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Record collecting is essentially a national sport here in Japan. Given the country’s ability to turn appreciation into fully consuming obsession, and the fact that physical releases still make up the majority of music sales in Japan, the country is ripe for record-picking. From mega-outlets to super niche indie shops, Japan has it all. Here are some stores you have to check out when you’re in Japan.
The biggest players on the secondhand record scene are arguably Disk Union. With stores dotted across the country, you’re never far from a record paradise. The stores are the best stocked in the world, with floors dedicated to every music subculture imaginable. Because of the incredible amount of stock that comes through the Disk Union doors, many branches are known for heavily discounting prices in order to make space for new releases, making it the perfect place to pick up a bargain.