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Wannabe Geek

# 32045 9-Apr-2009 13:02
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im considering going to japan and i just wonder if its a good place for me to buy electronics, games, anime other stuff. does anyone know if its cheaper? and what are some good places in japan to go to?

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Uber Geek


  # 206189 9-Apr-2009 14:37
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Japan is definitely a great place to buy all the items you mentioned, as regards selection.  But don't expect the prices to be cheap.  In many cases, these same items are cheaper in Hong Kong, or even NZ, because of the high local taxes in Japan.

Akihabara (a suburb of Tokyo) is the place to go for everything electronic.  You will be blown away by the sheer number and size of multi-storey buildings selling electronic goods.

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  # 206194 9-Apr-2009 15:00
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There are no high local taxes in Japan, the National sales tax is only 5% and local regions are not able to levy taxes on consumption.

Prices can seem cheap for items for items destined for the local market (100V) and NTSC TV system,
But items produced for the world markets are generally not as cheap as people expect,

Japan has a higher standard of living in tersm of $$$ than NZ, and our dollar is fairly weak at the moment, this means some things in Japan will seem expensive.

If you are feeling brave, have a clink through some of the big chain stores web sites ( all in Japanese unfort) to get a feel for prices.



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Ultimate Geek

  # 206272 9-Apr-2009 23:51
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You think NZ is green and beautiful? Check that place out.

Also, go check out Miyamoto Musashi's grave out. Legendary swordsman from the 1600's. Possibly one of the best in history.
Invented the 2 sword style of martial arts, using a Katana (Long sword) and Wakazashi (short sword).
I'd be proud to become half the swordsman he was.

Also head up to the togue's in Gunma, which are some beautiful mountain roads that a lot of the Initial D roads are taken from.

If you're really into cars, head to Toyota. A whole CITY named in honor of the car maker. They have a museum there filled with historical Toyotas, such as the early models from the 1930's which helped establish Toyota, to other cars such as the Le Mans 3rd place 1999 TS020 GT One.

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