Laox Akihabara Main Store: Not Just Electronics, a Comprehensive Duty-Free Shop

 

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.

1階には一眼レフカメラやビデオカメラなど、日本製のデジタル製品が並びます

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”.

2階には日本製の海外向け家電がそろっています

2階には日本製の海外向け家電がそろっています

The second floor is lined up with Japanese household appliances adapted for use overseas. As expected, they say the rice cooker popular.

2階には日本製の海外向け家電がそろっています

The same floor is also lined up with made in Japan hair and beauty electric appliances such as hair dryers and beauty bars.

3階は生活雑貨や食品のフロア

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.

4階は民芸品やお土産品のフロア

4階は民芸品やお土産品のフロア

4階は民芸品やお土産品のフロア

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.

ハラルコーナーとして、ムスリムの方向けの商品も取り揃えています

They have halal products for the Muslims and the popular organic foods are lined up.

5階は高級ジュエリーや時計のフロア

The fifth floor is the floor for high grade jewelry and watches. Those are standard products in duty free shops.

6階は化粧品や薬のフロア

6階は化粧品や薬のフロア

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.

最上階の7階はプレミアムファッションのフロア

最上階の7階はプレミアムファッションのフロア

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.

 

 

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