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Richard Isner (no login) from IP address 126.96.36.199
I asked this question in another data group and got some good responses, but I wanted to ask again now that a trip seems definite. Have any of you been to Tokyo and been to hobby shops there? I will basically be in Tokyo proper and not the outlying area or other cities. Which shops are best for kits, aftermarket, and armor-related figures? Also, are there discount stores that sell models of armor? I am really excited about going.
Also, will any of you be traveling to PA for the Battle of the Bulge reenactment at Indiantown Gap. It should be nice and snowy!
First off, I can't find my paperwork from my trip to Tokyo, but be warned that sometimes you have make sure that you are literally on a certain train car on JR, and you must exit out the left door, or you may miss the exit you need to find a certain shop. I went to Yellow Submarine, then couldn't find it a week & a half later without my gracious Canadian guide (although I was with two lovely young locals, so hobby shopping wasn't top of my list).
Shops are often literally down a little alley way but since prices are about half of most of the world the search is worth it. Tokyo is amazing; next to the hotel I stayed in was a surplus/collectible store that had authentic german tanker's U-boat leathers for sale (my credit card couldn't take a $900 hit though).
Perhaps a Tokyo guide could be a permanent feature of M-L? I wish I could find the "collectible kit only" store that had that Tomy CCKW...
Take plenty o' dough, a roomy suitcase, & have fun.
Hi Richard - if you only visit one model shop in Tokyo, make it Yellow Submarine, it's got everything. The shop is located in Akihabara, right opposite the exit of the subway station. It's on about the 7th floor of a neon fronted block containing computer, hifi & electrical goods stores, and the entrance is not too obvious, but just ask someone on the street - many people in Tokyo speak some English and Japanese people are always very friendly in my experience.
Yellow Submarine is an amazing store crammed with every kit and accessory you could imagine, and you'll spend all day and the contents of your bank account in there....
Hope you enjoy it! The rest of Tokyo is very cool as well...
Yellow Submarine (in Akihabara and Shinjuku)
Yellow Submarine is a franchize which has many shops in Japan. Among them, their Akihabara and Shinjuku shops are great places for AFV modellers.
Orion Models (in Ochanomizu near Akihabara after 1 Feb)
This shop has close tie with Trister. The shop is now moving from Saitama prefecture to the central Tokyo.
Sunny (in Shimokitazawa)
An old, but very famous shop. 10 min's train ride from Shinjuku.
Kiya Hobby (in Ogikubo)
Yet another excellent shop in the western part of Tokyo. Its annual contest attracts many well-done modells.
Maxim (in Ichikawa)
This shop is located in the Chiba prefecture and it will take about 15 min's train ride from Akihabara. The owner is Mr Takada, who is a russian tank specialist and often supervise Dragon kits (ex, JS-2, T-34/85, T-34/76 1940, Elefant/Ferdinand, Jagdtiger).
There also are many more good shops and discount model stores in Tokyo.
If you are interested in further information, please mail me.
Ok, guys, I compiled a list of good hobby shops in Tokyo. The list is not comprehensive, as I only listed those shops which I personally know. I believe it is relatively easy for foreign travellers to visit these shops.
I visited many shops in Tokyo and loved them all, especially the second hand store and the one in the "motorcycle shop district" with dioramas in the window, although I got in the middle of a festival (this was late July) where I could not move in the street because it was so full of people in yugatas and kimonos!