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5 Must-Visit Electronic Shops In Shinjuku, Tokyo
Written by Inubushi Yoshiyuki
Visit five great stores in Shinjuku, Tokyo, for high-quality, Japan-made electronics and souvenirs. Learn about Yodobashi Camera, BIC Camera, and other large Japanese retailers where you can enjoy shopping.
Where to Go Electronics Shopping in Shinjuku
One of the major reasons for visiting Japan, in addition to sightseeing, food, or visiting hot springs, is shopping. In particular, countless people come to Japan to shop for one thing in particular: Japanese-made electronics. Great as souvenirs or for a gift for yourself, Japanese electronics, appliances, and brands are known for their high quality, multiple features, and reasonable prices when purchased in Japan.
In this article, we will introduce the five best electronics stores in Shinjuku. These shops are all traveler-friendly and have duty-free services as well.
1. Yodobashi Camera Multimedia Shinjuku East Exit Store
Yodobashi Camera is a common store found in many cities throughout Japan. It is known for its large selection of cameras, computers, sound equipment, appliances. Located a one-minute walk from JR Shinjuku's East Exit, this branch is an enormous nine stories.
Due to this fact, you can also find a plethora of electronic goods, such as laptops, home appliances, and various audio and video devices. Also, on the first basement level, they sell travel products that may be useful during your journey.
There is also a store located at JR Shinjuku Station's West Exit, so you can adjust your schedule accordingly and visit both if needed.
2. BicCamera Shinjuku East Exit Station
The next place we'd like to introduce is BicCamera. This store is always staffed by clerks fluent in Chinese and English, so you can feel comfortable shopping.
The store is located just a two-minute walk from JR Shinjuku Station’s East Exit. This store starts on the 2nd-floor basement and ends on the fifth floor. Shoppers will find a wide array of small household electronics like rice cookers. On the first floor, you can find a variety of items, as well as sake.
On the fifth floor, you will find products useful for travel, such as transformers and adapter plugs for overseas use, and also items that you can use straight out of the box.
3. BICQLO BicCamera Shinjuku East Exit Store
Have you heard of Uniqlo before? Uniqlo is a Japanese apparel brand with overseas locations. The next electronics store we'll be introducing is Bicqlo, which is a combination of Uniqlo and Bic Camera.
At this store, you can buy clothes on the same floors that you purchase electronics on. On the first floor, clothes are sold alongside electronics. This store is expansive; merchandise is sold from the 3rd-floor basement all the way up to the 6th floor. Apparel is mainly found on the 2nd and 3rd floors. The rest of the floors mainly feature electronics. You can also find medicine, stationery, bedding goods, and many other kinds of merchandise.
There's a money exchange counter on the first floor that handles twelve different currencies: the American dollar, Euro, British Pound, Australian dollar, Chinese yuan, Taiwan dollar, Korean won, Rupiah, Singapore dollar, Hong Kong dollar, Thai baht, and Malaysian ringgit. Displays in the store are written in four languages: Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean. This store also features free Wi-Fi, as well as a service to ship purchased products directly to the airport.
You can only find Bicqlo in Shinjuku, so you should definitely stop by if you're in the area.
4. Yamada Denki LABI Shinjuku East Exit Building
Yamada Denki LABI Shinjuku East Exit Building is located in between Shinjuku Station and Seibu Shinjuku Station. This large building with a huge electric display on its side is located near the station; it's so prominent that so you can even see it from the trains. Its floors start from the 2nd-floor basement, up until the 7th floor, and each floor is quite spacious, making this Shinjuku's largest electronics retail store.
This store also has several items aside from electronics like watches, bags, medicine, make-up, and other types of items. Not to mention that all floors have duty-free support and guide signs written in English, Chinese and Korean, all of which make this a popular destination for international visitors.
5. Map Camera Main Building
The last store we'll introduce here is Map Camera Main Building, which is located just a five-minute walk from Shinjuku Station's West Exit. You should definitely come here if you're planning to purchase a camera. This store's floors start from the 1st-floor basement, going up to the 5th floor, and offers products from Japanese makers as well as cameras from overseas makers such as Leica and Hasselblad. The store features both new and old items, so it is also recommended for those on a budget.
At the Map Camera Purchase Center located nearby, you can also trade in cameras you no longer use and receive credit towards the purchase of a new camera here too.
Shop Until You Drop In Shinjuku!
If you're thinking of purchasing electronic appliances in Shinjuku, please use this article as a reference. All of the above-mentioned stores feature duty-free services. Depending on the day, some stores could be holding sales or special campaigns. Be sure to check out these stores for yourself.