Shopping in the busy district of Akihabara can be quite challenging. There are a seemingly limitless number of electronics, specialty parts, anime, and figurine shops to sift through in your search of that perfect buy. Luckily for many shoppers however, Akihabara offers a one-stop-shop type of solution for all of these categories. That solution is Sofmap.
Sofmap stands six stories, filled with all types of things you’d imagine you would find in Tokyo’s “Electric Town”. Entering the building, you are directed immediately to an escalator, which takes you to audiophile heaven; An entire floor dedicated almost entirely to earbuds and headphones. Every brand, cable type, bass level, etc. imaginable can be found waiting to be tested and bought. After perusing through all of the audio options, you can begin to make your way up through the rest of Sofmap. Each floor focuses on its own unique aspect of electronics goods. You will find floors dedicated to tablets and other mobile devices, computer parts, video games, figurines and other hobby items, as well as mobile device accessories. Even more impressive are the floors dedicated to secondhand items in each of these categories. Tablets line glass shelves, used collectible figurines are piled on tables and shelves, used computer parts are put on display, all at phenomenal discounted prices.
One thing is certain, you will spend plenty of time in Sofmap. The selection is outstanding. Within each category of electronic goods, there are numerous selections to be made. In an impressive amount of different models, styles, colors, etc. If you are ever interested in seeing all of the electronics that Tokyo has to offer, Sofmap is most definitely the place. Even more convenient for any expats or visitors, the presence of English and Chinese speaking staff. And lets not forget the fact that Sofmap is duty-free (tax-free. Just be sure to present your passport.).
All in all, Sofmap offers everything great about Akihabara Electric Town in one great location. While there is still so much to see in this wondrous district, Sofmap offers a great one-stop-shop experience for anyone and everyone. Especially if the plethora of shop options in Akiba becomes too much. Definitely a shop worth checking out.
Photo credit: アキバ☆ソフマップ by Ryo Fukasawa
- Address:4-1-1 Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
- GPS:35.6940027, 139.75392693
- Monday:10:00 – 21:00
- Tuesday:10:00 – 21:00
- Wednesday:10:00 – 21:00
- Thursday:10:00 – 21:00
- Friday:10:00 – 21:00
- Saturday:11:00 – 21:00
- Sunday:11:00 – 21:00