LAOX Akihabara Main Store, a long-standing shop in Akihabara, was one of the first to begin friendly treatment for overseas customers who are on the increase by the year. Being known in the past for their home appliances and audio products, now they respond in five languages other than Japanese at all times. They specialize themselves for customers from overseas as a comprehensive duty free shop handing watches, jewelry, even souvenirs, among the seventy thousand types of products. The staff responds in 21 languages such as Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean (there are languages they cannot respond to depending on the time and day of visit). Basically the product display is in Japanese, English and Chinese, and sometimes the simplified Chinese is shown on the large price tags.
On the ground floor, Japanese digital products such as single-lens reflex cameras and video cameras are lined up.
According to a sales person, “Japanese digital products are especially popular with customers from overseas”.
The second floor is lined up with Japanese household appliances adapted for use overseas. As expected, they say the rice cooker popular.
The same floor is also lined up with made in Japan hair and beauty electric appliances such as hair dryers and beauty bars.
The third floor is the floor for household goods and food.
“Metal Knives such as high grade sashimi knives are popular with those from the English speaking countries”.
Confectionaries unique to Japan in green tea flavor and wasabi flavor, unique to Japan are also popular.
The fourth floor is the floor for handcraft items and souvenirs.
Along with the traditional Japanese craft products, there are even works by living national treasures.
They have halal products for the Muslims and the popular organic foods are lined up.
The fifth floor is the floor for high grade jewelry and watches. Those are standard products in duty free shops.
The sixth floor is the floor for cosmetics and medicines. It is important that products directly consumed from the mouth or applied to the skin are made in Japan.
The seventh floor which is the top floor is the floor for the premium fashion items. High grade fashion items such as bags and shoes are lined up.
Besides having a rich assortment of products, as a matter of course, the staff hold periodical in house study meetings to improve their product knowledge.
An automatic money changer for foreign currencies is installed and the handled currencies are; the US dollar, the Euro, the Chinese Yuan, the Korean Won, the Thai Bahts, the Australian Dollar, the Taiwan Dollar and the Hong Kong Dollar. Furthermore, since there is also a JNTO approved Tourist Information Center, please pay a visit when encountering problems in sightseeing in Akihabara.
- NAME：LAOX Akihabara Main Store
- ADDRESS：1-2-9 Sotokanda Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0021
- HOURS OF OPERATION： From 10:00 to 19:00