Shopping: Hayata Camera (Asakusa)

Hello, everybody! I am going to feature Hayata Camera (早田カメラ) today in Asakusa. It’s a well-known shop for repairs here in Japan and they repair almost every type of gear. If they can’t fix it, you will have a hard time looking for somebody who can here in Japan. I seldom go there because they’re on the other side of Tokyo so I just buy from them when I see them at the bazaars. They have been in business for some time now and they have a very reputable name when it comes to repairs. Read my article to see what they have.

IMG_8264This is the storefront of their retail shop. It can be easy to miss because it looks like a café from the outside serving overpriced coffee but a closer look reveals that it’s not.

You can use the map above to get to Hayata Camera’s shop. You can easily reach them by using the Tokyo Metro Subway (Asakusa line, Ginza line and Hibiya line). They have two separate shops there, one for retail and another one for accepting repair jobs. They are open everyday except Sundays and they close quite early at about 5PM and 7PM during Saturdays. You can call them at 03-3841-3035 to confirm if they’re open and their website is If you got lost, you can just paste this address to your map application 111-0032 2 Chome-1-3 Asakusa, Taitō-ku, Tōkyō-to. They are close to the main temple of the Asakusa temple complex on the Eastern side so it’s easy to find them.

IMG_8245The shop is manned by a single person who also do repairs. He is busy repairing something here in this picture so I didn’t bother him with some of my nonsense questions. I don’t like people to disturb me when I am repairing something and I know well how it feels so I’ll just let him be.

I am assuming that most of the gear being sold here have been serviced in one way or another because the price is a cut above the rest. They’re not cheap but if you want a camera that works straight from the shop without any problems, it is a wise call to add a small premium for what the shop has done in terms of repairs. You may want to confirm this with them because I’m just assuming that they sell worry-free gear.

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They have a very good selection of European cameras. I am eyeing one of those Rolleis at the display because I am in the market for a good TLR. They have plenty of Leicas, Alpas, Robots, Zeiss and other brands that aren’t “main-stream”. This is a hipster’s paradise!

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I love that Hasselblad on the shelf but I am not sure if the price is OK or not but it looks reasonable since I always see these cost way more than this. One thing that I noticed in this shop is that I almost never see any dirty cameras. It’s common to see dusty or even deteriorated cameras in the shops here in Tokyo but I don’t see any of that here.

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Here are some Leicas. If you can afford it, it will help take better street photographs. OK, sarcasm aside. The cameras look clean so they must be serviced. Hayata is kinda popular amongst the Leica crowd here in Japan because their repairs are top-notch and the price is reasonable. I saw some of their repairs and I am impressed by their work and service.

IMG_8266Walk South for about 160m and you will get to their repair shop situated above a coffee shop. It can be hard to find but you normally wouldn’t want to come here anyway. There is Mr. Nemoto behind the curtain, he is in charge of the shop. The turn-around is about a month to 2 months at the most but he said that most jobs are out by 2 weeks. He showed me how they work on Contax rangefinder cameras from the pre-war and post-war eras and I’m impressed by their knowledge because he mentioned the details and steps that I would expect to be done. Servicing a Contax isn’t as difficult or impossible as what some would make you think but it’s more involved to repair one so many will turn it down. If I am not mistaken, he told me that they have the correct-sized ribbons for the Contax.

IMG_8265Here are some more cameras for sale. They all look lovely and clean, certainly not junks! If you are a lover of classic cameras then please come and visit Hayata Camera. If there’s something that needs to be repaired, you can send them here but I was told that they’re unable to communicate in English so it will help if you can send it to a friend living here in Tokyo who speaks some Japanese. I am considering a service wherein I’ll receive and send your camera to Hayata Camera or Kiitos for repairs and ship it back to you. I will do this for a fee because I need to pay for transportation and the time and effort to go there is also considered because communicating by phone isn’t the best option. Do you want it?

IMG_8267While walking home, I chanced upon this elderly gentleman with his beautiful Contax 2 setup. I was thinking that he came back from Hayata Camera with his camera and he’s in the process of running a test roll to see if everything is OK. It sure looks lovely and clean, I would love to have a Biogon just like that but only if I can afford one. I love Zeiss lenses!

That’s all for today. Did you enjoy it? I hope that this article shows that film photography is not just a trend here in Japan and people are really serious with it. There’s people who would do anything just to keep the flame burning and shooting film is a lifestyle choice and not something you do because it’s the thing these days or you saw a celebrity on TV who says that she shoots film. This is a real sub-culture and we’re call “maniacs” here in Japan (マニアーク). It’s an endearing term to people who are so-invested into their craft. I would certainly not mind being called a Nikon Maniac! See you guys next time and if you loved this article, please don’t forget to share this with your friends at social media! Help this blog get bigger and reach more people so I can turn them into maniacs, too! Ric.

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rachelle M
    Apr 08, 2018 @ 06:57:27

    Great post Richard! I’ve never heard of this place but I’ve bookmarked it for future reference. I would definitely be interested in your middleman service to get cameras to and from this shop (I’m in Kyoto and my Japanese sucks). Do you know if he also repairs LF lenses? The slow shutter speeds on my Crown Graphic are running a little too slow (my fault for not having used it in a while), but I also have some TLRs and Nikons that need some work done too.


    • richardhaw
      Apr 08, 2018 @ 07:15:30

      Hello, Rachelle!
      Yes, they can work on that! Do you want me to help you get a quote? Ric.


      • Rachelle M
        Apr 08, 2018 @ 14:02:10

        Hey Richard,

        Thanks for the offer, but I’m not quite ready for it yet, having just spent all of my available cash stockpiling Acros! (I just came back from a big trip to Europe too). Once I’m settled down at school (starts tomorrow) I’ll go through all of my cameras and decide on what needs fixing first. But I’ll definitely contact you once I’ve made up my mind!

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  3. Sam
    Apr 29, 2018 @ 02:12:36

    Hi Richard! I’ve been reading your website for the past year and it’s been helping me a lot with some Nikon repairs I’ve done myself in the past.

    I do have a question though, what’s the cheapest Nikon SP with a 50/1.4 that one can find around Tokyo? I’m heading there in a few weeks and have been saving up for one. Or would it make more sense to go with a Nikon S2 and a 50 1.4, and have extra for something like a 55/1.2? (I personally own a modified FM2n and an Olympus Pen FT, and I do to get an extra lens for one of those systems)



    • richardhaw
      May 06, 2018 @ 04:19:20

      Hello, sorry for the late reply. SP usually costs around $900 and up depending on condition. Junk ones are cheaper but require work. An SP is more useful because of the frame lines but an S2 will be a more comfortable camera to use because of the very bright viewfinder. Ric.


      • Sam
        May 21, 2018 @ 00:21:00

        Thanks for the advice! I managed to pick up a S2 black dial with a 5cm/1.4 from Nisshin Camera in Akihabara since Hayata Camera was oddly closed during the time I spent in Asakusa.

        A minor quirk about mine is that the rangefinder windows have some cleaning and fine scratches, but it’s super clean, regardless of that. Is it better if I just leave it as it is, or is there a way I can clean/change it? Thanks again!

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