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Have you ever tried "Pachinko" ?
It’s similar to pinball! This is the game that how many balls you can increase by hitting a Jackpot! You can exchange the balls into exciting prizes! The only place you can experience this entertainment is here!
- You will have a 30mins class learn about culture and history of pachinko and how to play the game!
- After the class, we will give you a 1000JPY prepaid card to try your luck at the actual Pachinko machine! (1000JPY prepaid card is included in the participation fee)
- This activity is available for booking from: 12:00-20:00 (Closed: 22:00) ＊Chinese class is every Monday and Saturday. 10:00-16:00( Closed: 18:00)＊
- There are Japanese souvenirs for all who attended this class.
Higashi-Ginza Station (the exact meeting point will be provided after you book)
Only adults over the age of 18 can participate (according to the Japanese laws).
Smoking and drinking alcohol is prohibited!
If you wish to play longer, you will need to pay additional fees in cash on the day.
What you need to bring
You don't need to bring anything.
Informative and enjoyable tour
Really good insights to what pachinko is about. Good and friendly guide. Playing at the parlour is an experience as well as had always wanted to play pachinko.
Brilliant - must do
Had a very friendly young lady called Coco who taught me the in and outs of Pachinko so well that I hit the jackpot when it was my turn for real. So came away with prizes that I weren't expecting to! Also gave me a hand written goodbye note. Personalised with her own drawing of the mascot. Well worth making the time in a trip to Tokyo! Thanks Coco
My husband and I needed a break from sightseeing so we were really happy we were able to book a pachinko lesson with only 1 day notice. We were met right at the metro station and it's a quick walk to the company's office where we were given a lesson and were allowed to practice on a few machines.
Once we understood how to play, we went down the street to play in the real parlor. We were given cards worth 1,000 yen and picked our machines. I didn't do very well but my husband won, which of course made the experience extra fun. We traded in the winnings for tiny gold pieces and some snacks. The entire experience was about 90 minutes.
Great time learning Pachinko
The experience was a lot of fun! It's a really good price and doesn't take long, so it's easy to fit into the day!
The host had very good English and was very helpful, and a great teacher!
Last minute addition to the itinerary, and they kindly accommodated me. Oh, this was so much fun! I felt taken care of from the moment I met my guide to when I left. First they meet you at a designated spot and walk you to a classroom style setting, where you’re given the history and “ins-and-outs” of playing pachinko (with test machines to practice on). Even though it was only her second time conducting this particular tour, my guide was FANTASTIC: spoke English well, very attentive, and even wrote me a lovely little note by the end of the experience. She must have been my lucky charm because I ended up hitting jackpots multiple times and making back the money of the Voyagin tour two times over! I especially liked how this particular pachinko parlor converted all their winnings into solid 24k real gold pieces – so if you didn’t want to cash out it’d make a fantastic souvenir. This tour also gave some cute little $1 style trinkets for you to choose from and take home. All in all, really highly recommended. Now I’m no longer intimidated by pachinko parlors. :)
Great learning experience.
I ended up enjoying this activity way more than I expected! Pachinko is like a slot machine mixed with video game cutscenes, button mashing and a tiny side of pinball. It was a really great deal and an interesting, unique way to spend a few hours.
I've been wanting to try out pachinko after seeing long lines of people waiting outside to play. I couldn't help but wonder what was so amazing that people would line up to play it, but didn't have the courage to go inside and try it out. Which is probably a good thing as I would never have been able to figure out how to play without some help!
Getting to the location was easy and my guide was waiting for me just outside the train station exit with an easy to spot sign. We then walked a short distance to an office building where the class was held. It was nice getting to learn in a quiet, comfortable space as the actual playing area is very loud and busy. After a detailed presentation on the ins and outs of pachinko, I then got to spend some time on a few practice machines while the instructor pointed out all the key features and things to look out of. My instructor was great and she patiently answered my many questions.
The real deal was interesting. You get a precharged card to start off with. You can also help yourself to hot or cold green tea while you play. I stuck mostly to the low cost beginner machines and managed to hit 5 'jackpots' in a row. Given I was playing on the super cheap machines, it earned me a lovely bag of cookies from the prize shop.
If you are thinking about trying this....do it! You won't regret it.
I've always wondered about Japanese pachinko but it seemed a bit intimating to just walk into a pachinko parlour not knowing how to play. Now I know.
The pachinko class was lots of fun and informative. The host was fantastic, very easy to understand and friendly.
Really good fun experience
This was a really fun experience. Want to know whats going on when you walk past the sliding doors and this massive noise comes from the pachinko places? These guys taught us how to play, load up a card (which was included in the booking fee so wasn't extra to play) and then hung around while we played in case we had questions. If you have a spare couple of hours this was a great activity.
Pachinko isn't mysterious anymore thanks to Coco.
A unique and very Japanese experience
I've been fascinated by pachinko for years--even owned a few machines--but also found the game to be confusing and cryptic. This very unusual experience combines an hour of class time (where you learn about how to play the game) with an hour of actual pachinko play. They even give you 1000 yen's worth of pachinko balls. I ended up winning and actually making a profit on the course. More importantly (at least to me), I now feel like I understand how to play pachinko. Even if you only have a casual interest in this game, it is amazing fun. Sort of an insider's look at something that is very mysterious to non-Japanese. Totally fun as hell.
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