Tokyo’s top tech spots

by Eche Egbuonu

Tokyo, the most densely populated metropolitan area in the world, is a city that has managed to seamlessly blend modern technology with ancient culture. Technological innovations born in Japan have had a large impact on the rest of the world. With the abundance of technology on sale in Tokyo, one might find it difficult to obtain a complete perspective of Japanese gadgetry. Read our guide on tech spots in Tokyo that will get any technophiles’ taste buds tingling.

The Sky

For a special gastronomy getaway in Tokyo head to The Sky, a revolving restaurant that provides a 360 degree panoramic view from the 17th floor. Whilst enjoying the remarkable visuals provided by the stunning vista, you can choose to indulge in a unique meal. The concept is fairly simple, you choose your preferred ingredients and the chef will prepare the meals directly in front of you. The combination of some of the best vantage points in Tokyo and a fully customisable menu will guarantee a memorable dining experience. This would be a good way to start of a special romantic break in Tokyo.

Akihabara

Akihabara, also known as “Electric Town” is a major shopping district in Tokyo. It is located on the Eastern side of the Chiyoda Ward and is just 5 minutes away from Tokyo Station. Wide arrays of electronic goods are available; these include micro sized cameras, stereo headphones and household robots. Specialist PC building computer tech is also available, this may be suitable for those looking to create an exclusive custom built PC or laptop. There are a number of big name shops close to Tokyo Station, but, more variety and reduced price can be found a little further along the street. There are thousands of shops selling every gadget imaginable, this alone makes visiting Akihabara an essential requirement for the gadget connoisseur. In order to truly experience the best city holiday in Japan you must visit Akihabara.

Tsukumo Robot Kingdom

The legendary Tsukumo Robot Kingdom will be forever entrenched in history as the first specialist robot store in the world. Just four minutes from Akihabara station, Tsukumo. You can expect to see robot builders and robot fans from all walks of life, at this groundbreaking store. A variety of DIY kits and toolsets are assembled for those who want to build their own robot. Regardless of your skill level you can create your own robot and experience a truly special city holiday in Japan.

Club Sega Akihabara

One of the standout attractions in Akihabara is the Club Sega, a multi-storeyed video game arcade and entertainment lounge. Club Sega features a wide variety of arcade machines, with popular video game franchises such as Tekken and Street Fighter available. The abundance of UFO style crane machines will test your co-ordination and concentration, with prizes ranging from plush toys, towels and electrical items. In club Sega you will find yourself surrounded with anime and fighting game enthusiasts, which creates a great atmosphere. Whether you prefer to watch or challenge other gamers, there are not many better ways to spend a Sunday afternoon. For a leading city break be sure to visit Club Sega.

Tokyo Game Show

The Tokyo Game Show or TGS is a video game trade show which has been running annually since 1996. The event takes place at the Makuhari Messe convention centre over four days. The first two days are restricted to industry members and the media, whilst the third and fourth days are open to the general public. It is one of the biggest trade shows so expect to see lots of exclusive content and innovative technology. TGS takes place during the fourth week of September; tickets are available at the door but are cheaper to book in advance.

Sony Building

Located in Harumi-dori, Ginza is the Sony building, a collection of all things Sony, one of the leaders in manufacturing electronic goods for the professional and consumer markets. This landmark building contains a wide variety of shops, showrooms and restaurants. Amongst these is the Sony showroom where you can see and interact with the latest and greatest Sony technology. Admission is free and reservations are not required. The Sony shop provides you with a means to purchase international versions of Sony products. English speaking staff will enable you to fully take advantage of the exclusive products available. One of the highlights of the Sony building is the Opus communication zone where you can experience incredible audio and visual content provided by Sony’s advanced technology. You can experience the 4k 200-inch projection system, with resolution four times greater than full HD (1980 x 1080p). This technology is being proposed by Digital Cinema Initiatives and could possibly be implemented around cinemas worldwide. For the best city break in Tokyo, head to the Sony Building.

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