueno. Please click on the link below to have a look at the map.
the ultimate electronics bargain paradise.
it long about 1 km and is full of every conceivable kind of electrical household, audio and so on, at super discount prices...but i have to recognized that it was cheapear in panama than in the own japan!!!