- 2 Chome-3-8 Koenji-Kita, Suginami, Tokyo (2nd floor)
- Distance from Station:
- 2 minutes from JR Koenji Station, North Exit
- 03-5327-4568 (English OK)
- 11:00am - 8:00pm, Closed Wednesdays
- English speaking staff available.
Your Window Into Japanese Board Game Culture
Sugorokuya is definitely a worthwhile place to come to for fans of board games. It’s a cute shop that opened in 2006 and offers a wide selection of board games from all over the world. Over just a few years this small but well-stocked shop has become a reference point for lovers of all-things-board-games in Tokyo.
Although Sugorokuya is frequented by children, it is people between 20 and 30 that represent the largest customer demographic. The games are selected from all over the world, with special emphasis on Germany (around 30%), being particularly famous for its production of unique board games. About 20% from America, another 20% from France, a good 10% or so are from Japan, plus a few games from Russia and Italy make up the remainder.
Perhaps one of the best reasons to check out Sugorokuya in Koenji is that they produce their own games. Inspired by most the popular and fun existing games, they invent games under their own brand name. Their newest creation to date is inspired by the traditional Chinese Mahjong game.
Another unique feature is that on weekends, tournaments are organized for people to meet and play. All apointments and updated information can be found on their website. For now, tournaments are in Japanese only but the owner wishes to organize events in English that visitors can also participate in.
If you want a new board game to play in your evenings with friends or for a nice gift, Sugorokuya is definitely the place to check out. Have fun!
[published June 2018]
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