Take a look at our
ThinkPads.com HOME PAGE
For those who might want to contribute to the blog, start here: Editors Alley Topic
Then contact Bill with a Private Message

Visiting Akihabara - any especially good ThinkPad sources?

General Questions, Rumors, Real news & More
Post Reply
Message
Author
Edward Mendelson
**SENIOR** Member
**SENIOR** Member
Posts: 627
Joined: Mon May 24, 2004 10:11 am

Visiting Akihabara - any especially good ThinkPad sources?

#1 Post by Edward Mendelson » Tue Mar 06, 2018 12:06 pm

I'll be in Tokyo in a few days for a brief visit, and want to spend a few hours in Akihabara - partly in search of an interesting non-current ThinkPad to bring back. Are there any stores that are especially promising or should I just wander around?

A Japanese friend told me that after experiencing Akihabara for a few hours, I may want to spend some time in Times Square for some peace and quiet. I'm trying to prepare myself...
Last edited by Edward Mendelson on Tue Mar 06, 2018 12:58 pm, edited 1 time in total.

evening_hunger
Junior Member
Junior Member
Posts: 264
Joined: Thu Nov 26, 2015 2:55 pm
Location: Normandy, France

Re: Visiting Akihabara - any especially good ThinkPad sources?

#2 Post by evening_hunger » Tue Mar 06, 2018 12:30 pm

Was there this summer, guess I had similar hopes. But I found nothing except manga-hell that *humans* actually cannot get their brains around until they see it. I'm sure I wouldn't like to go there again (not to mention I got lost). So you better go well prepared, with precise knowledge of the particular building/stand that you wanna visit. If you don't have that info, and you hope to just stroll and find something... Well you won't :)
x320/i7-2620M/8GB/256gb.ssd/FHD13.3''IPS/debian_testing (main driver)
x230/i5/8GB/500gb.hdd+256gb.m2ssd/IPS/debian_stable+win7 (better half)

shawross
Junior Member
Junior Member
Posts: 471
Joined: Mon Oct 28, 2013 5:48 am
Location: Perth Aus / Thailand

Re: Visiting Akihabara - any especially good ThinkPad sources?

#3 Post by shawross » Wed Mar 07, 2018 10:05 am

I was there last year in April and walked around Akihabara which is on the JR Yamanote circle Line. I walked through many shops but didn't see any older Thinkpads. I don't even remember seeing newer Thinkpads.

Plenty of Gundam toys if you are into that which I am not and other Electronic stuff. You see some interesting stuff in markets as you navigate the crowds.

As "evening_hunger" says it is a bit mind blowing and you would need precise instructions.

We were in Tokyo for 4 days and we didn't stop. I didn't get lost but it is not always easy to find your way through the massive rail system.

I heard a lot of the Japanese people hold on to their older Thinkpads but I am not sure if that is true. Also I have heard that secondhand stuff like Thinkpads in Japan can be expensive so I wouldn't get your hopes up.

It pays to understand the rail system and learn how to get around. I loved Japan and traveled from Tokyo to Osaka and Kyoto. In Tokyo they will have the Cherry Blossoms out soon and that brings in many tourists.

When you head to the airport to leave Japan make sure you have plenty of time because with all the tourists this time of year it's a log jam of people.

Goodluck
Active --- Love the X series
X301 SU9400 IDA Mod - W 7 / X201 540M - W 7 / X220 2520 - W7

Nostalgia
X61 T7500 / T41 T42 T43 / A31

Rogue daily driver - Samsung RV511 15.6 " Screen - W 7

theterminator93
Senior Member
Senior Member
Posts: 935
Joined: Fri Oct 11, 2013 7:45 pm
Location: North Ridgeville, Ohio, United States

Re: Visiting Akihabara - any especially good ThinkPad sources?

#4 Post by theterminator93 » Wed Mar 07, 2018 10:51 am

I was there for a few days at the end of October into November as well, although we only dropped by Akihabara twice for a couple hours each time; we were staying in Roppongi. Didn't see much in the way of old computers of any kind, unfortunately. Most of what I saw (that wasn't anime/manga/modeling related) was radio or sound system type electronics, although to be fair we didn't hit up every building (just the major multi-department ones) while we were there. It wasn't super busy for us, though we chose that time of year to visit because of the relative lack of tourists.

