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Grab a Beer with a Side of Nostalgia Gaming…Game Bars of Japan

 

I am a huge fan of video games. I always have been. I think that some of my first experiences with Japan and Japanese culture came from my obsession with NES and SNES. The way that things work with me is shelter>games>food>clothes (I feel like a grown-up because I put the shelter part into consideration first before purchasing any games).

 

 

However! Console gaming doesn’t need to be done at home anymore…Not when you live in Japan.

Here are a few places where you can totally toss a few beers back while playing Duck Hunt with your friends:

 

 

 

SPACE STATION (Osaka)

http://tabelog.com/osaka/A2702/A270202/27063337/

TEL:080-4151-6336
Address:大阪府大阪市中央区西心斎橋2-13-3西心斎橋岩村ビル2F
[Mon.-Thurs.]20:00-2:00
[Fri.-Sat.]20:00-5:00
[Sun.]20:00-2:00
●Access:3 minutes from Shinsaibashi Station
3 minutes from Yotsubashi Station
●Features:It has a nice atmosphere and there are even games from other countries! The owner is not Japanese, so the place is popular with tourists and expats. This place is ranked #2 on Tripadvisor for Osaka city sights.

 

 

Game Bar Ninety (Shinjuku)

http://interhits.co.jp/blog/

TEL:080-1210-6132
Address:東京都新宿区荒木町16-16-2
[Mon.~Sat.]17:00~24:00
[Sun・Holidays]13:00~22:00
Closed:Tuesdays
●Access:30 secs from Toei Shinjuku Line Akebonobashi Station
●Features:This cafe/bar is based on subculture in the 80s and 90s.
It is free to look around the things that they have on display.

 

 

8bit café (Shinjuku)

http://8bitcafe.net/index.html

Address:東京都新宿区新宿3-8-9新宿Qビル5F
[Sun.~Thurs.]19:00~翌2:00
[Fri.・Sat.]19:00~翌5:00
Closed:Tuesdays

●Access: 1 minute from Shinjuku 3-Chome
●Features:This bar is dedicated to the subculture of the 80s and fittingly has everything popular from then, not just games. Events are held here every so often.

 

 

Star Club-スタア☆倶楽部 (Shinjuku)

http://www.bar-starclub.com/index.html

Address:東京都新宿区新宿3-11-1高須ビル2F
[Mon.-Sat.]20:00~04:00
[Sun.・Holidays]20:00~01:00
●Access:1 minute from Shinjuku 3-Chome Station
●Features:A game bar run by video game developers. It has a posh atmosphere and is kitsch in a good way.

 

 

Game & Music Bar Capsule (Machida)

http://machidacapsule.com/

Address:東京都町田市中町1-16-11 なかじまビル3F B
Hours:19:00~25:00
Closed:Tuesdays
●Access:3 minutes from Machida Station
●Features:Enjoy delicious food and drink while you discuss electronic and non-electronic gaming.

 

 

Videogame Bar ” B’ ” – ビデオゲームバー「B’」 (Nakano)

http://www.game-bar.net/

Address:東京都中野区中野5-56-12-2F
Hours:19:00~24:00
Closed:Sundays
●Access:5 minutes from Nakano Station
●Features:The place feels like when you would go to a friend’s house to play the latest Famicon game. Games are set up to play at every table. Enjoy a drink while you play!

 

 

Famicon City ファミコンシティ  (Shibuya)

http://www.famicomcity.com/index.html

Address:東京都渋谷区宇田川12-12シグマビル5F
[Weekdays] 17:00~(next day)02:00
[Fri./Before a holiday] 17:00~(next day)05:00
[Sat.] 14:00~(next day)05:00
[Sun./Holidays] 14:00~24:30
●Access:5 minutes from Shibuya Station
●Features:Every table has a plasma screen in the table so you can play games as a group with the entire table. There are various different consoles, hardware and attachments you can enjoy.

 

 

 

August 13  Category:Activities 

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