Landmark Akihabara arcade Adores is Tokyo’s latest gaming center to close

Tokyo’s Akihabara district is a mecca for anime and video game fans, with a higher concentration of shops and enthusiast-focused places than anywhere else in the country. But while the otaku flame shines in Akihabara, that doesn’t mean every establishment lasts forever, and the lights are about to go out in Adores, an iconic arcade right next to the Akihabara Station building. The arcade opened in September 2012.

The first two floors of the bright red Adores Akihabara 2 building is a play center filled exclusively with crane / UFO catchers games. That being Akihabara, there are a number of machines stocked with stuffed animals, figurines, or other merchandise of popular game and anime characters. Floors 3 through 10, meanwhile, feature karaoke boxes in a convenient place to sing a few anison numbers after a shopping spree with other fans.

Adores Akihabara Building 2’s official Twitter account keeps fans informed of new arrivals, such as the Akigumi chibi plushies in the advisory above. Their currently pinned tweet, however, is something less likely to put a smile on otaku faces, as it reads:

“Thank you very much for your continued support. Due to various circumstances, we will be closing on June 30th. We wish to express our deepest gratitude for the many years of support from our customers.

“Miscellaneous” is about as vague as the explanation, but the pandemic is almost certain to be a contributing factor. Usually, Akihabara attracts a large number of visitors from outside, not only from Tokyo, but also from outside of Japan, and fewer tourists means fewer people putting coins in the crane sets. Karaoke is also something many people find too risky to indulge in these days, and Adores’ rent, with the building located along the neighborhood’s biggest street, can’t be cheap.

love the interior of Akihabara building 2

Sadly, that doesn’t come with some sort of silver lining like ‘We’ll see you at building 1’, as Adores Akihabara’s building 1 closed in early November and ran down the street a few blocks from the center. Sega Akihabara Building 2 is no longer an option either. Granted, so many arcades in Akihabara closing their doors is only possible because the neighborhood had so many to begin with, and it was perhaps inevitable that such saturation meant that a few of them were going to have to go. sooner or later, but it’s still sad to see it happen.

Location Information

Adore Akihabara Building 2 / ア ド ア ー ズ 秋葉原 2 号 store

Address: Tokyo-to, Chiyoda-ku, Soto Kanda 1-13-1

1-13-1

Website

Source: Twitter / @ ad_akiba2 via Otakomu, Livedoor News / Akiba Soken

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