Camera stores in Japan

Yodobashi Akiba

Yodobashi Akiba

This is a list of major camera shops in Japan’s major cities. Yodobashi and BIC Camera are the largest camera chain stores. Most of the websites provide a map of the store’s location. Besides brick and mortar stores, we can buy camera equipment online at Amazon Japan and Yahoo Japan Auctions. For used camera stores in Tokyo, see this list. Also see the PhotoVendors FAQ.

Compiled by Philbert Ono, updated: Feb. 1, 2016

TOKYO Area Camera Shops

BIC CAMERA – Ikebukuro Main Store
Address: 東京都豊島区東池袋1-41-5
Higashi Ikebukuro 1-41-5
Toshima-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 170-0013
Phone: (03) 5396-1111
Remarks: Besides cameras, household appliances and sports equipment also sold.
Near Ikebukuro Station.

BIC Camera is a major camera and electrical appliance chain in Japan. The largest branches are listed here. Most are open from 10 am to 10 pm. For maps, more store locations, and other info, see their website: http://www.biccamera.co.jp.e.lj.hp.transer.com/shoplist/index.html

BIC CAMERA – Shibuya Hachiko Store
Address: 東京都渋谷区道玄坂2-5-9
Dogenzaka 2-5-9
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 170-8419
Phone: (03) 3477-0002
Remarks: Near Shibuya Station’s Hachiko (the dog) Exit.

BIC CAMERA – Shibuya Higashiguchi Store
Address: Shibuya 1-24-12
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 150-0002
Phone: (03) 5466-1111
Remarks: On the corner near Shibuya Station’s East Exit.

BIC CAMERA – Shin-Yokohama Store
Address: 神奈川県横浜市港北区新横浜2-100-45 キュービックプラザ新横浜3F~9F
Shin-Yokohama 2-100-45 (Cubic Plaza 3rd–9th floors), Kohoku-ku
Yokohama, Kanagawa, JAPAN 222-0033
Phone: (045) 478-1111
Remarks: Near Shin-Yokohama Station.

Bic Camera – Shinjuku Nishiguchi Store
Address: 東京都新宿区西新宿1-5-1 ハルク 2F-7F
Nishi Shinjuku 1-5-1 (Halc 2nd–7th floors)
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 160-0023
Phone: (03) 5326-1111
Remarks: Right near JR Shinjuku Station’s West Exit. Huge store occupying 5 floors along with Bic P kan which is a computer store. It shares the same building as Odakyu HALC. Excellent selection of camera equipment, studio equipment, and personal computer equipment.

BIC CAMERA – Yurakucho Store
Address: Yurakucho 1-11-1
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 100-0006
Phone: (03) 5221-1111
Remarks: In front of JR Yurakucho Station. Occupies the building that was the Sogo Dept. Store.

BIC Camera has other branches in other major cities. See the list here http://www.biccamera.co.jp.e.lj.hp.transer.com/shoplist/index.html

Gin-ichi Studio Shop
東京都中央区月島1-14-9
Address: Tsukishima 1-14-9
Chuo-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
Phone: 03-5548-5131 FAX: 03-5548-5135
URL: http://www.ginichi.com/
http://www.studioshop.jp/servicemenu
Remarks: Gin-ichi is geared for professionals.

Yodobashi Camera – Akihabara (Akiba)
Address: 東京都千代田区神田花岡町1-1 ヨドバシカメラマルチメディアAkiba
Kanda Hanaoka-cho 1-1
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 101-0028
Phone: (03) 5209-1010
Map: http://www.yodobashi.com/ec/store/0018/index.html
Hours: 9:30-22:00
Remarks: Huge branch of Tokyo’s favorite camera store. Right in front of JR Akihabara Station. The building also contains a bookstore (Yurindo), music shop (Tower Records), and restaurants which close at 11 pm.

Yodobashi Camera – Kinshicho Branch
Address: Termina Bldg. 1F, Koto-bashi 3-14-5
Sumida-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 130-8580
Phone: (03) 3632-1010
Map: http://www.yodobashi.com/ec/store/0023/index.html
Hours: 09:30 – 21:00
Remarks: Full-fledged camera and computer store.
Right in the station building at JR Kinshicho Station (Sobu Line) South exit. Occupies the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd floors.

Yodobashi Camera – Machida Branch
Address: Hara Machida 1-1-11, Machida-shi
Tokyo, JAPAN 194-0013
Phone: (042) 721-1010
Map: http://www.yodobashi.com/ec/store/0027/index.html
Hours: 09:30 – 22:00
Remarks: Right outside JR Machida Station South exit.

