The Mostly Retro Guide to Buying Records in Japan

Editor’s note: This guide is now irrelevant. Please check out the much expanded update!

This January I went to Tokyo for the first time. It was incredible, Tokyo is an amazing city unlike any I’ve ever been to before. I loved the people, I loved the sights, I loved just walking around in the middle of the night and gawking at the beauty of it all.

Like big buildings and pretty lights? You need to go to Tokyo.

Like big buildings and pretty lights? You need to go to Tokyo.

But most of all, I loved the record stores.

The record stores of Tokyo are awesome. Not only are they all jam-packed with rare records and CDs that you’ll never find in the states, but they also seem to be everywhere. I lost count of how many times I accidentally stumbled upon one record store while on my way to another. It’s amazing.  However, with all the unmarked streets, confusing pedestrian alleyways and nary an English-speaking native to be found, a music lover could easily get lost in the back streets of the megalopolis losing themselves in wonderland of neon lights, never to find the record of their dreams.

It doesn’t have to be that way though.

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