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The Best Gadget Stores In Tokyo

Akihabara Radio Center
Akihabara Radio Center | © ffg/Flickr
Japan is known for its futuristic technology, fascinating gadgets, and practical inventions. The nation’s reputation for innovation and creativity is well earned. If you’re looking to get your hands on some of the coolest gadgets in Tokyo, here are the best places to look.

Tokyu Hands

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Tokyu Hands
Tokyu Hands | © Johnathan Lin/Flickr
One could easily get lost in Tokyo’s famous hobby store, Tokyu Hands. The shop sells everything from one-of-a-kind cell phone cases and camping gear to paper modeling kits and useful kitchen gadgets. Even something as simple as a bento divider gets the Tokyu treatment, shaped like hard cups made of lettuce. Tokyu Hands has a few outlets in Tokyo, but their large Shibuya location is particularly impressive.
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Akihabara Radio Center

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Akihabara Radio Center
Akihabara Radio Center | © ffg/Flickr
Akihabara Radio Center is a unique experience. The two-story building is occupied by numerous independent vendors selling electronics and other goods. You wouldn’t know it, but these merchants are carrying on a tradition that’s been going on since the postwar era. After World War Two, engineers who found themselves unemployed gathered here to buy and sell electronic parts. The second floor is the place to go to buy antique gadgets, although it’s not your typical shopping experience – you’ll need to call the number on the consignment locker if you want to make a purchase.
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Yodobashi Akiba

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Yodobashi Akihabara
Yodobashi Akihabara | © OiMax/Flickr
Yodobashi Akiba houses seven floors of cameras, TVs, video games, appliances, and just about any other electronics you can think of or want. In the past, Yodobashi was known for their wide selection of SLR cameras and was responsible for one-third of all sales in Japan. The company has since expanded their product range, and the enormous one-stop shop has become an icon of Tokyo’s Electric Town, Akihabara.
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