Yodobashi Camera – Shinjuku Higashi-guchi Store
Address: Shinjuku 3-26-7
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
Phone: (03) 3356-1010
Map: http://www.yodobashi.com/ec/store/0013/index.html
Hours: 09:30 – 22:00
Remarks: This store is right near the East exit of JR Shinjuku Station. A convenient place to pick up film before boarding the train. Note that there is a bigger store (Higashi-guchi Branch) slightly farther away.

Yodobashi Camera – Shinjuku Nishi-guchi Main store
Address: 東京都新宿区西新宿1-11-1
Nishi-Shinjuku 1-11-1
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 160-0023
Phone: (03) 3346-1010
Map: http://www.yodobashi.com/ec/store/0011/index.html
Hours: 09:30 – 21:30
Remarks: Large camera store in Tokyo. Near this main store, you can also find other Yodobashi specialty shops such as for computers (Multimedia-kan), televisions (Terebi-kan), video games (Game/Music-kan), watches (Tokei Sogo-kan), and audio-visual equipment (AV Sogo-kan). Near JR Shinjuku Station West Exit (Nishi-guchi).

Yodobashi Camera – Ueno Store
Address: Ueno 4-10-10
Taito-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 110-0005
Phone: (03) 3837-1010
Map: http://www.yodobashi.com/ec/store/0025/index.html
Hours: 09:30 – 22:00
Remarks: Full-fledged camera store. Near JR Ueno Station.

Yodobashi Camera – Yokohama Store
Address: Kita Saiwai 1-2-7, Nishi-ku
Yokohama, Kanagawa, JAPAN 220-0005
Phone: (045) 313-1010
Map: http://www.yodobashi.com/ec/store/0033/index.html
Hours: 09:30 – 21:00
Remarks: Near JR Yokohama Station.

Yodobashi also has stores in Kichijoji, Hachioji, Machida, Kawasaki (Kanagawa), Kamiooka (Yokohama), Chiba, and Utsunomiya (Tochigi).

OSAKA Camera Shops

BIC CAMERA – Namba Store
Address: 大阪府大阪市中央区千日前2-10-1
Sennichimae 2-10-1
Chuo-ku, Osaka, JAPAN 542-0074
Phone: (06) 6634-1111
Remarks: Near Namba Station and Nipponbashi Station.

Camera Naniwa – Shinsaibashi Main Store カメラのナニワ
Address: 1-3-12 Shinsaibashi 1 Building 2nd Floor
Chuo-ku, Osaka, JAPAN 542-8678
Phone: (06) 6281-4133
URL: http://www.cameranonaniwa.co.jp/shop_list/english.html
Remarks: Near Shinsaibashi Station (Midosuji subway line) Exit 5 and 6. Main store of this chain store.

Camera Sanwa
Address: Horie Bldg. 1st floor
Kita Horie 1-1-15
Nishi-ku, Osaka, JAPAN 550-0014
Phone: (06) 6536-2000
Fax: (06) 6538-3792
URL: http://www.camera-sanwa.co.jp/
Hours: 10:00 – 18:30 (till 18:00 on Sun.), closed Sun.
Remarks: Used and new camera equipment.
Near Shinsaibashi Station and Yotsubashi Station.

Fujii Camera
Address: 大阪市中央区心斎橋1-3-12 Trillo心斎橋2階
Trillo Shinsaibashi 2nd floor
Shinsaibashi 1-3-12
Chuo-ku, Osaka, JAPAN 542-0085
Phone: (06) 6281-0398
Fax: (06) 6281-0398
URL: http://www.fujiicamera.com/
Hours: 11:00-19:00 (till 18:00 on Sun.), closed Wed. and 2nd Sun., national holidays
Remarks: Classic cameras. Near Shinsaibashi Station. Map: http://www.fujiicamera.com/tenpo.html

Ohbayashi Camera
Address: Osaka Ekimae Daiichi Bldg. 1st floor
Umeda 1-3, 1-100
Kita-ku, Osaka, JAPAN 530-0001
Phone: (06) 6341-8091
Fax: (06) 6341-8039
URL: http://www.camera-no-ohbayashi.co.jp/
Hours: 9:30-20:00 (M-F), 10:00-19:30 (Sat.), 10:00-19:00 (Sun.)
Remarks: New and used camera equipment.
Near JR Osaka Station.

