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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:





●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)

●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)


●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)

●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)

Address:東京都町田市中町1-16-11 なかじまビル3F B
●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)

●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)

[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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