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Camera Shops in Tokyo

Tokyo boasts a selection of camera stores that is unrivaled worldwide. This wealth of shopping opportunities can be overwhelming for visitors, so here is our pick of the city’s very best spots for both new and used gear.

Camera Shops in Tokyo

CONTENTS

  • Shinjuku

  • Ginza

  • Akihabara

  • Nakano

  • Elsewhere: the hip newcomers

  • Camera Shops in Tokyo

    Camera Shops in Tokyo

    Four districts—Shinjuku, Ginza, Akihabara, and Nakano—are the established focal points of Tokyo camera shopping, while new stores dedicated to film camera-loving hipsters are springing up all over the city. Note that, if you ask, larger shops may give you an additional discount on top of the 8% tax-free discount.

  • Shinjuku

    Shinjuku

    Shinjuku

    Shinjuku

    Shinjuku

    Map Camera, on the west side of Shinjuku Station, is one of Tokyo’s biggest and best shops for both new and used equipment. The selection is massive, with much of the second-hand stock appearing to be almost new. Map’s used prices are often a little higher than elsewhere though. The basement is a must for Leica lovers, housing a big chunk of everything this iconic brand has ever produced.

    Shinjuku

    Shinjuku

    The nearby Kitamura is a major chain, and if you are looking for something specific, they likely have it in stock somewhere. Used items at every branch are searchable on Kitamura’s home page, and can be forwarded to your nearest store within a day or two at no extra charge.

    On the east side of Shinjuku station, Miyama Shokai is a friendly shop with new and used gear ranging from current models through to rarities. Alps Do is a small but well-stocked used camera store, just up the street from the landmark Alta building, offering film-era classics alongside mirrorless models from the likes of Fujifilm. Lucky Camera, close to the Isetan department store, is jam-packed with used rangefinders.

  • Ginza

    Ginza

    Ginza

    Katsumido on Harumi-dori lives up to Ginza’s upscale reputation, with a selection of classic cameras at luxury goods-level prices. One of the area’s oldest camera shops is Sankyo Camera, where two branches side by side sell German and Japanese cameras, respectively, at prices reasonable by Ginza standards. A new addition to the area is the Leica Store Ginza Six on the 5th floor of the upmarket Ginza Six complex, whose tagline is ‘Life At Its Best’.

    Ginza

    Ginza

    Ginza

    Ginza

    Sukiya Camera/Nikon House, by the Sukiyabashi crossing, could be mistaken for a Nikon museum given the breadth of its selection from the brand. A separate Sukiya shop nearby handles products from other manufacturers. One minute from Nikon House, on the eighth floor of an anonymous-looking building, is Lemon-sha. This consignment store has a great selection of older gear, but check everything thoroughly before buying as Lemon-sha does not give warranties or refunds.

    Ginza

    Ginza

  • Akihabara

    Akihabara

    Akihabara

    Janpara is a used electronics chain store, with several of its Akihabara shops handling digital camera gear. The selection is not the most extensive, but prices are quite low. Another major electronics chain with multiple stores around Akihabara is Sofmap. Several of these sell both used and new cameras (again digital), with the second-hand selection being fairly extensive.

    Akihabara

    Akihabara

    A more specialized shop is Nisshin Camera. Just over the Kanda River south of Akihabara station, it carries a wide selection of new and used gear, both film and digital.

  • Nakano

    Nakano

    Nakano

    Fujiya Camera, close to Nakano Station, was established way back in 1946. Its first floor carries both new and used digital gear, with prices for both a little lower than in central Tokyo. The second floor houses an extensive selection of pricier equipment from Nikon and Leica. Fujiya’s nearby ‘junk’ store is a gold mine if you can sort the simply scratched and dented items from the truly broken.

    Nakano

    Nakano

    Nakano

    Nakano

  • Elsewhere: the hip newcomers

    Elsewhere: the hip newcomers

    Elsewhere: the hip newcomers

    Scattered across Tokyo, a crop of recently opened boutique-style shops cater to a hip crowd hooked on film photography. Doppietta Tokyo, in Yoyogi Uehara, is an apartment-like store offering high-end gear and a space to sit and browse photo books, while Harajuku’s Film Camera Tokyo carries everything from 35mm compacts to medium-format Hasselblads. Tucked under the Chuo Line railway bridge in Koenji is compact film camera specialist Voidlens, where quality used cameras start for just a few thousand yen.

    Elsewhere: the hip newcomers

    Elsewhere: the hip newcomers

    Shinjuku
    Address
    Tokyo Shinjuku-ku Nishishinjuku 1 chome
    Phone
    Camera Kitamura Shinjuku ‧ Nishiguchi
    Address
    Tokyo Shinjuku
    Phone
    0333430181
    Camera Kitamura Shinjuku Chukokaitori Ctr
    Address
    Tokyo Shinjuku-ku Nishishinjuku 1-chome 15-13 (Yutaka building 3F/4F)
    Phone
    0359084322
    Miyama shokai Shinjuku
    Address
    Tokyo Shinjuku-ku Shinjuku 3-32-8
    Phone
    0333561841
  • Ginza
    Address
    Tokyo Chuou-ku Ginza 4 chome
    Phone
    GINZA SIX
    Address
    Tokyo Chuou-ku Ginza 6-10-1
    Phone
    Leica GINZA SIX
    Address
    Tokyo Chuou-ku Ginza 6-10-1GINZASIX5F
    Phone
    0362639935
    Sukiya Kamera
    Address
    Tokyo Chuou-ku Ginza 6-4-5
    Phone
    0335715555
    Ginza Otonanoshuminomise Lemon sha Ginza Church
    Address
    Tokyo Chuou-ku Ginza 4-2-1 Ginza church building 8F
    Phone
    0335673131
  • Akihabaranisshin Camera Honten
    Address
    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Kandaiwamotochou 1-13 Shin Seki Building
    Phone
    0332517504
    Nakano(Tokyo)
    Address
    Tokyo Nakano-ku Nakano 5-chome
    Phone
    Fuji ya Camera mise Honten 1 kai
    Address
    Tokyo Nakano-ku Nakano 5-61-1
    Phone
    0353182241
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