OS Camera Service
Address: 大阪市北区鶴野町4番コープ野村 A棟1120号
Kita-ku, Osaka, JAPAN
Phone: (06) 6373-7300
URL: http://www.os-camera.com/
Hours: 11:00-19:00, closed Sun., national holidays
Remarks: Used camera equipment near Umeda Station.

Yodobashi Camera – Umeda (Osaka) Branch
Address: 大阪市北区大深町1-1
Ofukacho 1-1
Kita-ku, Osaka, JAPAN 530-0011
Phone: (06) 4802-1010
Map: http://www.yodobashi.com/ec/store/0081/index.html
Hours: 09:30 – 22:00
Remarks: Yodobashi’s big Osaka store is right near JR Osaka Station and Hankyu Umeda Station.

KYOTO Camera Shops

Camera no Naniwa – Kyoto Store
カメラのナニワ京都店
Address: Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto Shijo Street, gokomachi naramono-cho, 372
Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, JAPAN
Phone: (075) 257-7100
URL: http://www.cameranonaniwa.co.jp/shop_list/english.html
Hours: 10:00-20:00
Remarks: Near Shijo-Kawaramachi Station.

Media Joy Camera
(075) 257-5435
Fax: (075) 257-5433
URL: http://www.mediajoy.com/mjc/
Hours: 10:00-18:30, closed Sat., Sun.
Remarks: Classic cameras. Mail order only.

Yodobashi Camera – Kyoto Branch
Address: 京都府京都市下京区京都駅前 京都タワー横
Kyoto Tower-yoko, Kyoto Ekimae
Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, JAPAN 600-8216
Phone: (075) 351-1010
Map: http://www.yodobashi.com/ec/store/0083/index.html
Hours: 09:30 – 22:00
Remarks: Yodobashi’s big Kyoto store is next to Kyoto Tower near JR Kyoto Station.

NAGOYA Camera Shops

Asahido Camera
Address: 名古屋市中区栄3-28-36
Sakae 3-28-36
Naka-ku
Nagoya, Aichi, JAPAN 460-0008
Phone: (052) 242-4188
Fax: (052) 261-6089
URL: http://www.asahidocamera.com/
Hours: 9:30-19:30, closed Tue., Sat.
Remarks: New and used camera equipment. Also repairs cameras.
Near Yabacho subway station, Exit 5. Walk on the right for 100 meters, and see the yellow building.

Bic Camera, Nagoya Station Nishi Branch
Address: 〒453-0015 愛知県名古屋市中村区椿町6-9
Tsubakicho 6-9, Nakamura-ku
Nagoya, Aichi, JAPAN 453-0015
Phone: (052) 459-1111
URL: http://www.biccamera.co.jp.e.lj.hp.transer.com/shoplist/index.html
Hours: 10:00 – 21:00, open every day
Remarks: Connected to the west side of JR Nagoya Station. Bic’s third largest store in Japan. Opened on Nov. 7, 2003.

Top Camera
Address: Nishiki 3-25-12
Naka-ku
Nagoya, Aichi, JAPAN 460-0003
Phone: (052) 971-0111
Fax: (052) 971-8892
URL: http://www.topcamera.co.jp/store_info/index_e.html
Hours: 10:00-20:00
Remarks: Large store stocking new and used camera equipment. Accepts trade-ins for new equipment. Duty-free shopping too.
Near Sakae Station (Higashiyama subway line), Exit 6. Branch store in Osu 3-30-86 (Daiichi Ameyoko Bldg.).

Northern Japan Camera Shops (Tohoku and Hokkaido)

BIC CAMERA – Sapporo Store
Address: 北海道札幌市中央区北5条2-1
Kita 5-jo 2-1, Chuo-ku
Sapporo, Hokkaido, JAPAN 060-0005
Phone: (011) 261-1111
URL:
Hours: 10:00-21:00
Remarks: Near JR Sapporo Station.
Map: http://www.biccamera.co.jp.e.lj.hp.transer.com/shoplist/index.html

Camera no Koseki/ Photo Tec
Address: 宮城県仙台市青葉区一番町4-2-10 仙台東映プラザ1F
Sendai Toei Plaza 1st floor, Ichibancho 4-2-10
Aoba-ku
Sendai, Miyagi, JAPAN 980-0811
Phone: (022) 222-3560
Fax: (022) 222-7135
URL: http://www.koseki.co.jp/shops/shop/phototec_ichibancho.html
Hours: 10:00-20:00
Remarks: New and used camera equipment.
Near JR Sendai Station.

