AFV Modeller's Extremely Prejudiced Guide to Tokyo Hobby Shops
Have a good time at Japanese hobby shops and enjoy your stay in Japan!
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This is a list of hobby shops for those who are interested in AFV and military scale model kits, and are visiting Tokyo and nearby area. The list is not comprehensive and is "prejudiced", in the sense that I listed only those shops I personally like, and shops with good reputation. I expect that it is relatively easy for foregin turists to locate and visit these shops.
I am NOT trying to make this list extensive and exhaustive. There are too many hobby shops in Tokyo. In the Akihabara area alone, you will find many good and interesting hobby shops not listed here, which are for plastic model kits, model trains, RC models, figures, SF and Gundam kits and goods...
Important Note: This list is intended for those who actually 'visit' shops. Shops listed in this page do not necessarily accept international mail order.
If you are looking for Japanese hobby shops accepting international mail order, try the following sites:
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General Notes on Visiting Hobby Shops in Japan
List of Hobby Shops in Tokyo and Nearby Area
The following pieces of information are provided for each shop.
Shops and Their Nearest Train Stations in Tokyo Area
Shops and Their Nearest Train Stations in Kanagawa Area
Brief Notes on Excursion to YokohamaWhen you want to go to Yokohama from Tokyo, you may be tempted to take a Shinkansen train (Bullet train). I would rather not, if I were you. Yokohama is not far way enough from Tokyo to warrant the extra cost to buy a Shinkansen ticket.
There are several alternative ways to reach the Yokohama area from the central part of Tokyo. Among them, the following routes may be convenient for tourists. It will take about 30 to 40 minutes' travel in all routes.
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