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Ochanomizu neighborhood Tokyo (music instrument Mecca)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BassEnvy78, Apr 13, 2014.

  1. BassEnvy78


    Jun 28, 2012
    Hi guys

    I am planning a trip to Japan and see if you guys knew Tokyo's Ochanomizu neighborhood.

    Basically I would like to know if one can get good deal on MIJ/CIJ basses and guitars....

    I have been GAS'ing on a MIA fretless jazz bass (and a Fender Tele Hot Rod 52) and wonder if I could get similar instruments over there and bring them back in a double gig bag.

    Thoughts? Experience? Negotiation stories?
  2. I was just there last week! You can't negotiate prices but pretty much everything I saw was $200-300 under US pricing. Some weren't even available in US. I played a hollowbody Jazz. Awesome.
  3. peledog

    peledog Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    That street is a musician's dream.

    I've purchased two instruments over the years when I was in Tokyo.

    I always haggle, there are so many stores competing, you're bound to get a good deal. I got a Kawai bass in the early 90s for 40,000 yen (at the time it was about USD$300), with gig bag included. A couple years back I got a Fender JB-62 for 60,000 yen (about USD$800) with gig bag. Shop around, take your time and look for the best deal and see what 'pu-reh-zento' they offer as well.

    Shimokura is a great shop.


    You can try Shibuya as well, they have some good stores there. But, I got my best deals in Ochanomizu.
  4. BassEnvy78


    Jun 28, 2012
    Thanks for the pointers!
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  6. 4Aaron GE

    4Aaron GE

    Mar 14, 2014
    Koriyama, Japan
    Even if you don't end up buying a guitar or bass, you'll probably come home with some accessories. They're dirt cheap there too.
  7. Planning a similar trip this summer. Have wanted to check this out for years.

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