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Round1 Spocha Guide

Japan is famous for its arcades and game centers – you can find plenty of them in the areas around Shinjuku and Akihabara. Many of them focus mostly on arcades and crane games, but Spocha is a slightly different story. Spocha is a branch of the famous ROUND1 game center. Not every ROUND1 has a Spocha, so you’ll have to look it up online if you want to play some actual sports instead of the latest Gundam or idol card game. Basically, Spocha offers a variety of sports you can play for a flat fee – from basketball and baseball to minigolf, darts, and billiard. Today, we’re telling you everything you might need to know about playing and enjoying yourself at Spocha.

1. Find a Spocha

If you’re in Tokyo, the biggest and most famous Spocha is located inside Diver City in Odaiba. If you’re in Osaka, the biggest Spocha is located within a 3-minute walk from Namba Station. Every big city in Japan has at least one Spocha and it’s pretty easy to find just by googling ‘*city name* Spocha’, so you probably won’t need much help with that.
Spocha Arcade Center@ka0ri364
Round1 Spocha Entertainment@lettuce03_3.9
Batting at Spocha@moffy_25

If you’re in Tokyo, the biggest and most famous Spocha is located inside Diver City in Odaiba. If you’re in Osaka, the biggest Spocha is located within a 3-minute walk from Namba Station. Every big city in Japan has at least one Spocha and it’s pretty easy to find just by googling ‘*city name* Spocha’, so you probably won’t need much help with that.

2. Choosing a plan

Most Spocha have three different plans to choose from. The first one is a 90-minute plan that costs ¥1740, which is perfect if you’re a first timer and don’t know what to expect. The second one is a 3-hour plan, which costs ¥2130, and the third and most popular one is the so-called free time plan, which allows you to stay and play however much you want for only ¥2690. If you’ve been to Spocha before, and know for sure that you’re gonna enjoy it, getting a free time plan is the best deal – as it’s only ¥500 more than the 3-hour one, and you certainly wouldn’t like to pay double for an extra time plan if the time expires and you still want to play.
spocha_1@hii_riso
Spocha Basketball Court@yuki_12_25_

Most Spocha have three different plans to choose from. The first one is a 90-minute plan that costs ¥1740, which is perfect if you’re a first timer and don’t know what to expect. The second one is a 3-hour plan, which costs ¥2130, and the third and most popular one is the so-called free time plan, which allows you to stay and play however much you want for only ¥2690. If you’ve been to Spocha before, and know for sure that you’re gonna enjoy it, getting a free time plan is the best deal – as it’s only ¥500 more than the 3-hour one, and you certainly wouldn’t like to pay double for an extra time plan if the time expires and you still want to play.

3. Get ready for the action

Basketball at Spocha@tucho_gram
Billiard at Spocha@eguni12

Most Spocha have locker rooms where you can leave your bags, luggage, and outerwear before entering the arcade. Don’t hold back on it – you’ll feel much more at ease if your belongings are stored away in a locker rather than carrying them around from one room to another. The lockers usually cost ¥100, but they return the coin when you take you your stuff, s it’s basically free.
You can also grab snacks and/or drinks from the vending machines inside Spocha anytime during your stay. You will have to pay for those though, as they are not included in the plan.

4. Enjoy yourself!

Battng room at Spocha@crystal0402dyf
Darts at Spocha@ariel_tamamin
Bowling at Spocha@gookano_official

Time for the fun part – trying out as many games as possible! Again, most Spocha have a variety of sports and games to choose from. popular social sports like bowling, billiard, and darts are a hit with foreigners, but there are also ‘real’ sports you can play, such as tennis (yes, there’s an actual tennis court inside the Odaiba Spocha), table tennis, batting (a kind of baseball), basketball, and even football.
Should you get tired of playing real sports, move on to arcades. Being a brand of the ROUND1 game centers, Spocha also has a variety of arcade games to choose from. Super Mario, Street Fighter, Dungeons and Dragons, Gundam, and whatever takes your fancy – Spocha has them all!

5. Relax a bit before leaving

Spocha Tennis Court Players@dayo_koshun
Spocha Arcade Games@ayu_okusako
Spocha Darts Players@__jk_kcy

Most Spocha have a resting room as well. Comfy chairs, some manga and novels, as well as a bunch of vending machines with drinks and snacks can help you recharge your batteries before facing the outside world once again. You’ll want to keep your voice down in the resting room though. After you’re done, grab the ticket you received when entering and pay for your stay at the counter.

 

Game arcades are one of the most fun and loved activities to do when coming to Japan. Whether alone or with friends, these arcades give you a unique insight into Japanese geeky culture. However, Japan is also pretty big on sports, which is why you’ll find places like Spocha, where you can play real sports aside from arcade games. They might not be your typical game center, but they’ll definitely leave you feeling better and more rejuvenated than a day spent at the arcades in Akihabara!

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