Daiba 1-chome Shotengai (Tokyo), Showa Era shopping street replica

Daiba 1-chome Shotengai

Retro Shopping Arcade Of The Showa Era

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Daiba 1-chome Shotengai is a reproduction of a typical 1950-1960s’ Japanese shopping arcade. Sweets and other nostalgic treats are selling in colorful shops neighboring vintage attractions and a cute retro-gaming arcade.

Decks Tokyo is one of the 3 great shopping malls located along Odaiba’s seaside; it shelters various shops, restaurants and also interesting and unique attractions, such as:

  • The large arcade game center Sega Joypolis;
  • Tokyo’s Legoland Discovery Center; and,
  • Madame Tussauds’ Wax Museum.

At the 4th floor near Joypolis, foreign tourists, especially families and younger visitors, are invited to explore "Daiba 1-chome Shotengai", the replica of an old Japanese shopping street of the Showa Era (1926 - 1989).

The delightful retro ambiance is noticeable from the entrance: full immersion in the past is allowed thanks to a very realistic decoration and a profusion of period objects. Little stalls, all with their specialty, are lining up and among them the shops selling sweets are the most attractive. One cannot help to stop and admire the colorful wrappings and choose 1 or 2 typical snacks as a souvenir. Most are treats that Japanese know and have been enjoying since their childhood. There is even a caricature workshop to have your own funny portrait. Activities around Japanese popular folklore are sometimes held on the weekend and at specific times of the year.

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Retro-game center

At the heart of the shopping arcade, the retro-game center attracts amateurs of vintage video games. It is a pleasure to find old cabinets and their faux-leather stools to play to old computer or racing games. There is a game for everyone, although some machines will main remain a mystery for those who are not in the know or don’t know the Japanese language.

Typical fair games are also available during the summer matsuri, such as the traditional goldfish fishing with a delicate net (kingyo-sukui). Lastly, you’ll find the classical claw machines to catch plush toys, and a few gashapon along the alleys.

After exploring Daiba 1-chome Shotengai street, the fun continues at the Trick Art Museum and at the convivial takoyaki bar Odaiba Takoyaki Museum.

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By Kanpai Updated on March 01, 2024 Daiba 1-chome Shotengai