Yodobashi Camera – Multimedia Koriyama Store
Address: 福島県郡山市駅前1-16-7
Ekimae 1-16-7, Koriyama-shi
Fukushima, JAPAN 963-8002
Phone: (024) 931-1010
Map: http://www.yodobashi.com/ec/store/0053/index.html
Hours: 09:30 – 22:00
Remarks: Next to JR Koriyama Station West exit.

Yodobashi Camera – Multimedia Sapporo Store
Address: Kita 6-jo Nishi 5-1-22, Kita-ku
Sapporo, Hokkaido, JAPAN 060-0806
Phone: (011) 808-1010
Map: http://www.yodobashi.com/ec/store/0063/index.html
Hours: 09:30 – 22:00
Remarks: Near JR Sapporo Station North exit in Hokkaido.

Yodobashi Camera – Multimedia Sendai Store
Address: 仙台市宮城野区榴岡1-2-13
Tsutsujigaoka 1-2-13, Miyagino-ku
Sendai, Miyagi, JAPAN 983-0852
Phone: (022) 295-1010
Map: http://www.yodobashi.com/ec/store/0058/index.html
Hours: 09:30 – 22:00
Remarks: Right outside JR Sendai Station East Exit.

Yodobashi Camera – Niigata Store
Address: 新潟県新潟市花園1-1-1
Hanazono 1-1-1
Niigata-shi, Niigata, JAPAN 950-0086
Phone: (025) 249-1010
Map: http://www.yodobashi.com/ec/store/0051/index.html
Hours: 09:30 – 22:00
Remarks: In the JR Niigata Station building South exit.

KYUSHU Camera Shops

Yodobashi Camera – Hakata Store
Address: 福岡県福岡市博多区博多駅中央街6-12
Hakata-eki Chuogai 6-12
Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka JAPAN 812-0012
Phone: (092) 471-1010
Map: http://www.yodobashi.com/ec/store/0088/index.html
Hours: 09:30 – 22:00
Remarks: Near JR Hakata Station Chikushi exit.

Used camera shops in Tokyo

F1000015This is a list of used camera shops in Tokyo area (including Chiba and Kanagawa Prefectures) of Japan. In alphabetical order. Note that “used cameras” can also mean “classic cameras” aimed at collectors. Many of these shops also have an online store. Few of them can communicate in English, and they might not ship overseas. Besides these brick and mortar stores, we can buy used camera equipment online at Yahoo Japan Auctions.

Tokyo has an association of used camera shops called I.C.S. (Imported Camera Society) and you can view a Japanese list of member shops with maps. They also hold used camera fairs in Tokyo three times a year in Feb. (Matsuzaka Dept. Store in Ginza), May (Tokyu in Shibuya), and Oct. (Yurakucho). Many member shops gather to sell and show their wares at this fair. See the camera fair schedule here. Also see the PhotoVendors FAQ.

Compiled by Philbert Ono, updated: Feb. 1, 2016

Akasaka Camera
Address: 東京都松が谷 4-27-13
Tokyo, JAPAN 111-0036
Phone: (03) 6231-7811
URL: http://www.akasaka-camera.com/
Remarks: Near Iriya Station (no longer in Akasaka). Large selection of used Japanese and imported cameras and lenses, mainly rangefinder and collectables. Only a small collection of recent film SLRs.

Akihabara Nisshin Camera
Address: Kanda Iwamotocho 1-13
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 101-0033
Phone: (03) 3251-7504
Fax: (03) 3251-5194
URL: http://www.nisshin-camera.com/page/1
Hours: 10:00-20:00 (M-F), 10:00-19:00 (Sat., Sun., holidays)
Remarks: An impressive range of modern and collectable cameras at reasonable prices. If you are into manual focus 35mm then this is a good place to look. 35mm, medium/large format, digital. Near JR Akihabara Station (Yamanote Line) and Iwamotocho Station.

Alps-Do
Address: Shinjuku Terminal Bldg. 1st flooor
Shinjuku 3-23-1
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 160-0022
Phone: (03) 3352-6337
Fax: (03) 3352-6171
URL: http://www.alpsdo.com/
Hours: 10:30 – 20:00, no holidays
Remarks: Classic cameras, used cameras, and accessories.
Near JR Shinjuku Station, East Exit (1 min. walk.)

Ameyoko Camera
Address: Ueno 4-7-8, Ameyoko Center, 3F
Taito-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
Phone: (03) 3833-3671
URL: http://www.ame-came.co.jp
Hours: 10:00-20:00 (Closed 3rd Wednesday)
Remarks: Classic camera and collectables specialty store with about 300 items to choose from, includes medium format and 35mm equipment. Near JR Ueno Station (Yamanote Line).

