Best Amusement Arcades in Tokyo

Classic arcade games

Classic Arcade games ©Sam Howzit/Flickr

Arcades are entertaining machines which are operated with coins. These are usually placed in public places, like in a bar, plaza or restaurant. Amusement arcades are places where arcade video game fans can play their favorite games. Arcade games were popular in the 1970-90’s, but nowadays they are still famous, especially in some Asian countries, just like Japan.

There are dozens of arcade places in Japan, but the most popular ones are located in Tokyo. If you are in Tokyo and you have some free time, stop by one of these places and I guarantee that you will have a good time. In this article I’ve included some of the best amusement arcades of Tokyo.

Club Sega

Club Sega

Club Sega, one of the most popular arcades of Tokyo ©Jephso/Flickr

Club Sega is one of the most popular arcade places in Tokyo. Though it is not the biggest Sega arcade, it is always crowded. A lot of Tekken and Virtual Fighter cabinets, crane machines and dozens of simulators are organized in rows and nowadays card-based arcades started to conquer Club Sega.

This awesome club is located  near the Akihabara Station. The address of Club Sega is: 1-10-9 Soto-kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. It is open between 10.00 AM and 1.00 AM. Their phone number is 03-5256-8123.


New Shimbashi Building

Shimbashi building

Shimbashi Building ©southtopia/Flickr

New Shimbashi building is a shopping complex with affordable and sometimes very low prices. The stores of the building are crowded with arcade games. Here, Mahjong is the most popular arcade game and some players even play for money. This typically Eastern game can be acquired easily, so if you don’t know the rules of Mahjong, you can still go there and practice this funny game.

The address of New Shimbashi Building is 2-16-1 Shimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo. It is open between 10 AM and 12 PM. The phone number of this amusement arcade place is 03-3597-5678.


Shibuya Kaikan Monaco


Old-school arcade games ©i eated a cookie/Flickr

When you enter Shibuya Kaikan Monaco, the feeling of the 1970’s will definitely come into into your mind. Regardless from the outside modern world, this arcade place guarantees old-school joystick games. Video game machines from the 1980’s were recently repaired and placed in the arcade.

The address of Shibuya Kaikan Monaco is 23-10 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo. Their phone number is the following: 03-3461-9171. The place is open between 10.00 AM and 12.00 AM.


Taito HEY


Taito Hey ©Ivan Mlinaric/Flickr

Taito HEY (or Taito Hirose Entertainment Yard) is famous for its collection of shooting games. Located in Akihabara, the place has dozens of hardcore shooting games, but fighting and crane games are available as well.

Taito HEY is open between 10.00 AM and 12.00 AM. The address of this arcade is 1-10-5 Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyoand their phone number is 03-5209-2030.


Classic arcade games

Classic Arcade games ©Sam Howzit/Flickr



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