I'm going on Vacation to Japan and I need INFO!

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  1. Wajo357

    Wajo357 Well-Known Member

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    I am so excited. I am going on vacation to Japan and my wife is letting me go TF hunting there. However, I don't know anything about where Transformers are sold, pricing and availablity.

    I would love to get my hands on TFs that are hard to get in the states - Probably the G1 Japanese toys, etc.

    Can any please help me with this?


    THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  2. ChickenWing

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    That all depends on where you are going. I was there for a few days when the boat pulled in for a port visit. Best/easiest advice is to look for a Toys R Us. Oh and don't spit on the sidewalks. One thing I will say about that place is that it is amazingly clean. Hell they even wash the mud and dirt of the vehicles as they leave the construction sites so they don't drag mud over the road.
     
  3. Hiro Prime

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    If you wind up in Tokyo, look for collector shops. Your Hotel staff will help you find which district to find those shops. When you get to the district, seek out a police officer. They pride themselves on knowing exactly where everything is in thier area. If you find an officer who doesn't speak any english, he should lead you to an officer who does to help. Be polite.

    It'll also help if you have, or make a friend over there who speaks English who can go with you to help translating.
     
  4. Razerwire

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    Go to Akihabara. 'Nuff said.
     
  5. SydneyY

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    Which part of Japan are you going?
     
  6. cappeca

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    Akihabara and Shibuya, in Tokyo. Search for the MANDARAKE store in both places. Lots of stuff, the only problem is that sometimes G1 stuff hits ebay prices, but not always. Find some maps at www.mandarake.co.jp, they're not far from the train stations.
     
  7. Wajo357

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    We are going to be in Tokyo, Kyoto and maybe Hiroshima

    Are there any bargains there?
     
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    You wont find any particular "bargains" but you should be able to find some stuff at Mandarake. The on in Nakano (take the Chubu line) is by far the biggest and best. The one in Akihabara is ok, but kind of hard to find. The last time I went to the one in Shibuya (about a month ago) there was abseloutly nothing as far as TFs go! If your in Kyoto, you can get to the one in Osaka pretty easily as well. That is ok as well. Unfortunely, they are very hit or miss sometimes. Good luck!
     
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    I highly suggest you go visit the Kiyomizudera Temple while you're in Kyoto. It's beautiful.
     
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    - Look for toy festivals
    - Akihabara
    - Mandarake stores (check the link Cappeca provided)
    - Asakusa temple surroundings

    And try to find a store named "Takarajima" at Ochanomizu (take the Yamanote line, make a transfer for the Chuo-sobu line at Akihabara, then head for the Ochanomizu station).
     
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    As for TRU, there are 2 or 3 in Tokyo Metro area, none in Kyoto city (there are 2 outside the city area) and 2 in Hiroshima city.
    Unfortunately there aren't many Transformers left in TRU possibly except for KPs and MPs due to their quick turnover. But I hear some of them still have older releases left. I've recently heard from someone who bought some older BTs for about US$4 each.

    There's also Kaikodo in Saitama, 50 minutes from Ueno. They have good selection of old Transformers, though I hear they can be pricy;
    http://www.kaikodo.net/newshop.html

    In Osaka (30 minutes bullet train ride from Kyoto), there's Hero Gangu Kenkyujo;
    http://www.herogangu.com/
    Osaka city itself is well worth visiting :) 

    If you want more info (the location of those shops, etc), PM me. I'll do my best I can :) 
    I hope you'll enjoy your stay.
     
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    If you go to the tourist center at Akihabara (in the train station itself) they can give you and English map that has all the local attraction stores listed on it. This is invaluable, as I was able to find many out of the way shops that I didn't know existed, and I used to live near Tokyo for over a year.

    Mandrake is Nakano (Chuo express (orange) line) is the best Mandrake. Shibuya is crappy in my opinion.
     
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    Thanks to everyone for their input.
     
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    FOUR DOLLARS?

    Syd, you know that I'll e-mail you every hour when I go right? :lol 
     
  15. SydneyY

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    4 bucks for older ones such as Wheeljack, I think newer ones can be as expensive as $10 ;) 

    When are you going? Will you take me? Please :cry 
     
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    leaving next wednesday until Jan 1st. You can come if you pay for all of your expenses and my Transformers :) 
     
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    $4-$10 is just unfair!:cry :

    We might be going next year. And yes, we'll take you as long as you'll be our official tour guide/translator. :lol 
     
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    Japan is the ultimate in terms of toy paradise...especially if you into the mecha genre. A buddy (who is into Gundams) went there recently and so awe-struck by the stuff he saw there. One thing weird is that there can be vast differences in prices at different shops. Japan...one day I shall go there and hoard all my fave mechas!!!
     
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    Wow, that's a sweet price.
     
  20. Wajo357

    Wajo357 Well-Known Member

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    And hello from Japan!!!!
    Didn't get any TFs yet.
    I saw some small tourist booths have some TFs (like the new binaltechs), but they were outrageously expensive. I could have gotten them cheaper in the states on ebay WITH shipping.
    The hunt major hunt begins in a few days :) 
     

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