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The Photographer’s Guide to Akihabara’s Camera Shops

Now known for its maid cafes and otaku culture, Akihabara should not be forgotten for its original moniker of “Electricity Town.” Originally dubbed in the 1930s, Akihabara was the first town to sell such Western technology as washing machines. Akihabara is still the place to find discounted and unique electronics. Japan’s most popular electronic, cameras, are sold in abundance in the city. Whether film and vintage or digital and expensive, Akihabara is the place to go for a variety of cameras, both used and new.

  • Lemon-sha

    Lemon-sha

    Lemon-sha

    Lemon-sha has four locations around Tokyo, with the Akihabara location being one of the most popular. Lemon-sha specializes in secondhand cameras, both vintage and modern. The cameras are generally in working order but, since they are bought off customers, there is no guarantee. If visitors have any questions about the condition or quality, then they are free to ask the camera-savvy staff. The staff are knowledgeable and can offer help with customers’ individual requirements and price ranges. Lemon-sha offers a variety of vintage cameras in addition to DSLRs and mirrorless varieties. Old school photographers will be delighted to find a wide selection of 35mm or large-format cameras.

    Lemon-sha

    Lemon-sha

  • Nisshin Camera

    Nisshin Camera

    Nisshin Camera

    The bright yellow sign of Nisshin Camera is easy to find on the street corner of a busy Akihabara. Nisshin sells both new and used cameras and accessories, and will make strong offers to those interested in selling their goods. They are also known for their wide variety of lenses, with an emphasis on the telephoto lens. The shop itself is not very large but is still jam packed with discounted goods. Nisshin offers a wide selection of brands for both camera body and lens. The staff are known to be friendly and will offer assistance or advice.

  • Akiba Camera

    Akiba Camera

    Akiba Camera

    Akiba Camera is another second-hand store selling both digital and analog cameras. Located in a small alleyway, Akiba Camera can be difficult to find but it is well worth the seeking. The shop is smaller than the other stores in the area but is still filled with quality merchandise across a wide variety of brands. Akiba Camera also buys and trades old cameras for their store stock.

  • Yodobashi Akiba

    Yodobashi Akiba

    Yodobashi Akiba

    The flagship location of the popular electronics store is located in the heart of Akihabara. Yodobashi sells everything electronics-related, with the addition of restaurants and anime goods in the Akiba location. There are nine floors that offer not just photography equipment but also sporting goods, computers, children’s toys, and entertainment. The eighth floor houses 30 restaurants, covering different kinds of cuisine and the ninth floor has a batting cage and golf range. Equipment can be rented there, which makes a fun afternoon for families tagging along on photography shopping trips. While there is something for everyone’s different hobbies in Yodobashi, photography is still the main driving force of the store. Everything sold is new and the latest edition. Sample cameras are on display, so interested patrons can tangibly feel how the camera works before purchasing. Yodobashi is also good for accessories and equipment for both the amateur and professional photographer. Lines of tripods and assortments of camera bags fill hallways. Yodobashi is the perfect place for everyone to be entertained.

    Akihabara
    Address
    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Sotokanda
    Phone
    Ginza Otonanoshuminomise Lemon sha akihabara
    Address
    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Kandasakumachou 1-19 Nakayama building 3F
    Phone
    0332530255
  • Yodobashi Camera Multimedia Akiba
    Address
    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Kandahanaokachou 1-1
    Phone
    0352091010
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