Calling all gamers. There are a lot of things to do in Japan from visiting notable places and seeing the sights to climbing to the top of mountains and sky structures like the Tokyo Sky Tree, but during your visit, especially your visit to Tokyo, the urge to engulf yourself in anime and manga is undefeatable–except by the urge to game.
Tokyo offers a lot of opportunities to indulge yourself in electronic fun and games being that Akihabara, dubbed as the electric town by some people, resides there. Here are four awesome must-try arcade and gaming centers in Tokyo.
Standing in all of its bright orange glory is the CLUB SEGA game building just past Akihabara Bridge. This building may be the first one that you notice, but there are CLUB SEGA game buildings all around the area. With a great mixture of new and old, modern and retro games, CLUB SEGA is a nice option to spend your free time gaming. And if you like to test-run new games, CLUB SEGA is a great place to check out new releases before they actually release. The building is equipped with vending machines, so there is no need to stop for food or drink breaks. Game on gamers.
Name: CLUB SEGA
Address: 1-10-9 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku 101-0021, Tokyo, Japan
Business hour: 10 am (10:00) to 11:30 pm (23:30)
Phone number: (+81)3-5256-8123
Official website: https://tempo.sega.jp/am/akiba-1/
2.HEY – Hirose Entertainment Yard
HEY. It stands for Hirose Entertainment Yard. This gaming center features modern and old fashion arcade games and one of the best games ever–Dance Dance Revolution. But beware. HEY is not for the faint gamer. Visitors go here to test their skills and go up against skilled gamers in classics like Street Fighter. It tends to get busy between 7 and 10 pm so it’s recommended to go before or after that time. If you’re a hardcore gamer wanting to put your skills to the test or looking to play a few intense rounds of DDR, this place is for you.
Name: Hirose Entertainment Yard
Address: Hirose Bldg. 1F~4F 1-10-5, Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, 101-0021, Tokyo, Japan
Business hour: 10 am (10:00) to 12 am (00:00)
Phone number: (+81)3-5209-2030
Official website: https://www.taito.co.jp/gc/store/00001703
3.Anata no Warehouse
If you want to try out something a little bit edgier and kind of odd, you will not regret giving Anata no Warehouse a try. Both the interior and the exterior are grungy and distraught and probably perfect for any punk fashion gaming guru to game and take selfies. This center may look old and run down but it actually houses typical arcade games that you will find anywhere else in Japan. This one is for the gamers who have an interest in scenic views, aesthetics, grudge, vintage, and anything that’s just plain defiant of the norm. Although it’s slightly outside of Tokyo, many foreigners who visit Tokyo love to visit Anata no Warehouse.
Name: Anata no Warehouse
Address: 7-8-11, Iriya, Adachi-ku, Tokyo, 121-0836, Japan
Business hour: 9 am (9:00) to 11:45 pm (23:45)
Phone number: (+81)3-38562-5833
Official website: http://www.warehousenet.jp/store/storeinfo.php?id=204
The Round1 amusement center can be found in Diver City Tokyo Plaza. There, you can spend your time enjoying activities like roller skating, arcade games both retro and modern arcade games, batting cages, and bowling. Round One in Diver City offers a service called Spocha (スポッチャ）which allows customers to engage in sort of an all-you-can-play style of gaming. On the Spocha floor, you can pay a fixed price and for a specific amount of time, then you can enjoy an unlimited amount of games and activities on that floor for that amount of time. The games include the retro games that many people love.
Name: Round1 Stadium
Address: Diversity Tokyo Plaza 6th Floor, 1-1-10, Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo, 135-0064, Japan
Business hour: Mon. – Thurs. 8 am (8:00) to 6 am (6:00), Friday and day before holidays 8 am to all day, Saturday All day, Sunday and holidays closed until 6 am following day
Phone number: (+81)3-3527-8491
Official website: http://www.round1.co.jp/shop/tenpo/tokyo-divercity-eng.html
You may leave the games, but the games will never leave you. Whether you want to play the latest most modern games, or the old school shooters and fighting games, maybe even a few sport-related games, the urge will always be there. The most important thing is that you satisfy that urge and get your game on. There are plenty of places in Tokyo to do it. But after you start with these four places, try visiting the retro game store. Just follow the old school Legend of Zelda music and it will lead you to the center of the gaming universe.
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