Retro Game Shopping Map – Book Off Tokyo and Yokohama

Theres enough articles on the internet on where to buy retro video games in Akihabara. I’m taking this on a different angle, and looking at where ELSE you can buy things that you would not ordinarily expect. Long story short, this is a Book Off MAP 🙂

Book Off

Book Off is one of the greatest stores I have ever been to. Its basically a 2nd hand book, video game, toy, and magazine store that sells at fairly reasonable prices. Of course, there is the more epic sister store, namely Hard Off, but those are mostly in the outer suburbs.

Games range from Y100 ~ Y250 for loose common cartridges. Boxed games can be had for as low as Y500 if its something common, to the more outrageous prices (Saw a Y22,000 Famicom cartridge. Must have been rare?)

This guide will be useful if you are hanging around Tokyo and/or other nearby major cities, and want to know whether its worth your time to have a peek. Of course if you are short on time, go straight to Akihabara for your gaming goodness. But who doesn’t like digging around for things when you least expect it!

If you want the consolidated version with all the stores on a map, click here for my Google Drive link

Book Off Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku

1 Chome-10-2 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tōkyō-to 160-0023, Japan

One of the best Book-Offs to visit. Its close to Shinjuku station so you dont need to do a long trek to reach it. Its near heaps of restaurants and cafes so you can stop by as well. This is on the 3rd an above floor of an AOYAMA store.

+ Plenty of retro games, including Super Famicom, Famicom, Gameboy, N64, GBA
+ Also sells newer games like DS, 3DS, PS1/2/3, and Wii
+ Good location, no need to trek it out there just for Book Off.
Also has entire floor upstairs with anime figurines, toys, etc.
Can be more expensive than other areas due to location. Shop owners seem to know their stuff, so the rarer stuff is locked away in cabinets

Book off Shinjuku Station east exit shop

3-18-1 Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0022, Japan

Not as good as its West counterpart but worth a look if you are in the area. This is the more happening side of town, with more restaurants, retail stores, and tourist attractions.

Mostly Super Famicom and Famicom games, and DS consoles in the retro section.
+ Also sells newer games like DS, 3DS, PS1/2/3, and Wii
+ Good location, no need to trek it out there just for Book Off.
– Very small selection of things.

Book-Off Yoyogiekikitaguchi

Japan, 〒151-0053 Tokyo, 渋谷区Yoyogi, 1−58−1 石山ビル

I would skip this one unless you were looking for a specific PS1/2/3 game as it doesn’t stock anything considered retro.

Book-Off Akihabara Ekimae

Japan, 〒101-0025 Tōkyō-to, Chiyoda-ku, 千代田区Kanda Sakumachō, 1 Chome−1−6−4

Located in the mecca of retro gaming goodness, this store is a must visit in addition to the five or so other dedicated retro gaming stores. Given its location, it stocks a good selection of retro games and makes for a fun dig.

+ Great selection of Super Famicom, Famicom, Gameboy, Megadrive, and Saturn Games
+ Heaps of Wii and Saturn consoles and video game accessories
Expect to pay a bit more, given alot of tourists here

Book-Off Asakusainaricho

1 Chome-35 Matsugaya, Taitō-ku, Tōkyō-to 111-0036, Japan

This Book Off is near the Kitchen district of Asakusa, where you can buy bulk kitchen utensils, and fake plastic food that you commonly see in the front of Japanese restaurants. The Book Off here doesn’t stock any retro games, just 3DS, Wii, PS1/2/3 type stuff.

Book-Off Ikebukuro

Japan, 〒170-0013 Tokyo, Toshima, Higashiikebukuro, 1−22−10, ヒューマックスパビリオン.

Ikebukuro had one of the better Book Offs for gaming. Coupled with heaps of other shops, restaurants, and a flea market on Sundays, it makes for a fantastic place to visit, not just for Book Off!

+ Great selection of Famicom, Super Famicom, and Gameboy games. Alot of boxed items and loose cartridges
+ Also alot of boxed Game Boy Advance games, and large PS1 section as well
+ English books right next to the gaming area if you want cheap books.

Book-Off Yokohama VIVRE

Japan, 〒220-0005 Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokohama, Nishi Ward, Minamisaiwai, 2−15−13 横浜ビブレ

If you are in Yokohama, this place is a 5 minute walk from Yokohama station. Might be a little confusing to find the mall, but its worth the trip. The mall has alot of clothing stores (hipster variety) as well as the usual restaurants. Also alot of stores on the top levels of VIVRE with hobby goods like Gundam, sports memoravillia, etc. Good selection of stuff here.

+ Super Famicom, Game Boy, N64, Boxed Gamecube and GBA games.
+ Bonus points for section on hardware, like cables, controllers, etc.

Book-Off Yokohamaisesaki Mall

1-7-7 Isezakicho, Naka Ward, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture 231-0045, Japan

I would skip this one as well unless you were looking for a specific PS1/2/3 game as it doesn’t stock anything considered retro.

Book-Off Shinyokohama

Japan, 〒222-0033 Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokohama, Kohoku Ward, Shinyokohama, 2−4−17, 光正新横浜駅前ビル

I stumbled across this store while heading to the Yokohama Ramen Museum. Its a smaller store with a very limited retro gaming section. This one had a few random controllers/cables, and a handful of SFC, FC and gameboy cartridges loose. Couple of assorted boxed games for N64, SFC, and Megadrive.

+ Super Famicom, Famicom, Gameboy, and GBA loose cartridges. Found a MOTHER Famicom cartridge for Y1000 which is relatively cheap i suppose.
+ Some boxed games.

I’ll post pictures in another post, because it always helps to visualise these things 🙂