Travelogue: Shopping for Electronics and Camera Accessories in Kyoto

Japan Press Trip Part 4

Yodobashi Camera is the anchor tenant of a large commercial building near Kyoto Station. When it comes to cameras, camera accessories, and electronics products, if you can’t find it here, it probably doesn’t exist.

Michael Taylor and several other Hong Kong based travel writers are flown by Jetstar Japan to Kyoto, Japan, where they are hosted for 3 nights by ibis Styles Kyoto Station.

I need to buy a mouse for my PC. Since no activities are planned for us until evening, I ask the front desk staff where I can get one. They direct me to Kyoto-Yodobashi, a massive camera emporium. It takes me about 20 minutes to get there, walking through the cavernous Kyoto Station.

Upon arrival at Kyoto-Yodobashi, I think that I have died and gone to consumer heaven.

There are so many electronics devices and camera accessories that I didn’t know I needed! And it doesn’t stop there. All manner of other consumer products are also on sale.

I get my mouse. I also get a back-up battery for my camera and a camera bag. Because I didn’t bring my passport, I have to return to the hotel to fetch it so that the sales tax will be waved.

Yodobashi Camera has outlets in Osaka, Tokyo, and other major Japanese cities.

Japanese Travel Tip

Foreign travellers in Japan are required by law to carry their passports at all times.

While failing to do so is unlikely to get you in trouble (unless you commit a crime or are a victim of one), there are practical reasons why you should do so.

As a foreign tourist, you are entitled to a waver on your sales tax. And some retail outlets offer discounts to holders of foreign passports.

Where

Kyoto-Yodobashi, Karasumadori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan.

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