As you can probably tell by the name, Akihabara Crane Lab specializes exclusively in crane games, with 14 different cabinets to play. One of the staff members I spoke to told me, “We are anime experts just like our customers, which means that we can tell you all about the characters in each game and what anime they are from without any problem.”
They also have English speaking staff available to help customers, but if they aren’t on duty the other staff members have smartphone apps to help translate.
They have a ton of unique Akihabara-style items available, which seems to be why they have such a large following of hardcore anime fans.
The decorations inside perfectly match Akihabara’s atmosphere.
“The prizes here always match whatever players are hoping to win the most, since we constantly take customer surveys and things like that to stay informed,” says one staff member.
There are also game machines with a limit on the number of prizes you can win each day if they have a lot of coveted items that everybody wants to win.
And if you’re looking for a bargain, the usual price of ¥200 per game is marked down to ¥100 on weekdays. In addition to that, they also have bingo and other special events together with their affiliate store at Try Amusement Tower. Stop by and check it out if you want to know more!
- NAME：Akihabara Crane Lab
- Address：Chichibu-Denki Bld. 1F ,3-12-15, Sotokanda, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 101-0021
- HOURS OF OPERATION: Monday to Thursday, Sunday, Holidays 10:00 - 22:00, Friday, Saturday, Day before Holiday 10:00 - 23:00