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  1. #11
    Do not miss Star Case in Koenji.
    I used to live about 5 minutes from that place.
    Just incredible.

  2. #12
    Oh, and after you go to Star Case in Koenji, head to Nakano, it's the next stop.
    Go to Nakano Broadway, on the North exit of Nakano station, which is a large shopping street with some amazing stores on the second and third floors.

    Be careful though as it's easy to lose track of time in Nakano Broadway.
    Like Star Case, it shouldn't be missed.

  3. #13
    Tobedesu-san, Thank you for the info.


  4. #14
    I realize it'sin the middle of your trip (just saw this thread for the first time today), but as a Star Wars fan, DO NOT miss Star case, and as mentioned above, a trip to Nakano Broadway is recommended.

    I also (of course) recommend going to Kotobukiya's store in Akihabara (full disclosure: I work for Kotobukiya, in case it wasn't obvious from the screen name and logo). They carry a wide range of collectibles, not just Kotobukiya stuff. Star Wars items are on the 4th floor.

    Hmm. If you're around on the 14th and don't have other plans, there is a small group of Star Wars fans meeting up in Yoyogi park (near Harajuku Station) in the afternoon to play around with lightsabers. They'll probably be there around 3:30 or so. Yoyogi's a big place, but if you go down to where the fountain is and take the path to the right, they usually meet up by some picnic tables a bit off to the right from that path. Sorry I can't give you any clearer directions.

    You also might want to check out the bar Kanda Flux if it isn't too far from where you're staying. It's an SF themed place with a bit of memorabilia on display.
    Last edited by gai_KOTO_jin; 04-10-2013 at 08:09 PM.

  5. #15
    Quote Originally Posted by gai_KOTO_jin View Post
    I realize it'sin the middle of your trip (just saw this thread for the first time today), but as a Star Wars fan, DO NOT miss Star case, and as mentioned above, a trip to Nakano Broadway is recommended.

    I also (of course) recommend going to Kotobukiya's store in Akihabara (full disclosure: I work for Kotobukiya, in case it wasn't obvious from the screen name and logo). They carry a wide range of collectibles, not just Kotobukiya stuff. Star Wars items are on the 4th floor.

    Hmm. If you're around on the 14th and don't have other plans, there is a small group of Star Wars fans meeting up in Yoyogi park (near Harajuku Station) in the afternoon to play around with lightsabers. They'll probably be there around 3:30 or so. Yoyogi's a big place, but if you go down to where the fountain is and take the path to the right, they usually meet up by some picnic tables a bit off to the right from that path. Sorry I can't give you any clearer directions.

    You also might want to check out the bar Kanda Flux if it isn't too far from where you're staying. It's an SF themed place with a bit of memorabilia on display.
    I am currently in Kyoto, about to head back to Tokyo this afternoon. We will be spending the whole Sunday (the 14th) at Akihabara, so will try to hit up kotobikuya, but unfortunately will not be able to make it to Yoyogi park (went there a few days ago, though, where we walked from Shibuya to Shinjuku. Beautiful park!).

    Are any of these other places in the immediate Tokyo area? I liked the looks of Hakurai Toys but it's a bit out of the way...even a normal retail place, like the equivalent of Target or Toys R Us or Walmart would be cool. I haven't seen any stores like that this trip, just specialty stores like Toy Sapiens.

    As for Kanda Flux, looks really cool! Is it fun, or cheesy tourist trap (like Planet Hollywood)? Also, I hate to ask ,but is it foreigner friendly? We have been turned away from a couple places, politely mind you, clearly for being foreigners. I read that some bars, clubs, and restaurants will do this but being Fromm America have never experienced something like that...
    Last edited by skytreader; 04-11-2013 at 05:38 PM.

  6. #16
    Kanda Flux isn't a tourist trap at all, and their prices are not inflated/average pricing for Japanese bars/restaurants. One of the bartenders will make a drink on the spot based on your favorite character. I've been there 3 or 4 times (I live out on the far western edge of Tokyo, so it's about an hour away by train), and would definitely go again.

