Tokyo Leisure Land Akihabara: An Arcade That Values Communication

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Since opening 11 years ago, Tokyo Leisure Land has continued to serve as a one-stop shop for leisure and fun. The shop owner has a long 19-year history of working in the amusement industry, and rather than be bound to a specific manufacturer, he runs the place with a wide line-up of various games.

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The first floor is the prize game floor. Here's you'll find a line-up of many different crane games. There's a lot of merchandise from popular anime, but you might find other stuff too...

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In Akihabara fashion, there are even special prizes like battery chargers for your smartphone.

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You’ll even find o-mikuji (fortune teller) vending machines filled with uniquely themed fortunes, like Samurai Mikuji.

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"We always try to differentiate ourselves from other stores because it's important to us that we're able to offer an experience for even the most knowledgeable patrons," says the owner.

In addition to game instructions, they display tips on how to win more prizes. The staff tries to respond on the fly to any situation, like putting things back to their original position even if you fail. The shop puts together a lot of different offerings, like having POP in foreign languages for its non-Japanese patrons.

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The second floor is for music games. It's loaded with all of Konami's musical games.

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There’s a special corner for Akihabara’s famous Gacha-gacha items, too.

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The third and fourth floors are where you’ll find most of the fighter and Gundam games. Among these are a few retro favorites.

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One special highlight is the dart games, which you can enjoy together with a group of friends.

"Amusement centers allow people to come together over a similar interest in games. It's a place that creates an environment where people can develop a new way to communicate,” says the owner.

There's even away for you to rent time on the machines so that users can hold private tournaments. Renting is available on a subscription basis, but they provide a full range of support to guide you through the steps of holding a tournament and other details. For more information about the rental, contact the store.

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The fifth floor is mainly for online games. The floor is set up to allow for wide walking space, taking in consideration that if you gather in a group to surround or watch a tournament you won't have to worry about your group blocking the walkways.

"Up until now the shop itself was the only space you could use as a communication space, but with the spread of online games we've come into a time when patrons can use the internet to create a community. That's why we've designed it so that veteran users and new users can enjoy the space together through tournaments and other events," says the owner.

"We feel that a revamping a shop so that it creates an environment you can only get in real life will allow it to continue playing an important role."

<Shop Data>

  • NAME: Tokyo Leisure Land Akihabara Branch
  • ADDRESS: 1-9-5, Sotokanda, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 101-0021
  • HOURS OF OPERATION: 10:00 - 24:55
  • Regular Holiday:None
  • TEL:+81-3-5298-1360
  • HP:llakihabara.sakura.ne.jp
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