Translated by Clarke
Otaku Culture And Electronics: 10 Amazing Shops In Akihabara!
Written by Jumpei Kawashima
Akihabara in Tokyo is known as the Mecca of anime and otaku culture, but is also renown for its collection of stores selling electrical appliances and electronic gadgets. This article takes a look at 10 places to check out when shopping in Akihabara.
Akihabara: Where Otaku Culture Meets Electronics Dealers
Akihabara is known throughout the world as the place where otaku culture thrives among a myriad of specialty stores offering a wide variety of electronics. People come from all around Japan (not to mention the world!) looking to find the newest electronic gadgets and rare otaku goods.
This article will introduce ten of our recommended shopping spots in Akihabara as well as talk about the characteristics of these stores, what they deal in, and what makes them special.
1. LAOX Akihabara Flagship Store: The Largest Duty Free Store in Japan
LAOX Akihabara is the flagship store for a chain of establishments offering all sorts of electronics. In addition to electrical appliances, LAOX also offers video games, watches, and even jewelry popular with tourists coming to Japan to shop, and with around 70,000 different items for sale, there is sure to be something for everyone here.
Well known for its excellent service when dealing with non-Japanese speakers, multilingual staff are regularly stationed at the store's information desk, offering up information on products sold there and even sightseeing tips for the area. In addition to this, getting your purchases duty free is painless, making it a great place for those visiting Japan to get their shopping done.
2. Yodobashi Camera Akihabara: The Go-To Electronics Store
The Akihabara Branch of Yodobashi Camera is one of the largest electronic emporiums in all of Japan. From rice cookers to beauty products, there are plenty of electrical appliances to be found here, not to mention brand name fashions, makeup, and various other items for sale. English, Chinese, and Korean-speakers need not fear as there are always staff at this Yodobashi Camera establishment willing to help those whose Japanese may not quite be up to snuff.
The store's selection of figures and plastic model kits is especially plentiful with the store boasting the best selection in the whole country.
One can also spend quite a bit of time in the food court on the 8th floor of the Yodobashi Camera Akihabara building without getting bored. Wander around the whole building and find some souvenirs that suit your tastes.