The three biggest electric appliance stores in Japan and their differences. How to shop there

The three biggest electric appliance stores in Japan and their differences. How to shop there

Made in Japan electronic products are popular among Chinese tourists as they are high quality and also cheaper compared to buying outside of Japan.  I will introduce some differences of the 3 major Japanese electronics retail stores, Bic Camera, Yodobashi Camera, and Yamada Denki, and shopping tips. 

What’s in common 

At duty-free stores of Bic Camera, Yodobashi Camera, and Yamada Denki, they process duty-free on every floor.  They also have staffs that can speak English, Chinese, and Korean.  They all accept Union Pay Card. 

What’s different 

・Bic Camera

Bic Camera was the first to start services for foreign visitors in stores in city centers.  Beside from duty-free process, they have shipping services to Haneda, Narita, Centrair, Kansai International airports in minimum 1 day. 

Also, to attract Chinese tourists, they have a partnership with Spring Airline, and they give 6-7% off coupons in flight, or have information in the inflight magazines.  They also issue above coupon on DiGJAPAN, an application by maple.  You can obtain coupon by downloading DiGJAPAN.  The application corresponds to iPhone and android. 


・Yodobashi Camera

They were the first to issue point cards, and they give back 10% of all items.  If you often visit Japan, making this point card will be reasonable.  You can also negotiate price with the staff, so you should speak with them.  I recommend going to Akihabara Store as they have many electronics applicable for 220V used in mainland China.


・Yamada Denki 

The largest electronics retail store in Japan.  They might have old version items or displayed items on sale, so if you want to purchase at a reasonable price, then you might want to check those. 

LABI Shimbashi Ginza Store opened in 2015, and is a store especially for Chinese tourists.  As for home electronic appliances, they have beauty and health goods, cooking goods and other popular items mainly on the 6th floor.  Air cleaners and humidifiers are very popular to Chinese people as PM2.5 is a major environmental concern.

David li

Male Chinese who works for major advertising agency in Tokyo. 15 years of living in Japan has made him an expert on various Japan related topics. He came to Japan after graduating from high school and now permanently settled in Japan. His hobby is to enjoy local cuisines while travelling around various parts of Japan. He has a personal goal of visiting all prefectures in the country and in the process of achieving it, enjoying trips and dining experiences in the nation on his off-days with his family.

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