In part 3 of our series, we’re going to take a look at shopping in Shinjuku. For those visiting Japan, there’s a chance you may be staying in the Shinjuku area, and you won’t have to go far for your Gunpla needs. We’re going to look at two stores that can help you out, our favorites, Bic Camera and Yodobashi Camera.
One thing to keep in mind is that Shinjuku is home to the busiest train station in the world, and with everything centered around the station it can be easy to get confused. In general, Shinjuku station has three main exits: East, West, and South. East is home to Kabukicho (famous in the Yakuza game, as Ryu ga Gatoku is in in the west), south is home to Takashimaya Times Square, and West is home to the skyscraper district. We’re going to focus on the west side as, while the east side of the station has Bic and Yodobashi, those stores are small compared to the ones on the west side.
East side of Shinjuku
However, we’re going to focus on the west side as, while the east side of the station has Bic and Yodobashi, those stores are small compared to the ones on the west side. Yodobashi is split into several buildings that sell different things. You see this fairly often in Japan in Shinjuku, Ikebukuro, Akihabara, etc. due to lack of space to make one giant building I guess. We’re interested in Yodobashi’s game and hobby building. Once you head out of the west exit (Keio, JR, Odakyu lines) Yodobashi is pretty hard to miss, being right by the Keio Highway Bus Terminal.
The entire B1 floor is dedicated to models and toys. You’ll find everything from Gunpla to figures, to the little collectible toys.
Followed by aisles of figures and more.
Overall, Yodobashi has better choice by far than any of the other stores in Shinjuku, but if you don’t have time you can always check out Bic Camera. Located in the Halc building, Bic is closer to the JR West exit then Yodobashi.
Bic doesn’t have the same selection however, but sometimes good sales.
So overall, for those staying in Shinjuku or visiting, Yodobashi Camera can be your one stop shop for all your otaku needs.