When coming to Akihabara, besides shopping for electronic stuff, explore the otaku culture, enjoy delicious food and discover Tokyo nightlife, what else can you do? Japan also very famous for its arcade culture, which is games centers, where you can play almost all the coin game for 100yen each round. Games are various, from action, gambling, or sports (basketball), and prizes (U.F.O) catcher, etc. Below is the most popular destination for arcade in Akihabara:

1. Super Potato

Super Potato can also be considered as one of the greatest retro games center, with very specific 1970s-style glass-top cocktail arcade cabinets. Besides arcade games, there are manga comics for relaxing or when players taking a break, bottled Coca-Cola for thirst rescue, and a giant chair made completely of Nintendo game cartridges.

Super Potato is from the third to the fifth floor.

Super Potato is from the third to the fifth floor.

The arcades are located on the fifth floor.

The arcades are located on the fifth floor. From Flickr

Super MARIO welcomes you on the used video game selling floor!

Super MARIO welcomes you on the used video game selling floor! From Flickr

Address:
Kitabayashi Building 3F-5F, 1-11-2 Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Access:
3mins walk from JR Akihabara Station

Hours:
Monday-Friday 11:00-20:00, Weekends and National Holidays 10:00-20:00

Website
http://superpotatoakiba.jp/ (Japanese Only)

2. SEGA

With the ground floor is U.F.O catcher machines, some of you sure know there are more action machines upstairs, the most special game here is about 10 Virtua Fighter 5 R machines and some Gundam. SEGA also has some more special machines that other arcades may not have, such as horse racing (and bet) machines, etc.

The icon of Akihabara, SEGA game arcade.

The icon of Akihabara, SEGA game arcade. From Flickr

Address:
1-11-11 Soto-kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Access:
3mins walk from JR Akihabara Station

Hours:
10:00-23:30

Website:
http://tempo.sega.jp/am/akiba-new/ (Japanese Only)

3. TAITO’s Hey

In Hey, you can find mainly retro game arcade machines. It has lots of multigame machines which contained pretty much every SNK fighter, Tekken 6 and one or two VF5R machines. Although it locates really near to SEGA, but I’m sure speaking in terms of retro game machines, this is what you are looking for!

Address:
1-10-5 Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Access:
2mins walk from JR Akihabara Station

Hours:
10:00-24:00

Website:
https://www.taito.co.jp/gc/store/00001703 (Japanese Only)

4. Tokyo Leisure Land

Occupy a five-story building, and the second floor is dedicated to music games, Tokyo Leisure Land is the perfect place for those who have never played an instrument to have a chance and enjoy the beat. From taiko, drums, and guitars are combined into games that almost everyone can enjoy, not only kids but I’m sure even we adult will like them too!

Address:
1-9-5 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Access:
3mins walk from JR Akihabara Station

Hours:
10:00-24:55

Website:
http://llakihabara.sakura.ne.jp/intro.html  (Japanese Only)

*Thumbnail image is From Flickr