Video Games In Japan
There are those who travel to the land of the Rising Sun to see the cherry blossoms, to visit ancient Buddhist temples and monasteries, and there are those who just want to taste the vast gastronomy of the cosmopolitan city of Tokyo. Without a doubt, visiting Japan is to delve into its millenary culture that coexists alongside a modern and technological world to which millions of people are attracted. Ninjas, Japanese Animation, Manga, giant robots, and of course video games, are some of the things that attract countless tourists every year. From thrift stores to flashy arcades, the land of Mazinger Z is a place that has a lot to offer, especially for gamers looking for a more exclusive experience. Japan main cities have their technological district filled by the video game industry, where every year more tourists tend to visit.
In Tokyo, for example, there is the mythical Akihabara, which after the Second World War, being a black market for radio sets, became an area for family appliances: refrigerators, televisions, and later in the 80’s became the mecca of video games. In Osaka they have Den Den Town, something like the electricity district. It is like Akihabara but smaller, with stores specialized in electronics and other video games.
Many travel to Japan looking to buy video games that are not yet released in America or versions that will never come out of Japan, with countless exclusive titles simply impossible to get in western regions of the world. 10 years ago, buying video games was cheaper, but online sales and labels have caused most of the prices to go up. Super Potato is the best-known store, with an enviable variety of games and rarities, which places it as the first mandatory destination for video game tourists. It is like a museum, where you can find all the video console systems that have ever appeared on the market, and buy games and accessories for each one of them.
But besides buying, you have to play, and a lot. Japan’s arcades are constantly packed with youth and adults of all ages, making it a pleasant destination even for non-gamers. And for those looking for a different experience, they can find arcades as incredible as the Gundam robot, which is like being inside an android, playing with several screens at the same time, horse racing simulators, machines to play ‘Mario Kart ‘or’ Final Fantasy ‘that never made it out of Japan.
To maximize the experience of video game tourism in Japan there are “game bars”, where you can find 10 or 20 different consoles with hundreds of games to choose from, and those who enjoy video games and going out for a drink can find a Much more satisfying atmosphere than a normal bar. Whether to play, shop, satisfy your curiosity, socialize, go for drinks or visit the different statues of Giant Robots throughout Japan, this country is undoubtedly a unique destination, where traditional tourism is transformed into a very diverse experience that without a doubt, once you visit it you will love to return.