Odakyu HALC is an annex of the Odakyu Department Store’s Main Building at Shinjuku Station. It’s slightly smaller than the main complex and is focused on electronics, sports goods and food.
Odakyu HALC is 11 stories tall including three basements and two mezzanines. While it has less appeal for travelers compared to the Main Building – that is, unless you happen to be shopping for golf bags or horseback riding gear – the main draw here is Bic Camera, an electronics retailer that takes up four floors.
There are multiple passageways linking HALC and the Main Building including the Carillion Bridge, which spans the street by the west exit of Shinjuku Station.
The underground passage brings you to HALC’s second basement, a smaller-scale food area compared to the one in the Main Building. It has a fruit market, a fish counter, a bakery, a juice counter and imported foods shops. The third basement is home to a few cafes, restaurants and izakaya Japanese pubs grouped in an area called Haru Chika.
Sports goods are available from the first basement through the second floor. There’s a selection of merchandise including golf gear, swimwear, and equipment for tennis, jogging and cycling.
There’s also a tax refund counter on the first basement.
Bic Camera at Odakyu HALC
Along with part of the second floor, the third through sixth floors of HALC are taken up by Bic Camera, a major electronics retailer. It’s much smaller than local rival Yodobashi Camera, located a few minutes’ walk to the south, but it’s not spread out across several buildings, making it more convenient.
Bic Camera carries major electronics brands from Japan and overseas, and stocks TVs, laptops, portable music players, smartphones, printers and scanners on the third and fourth floors. Before buying, be sure to check whether the product you want has menu options an instruction manual in your preferred language.
The fifth and sixth floors of Bic Camera carry suitcases, fitness goods, massage chairs, musical instruments and home appliances. The store also offers shipping to Haneda and Narita airports.
The seventh, eighth and ninth floors of HALC feature beauty salons, Japanese, Chinese and Korean restaurants and a golf school.
Article by Tim Hornyak. All rights reserved.