This post targets the ultimate camera geeks, who like me, like to see the latest camera bodies and all the latest lenses when entering a camera store. Besides stores like Adorama and B&H in New-York, perhaps the most exciting place in the world for a camera gear enthusiast is located in Shinjuku, Tokyo. There, two big names in the camera world compete for your business. Those to major players are Bic Camera and Yodobashi camera. One gigantic electronics store is not enough in Shinjuku, those two companies have two stores each located within minutes of the Shinjuku station! This time, I visited the Nishiguchi (West exit) Bic Camera store. In my opinion, the choice of camera is great but the accessories offered cannot beat the Yodobashi Camera store also located on the west side of Shinjuku station.
The Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is one of the largest and busiest park of Tokyo. Located a short walk South-West of the very busy Shinjuku Station it is open to the public for a small fee (200¥). The garden’s walkways peacefully meander through flowers and ponds in high contrast to the adjacent, ultra-modern business district. In early spring, it becomes a prime location for enjoying Cherry Blossoms.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building serves as the city hall for all the wards and cities that constitute Tokyo. The building is located in Shinjuku in front of the Shinjuku central park. The main building is composed of two columns that are structurally linked up to about 2/3 of the height of the whole tower. Above that height, the two structures rise separately towards the sky. The top floor of each of the two towers host an observation deck that is free of change. They are accessed from two separate elevators located in the basement floor.
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Japan is well known for its camera manufacturers like Nikon, Canon, Fujifilm, Olympus, Pentax, Panasonic, Sony, Sigma and more I can’t think of right now. I really wanted to visit a camera store this time as I heard they are much larger than in America. I found a great blog about camera stores (Japan Camera Hunter) and decided I would visit Yodobashi camera this time while in Shinjuku. Continue reading Yodobashi Camera, Shinjuku, Tokyo