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The Game Lover's Guide to Akihabara

Every gamer feels a connection to Japan and visiting Akihabara is on every gamer’s list when they decide to visit the home of the gods of Nintendo and PlayStation. There’s a multitude of things to do when you visit Electric Town in Tokyo, and so we have compiled a list of must-visit spots.

  • CLUB SEGA

    CLUB SEGA

    CLUB SEGA

    Club Sega has something for any type of gamer, whether you want to spend the day trying to catch fluffy animals with a claw machine or indulge in the latest VR technology. Prepare to be hypnotized by the flashing neon lights and musical chimes that entice players to spend hours, if not days, in the enchanted corridors of arcade games. Spread over six storys, Club Sega houses hundreds of games and you can find an entire floor dedicated to classics likes Tekken and Street Fighter. If you have never played arcade games before, this is a great place for a complete crash course on arcade gaming and everything it encompasses. However, it’s an even better place if you’re a pro, as your skills may attract an admiring crowd. Play old favorites like Mario Kart or try your hand at driving a train. If you’re tired of sitting, you can impress the masses by getting your groove on with the dance and music games. Club Sega is a must-visit even if you just want to wander around, and it is strangely satisfying to watch someone beat the ghosts in Pacman.

  • ASOBIBA

    ASOBIBA

    ASOBIBA

    If you want to test your skills of survival and sharpshooting in the urban jungle, head to Asobiba, a vast yet hidden playground in the middle of Electric Town. The place is a five-minute walk from Akihabara station, but as it’s on the second floor, you’ll have to look a bit for the entrance. Asobiba welcomes players of all abilities, from newbie to pro, and provides instructions in English. Don’t worry if you’re a lone player, as Asobiba schedules days with open games that anyone can join. While you can drop by, it’s better to call beforehand and see if there aren’t too many players. If you’re coming in a group, you can reserve the field in advance. Beginners are given instructions on how to use the equipment as well as basic survival training. The field at the Akihabara branch is a labyrinth made from the cavernous halls of a building, making it a taste of urban guerrilla warfare. There’s also a practice shooting range where you can warm up before a match. You can rent all the gear required, so the only things you need to bring are your wits and a thirst for victory.

  • SUPER POTATO

    SUPER POTATO

    SUPER POTATO

    Super Potato is the heaven that awaits all good retro gamers. Once you’ve climbed the fire escape of an entrance stair, you’ll gain access to the impressive library of classic and beloved Japanese video games. You’ll find titles for your Gameboy that you weren’t sure even existed. Besides the extensive collection of video games for Nintendo and Playstation, there also stacks and stacks of video game and anime merchandise, like toys, figures, consoles, clothing, and hats. The sheer volume of stuff available makes it a treasure trove for video game enthusiasts. Even if you’re not a hardcore gamer, it’s an interesting way to spend a couple of hours. If want to play some of the games you’ve seen, climb up to the fifth floor and you’ll reach the arcade floor, which is dedicated to memorable vintage games.

    SUPER POTATO

    SUPER POTATO

  • TAITO STATION

    TAITO STATION

    TAITO STATION

    Taito Stations are dotted across Tokyo and filled with local teens and international tourists alike. Of course, the branch in Akihabara is one of the largest with its six floors of games and merchandise. On the first two floors, you’ll find crane games filled with unique and unusual toys that make great souvenirs. Crane games are more difficult than people think and it’s better to watch some of the more experienced players to gather some tips. The third and fourth floors have the familiar faces of video arcade machines. There’s even a karaoke box if you’re gripped with the whim to belt out a few tunes in between some gaming. But if you’re really musically minded, head to the fifth floor, which has a whole plethora of music, dance, and instrument games. Lastly, if you want to dress up in one of the cute costumes of the many characters you’ve seen, head down to the basement, where you can wear costumes for free and hit the photo sticker booths.

    Akihabara
    Address
    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Sotokanda
    Phone
    SEGA VR AREA AKIHABARA
    Address
    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Sotokanda 1-11-11 Inside outside Koda 1 chome building/Club Sega Akihabara New building 6F
    Phone
    0352973601
    ASOBIBA Akihabara Field
    Address
    Tokyo Chiyoda-ku Sotokanda 3-1-16 DIDE - Limited Building 2F
    Phone
    0335271743
    Super potato akihabaraten < Retro tate >
    Address
    Tokyo Met. Chiyoda-ku Sotokanda 1-11-12 Kitabayashi Building 3F/4F/5F
    Phone
    0352899933
  • TAITO STATION Akihabaraten
    Address
    Tokyo Met. Chiyoda-ku Sotokanda4-2-2
    Phone
    0352898445
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