After playing a few games in Shibuya, I Googled "Tokyo pinball" and came up with some shreds. Apparently the biggest pball hall closed its doors two years back. But I did come across an intriguing pic on a German blog. A Deutscheballer wrote about an arcade with a bunch of retro games in the Decks mall, in the Odaiba district of Tokyo. (Big Sight is also in the neighborhood) I tracked the mall down online, and since I was in the area today, I headed over to check it out. What a find! From vintage games (pinball and arcade) to old skool candy and goody shops, and even a haunted house, this place is rockin.
I walked to Decks from the Big Site. Word of warning: the Odaiba area is HUGE. (It took nearly 30 minutes just to walk between those two spots.) I think it's all reclaimed land, and the pedestrian walkways, bridges, and plazas are gigantic. (Lots of grand plans for the area apparently fizzled out after the economic bubble burst 20+ yrs ago.) My sense is most crowds cluster around the train stations, and not too much goes on in between stops. Anyway, here are some shots from my walk. Some nice views, and a relaxing break from the bustling city.
|Here was the ultimate destination: Decks. You can get there on the Rinkai line (Tokyo Teleport station), or you can take the Yurikamome monorail to Odaiba Kaihin Koen station.|
|Joypolis (located inside Decks) is where I thought the arcade was. I asked an attendant, and she said they have no pinball machines. Damn! I nearly gave up...|
|Turns out Joypolis is a multistory amusement park run by Sega - and not a cheap one either.|
Since I was already there, I decided to have a look around the mall. I went up the first escalator I saw and VOILA! There was this big arcade and all kinds of other things to see. Shame the Joypolis attendant was clueless that there were a dozen pinball machines not 100 feet from where she worked....
|A beautiful site!|
|I mentioned I played LOTR in Shibuya. Well, I thought I had, but playing a table in pristine shape like this makes all the difference. The game play is night and day. Huge props to the staff for keeping everything in excellent shape.|
|I tried out this vintage table. Gotta say, it was good fun, but I'll stick with more recent games.|
|Now THIS is an old school UFO machine!|
|When's the last time you saw Crazy Climber? Amazing!|
|Garamon was just hanging out in this display case.|
|Cool carnival style shooting gallery|
|Boop boop de boop!|
|Remember stores with candy cigs?|
|Feed the lion coins, and it does a dance and fetches you a fortune.|
|This is on the OUTSIDE of the house. Wouldn't you think it would freak out a 4 year old walking past?|
|Or this one?|
|The TV is always running. Such a nice touch.|
|Part of the Taco (octopus) "Museum" on the same floor. It seems to mostly be a lot of octopus serving food stalls.|
|To Tokyo, and beyond....|
|And a cityscape night shot to wrap things up. If you're in the area, I'd definitely recommend the mall. Thanks for reading, and good night!|