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10 of the best places to play games in Tokyo

You can enjoy 24-hour game playing in Tokyo, everywhere from internet cafes and arcades to maid cafes and purikura photo booths. Brian Ashcraft selects the best

As featured in our Tokyo city guide

Shooting Bar EA is a BB gun target range and bar … yup, drink up, and shoot things! Once you’ve signed the obligatory rules and regs contract and ventured inside, the bar and cosy tables are surrounded by BB gun replicas hanging on the walls – Glocks, Sig Sauers, Colts, and even a Samurai Edge, the handgun used in the Resident Evil video games. The partitioned shooting range is outfitted with a touch panel to control the targets’ location, and guns with three magazines of BBs or rifles with two are available to rent for about £4.50. Goggles are provided.
1-5-5 Gotenyama, Sawada Building 2F, Musashino, +81 4 2226 9100, shootingbar-ea.jp. Open 5pm-1am

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10 of the best games shops in Tokyo

Tokyo is a gamer’s paradise, with electronics stores the size of aircraft hangars alongside corner shops specialising in retro games. Brian Ashcraft selects his favourite hang-outs

Super Potato isn’t really a shop, it’s more like a video game museum where you can buy stuff. The store is actually from western Japan, but its Akihabara shop is the centrepiece and it has been visited by countless Japanese celebrities. Want a Japanese Famicom? Or how about a Dreamcast? Japanese PC Engine Games? This cramped, multi-storey shop is packed with them, like some great gaming repository. Prices here run on the high side, but the old game consoles and games are in great condition. Most Super Potato stock is on show, but the extremely rare (and extremely expensive) titles are behind glass.
• Kitanayashi Building 3F, 1-11-2 Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, +81 3 5289 9933, superpotato.jp. Open 11am-8pm (weekdays), 10am-8pm (weekends)

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