Vintage Video Game Arcade, Mikado

My personal favorite arcade in Tokyo, Mikado, resurrects that arcade community feels that were so prominent during the 80s and 90s. Whenever I’m in Tokyo, I keep returning to this arcade simply because of its nostalgic atmosphere.  

In font of Mikado in Takadanobaba

On my most recent visit, I brought my ili translator along. Having ili on hand, I was able to show it to a few bystanders who were watching various matches. I even used the Japanese translator for asking, “do you want to play a game”. I guess I was using it more as a means to have fun rather than convenience.

Most gamers here are in their 30s and 40s

Tucked away behind Takadanobaba station, Mikado is somewhat forgotten to the casual arcade hobbyist and tourists visiting Japan. However, those who are well versed in competitive gaming frequent here often. Whenever I visit, I find myself walking into a tournament featuring some of the best Guilty Gear or Street Fighter players in the world. Mikado even has a YouTube channel where they broadcast their tournaments live.

Come here to practice your DJ skills

In case you’re feeling intimidated by the idea of losing every round within 10 seconds, there’s some good news. With over 200 retro arcade machines available, you’ll have plenty of games to choose from if you feel like playing on your own. Best of all, most of the games here are only ¥50 a play.