SILVER BALL PLANET
Location: 3rd Floor, Big Step shopping centre, 1-6-14 Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka 542-0086, Japan
Report by John
In late December 2013, I got the exciting news that the Silver Ball Planet pinball arcade - with over 30 pinballs - had opened in Osaka in Japan. This prompted me to make the quick decision to take a short trip to this paradise.
My wife and I took a midnight flight and arrived in Osaka in the early hours of the morning on 1st January 2014.
We couldn't undertake too many activities that day because we were both very tired from the journey. So after leaving our luggage at the hotel, we immediately continued our journey by visiting SpaWorld, where we enjoyed onsen (hot spring bath) and a delicious brunch.
Surprisingly, I found two miniature pinballs there.
We stayed at SpaWorld until 1pm, and then we went shopping at the Namba shopping area in the afternoon. We finished the first day at 6pm.
On the second day, I arrived at the Big Step shopping centre at 11:00am sharp.
After I obtained a sales receipt to the value of 2,000 Yen by purchasing a jacket in one of the Big Step shops, I rushed into the Sliver Ball Planet pinball arcade as the first customer of the day. (^o^)
There was a total 36 pinball machines there.
The seven pinballs marked ** above are games I had never seen before. It was eyes wide open for me, and very exciting indeed to finally get to play them.
According to the Big Step website, around another 40 machines are coming soon. It is definitely a paradise both for pinball lovers in Japan and those visiting from overseas.
I love this pinball arcade since:
- It is very spacious and relaxing playing the pinballs there. When I feel tired, I can just buy a bottle of coke and take a break on the sofa.
- Its location is very convenient and easy to get there by subway trains. This is very helpful for overseas visitors like me.
- It is located in the shopping area Shinsaibashi (心齋橋 ), therefore my wife can go shopping while I am playing pinballs.
- There are a number of restaurants on the same floor as the pinball arcade, so I can take a break and enjoy good food any time I want.
This has to be the biggest pinball arcade in Asia. I guess that some pinballs have either been purchased locally (by pinball operator Azuma) or specially imported from USA.
I stayed until 7pm and then caught the Kintetsu train to Nagoya to visit another pinball location the next day - the Japan Game Museum. In fact, staying one day at the Silver Ball Planet is definitely not enough. If possible, I recommend all of you stay at least two full days there.
General information about the Sliver Ball Planet Pinball Arcade is as follows:
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