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Best Arcades in Osaka: The top 5 !

Even with the complicated economic situation especially since covid, Osaka still has some of the best arcades in Japan. So here is our best 5 arcades in Osaka, enjoy !

1- Retro Games Zarigani (Shinsekai, Osaka)zarigani-gamecenter frontstore

 

Opened since 1985 near Tsutenkaku Tower in Osaka Japan, Zarigani (crayfish) Gamecenter is the most iconic place to experience arcades in Osaka. Games curated by a former real estate business operator, now operated by family members, you will find three floors of nostalgia with over 200 hundreds retro classics !! The ground level has many lightgun shooting titles, and large-cabinet shooting games such as Dariusburst or the classic Taito Night Striker !! You will also find the infamous “Street Fighter II: Rainbow Edition”. More details on the selection here. Also near the arcade in the Shinsekai district, you will find the retro game store from the same family : Cho Zarigani (super crayfish, which has super nice prices compared to Akiba’s stores !!).

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Gamecenter Adress : 1 Chome-21-4 Ebisuhigashi, Naniwa Ward, Osaka, 556-0002

Store Adress : 3 Chome-4-5 Ebisuhigashi, Naniwa Ward, Osaka, 556-0002, Japon

Opening hours : 10:00 – 22:00 everyday of the week

Twitter : https://twitter.com/RETROZARIGANI

2- Ko-hatsu (Kita-ku, Osaka)

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Gathering an important community thanks to the organization of physical and online weekly events : Kof, Street Fighter, Samurai Spirit and many others less known like Buriki one, Ko-Hatsu gamecenter is one of the most respected arcades in Osaka and all over Japan especially in the fighting game community. They also sell items directly on their store, so don’t hesitate to help them !

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Adress : 〒530-0041 Osaka, Kita Ward, Tenjinbashi, 2 Chome−2−21

Opening hours : 17.00 – 00.00 everyday of the week

Twitter : https://twitter.com/ko_hatsu

WebSite : http://www.ko-hatsu.com/

 

3- Kasuga Amusement Arcade (Naniwa, Osaka)

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Located in Janjan Yokocho alley, a shopping street lined with Osaka delicacy kushi-katsu restaurants (peko peko!!), Kasuga gamecenter was created in 1963 which makes it one of the oldest in Osaka. With almost 150 games !! mainly at ¥50 and ¥100, including some classics like “Puyo Puyo”, “Gator Panic”, the gamecenter owned by Susumu Kobayashi (see above) has one of the best selection of retro arcades games in Osaka. They also have an awesome pachinko offer. A mythic gamecenter in Japan.

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Adress :〒530-0001 Osaka, Kita Ward, Umeda, 1 Chome−1−3 59-2 Osaka Station 3 Building, B1F

Opening hours : 9.00 -21.30 everyday of the week

Twitter : https://twitter.com/kasuga_game

Insta : https://www.instagram.com/kasuga_game/

Website : https://www.kasugagorakujou.com/

 

4- Monte50 (Kita-ku, Osaka)

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Located at the 3d and 4th floor of the Komatsubara building, Monte 50 arcade – almost every game is at 50 yens – has mainly a fighting game selection of candy cabs : Tekken, Street Fighter, Kof and some Mahjong classics like “Idol Mahjong Final Romance 4”. With infinite opening hours starting at 6.00 and closing early in the night, you will have the possibility to rest a little at the karaoke just nearby, which is a super cool. This arcade is a must try for every fgc fan !

 

Opening hours : 6.00 – 1.00 everyday of the week

Adress : 3F-4F Komatsubara MD, 4-27 Komatsubara, Kita-ku, Osaka 530-0018

Website : http://www.monte50.com/

5- Royal Game Center (Umeda, Osaka)

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Opened the 80’s, this gamecenter features over 100 games at 100¥ per play. A classic and very cool selection of retro games !

Adress :〒530-0001 Osaka, Kita Ward, Umeda, 1 Chome−1−3 59-2 Osaka Station 3 Building, B1F

Opening hours : 9.00 -23.00 everyday of the week

Twitter : https://twitter.com/royalgamecenter

Insta : https://www.instagram.com/royalgamecenter/

Others noteworthy gamecenters in Osaka : 

  • namba hills (namba, Osaka)
  • Taito Station Nippombashi (Naniwa, Osaka)
  • Taito Station namba
  • Gigo namba Avion (Namba, Osaka)
  • Namco Nippombashi (Nippombashi, Osaka)

 

Some emblematic arcades in Osaka now closed:

  • Sega Shinsaibashi GiGO (Shinsaibashi, Osaka)
  • Autobahn (Kowakae, Osaka)
  • Club Sega (Fujidera, Osaka)
  • Leebros (Takatsuki, Osaka)
  • Candy Western (Ishibashi, Osaka)
  • Hoshikari Monogatari (Kita-ku, Osaka)
  • Kyobashi Inverness (Higashinodamachi, Osaka)
  • Kinaco (Nipponbashi, Osaka)
  • Amusement Park Elloft (Ibaraki-shi, Osaka)
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