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*Shopping Area > Akihabara: Buying Electrical Stuffs

This area of Akihabara situated in Tokyo area is famous for electrical and electronics in Japan..
New product electrical stuffs are here..

What to buy Electrical items such as tools, music stuffs, toys, appliances etc

What to pay Japan Currency i s in Yen

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Aug 10, 2006

Akihabara all the way!

If y are fan of electronics and computers y have to check out Akihabara district! Amazing prices and variety. For instance i bought a AMD athlon64 3700+ cpu 2 weeks before any uk online shop had availability of it and the most shocking was the price. I spent 290 euro while i could buy it for 350 euro from Uk online shop without the shipping expenses to greece!!!
Memory stick Duo pro hi spedd costed 220 euro in europe, in Laox i bought it for 135 euro!

What to buy Computer stuff and generally electronics

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Apr 20, 2006

Akihabara 'Electric Town': Tax Free Electrical Goods in Tokyo

Akihabara is a suburb of Tokyo that has a small marketplace called Electric Town.

If you are looking for electrical goods (cameras, camcorders, diskmans etc ) do not go anywhere else in Tokyo! Akihabara Electric Town has around 100 shops that sell below retail prices . . . .and for us travellers Tax Free.

All shops carry the leading brands - Sony, Toshiba, JVC, Panasonic, Kenwood, Pioneer, Kodak, etc etc.

What to buy Digital Cameras, Camcorders, portable radios/ CD players, TV's, Videos, Computers & accessories - basically anything electrical!!

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Jan 08, 2005

Electric: Akihabara - Shop for discount electronics

Akihabara is an area in central Tokyo famous for its high concentration of electronics shops.

What to buy Akihabara offers visitors a good opportunity to view and purchase the latest electronic products and gadgets on the Japanese market such as computers, stereo systems, cellular phones and home appliances. If you are thinking about buying an electronic product for usage outside of Japan, be careful to consider regional differences in electric voltage etc. or look for products made specifically for oversea usage that are offered at some stores.

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Oct 04, 2004
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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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Aug 16, 2004

Electric: Akihabara

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

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Jul 13, 2004

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.

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May 22, 2004

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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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.

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Mar 12, 2004

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.

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Jan 18, 2004

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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May 04, 2003


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. :)

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Jan 21, 2003

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