JAPAN : The Heaven Of Electronics
There are hundreds, if not thousands, of reasons to travel to the beautiful country of Japan. For some though, the lure of being able to see, and shop for some of the latest electronic items and gadgets is one of the greatest attractions.
If you want to simply marvel at all the latest technology or want to do some serious shopping then there is just one word or name you will need - Akihabara. Akihabara is the area of Tokyo which has been dubbed Electric Town. You could quite easily spend all day in this area going from shop to shop, all displaying some of the latest gadgets and electronics available anywhere. There are of course electronic shops all over Tokyo but Akihabara has the greatest concentration.
Do not expect the cheapest electronic good and gadgets in the world but do expect most of the latest releases.
Akihabara is easy to get to, and even has its own underground stop. As with all overseas electronic purchases do check with the sales person about the warranty, as many will just be local or regional, which could leave you in a real mess if whatever you buy breaks down. Also remember to check whether the instruction manual is in English or not, as some electronics and gadgets in Japan do not come with English manuals.
Most shops in Akihabara are open 7 days per week, from around 10 or 11am to 7 or 8pm. Most major credit cards and currencies are accepted. Some of the larger stores do have English speaking staff, but it would still be advisable to have a small phrase book with you or better yet, buy an electronic translator while you are there!