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 Well-Known Member

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

    Stump Forum Resident

    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 Well-Known 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 Well-Known Member

  5. LivingForever

    LivingForever Always one more tomorrow...

    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!)
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  6. hockman

    hockman Forum Resident

    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 Well-Known 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 Well-Known Member

    price is acceptable .
    japanese pressing is cheap.
    western is moderate but it's very happy to look around.
  9. Jgirar01

    Jgirar01 Forum Resident

    Dubai, UAE
    Heading to Tokyo in March- want to look for King and Toshiba Blue Note Jazz vinyl. Any recommendations on where to go and what to keep an eye out for?
  10. yookmook

    yookmook Well-Known Member

    disk union jazz tokyo at ochanomizu has a lot of blue note lp.

    there are 3 branches in ochanomizu.
    1.ochanomizu ekimae
    2.heavy metal
    3.jazz tokyo

    you 're looking to the third one /
    from JR station turn right /go straight till you see the intersection /turn left /go straight .
    you will see a lot of guitars shop.
    disk union jazz tokyo will be on the right side.

    happy hunting.
  11. Orthogonian Blues

    Orthogonian Blues Forum Resident

    London, UK
    Man, reading all these posts (and everything else I have read about Tokyo makes me really want to go there for real. Think I'll do it this year, hopefully before pound sterling really goes down the toilet!

    No doubt I'll be re-reading this thread closely as preparation for the trip, so thanks in advance for the tips everyone!
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  12. Sprague Dawley

    Sprague Dawley Well-Known Member

    Sapporo, Japan
    Go for it! My take based on last couple of trips and 25 years bin scabbing in Sapporo:

    DU: Shinjuku/Shibuya not so great but the burbs branches, awesome. There's so many of them too. Took me 5 solid days, 11 am to 8pm, all day trawling, to go through all the ones I wanted

    Recofan/HMV: total ripoff. All the 980 yen lp's you can find for 300 yen or less in a zillion other shops. Waste of time.

    that Shimokita "flash disc ranch" is total garbage. ALL the 7"s I bought there have so much surface noise they're unlistenable
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  13. Orthogonian Blues

    Orthogonian Blues Forum Resident

    London, UK
    Cool man, thanks! Are there any DU branches in the 'burbs (of Tokyo or Kyoto) that you recommend in particular?

    Another thing that has struck me repeatedly whilst reading the thread is how cheap some of the prices seem especially knowing that Japan is an expensive place. No wonder some of you could buy records by the boxload out there! Are some of those prices missing a zero or two or what?!
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  14. Sprague Dawley

    Sprague Dawley Well-Known Member

    Sapporo, Japan
    records in Japan are wayyy cheaper than Australasia. Probably US too these days.

    The burbs branches can be a lottery, eg one year Ochanomizu might be awesome, the next year a bust. This is just for me from a punk rock perspective. No idea about jazz/soul branches. Machida, Jimbocho, even Chiba branch, all worth a look
  15. yookmook

    yookmook Well-Known Member

    du shimokitazawa / on the first wednesday of each month (sales 10-30 percent)
    du ochanomizu is ok too.
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  16. Johnny Ryall

    Johnny Ryall Well-Known Member

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