New high rises, open plazas, restaurants and cafes now spread out around the station. (Raise your hand if you remember when the only non-hole-in-the wall restaurant was Mister Donuts! If you like gadgets, mobile tech, cameras, computers, want to make digital prints in any way, shape or form, or just want to window shop, you are going to love this enormous retail outlet. Some prices are open to negotiation, but keep in mind there's no incentive for staff to haggle with you over a 50 dollar digital camera. Though not as many as there used to be since the gamers/collectors started taking over.) This is still the best place to geek out and/or shop for tech. I understand people who hate mega-store commercialism, but the Japanese were long held hostage to heavily inflated prices controlled by retailers associations that regulated competition. It's cheaper to buy a Japanese TV in California than Tokyo. Sofmap is all over the place with branches for computer and tech gear.
This is where Akihabara 'electric town' got its start after WWII.How else can you best enjoy reading a good book than with a great cup of coffee?Well, at least for coffee lovers, reading whilst drinking this bitter-sweet beverage is enough to start any day and the perfect way to spend their free time.Coffee and books are a winning combination for many!In Tokyo, one doesn’t have to go far to enjoy both of these treats.