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Probably one of the largest doll shops in Tokyo, Kyugetsu sells traditional hinosama (Girl's Day) dolls, Children's Day dolls, kokeshi (wooden) dolls, Kabuki and Noh theater dolls, plus stacks of modern cute stuffed animals. This is a good place to pick up some fun items, plus perhaps a decorative memory that you might wish to put on your mantelpiece back home.
You'll find Nisshin Camera in Akihabara's famous electronic district and it's a standout from the many camera dealers that you'll find in the area. They deal in a wide range of film and digital cameras, along with an extensive collection of telephoto lenses. Even better, they accept camera trade-ins so it's possible to buy the camera of your dreams second-hand (and much more affordably). With great, helpful staff and competitive prices, it's a must-visit if you're camera-hunting.
Sometimes Akihabara Electric Town can seem somewhat daunting, with its endless collection of appliance shops selling similar equipment. Nishikawa, one of the two main duty-free shops in the area is a safe haven to head for, with its large collection of items and its friendly staff who quite likely may be able to help you in your own language. Located near the station, even resident expatriates shop here to get equipment with a user's manual in English.
Another electronics conglomerate, this location is the head store of the Sato Musen chain for the Akihabara west side. The quality of goods and staff equal the high standards set by the other stores of the Sato Musen name. Amassed floor upon floor are consumer goods for children, singles and couples, families, Japanese and foreigners. Everybody's diverse electronics needs are served here. An even larger Sato Musen branch store is located on the east side of the station.
Laox Duty Free sparkles with electronic goodies, all of which are designed to function abroad. Seven floors of everything from digital cameras and watches to TV games and beauty products. The fifth floor souvenir department has a variety of "folk goods," but Sony's ukiyo-e (woodblock print) credit-card sized radio, which conveniently slips into your shirt pocket, is a perfect gift to take home. Remember to take your passport along to prove you are a tourist, otherwise you will not get the duty-free privilege.
Here is a treat for do-it-yourselfers in Akihabara Electric Town. Lined up on the same street as dozens of big and small computer hardware and software stores selling all the new-fangled bells and whistles for creating the electronic cottage of the 21st century, this store sells old tried and true transistors, plugs, cords and other metal-based electrical supplies for small machinery companies or weekend hobbyists and machinists. You may wish to come with a Japanese-speaking friend, as English is not spoken here.
Here you will find a fantastic selection of everything one might be looking for: from telephones, desktop and laptop computers, kitchen appliances, audio equipment, game software and more, more, more. What you will not find is an exceptional discount sale or bargain prices, but it is hard to beat the quality of both staff and merchandise. Akihbara is located on the same street as Yamagiwa and other multi-building superstores.
Nestled along the main business street in Akihabara is the Anime and Manga haven known as Animate. Several locations of this successful establishment reside in Japan, however, the Akihabara store boasts a plentiful 8 floors of product. Everything from Japanese comics to Japanese animation, and related items such as Anime soundtracks and character goods, await your arrival. Expect to spend a few hours sifting through all of the eye-catching artwork if you're a hardcore fan, otherwise, it's still an interesting place to browse through and pick up something a little more unique than chopsticks. 4-minute stroll from Akihabara Station. - Erin Sanchez
Apple Computer is big in Japan and Mac Collection is the brand's superstore, at least in the Akihabara "Electric Town." Everything from the newest G4s, Powerbooks, iMacs and iBooks to fruit-colored keyboards, computer stands, plus CD-recorders, digital cameras, software, extra memory and more. If you are looking to buy a Mac or improve yours, Mac Collection is calling. Be sure to specify an English operating system if you need it, as most the models here are for domestic use.
Ever seen someone wearing geta (wooden sandals) or zori (straw or leather sandals) and wondered if they could possibly come in Western sizes? Okadaya is located in the sumo area, near the Kokugikan (Sumo Arena) and Sumo Museum. It caters to sumo wrestlers of a larger size, so if you have had difficulty finding such footwear, but still really desire them, you now know where to go!
Also known as 'Tokyo Rajio Depato', this rather clunkily named department store is a city institution. It deals primarily in radios and has retained the loyalty of electronic and sci-fi fanatics for almost sixty years. If you are lucky enough to be able to speak and understand a little Japanese, you can get excellent lessons on how to build electronic systems.
A beautiful notebook makes an excellent gift and here, at Misuzudo, you can find exquisite ones, made from recycled printed sheets that Misuzudo receives from publishers. The book bindings are marbled and colored and each notebook is unique; the range of colors and sizes mean that you'll have difficulty narrowing your choice down to just one. Closed on Mondays.