Wonderland of Toys in Akihabara! The Holy Place of Gachapon “Gachapon Kaikan”

Wonderland of Toys in Akihabara! The Holy Place of Gachapon “Gachapon Kaikan”
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Have you ever heard of “Gachapon”? Maybe you have seen it once in Japanese manga or anime, but gachapon is a toy capsule from a coin dispensing machine, in which the toy comes out from the machine by random when you insert 200~400 yen and twist the handle.

Today, we came to “Gachapon Kaikan” in Akihabara, also known as the holy place of gachapon, with the Tokyo Girl’s Update TV navigator Alisa Urahama and Tina Tamashiro.


Once we entered the shop, the room was filled with gachapon machines. New series and toys are added every day, and there are about 500 gachapon in the shop!

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When we talk of gachapon, we usually imagine children twisting the handle, but actually, most customers are adults. There are many toys placed for adults such as the key charm of the old anime character including Sailor Moon, and items of “Cup no Fuchiko”.


Alisa tried the Sailor Moon magnet gachapon, and Tina challenged the gachapon of the item of Japan’s famous Artist Taro Okamoto. Tina was lucky enough to get the rare item! It you are lucky, this might happen to you too.



Even if you have nothing you really want, you will be tempted to turn the handle once you enter this wonderland! Take a look at the “Gachapon Hall” when you come to Akihabara!

Photo by kobadog
Translated by Serina


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Gachapon Kaikan
Address : Soto Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 3-15-5
Nearest Station : Akihabara
TEL : 03-5209-6020



Been working in girls’ fashion magazines for a long time and am now the chief editor of Tokyo Girls’ Update. I have more expertise in Japanese teen fashion than anyone else (probably)! I’m a huge fan of the Revolutionary Girl Utena and Bakemonogatari animes.

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