5 of the best gadget stores in Japan
Wanting to indulge in a new piece of tech? You’ve come to the right place. Japan is the home of the gadget, and no matter whether you’re in Tokyo, Nagoya or Hiroshima there are endless stores to fulfil your need for innovative accessories
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Akihabara is full of tech stores
From top-of-the-range headphones to high-quality cameras, if you’re looking for a new gadget Japan’s tech stores will have something to suit you. For the ultimate souvenir from your time in the technology capital of the world, shop in one of the five stores we’ve selected below and you’re guaranteed to come home with nothing but good memories of Japan.
This famous Japanese department store has an extensive technology department and, while there are many branches of this household name dotted across the country, the Tokyo flagship is our personal favourite.
Mitsukoshi, 1-4-1 Nihonbashi-Muromachi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-8001, +81 (0)3 3241 3311
Bang & Olufsen
The Danish brand is known for its sleek style, which is just as popular with the Japanese as it is with Europeans. If you’re looking for a new speaker or a pair of headphones for the flight home, this store will have just what you’re looking for.
Bang & Olufsen, 4-3-13 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061, +81 (0)3 6228 7780
It’s one of the best-known brands to come out of the country, and not surprisingly the Japanese are big fans of Nikon and its cutting-edge products. What better souvenir to bring home from your time in Tokyo than a new digital SLR camera full of your holiday photos.
Nikon, 1-6-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 163-1528, +81 (0)3 3344 0565
Yamada Denki is one of the largest electronic retailer chains in Japan, so its extensive shops should stock pretty much anything you’re looking for. Its sales assistants are also extremely knowledgeable about the latest tech, so why not practise your Japanese and ask some questions?
Yamada Denki, 5-22 Ebisu-cho, Naka-ku, Hiroshima 730-0021, +81 (0)82 545 8940
With nearly 40 stores across the country, no matter what Japanese city you find yourself in the chances are there there’ll be a Bic Camera not too far away, ideal for when you need a new SD card for last-minute photo opportunities
Bic Camera, 6-9 Tsubakicho, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya 453-0015, +81 (0)52 459 1111
MUST VISIT SHOPS
3-14-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0022
Tel: +81 (0)3 3352 1111
Ermenegildo Zegna Tokyo
3-19-7 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0022
Tel: +81 (0)3 3355 3311
Takashimaya Tokyo Shinjuku
5-24-2 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 151-8580
Tel: +81 (0)3 5361 1111
Bang & Olufsen Tokyo
Wako Namiki-dori Building 5F, 4-3-13 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Tel: +81 (0)3 6228 7780
5-8-2 Jingumae Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001
Tel: +81 (0)3 5778 7891