Vinyl Shops in Tokyo, Japan and Japan in General

Discussion in 'Music, Movie and Hardware Store Guide' started by mikemoon, Jan 17, 2014.

  1. Johnny Ryall

    Johnny Ryall Member

    The abundance of unnecessary boom boxes on display does not bode well.
  2. Stump

    Stump Active Member

    Adelaide Australia
    Recofan in Shibuya .This shop has a great range of used at good prices.I spend most my last holiday going to record shops all over Japan.Decided next time I will only go to Recofan in Shibuya for all my needs then stick to the tourist travel.
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  3. yookmook

    yookmook Active Member

    i have chance to go to Flash disc Ranch /shimokitazawa.
    last trip it's closed.
    i get nothing from here but it's the coolest entrance in the world.

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  4. Johnny Ryall

    Johnny Ryall Member

  5. Just spent an enjoyable couple of hours in Shinjuku at a couple of branches of Disk Union- firstly the Prog branch which fascinated me, but I didn’t ultimately end up buying anything due to the fact that a lot of it was CDs, and also the fact that I have most Prog stuff that I need these days.

    Still, to wander through a bricks and mortar record store and find Big Big Train, Moon Safari and Frost* on the shelves was pretty mind blowing.

    Then I hit the 3rd floor Second Hand department in “Shop 6” and that was my budget blown. The prices were a fair bit better than what I would pay in a real shop in the London area, more on a par with Discogs median price- and considering most stuff seemed to be in great condition, I was happy with that. But it did mean I didn’t do a “Supermarket Sweep”-style pile-up of everything I was remotely interested in!

    Anyway, highlights were a nice copy of “Queen Live Killers” on green and red vinyl, an original Japanese pressing of “Starless and Bible Black” by King Crimson, a later press of “Larks Tongues in Aspic”, a Tangerine Dream UK Boxset and the original Japanese pressing of Tony Banks from Genesis’ solo album “A Curious Feeling”.

    I could have gone to town on original Floyd/Crimson/Beatles UK stuff, but the price wasn’t really good enough to justify lugging it all home with me.

    Still, I had fun! I will say though that the size of the shops I visited wasn’t quite what I was expecting. Are there any larger stores nearby? (I just wanted to experience of a really big music shop for the first time in 20-odd years!)
  6. hockman

    hockman Well-Known Member

    I am not sure what exactly you were looking for, but the Recofan in Shibuya is pretty big and packed with stuff. If you want really big then the Tower in Shibuya is 8 floors of stuff.

    Record stores in Tokyo aren't very large given real estate limitations and cost but they really pack stuff into their small spaces. You should see some of the smaller shops where there's not enough room for more than 2 people but with incredible records...
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  7. RPM

    RPM Active Member

    Easter Island
    Is 70's-80's Japanese music on vinyl available in these places and what are the prices in comparison to the usual western stuff?
  8. yookmook

    yookmook Active Member

    price is acceptable .
    japanese pressing is cheap.
    western is moderate but it's very happy to look around.

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