Tokyo's quite a big place ( 36 million people and counting .. ) so it depends which part of Tokyo you will be visiting. If you are right in the centre, Bic Camera in Yurachacho ( 5 mins walk from Tokyo Station ) stocks the MM300. You'll find it at 30% off RRP. You can additionally obtain 5% purchase tax refund too - take your passport to the store. Of the other stores already mentioned, Yodobashi Camera in Shinjuku has a good selection in their dedicated 5-floor watch shop : walk past the Camera shop ! There are lots of watch shops in Shinjuku so if its close to where you are staying, its worth a visit. Its a mad area, absurdly crowded, confusing streets -think Blade Runner without the hover cars and robo-assassinations ( most of the time ).
The other branches of Bic Camera in Tokyo generally have a more limited selection than the Yurachacho branch by the way, including the enormous mother ship in Shinjuku.
If you do happen to be around the Tokyo Station area in January, PM me. I work close by and if I'm not in meeting-hell, would be happy to take you to Bic Camera and help with the Japanese if you need it.
BTW, check out the Seiko Museum if you have time in Tokyo. I really enjoyed it when I was there in Sept.
Ueno's street market area is another place you must check out. It's located just up the road from Akihabara.
Thanks so much for the valuable information supawabb, kent108, teg33, cummje, speshul_ed, David Woo, OnTimeGabe, and kiwidj - it's much appreciated, and I will definitely be following up on these leads.
Last edited by Argon; December 5th, 2009 at 18:40.
I have heard that MM300s are available at a very attractive price at the main Seiko store in Bangkok (I will be stopping off there a few weeks before arriving in Tokyo). Someone who was there recently says that he was offered a MM300 at this store for BHT54,000 which, when you take the 7% tax reclaim into account, works out at around THB50,500 which equates to $1,520 / €1,023 / £923 / Y137,637. This sounds like a great deal - do you have an idea what Bic Camera in Yurachacho might charge?
I loved your description of Shinjuku by the way - 'It's a mad area, absurdly crowded, confusing streets -think Blade Runner without the hover cars and robo-assassinations ( most of the time )'
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