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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

Index

  • 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 Camera Shops

    Shinjuku Camera Shops

    Shinjuku Camera Shops

    Shinjuku Camera Shops

    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.

    map Camera honkan
    Address
    Tokyo Shinjuku-ku Nishishinjuku 1-12-5
    Phone
    0333423381
    Map Camera

    Map Camera

    Map Camera will also buy old cameras. Their secondhand purchasing branch is located on the 4th floor of the "Map Camera Kaitori Center", which is only a few minutes’ walk from their main branch. This popular outlet is known for its meticulous evaluation process, so you might be required to wait for the result. Alternatively, if you want to use your old gadget as a trade-in for a new one, pay a visit to their trade-in center. It’s situated on the 6th floor of their main branch, so once your transaction is done, you can head straight down to the lower floor to hunt for new equipment.

    Map Camera(マップカメラ) カメラ買取センター
    Address
    東京都新宿区西新宿1-13-6
    Phone
    03-3342-3383
    Kitamura

    Kitamura

    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.

    Camera Kitamura Shinjuku ‧ Nishiguchi
    Address
    Tokyo Shinjuku
    Phone
    0333430181
    Chuko Camera Box

    Chuko Camera Box

    Chuko Camera Box

    Chuko Camera Box

    For savvy film camera fans, Chuko Camera BOX is a must-visit shop and located just a block away from Kitamura. Look out for their yellow shop sign and retro-style banner, then follow the stairs down. This specialized, second-hand film camera shop stocks a wide range of old gear, including junk items. Both their customers and shop attendants come from camera-mad demographics, such as elderly photography lovers and arty hipsters.

    Chuko Camera BOX
    Address
    Tokyo Shinjuku-ku Nishishinjuku 1-13-7
    Phone
    0353392701

    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.

    Miyama shokai Shinjuku
    Address
    Tokyo Shinjuku-ku Shinjuku 3-32-8
    Phone
    0333561841
  • Ginza

    Ginza Camera Shops

    Ginza Camera Shops

    Ginza Camera Shops

    Ginza Camera Shops

    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’.

    Sanki Yokamera honten
    Address
    Tokyo Chuou-ku Ginza 4-10-11
    Phone
    0335433951
    Katsumi Doshashinki
    Address
    Tokyo Chuou-ku Ginza 5-9-1
    Phone
    0335710468
    ライカ GINZA SIX店
    Address
    東京都中央区銀座6-10-1 GINZA SIX 5F
    Phone
    03-6263-9935
    Ginza Camera Shops

    Ginza Camera Shops

    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.

    Ginza Camera Shops

    Ginza Camera Shops

    Sukiya Bashirenzukona
    Address
    Tokyo Chuou-ku Ginza 4-2-13
    Phone
    0335616000

    Lemon-sha can be found on the 8th floor of the Ginza Kyokai Building, which is only 30 seconds walk from the Sukiyabashi intersection. The store is carefully showcased by category, and stocks both secondhand and imported items of well-known brands, such as Leica, Rolleiflex, Hasselblad, Canon F-1 series and Nikon F series. Their extensive selection of top-end equipment is definitely worth checking out once you're in Ginza and their collection is heavily skewed towards film cameras instead of digital ones. In this consignment store, make sure to check everything completely before your purchase, as they do not accept returns or refunds under any circumstances.

    Lemon-sha

    Lemon-sha

    銀座・大人の趣味の店レモン社 銀座教会店
    Address
    東京都中央区銀座4-2-1 銀座教会堂ビル8F
    Phone
    03-3567-3131
  • Akihabara

    Akihabara Camera Shops

    Akihabara Camera Shops

    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 Camera Shops

    Akihabara Camera Shops

    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.

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    秋葉原にっしんカメラ本店
    Address
    東京都千代田区神田岩本町1-13清新ビル
    Phone
    03-3251-7504
  • Nakano

    Nakano Camera Shops

    Nakano Camera Shops

    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 Camera Shops

    Nakano Camera Shops

    Nakano Camera Shops

    Nakano Camera Shops

    Fuji ya Camera mise Honten 1 kai
    Address
    Tokyo Nakano-ku Nakano 5-61-1
    Phone
    0353182241
  • 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.

    URL:https://doppietta-tokyo.jp/

    Elsewhere: the hip newcomers

    Elsewhere: the hip newcomers

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