Camera Classic
Chiba, JAPAN
Phone: 04-7154-1037
URL: http://www.hobbyworld.co.jp/
Remarks: Mail order camera shop sells a fine collection of collectable classics. No brick and mortar store.

Champ Camera (Ginza Store)
Address: Ginza 5-15-1 Nankai Tokyo Bldg.
Chuo-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
Phone: (03) 3543-4547
URL: http://www.champcamera.co.jp/
Hours: 8:00-19:00, Sat. 9:00-18:00, closed Sun.
Remarks: Chain store that also sells new cameras. You can also make purchases on-line (within Japan). 35mm, medium/large format, digital. Near JR Yurakucho (Yamanote Line). Branch store list: http://www.champcamera.co.jp/stores/

Classic Camera Moritz
Address: 〒151-0053東京都渋谷区代々木2-19-12唐沢第二ビル2階
Yoyogi 2-19-12, Shibuya-ku
Tokyo, JAPAN
Phone: (03) 5358-7641
URL: http://www.moritz.co.jp/
Hours: 10:00-19:00, Sat./Sun. 11:00-18:30
Remarks: A premium collection of classic film and 8mm movie cameras. Warranty: 3 months on selected items. 35mm, medium format. Near Shinjuku Station.

Fujikoshi Camera
Address: 東京都中央区日本橋室町1-13-4 室一ビル1階
Nihonbashi Muromachi 1-13-4 1st floor
Chuo-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
Phone: (03) 3241-1635
URL: http://www.fujikoshi-camera.co.jp/
Hours: 9:30-19:00, Sat./Sun. 10:00-18:00
Remarks: New and used classic cameras (mainly Leica, Minox, Hassy, Linhof and Rollei). Warranty: 6 months on items over 30,000 yen. 35mm, medium/large format. Near Mitsukoshi-mae Station (Ginza Subway Line).

Fujiya Camera
Address: Nakano 5-61-1
Nakano-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 164-0001
Phone: 03-5318-2222
URL: http://www.fujiya-camera.co.jp
Hours: 10:00-20:30
Remarks: Large and popular (mainly among foreigners) store with many Japanese (especially Nikon) and imported brands. Sells both new and used equipment. Near JR Nakano Station (Chuo Line) North Exit.

Hayata Camera Store
Address: 111-0032 東京都台東区浅草1-34-7 井上ビル2階
Asakusa 1-34-7, Inoue Bldg. 2nd floor
Taito-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
Phone: (03) 3841-3035
URL: http://www.hayatacamera.co.jp/
Hours: Tue-Fri: 12:30-17:00, Sat: 11:30-19:00, closed Mon.
Remarks: Voigtlander specialty sales and classic camera repair store. Warranty: 6 months on selected items. 35mm and medium format. Near Asakusa Station (Ginza Subway Line).

Kamera no Gokurakudo カメラの極楽堂
Address: Toyama 1-1-8
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
Phone: (03) 5273-1932
URL: http://www.gokurakudo.net/
Hours: Tue.-Fri. 11:00-20:30, Sat./Sun. 10:00-18:00, closed Mon.
Remarks: New and used Contax camera and Carl Zeiss lens specialty shop. 35mm Contax and medium format. Near Wakamatsu-kowada Station (Oedo Subway Line)

Kawamasu Camera
Address: 東京都 台東区雷門1丁目5-8 Kaminari-Flat 1F
Kaminarimon 1-5-8, 1st floor
Taito-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
Phone: (03) 3844-4711
URL: http://www.camera.jp/shopguide/kawamasu.html
Hours: 10:00-18:30, Sat. 10:00-18:00, Sun. and national holidays 10:00-17:00
Remarks: Large selection (over 1000 cameras and 3000 lenses) of sorts of used cameras and lenses. A collector’s dream store. Warranty: 6 months on selected items. 35mm, medium format. Near Asakusa Station (Ginza Subway Line).

