What A hyper-specialised branch of the massive Disk Union empire that only carries items from the cult-cool Showa period (1926–1989).
The crowd Hardcore Japan lovers. Or anyone looking to dabble in a bit of Nippon nostalgia.
Go for… The huge collection of Showa kayo (song) CDs, vinyl records and mint-condition memorabilia.
But don’t miss… The enka (old-school ballads) selection.
Where B1F, 3-28-4 Shinjuku.
What Tens of thousands of both new and second-hand CDs, vinyl and more, in every genre imaginable.
The crowd Serious music-heads with a lot of crate-digging time on their hands.
Go for… The ludicrously discounted new CD releases, plus the selection of vintage vinyl.
But don’t miss… The Saturday sales when record prices drop even lower.
Where? Shibuya Beam Bldg 4F, 31-2 Udagawacho, Shibuya.
What A store full of cassette tapes – yep, they’re making a comeback.
The crowd Ultimate retro fanatics and anyone who misses the exact science of winding and rewinding.
Go for… The oddball-unorthodox selection of cassettes, all lovingly collected by the owner.
But don’t miss… The boomboxes. If you still have one, admire; if you don’t, all the more reason to get one.
Where? 4-15-5 Nakameguro, Meguro.
What A vinyl-only store founded in 1994 with rarefied selections of jazz, soul, reggae and funk records.
The crowd Jazz fiends, world-music lovers and funk fanatics who prefer their stuff pressed on 7- or 12-inch.
Go for… The range of Japan-pressed albums.
But don’t miss… The gumball machine filled with 45 adapters.
Where? 10-2 Udagawacho, Shibuya (up a sloping alley off the main road).
What An eclectic record selection in one of Tokyo’s hipper enclaves.
The crowd Cool kids looking for bargain surprises – since 1982.
Go for… The legendary discount boxes: used vinyl goes for as little as 10 yen a pop here – and it’s good, really good.
But don’t miss… The flashy, handmade entrance. You literally can’t miss it.
Where? 2F, 2-12-16 Kitazawa, Setagaya (Shimokitazawa Station).
Record Store Day is 21 April.