April 13th, 2018
The coolest yet creepiest arcade.
This incredibly unique arcade was suggested, and so we went on a 45 minute train ride and quickly made our way to Kawasaki after lunch.
You can surely spot the building.
It was less than 10 minutes walk from the station.
There are two entrances: this one, from the road, which sprays loud air as you enter (this made Felix jump!).
And this one, from the parking lot, which is where everybody wants their picture taken.
Every aspect of the inside is made to recreate a now demolished city in Hong Kong.
Kowloon Walled City – the place this arcade chose as its backdrop – was originally a Chinese military fort where prostitution, gamblings and drugs took over.
So when you walk here, you really feel like you are wandering around an abandoned area, with it’s small streets and restaurants, looking into someone’s apartment.
The only thing to break from how realistic this place is, are the gaming stations and grabbing machines.
And I quite like that contrast, it’s basically what I love: creepy, abandoned places, combined with cutesy and fun things to do.
This place is actually quite big, with multiple floors (as you can guess from the outside of the building) and to my surprise, it was completely free to enter!
So if you want to just explore, you can totally do that. But of course, playing at the arcade adds to the fun.
I was able to win this little guy. His name is Ki (tree in Japanese), as Felix was throwing him around on the street and got stuck on a tree – thankfully Emma had a water bottle and we managed to save him!
If you are ever in Tokyo, and you are into this sort of stuff, I highly recommend stopping by, as you can just spend an afternoon in there and then easily make your way back to Tokyo on the same day.
That’s it from reporter Marzia on the Kawasaki Warehouse!
Have a spooky day, everyone.
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