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Jun 19, 2013 17:28 |  #1

Does anyone know what the best and most reputable photo shop(s) is/are in Tokyo, Japan? Does Japan have a B&H equivalent? Please advise.

Also, is it cheaper to buy a Fuji or a Sony (camera, PlayStation, etc) in Japan versus the USA?

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Jun 19, 2013 23:51 |  #2

I would focus on the Akihabara and Shibuya wards (districts) for electronics. Akihabara is geek central and Shibuya is touristy with a lot of entertainment venues and the like.

As for price, right now 100 Yen is about exactly $1 USD, might be slightly cheaper there.


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Jun 20, 2013 05:13 |  #3

Yodobashi camera is the shop to go. There are other smaller shops too, but you can find Yodobashis in Shinjuku, Akihabara and other places easily. Akihabara one is behind the Japan railway station, Shinjuku one is one street from the main street on the west side of Shinjuku. Not certain about the price difference now, but couple of years ago the price difference was nice compared to Europe.


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Jun 20, 2013 16:49 |  #4

I have shopped at the yodobashi in akihabira, and compared to Australian prices go a good deal. We have nothing here with such a massive range on gear, especially gear you can have a play with.


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Jun 24, 2013 21:03 |  #5

Japan is not a place to purchase electronics if you're comming from NA..

Its cheaper to buy here in Canada and especially in US. I looked around and found a great USED camera shop in Shinjuku, and they were basically same or slightly more expensive. Not worth the effort of loosing time with shopping around... enjoy the culture, its an eye opener.


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Jul 03, 2013 06:48 |  #6

I was there last summer and noticed that the prices where higher in Japan then in the Netherlands. I'm now in South Korea and the prices for Camera gear a really cheap. Some prices are 50% lower in Korea then the Netherlands.


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Jul 03, 2013 06:54 |  #7

Take a look at Map Camera:

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Jul 03, 2013 09:03 |  #8

I've been to some of the shops found in this guide:

http://japancamerahunt​er.com …yo-camera-shopping-guide/ (external link)

But it's mostly if you're looking for used cameras. Not sure what you're looking for.


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Jul 03, 2013 20:04 |  #9

I would recommend either Yodobashi Camera in Shinjuku, Yokohama, or Akihabara. Personally, I prefer the shops in Yokohama and Akihabara since the store is all in one building. The Yodobashi in Shinjuku is spread across multiple buildings. You need to research your prices before buying though. Some things are cheaper in Japan, but most camera gear is cheaper in the USA.




  
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Jul 03, 2013 20:06 |  #10

Used camera stores in Japan are a hit or miss. Most things are in MINT condition, but the prices are pretty close to brand new, especially considering that store like Yodobashi give you 10% of your purchase prices in points that can be used on your next purchase. Sometimes the used stores have hidden gems, but you have to search very long and hard to find these.




  
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Jul 04, 2013 03:14 |  #11

B&H Equivealent is probably either MAP Camera or Yodobashi. If you get a Yodobashi Gold card (I think you need an address in Japan), you get 10% rewards back in the form of points if you pay in cash or 8% if you pay with a credit card. For example, if you buy something worth 10,000 yen, you will get 100 points. 1 point is equal to 1 yen. This may or may not be relevant for you, if you aren't going to be in Japan for a while or don't plan on going back to spend the points you earned.


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Jul 05, 2013 21:46 as a reply to  @ touji's post |  #12

Has anyone heard of Bic camera in Japan?




  
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Jul 06, 2013 12:54 |  #13

Bic Camera is quite popular, but I think Yodobashi has better selection and generally priced a little bit cheaper.


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