Log jam of people? Try Shibuya on Halloween night. :D
Daily: T25 | W520 i7-2860QM·Quadro 2000m·IPS FHD | T420 i7-2640M·NVS 4200m·IPS FHD | X220 i7-2640M | T601F T9900·NVS 140M·LED UXGA
Wife's: T61p T9500·2010 FX570m·WUXGA | X220T i7-2640M
Others: T61p·61·43·42p|X41T·24·23·22|G41|A31p·22m|i1200|TransNote|380D|365XD|701C|755C

madicetea
Sophomore Member
Posts: 206
Joined: Wed Dec 27, 2017 8:59 am
Location: Tokyo, JAPAN

Re: Visiting Akihabara - any especially good ThinkPad sources?

#5 Post by madicetea » Sat Mar 17, 2018 4:26 am

Hi. I live in Tokyo and did just this the previous month (in February).

I'd go with you and show you around if I weren't on vacation and away from the country for a month.

Yes, I am sure you have seen how your Japanese friend is right - Tokyo makes Times Square look noisy sometimes. It has a lot of people crammed in such a small area.

I've found old IBM Thinkpads (my favorite thing) in a few places in Japan: online (which I assume is not an option), in a Second Story of a small PC shop which sold old laptops and the like in huge crates that you sift through (where I got an R60e), and I've seen more modern X-2xx series in many of the PC shops in Akihabara.

I also found a few interesting parts (old processors and very cheap ~$1 2GB DDR2 RAM) in 'junk' stores' "cubicle box" sections. May be worth a try.

Pro-tip for the forum here: If you can haggle in Japanese, you will likely succeed in either not paying tax (8% regularly) or maybe shave off ~120 yen per 1500 yen spent.

I took six hours and asked around to a lot of people in Japanese. It pays to be resourceful and willing to get strange looks as you ask 'stupid questions'.

**and if you or anyone else is visiting in April 2018 or later this year and interested in what I have and what I can give and what you want - well feel free to send me a PM and ask. It helps if I don't have to ship and I will easily give you a slight discount (mostly via the exchange rate anyways - I can easily knock the exchange rate from 110 to 105 yen per the dollar) on anything I have and can meet up and just hand over.
Greetings from Tokyo,
IceWobs
, IBM Thinkpad Enthusiast

Daily Driver Thinkpads: X250 16gb
Under Construction: PC110
Occasional Use: X200 P8600 AFFS , piano black s30
For Sale: X200 P8700 base, X250 8gb Japanese kb, X250 FHD IPS Lid

Edward Mendelson
**SENIOR** Member
**SENIOR** Member
Posts: 627
Joined: Mon May 24, 2004 10:11 am

Re: Visiting Akihabara - any especially good ThinkPad sources?

#6 Post by Edward Mendelson » Sat Mar 17, 2018 5:29 am

Thanks for this! I may take you up on that offer next time. I visited briefly a few days ago but didn’t spend time searching. My family wouldn’t really go for it. We left Tokyo for Kyoto and the atmosphere is very different.

Forgive brevity from phone.

madicetea
Sophomore Member
Posts: 206
Joined: Wed Dec 27, 2017 8:59 am
Location: Tokyo, JAPAN

Re: Visiting Akihabara - any especially good ThinkPad sources?

#7 Post by madicetea » Sat Mar 17, 2018 10:09 pm

You're welcome.

Enjoy the scenery and the religious sites, they are some of the best in all of Japan.

If you have a time, maybe take day trips towards Nara and Osaka - it can be quite fun.

If you still have more time, I suggest Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and Nagoya in that order.
Greetings from Tokyo,
IceWobs
, IBM Thinkpad Enthusiast

Daily Driver Thinkpads: X250 16gb
Under Construction: PC110
Occasional Use: X200 P8600 AFFS , piano black s30
For Sale: X200 P8700 base, X250 8gb Japanese kb, X250 FHD IPS Lid

Post Reply
  • Similar Topics
    Replies
    Views
    Last post

Return to “GENERAL ThinkPad News/Comments & Questions”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 5 guests