Shopping for Gunpla (and more) in Japan: Shinjuku

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.

South side of Shinjuku

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.

Yodobashi Camera – North Building

Yodobashi Camera – Game and Hobby Building

 You see Exia calling you downstairs

To be greeted by display cases

 The entire B1 floor is dedicated to models and toys.  You’ll find everything from Gunpla to figures, to the little collectible toys.

Stacks of new releases

 

 Followed by aisles of figures and more.

A wall of MG kits

Other kits 

 GFFs

There are also tons of tools and items for your needs.



 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. 

GFF’s for half off anyone?

All sorts of kits lumped together

 
Bic does sale the pro-shop version of the Zaku II and Gundam as you see

 So overall, for those staying in Shinjuku or visiting, Yodobashi Camera can be your one stop shop for all your otaku needs.

 

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8 thoughts on “Shopping for Gunpla (and more) in Japan: Shinjuku

  1. Just checked this out from HF forums. Nice blog you have here, those walls of gunpla and tools are amazing. Is this near tokyo? Also do you see any people really lining up for games at night?

  2. @Woepriest:

    Yeah, Shinjuku is a major district in Tokyo (around 15 minutes from Tokyo station on the chuo line).

    And yeah, people do line up here, it’s pretty amazing. I’ve done it once myself, somewhat. I lined up from six AM for FFXII. Just to pick it up though, since I had already paid for it when reserving it. 😉

  3. Modmoz,

    Yodobashi and Bic were originally camera stores, some 20 or 30 years ago and just kept going until they turned into Electronic store giants.

    As for 30% off, all gunpla is _always_ 30% to start with. I wouldn’t be caught dead buying anything less then 30% off, personally. I get a lot of mine from a surplus seller who sells at 50~70% off though.

  4. Hey man, was wondering if you sell the 1/100 00 gundam raiser designer edition? Quote me the price too. Also, could you give me the exact location of your store? Reply to my email.

    Thanks

  5. Hey man, was wondering if you sell the 1/100 00 gundam raiser designer edition? Quote me the price too. Also, could you give me the exact location of your store? Reply to the email I have given you.

    Thanks

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