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Akihabara Electric Town, Tokyo

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Akihabara Electric Town, the electronics shopping district north of Tokyo's financial sector, is so densely populated with stores, so garishly neon-lit, and so swarmed with shoppers that it can be a real headache if you're not sure what you're looking for. Big-name electronics stores like LAOX and Yodobashi Camera dominate the main Chou Avenue, while the secondhand shops for phones, electronic translators, cameras, audio/video devices, and other digital wizardry line the inner grid of streets. Discounts can run as deep as 50 percent for name-brand electronics. There's also the geek appeal of high-speed tablets, the newest (and tiniest) laptops, and music accessories (cat-ear headphones, anyone?). Cheap electronics aren't the only reason to venture into this consumerist frenzy; this is also nerd central for manga comics, fantasy figurines, and retro Nintendo and Sega video-game arcades.—Updated by Rebecca Willa Davis

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