Kikuya Camera
Address: Kikuya Bldg. B1F, Ueno 6-2-14
Taito-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 110-0005
Phone: 03-3832-2331
Fax: 03-3839-0320
URL: http://kikuya-camera.shop-pro.jp/
Hours: 10:00-19:00, closed Wed.
Remarks: Specializes in used imported brands like Leica, Hasselblad, and Rollei. Store is in the basement floor. Near Ueno Okachimachi subway station (Oedo Line) Exit A7, JR Okachimachi Station, Ueno Hirokoji Station (Ginza Line), and Naka Okachimachi Station (Hibiya Line). Map: http://kikuya-camera.shop-pro.jp/?tid=9&mode=f4

Lemon – Ginza Store
Address: Ginza 4-2-1
Chuo-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 104-0061
Phone: (03) 3567-3131
Fax: (03) 3567-8100
URL: http://www.lemonsha.com/
Hours: 11:00-20:00, Sun. and national holidays 11:00-17:00
Remarks: Used cameras and accessories. It also offers to sell your used equipment at a favorable price. Lemon also has other branch stores in Shinjuku, Akihabara, Nagoya, and Osaka.

Lucky Camera
Address: Shinjuku 3-3-9
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
Phone: (03) 3354-7898
Fax: (03) 3350-0780
URL: http://lucky-camera.com/english/
Hours: 10:00–20:00
Remarks: Near Shinjuku Sanchome Station (moved to this location in Nov. 2013). Buy, sell, and trade cameras. Leica specialist. Map in English provided on their website.

Map Camera
Address: Nishi-Shinjuku 1-13-6
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 160-0023
Phone: (03) 3342-3381
Fax: (03) 3342-3350
URL: https://www.mapcamera.com/html/worldguide/english_page.html
Hours: 10:30-20:30
Remarks: There are two large stores. The No. 1 store sells used equipment (both Japanese and imported cameras), and the adjacent No. 2 store sells digital cameras. Near Shinjuku Station West Exit. Very close to Yodobashi.

Miyama Shokai
Address: Ginza 5-9-5
Chuo-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 104-0061
Phone: (03) 3571-7527
URL: http://www.miyama-shokai.co.jp/contact.html
Hours: 10:30-19:30
Remarks: Used camera equipment. Near Ginza Station. Branch stores in Shinjuku (03-3356-1841) and Omiya (048-643-3316).

National Photo
Address: Jingumae 6-13-11 NP Bldg.
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
Phone: (03) 3486-7761
URL: http://www.nationalphoto.co.jp/index01.htm
Remarks: Sells a wide selection of professional film and digital photographic equipment. Also sells collectables and used pro studio cameras. 35mm, medium/large format. Near Meiji Jingumae Station (Chiyoda Subway Line).

Nikon House (Sukiya Camera)
Address: 東京都中央区銀座4丁目2-13 クリスタルビル1F
Crystal Bldg. 1F, Ginza 4-2-13
Chuo-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 104-0061
Phone: (03) 3561-6000
URL: http://www.sukiya.co.jp/nikonhouse_main.html
Hours: 10:00-19:00
Remarks: Store is at a prominent street corner in Ginza. Used Nikon equipment only. Branch store of Sukiya Camera. Near Ginza subway station Exit B5 and Yurakucho Station. Map: http://www.sukiya.co.jp/map.php

Nitto Camera
Address: Nakano, 5-49-6
Nakano-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
Phone: (03) 3387-0111
Fax: (03) 3387-0112
URL: http://www.nitto-camera.co.jp/
Hours: 11:00-19:00 (Closed Thursday)
Remarks: An interesting selection of cameras and top-quality lenses. A good place to visit if you make a trip to Fujiya Camera. Warranty: 6-12 months. 35mm and digital. Near JR Nakano Station (Chuo Line).

Ohnuki Camera
Address: Ohnuki Bldg. 1st floor
Miyagawa-cho 2-47, Naka-ku
Yokohama, Kanagawa, JAPAN 231-0065
Phone: (045) 231-0306
Fax: (045) 231-8531
URL: http://www.camera-ohnuki.com/
Hours: 10:00-19:00, closed Wed.
Remarks: New and used camera equipment of all major brands. Near JR Sakuragicho Station and Hinode-cho Station (Keihin Kyuko).

Osawa Camera
Address: Ebisu Minami 1-1-12
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
Phone: (03) 3719-0741
URL: http://www.oosawacamera.com/
Hours: 10:00-20:00
Remarks: Mainly stock manual focus 35mm cameras and lenses. Also repairs cameras. Near JR Ebisu Station (Yamanote Line) west exit.

