Compare to other countries, in Japan physical medias are really popular in Japan.
Nowadays digital music medias are getting more and more popular but in Japan still many people buy CD or vinyl record.
So in Japan thereʼs a lot of record shop. Especially in Tokyo, thereʼs a lot.
If you have a hobby to collect CD or Vinyl, I really wanna recommend you to go DiskUnion in Tokyo. That shop is the strongest record shop in Japan. 2nd hand vinyl and CD are extremely cheaper compared to other shops. Disk Union has a lot of shop in Tokyo, for example Shinjuku, Shibuya, Shimokitazawa, Ikebukuro and Ochanomizu etc… Their shop categorize media in detail, so even easier to find. For example, in Shinjuku shop there is 3 or 4 buildings and they separate shops in genres, Alternative rock, Progressive rock, Latin, Jazz, Metal, Dance music, Classic and Japanese music etc. This shop is also famous for many foreign artist and they visit there to buy some vinyl privately. Thurston Moore who is well known as ex Sonic Youth was on Disk Union Shinjuku this April. Jimmy Page known as guitarist of Led Zeppelin he also visited that shop 2014. So now you can believe how that shop is hot and crazy.
If you likes to buy minor indie rock band from western country, thereʼs a shop called Big Love record. It is in Aoyama. It is a independent record shop and they order a lot of good minor rock bands from all over the world. The bands they manage are mostly not well known in Japan but their sense to find music is significant. The xx which come to Fuji Rock Festival in Japan this year, they were introduced in Big Love record before they debut. Several year after Big Love pushed one Danish indie rock band Communions, they got popular and Communions were invited to Japanese small music festival this February. And one of the most famous rock band Radiohead choose Big photo-ac.com Love to sell their indie record shop exclusive single Burn the Witch, this record was sold only at 2 record shop in Japan one is Big Love in Tokyo the other is Flake Record in Osaka. And Ian Brown the front man of Stone Roses has visited that shop this April.
For enthusiastic Rock music fan, Tokyo is quite hot place to visit in Japan.