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11+ Best Japanese Video Game Stores (Tourist Guide)

11+ Best Japanese Video Game Stores (Tourist Guide)

Once you start learning the main Japanese phrases, it’s time to start practicing in some of the popular locations in Japan.

Once we were in our Japanese hotel, we started taking the time to plan an itinerary for where we would be going including ways to quench our thirst for Japanese video games.

The world of anime and video games is always growing in this part of the world.

As a result, we created a list of good video game stores in Japan that had great deals and a collection worth checking out.

Here are the main Japanese game stores to check out right now.

Top Japanese Video Game Stores

Ojamakan (Kyoto)

Address: Japan, 〒612-0022 Kyoto, Fushimi Ward, Fukakusa Watamorichō, 29 メゾンドゥスール10

Ojamakan is a nice shop that’s renowned in Kyoto for offering reasonable deals and making sure you can find the type of game you want.

When we took the time to look at the shop, we were impressed by their collection and also their service. You could tell they were willing to work with you and the games that were made available had been well-maintained.

This is important to us as gamers because we don’t want games that are worn down.

We also liked how they kept other gaming items that helped us stock up when we were in Kyoto. This is ideal for those who want a good deal and want to get it as soon as possible in Kyoto.

Retro Game Camp (Akihabara)

Address – Japan, 〒101-0021 Tokyo, Chiyoda City, Sotokanda, 3 Chome−14−7 新末広ビルC

Retro Game Camp is one of the premier video game shops in Japan and it offers a wide array of retro games to choose from.

It’s situated in the heart of Akihabara and is well worth your time as a modern-day gamer.

We were in awe of their video game collection because it was well-rounded and you could tell there was a passion for gaming with the employees. We love that element about video game stores in Japan and it stands out at Retro Game Camp.

We highly recommend coming here for different types of games and choosing the ones that you might not be able to find elsewhere.

Let’s start the list with one of the best retro video game shops in Japan: Retro Game Camp. It’s located on the main shopping street in Akihabara and is filled with the best retro games and gaming consoles.

Not only did they have an amazing selection of games, but they were also looked after really well. The batteries of all games were changed and renewed, making sure they work perfectly when you buy them.

In the past, I’ve bought a secondhand Nintendo GBA and a handful of Pokemon and Mario games. They still work perfectly! A childhood dream come true, and it wasn’t even that expensive.

Super Potato (Akihabara)

Address – 1 Chome-11-2 Sotokanda, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 101-0021

The name is the first thing you are going to notice and indeed it’s a fascinating place beyond its hilarious name.

Super Potato is a top-tier gaming shop in Japan and is well-known among hardcore gamers. This is a store that sells video games to everyone and you should be able to find it anywhere you go.

We like their selection and it’s easy to find what you are looking for, especially if you want a newer game. Their staff is friendly and it’s easy to navigate around the shop while you are here. We had a good time here and it was clean too.

BEEP (Akihabara)

Address – 〒101-0021 Tokyo, Chiyoda City, Sotokanda, 3-chōme−9−8 中栄ビル B1

BEEP is one of those hidden gems that you are going to be unaware of unless you take the time to speak to some of the passionate video gamers in Japan.

We managed to come across someone who recommended this video game store to us and luckily we got the time to go through their collection. It was wonderful to see a store like this because they kept it simple and everything was geared towards gaming.

This included the types of deals you could find here.

It’s a fascinating place and we adored their attention to detail.

We accidentally stumbled upon BEEP in Akihabara but I’m so glad we did. While the store feels a bit more niche than others on this list, the games are incredibly cheap. Entering the store feels like walking into a time machine – it’s got old-school TVs displaying your favorite childhood games.

The store has so much character – even if you’re not planning to buy anything here, it’s a great place to browse. They even have some games you can play in-store.

Nintendo HQ

Address – 2-1 Higashikujo Minamimatsudacho, Minami Ward, Kyoto, 601-8502, Japan

Nintendo is the one name that’s appreciated around the world and is synonymous with high-quality gaming.

When you are in Japan, you might want to go to the headquarters to see what it’s all about and how things are done.

You might not be able to go in the building but it’s still fun for a gamer to check it out. You can also find shops around the area if you want to buy games.

Surugaya Specialty Store (Akihabara)

Address – 3-chōme-11-3 Sotokanda, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 101-0021

This is another charming video game store for retro games in Japan.

You are going to find rare video games in this collection and the store continues to be a good option for those who are already visiting BEEP due to how close they are to each other.

We would recommend checking out both to see if you can find what you are looking for.

They have some unique titles here and it is easy to want to spend quite a bit of time going through their selection once you are here.

Retro TV Game Revival (Osaka)

Address: 5 Chome-7-18 Nipponbashi, Naniwa Ward, Osaka, 556-0005, Japan

Anyone who’s in Osaka is going to be looking for a straightforward video game store with a large collection and good-quality accessories.

If so, you are going to want to head to Retro TV Game Revival.

This is the ultimate shop in town and it’s going to offer a slew of options to choose from. This includes retro games.

Friends (Akihabara)

Address: 6-chōme-14-13 Sotokanda, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 101-0021

Friends is not one of the more popular shops in Japan but it deserves your attention as a gamer because of its collection.

We took the time to sift through their video games and found rare titles that are not easy to find in other shops around the country. Not only were we impressed by the collection but also by the prices that were listed.

Everything was fair and reasonable. This is essential when you are shopping for a good deal!

A-Too Media Recycle Shop (Osaka)

We were impressed by A-Too Media Recycle Shop because it’s all about used games here. The name itself suggests so.

We loved the condition the games were kept in and they had a handy collection.

If you do want to compare prices, you should be able to find a good deal here.

Traders Headquarters (Akihabara)

Address – 〒101-0021 Tokyo, Chiyoda City, Sotokanda, 3-chōme−14−10 トレーダー本店ビル

If you ask the local gamers in Akihabara, they are often going to mention a store called Traders.

Traders have been around for a while and are one of the ultimate stores for those who want to find hidden gems and quality retro games. We were on the hunt for limited editions and wanted to see what we could find in Akihabara while spending time there.

This is when we took the time to walk around Traders. It was thoroughly impressive and the types of video games that were here are impossible to find in other nations. We knew this was the real deal as soon as we got here.

Book Off (Akihabara)

Address – 〒101-0025 Tokyo, Chiyoda City, Kanda Sakumachō, 1-chōme−6−4, Danke Akihabara Bldg., 1~6F

If all you are looking for is a major video game store in Japan then it’s best to go to Book Off.

This is a premier video game store and one that is a renowned brand in the region. You are going to find these stores throughout the nation and that illustrates how well-rounded they are as a brand in the country.

You will be able to find all sorts of products here including retro video games. We liked their collection and the prices were decent too.

Final Thoughts

These are the best video game stores in Japan.

We also have written about visiting Ryokans in Hakone and moving to Tokyo.