Sankyo Camera 三共カメラ
Address: Ginza 4-10-11
Chuo-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN 104-0061
Phone: (03) 3543-3951
Fax: (03) 3546-1183
URL: http://www.sankyocamera.com/
Hours: 10:00-19:00 (till 18:30 on Sat.), 11:00-18:00 on national holidays., closed Sun.
Remarks: There are two stores in the same building in Ginza. On the 1st floor is the Main Store and the other on the 3rd floor is the Miharabashi Store (03-6278-7822) address above. The former sells imported cameras like Leica, while the latter sells Japanese brands. Near Higashi Ginza subway station. Map: http://homepage3.nifty.com/sankyocamera/access.html

Sanpoh Camera 三宝カメラ
Address: Meguro Honcho 2-5-5
Meguro-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
Phone: (03) 3793-2273
URL: http://www.sanpou.ne.jp/shop/
Hours: 9:30-19:00, Sun 10:00-18:00
Remarks: Good selection of cameras at competitive prices. Often featured in Japanese camera magazines. 35mm, medium format, digital. Near Gakugei Daigaku Station (Tokyu Toyoko Line).

Shinbashi Ichi Camera 新橋イチカメラ
Address: Higashi Ueno 1-11-1
Taito-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
Phone: (03) 3833-4311/4312
Fax: (03) 3833-4313
URL: http://www.shinbashi-camera.com/
Hours: 10:00-19:00 (till 18:00 on national holidays), closed Sundays except on the last Sun. of the month)
Remarks: This store deals in 35mm to large-format cameras. They also repair cameras. The store used to be in Shimbashi. 5-min. walk from the north exit of JR Okachimachi Station or 3 min. from Naka-Okachimachi Station on the Hibiya subway line.

Shuukou Watch & Camera 秀光
Address: Ueno 6-8-3
Taito-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
Phone: (03) 5816-3081
Fax: (03) 5816-6595
URL: http://www.syuukou.com/
Hours: 10:00-19:00, closed Wed.
Remarks: Buys and sells vintage cameras (Leica, Hasselblad, Rollei, Contax, Nikon) and watches (Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin, Audemars Piguet, Rolex, Iwc, Cartier, Omega). Near Ueno Station.

Sukiya Camera
Address: 東京都中央区銀座4-3-7 猿谷ビル1階
Ginza 4-3-7
Chuo-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
Phone: (03) 3571-5555
Fax: (03) 3571-5633
URL: http://www.sukiya.co.jp/
Hours: 10:00-19:30 (till 19:00 on Sun. and national holidays)
Remarks: Longtime used camera shop conveniently located in Ginza. Sells classic Japanese and Leica cameras and lenses. Open every day. Buy and sell. Near Ginza subway station Exit B5. Map: http://www.sukiya.co.jp/map.php

Toueido 東映堂
Address: Shinkawa 1-29-11
Chuo-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
Phone: (03) 6825-7011
Fax: (03) 6825-7012
URL: http://www.toueido.co.jp/
Hours: 9:00-18:00 (Closed on Sat. and Sun.)
Remarks: Store that sells props, lighting and cameras for pro studio work. Medium/large format. Duty-free too. Near Kayabacho Station (Hibiya/Tozai Subway Line).

*Compiled by Philbert Ono with the kind assistance of former Japan resident and photographer Andrew Beveridge.

 

PhotoVendors FAQ

This FAQ covers camera stores in Japan, stock photography agencies, buying vintage photos, renting camera equipment in Japan, and photo schools. Updated: Feb. 1, 2016

What is PhotoVendors?

It is a list of major camera stores in Japan and a list of used camera shops in Tokyo.

Which camera stores do you recommend in Japan and where should I buy camera equipment?

Yodobashi Camera is the biggest camera shop (probably the biggest in the world). Their megastores in Tokyo (Shinjuku, Akihabara, Kichijoji, etc.) have almost everything. They have stores in other major cities like Osaka, Fukuoka, and Sapporo. Yodobashi originally sold only camera equipment, but they have evolved into a major electrical appliance department store. Bic Camera is another chain and also good. In the suburbs and regional cities, you might find medium-size electronics chain stores like Yamada Denki. They’re good too, but the product selection is smaller. These camera shops are great to touch and feel the products you want to buy. Most major cameras are displayed as demo models.

However, Japan also has many online vendors whose prices are often cheaper than Yodobashi, etc. Even Amazon.co.jp sometimes has lower prices than Yodobashi. (This also applies to other products such as computer equipment.) If you can read Japanese, you can compare camera prices at kakaku.com. which lists the lowest prices from vendors.

Some online vendors have a small, physical shop for walk-in customers (looking more like a warehouse office). Others don’t. If you order from an online vendor, you should pay cash on delivery unless you know them to be trustworthy (like Amazon).

In Tokyo, Shinjuku is well-known for having the highest concentration of camera shops in Japan. It makes it easy to shop and compare prices. But ever since Yodobashi opened a megastore in Akihabara, Akihabara has become a very good place to shop for both cameras and electronics.