    Granvania is a decent restaurant in Akihabara, just down the street from the Electric town exit. As you leave the ticket gate, go out the station doors on your right, turn left and head down the street. It's on the corner. While it's technically a maid cafe in that the staff dresses in the maid outfits, they don't go overboard with the weird performances, squeeky voices, forced "moe" style. I like the overall decor of the place, as well. They can get pretty busy, though, so you may or may not be able to get in.

    Did you just go through the Meiji shrine grounds, or through Yoyogi park proper?

    The closest you'll find to a Target or Walmart is probably an Ito Yokado. There are some Toys R Us stores around, but I'm not sure exactly where, it's been a while since I've been to one.

    If you haven't already, I really do highly recommend (as before) hitting up Starcase and Nakano Broadway. I don't know which part of Tokyo you're staying in, but they aren't that far out of the central area if you catch a Chuo Rapid train. They're only about 20 minutes from Tokyo Station, or 6 minutes from Shinjuku. Do check the Starcase site (linked above, I think)for a map and directions from the station, as well as their open hours.

  7. #17
    Quote Originally Posted by gai_KOTO_jin View Post
    Kanda Flux isn't a tourist trap at all, and their prices are not inflated/average pricing for Japanese bars/restaurants. One of the bartenders will make a drink on the spot based on your favorite character. I've been there 3 or 4 times (I live out on the far western edge of Tokyo, so it's about an hour away by train), and would definitely go again.

    Granvania is a decent restaurant in Akihabara, just down the street from the Electric town exit. As you leave the ticket gate, go out the station doors on your right, turn left and head down the street. It's on the corner. While it's technically a maid cafe in that the staff dresses in the maid outfits, they don't go overboard with the weird performances, squeeky voices, forced "moe" style. I like the overall decor of the place, as well. They can get pretty busy, though, so you may or may not be able to get in.

    Did you just go through the Meiji shrine grounds, or through Yoyogi park proper?

    The closest you'll find to a Target or Walmart is probably an Ito Yokado. There are some Toys R Us stores around, but I'm not sure exactly where, it's been a while since I've been to one.

    If you haven't already, I really do highly recommend (as before) hitting up Starcase and Nakano Broadway. I don't know which part of Tokyo you're staying in, but they aren't that far out of the central area if you catch a Chuo Rapid train. They're only about 20 minutes from Tokyo Station, or 6 minutes from Shinjuku. Do check the Starcase site (linked above, I think)for a map and directions from the station, as well as their open hours.
    Ok we will definitely try to hit up Kanda Flux tomorrow after we come back from our day trip to Kamakura. When we went to Yoyogi park, we were actually looking for the Meiji shrine. We walked through the park and basically exited and went around the edge to arrive at the back gate to the shrine. Quite a walk but really enjoyable. Got a couple of CW 501st Troopers at Toy Sapiens at the end of it though, so that was nice.

    Just came back from Star Case. Used these instructions and found it with no problem:
    where is the star wars shop in tokyo? star case koenji | Tokyo Fox (

    You were right, a great store and the guy there (owner?) was very helpful and even gave me a little discount. Got the Sideshow Darth Talon (he opened it and struggled to find 2 AA batteries to verify it worked) & 6 Legacy figures (Frigate Leia x2, Needa, Hoth Rebel Trooper, Owen, & Beru) for 43,000 yen out the door.

    We are actually staying near the Tokyo Dome, so yeah we've been using the Chou line a lot. We were going to go to Nakano right after Star Case but ran short on time as we have a Robot Fight with an old friend in an hour. So we will have to save Nakano Broadway for the day we leave (Monday), as Sunday is my otaku gf's "Akihabara Day". We found these instructions, which appear pretty explicit:
    http://www.dannychoo.com/post/en/257...+Broadway.html
    Last edited by skytreader; 04-12-2013 at 05:27 AM.

  8. #18

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  9. #19
    I hoping to get to Japan Around May Time and mouth has Been Watering For Starcases and Hakurai for a long time!
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  10. #20
    Thanks forinformative post. I like shopping. I want to Japan and visit this toy sapiensand Capture the photo and send you to. Once again thank you for this post.
    Last edited by Nami123; 01-06-2014 at 02:55 AM.

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