Music in Ueno & Yanesen

Ameyoko Rizumu

For nearly half a century this tiny stall in Ameya-yokochō has been selling recordings of popular Japanese music to the faithful. Its forte is enka, best described as Japanese folk ballads, which, at its best, is sy…
Music in Shibuya & Shimo-Kitazawa

Tower Records

Yes, Tower lives – in Japan at least! This eight-storey temple of music has a deep collection of Japanese and world music. Even if you're not into buying, it can be a great place to browse and discover local artists…
Music in Osaka

Flake Records

Flake is Osaka's most in-the-know music shop, selling new and used, local and imported, CDs and records. The owner speaks some English; ask him for his recommendations on local bands. This is also a good place to pi…
Music in Downtown Kyoto

Joe's Garage

Named after an album by Frank Zappa, Joe's Garage has a music selection as genre-spanning as the musician himself, with jazz and rock to obscure Japanese albums available. There's a good range of vinyl, too.
Music in Shinjuku & Northwest Tokyo

Disk Union Shinjuku

Scruffy Disk Union is known by local audiophiles as Tokyo’s best used CD and vinyl store. This eight-storey branch carries a variety of musical styles; if you still can’t find what you’re looking for there are sever…