Any camera stores which sell to customers outside Japan?

We do not know of any camera retailers in Japan which accept international mail orders.

Are camera prices cheaper in Japan than in the US or Europe?

Maybe and maybe not. It depends on the camera store, product, and exchange rate. You’ll just have to compare prices yourself.

I want to know the street prices of camera equipment in Japan.

If you and your computer can read Japanese, the best place way to find out prices is at kakaku.com. Also see Yodobashi Camera’s Web site at www.yodobashi.co.jp/ or Amazon.co.jp. They list prices of most major camera equipment.

What about used camera shops?

Tokyo has many used camera shops especially in Ginza. If you are a camera collector, it’s the place to go. English is spoken at most shops. You can see this list of used camera shops. Also see the used camera ads (all in Japanese, but you might recognize the camera names and prices) in camera magazines such as Nippon Camera and Asahi Camera.

Do any of the camera shops in Japan have web sites in English?

Very few have web sites in English. They might provide almost useless and unreliable automated translation.

How do you rent equipment?

Most of the rental outlets require a hoshonin (guarantor) usually a family member or company superior. If you are not a resident of Japan, chances are that you will not be able to rent equipment.

As for underwater photo equipment, they can also be rented from scuba diving shops.

How do I find a rental studio?

If you can read Japanese, check Commercial Photo magazine’s Web site for a list of studios: http://powerpage.jp/studio.php and here.
The magazine also had ads for rental studios and the Aug. issue includes a rental studio directory. But everything is in Japanese.

How about renting a computer?

We don’t know of any shops where that you can rent and take home a computer.

However, you can do pretty much everything with a computer at a kinko’s store. Or at an Internet cafe. kinko’s is a business service center offering a wide range of photocopying and printing services, and they also rent on-site Windows and Macintosh computers with all the software and peripherals you need. kinko’s has many convenient locations in the major cities (especially Tokyo). All their computers are also connected to the Internet.

Where can I find a complete list of stock photo agencies in Japan?

A more complete list can be found in Japanese in Commercial Photo magazine’s Stock Photo Guide supplement issued every April. The magazine also has photo agency search page here (Japanese only).

Can I make a living as a stock photographer in Japan?

No, don’t quit your day job. Income from stock photography is not enough to live on.

Where can I buy vintage photographs in Japan?

The best place would be Yahoo Japan Auctions or eBay. There are more vintage photos of Japan outside Japan too (as you can see at eBay).

In Tokyo’s Jimbocho, there is Abeno Stamp and Coin and Shinsendo Shoten. Most of the stuff they have are not that rare or top-notch. But you never know.

There are also flea markets and antique fairs where you might find vintage photos and postcards.

If you want high-quality vintage, you’ll have to contact leading dealers such as Old Japan.

I’m an established photographer and I have many photos of so-and-so genre. Can you recommend any agencies to approach?

Sorry, but we cannot make any recommendations, endorsements, etc.

Where can I study photography in Japan?

Assuming that you can understand Japanese, there are a number of ways to study photography in Japan as ranked below from most difficult to least difficult:

  1. Enter a four-year university and major in fine arts or photography. Nihon University in Tokyo has a well-known photography department. You will need to pass the college entrance exam.
  2. Enter a 2-year vocational school (senmon gakko) specializing in photography or art. There is no entrance exam, but you will need to understand and read Japanese. You have to be a high school graduate and show that you have enough financial resources to pay the tuition.
  3. Take a short-term course at a vocational school or culture center. These are usually held in the evenings or weekends.
  4. Take a short-term course held by an organization (camera clubs, photo museums, etc.) or pro photographer.
  5. Work as a photographer’s assistant.

Taking a photography class is a great way to meet people having the same interests. The instructors teaching the courses have a wealth of information and knowledge.

What’s it like to attend a photography school (shashin senmon gakko) in Japan?

Well, you do learn how to use different cameras and studio equipment and have a few fun photo sessions with live models (always female and sometimes nude). But the school does not really train you to become a real artist. Attending a photo school in the U.S. is much better.

Nevertheless, attending a photo school in Japan will enable you to meet a few teachers who are prominent Japanese photographers and you can make a lot of friends among your classmates. Knowing people can lead to jobs.

Are there any photo schools which teach in English?

No photography schools teach in English in Japan.

You may find ads for photo lessons in English magazines such as Metropolis (Tokyo), but be wary before signing up. Meet the teacher first and obtain a clear explanation of what you will get in return for a good amount of money.