Date: June 2017
Location: 3rd Floor, Big Step shopping centre, 1-6-14 Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka 542-0086, Japan

Thinking of visiting the Silver Ball Planet pinball arcade in Osaka? It might not be as easy as you think, so Stefan Riedler – who has visited the location several times – has written this useful guide showing the best way to get there.

He also updates us on the most recent arrivals which he discovered at the arcade during his trip there in June 2017.


How to get to the Silver Ball Planet Arcade from Kansai International Airport

The Mario Bros. welcome you to Kansai International Airport
The Mario Bros. welcome you to Kansai International Airport

Step 1: Exit the airport on the 1ST FLOOR.

Step 2: Go to the BUS AREA.

Step 3: At BUS STATION C you can buy a bus ticket for Bus 7 which costs 1,550 Yen (around €13) and can be paid for by credit card. The timetable for Bus 7 can be found at kate.co.jp/en/timetable/detail/UH.

Buy a bus ticket at the arrowed point - bus station C
Buy a bus ticket at the arrowed point – Bus Station C

Step 4: When the bus arrives, enter and tell them you want to go to the SHINSAIBASHI area. The journey takes around one hour.

Step 5: Leave the bus at the second stop in Shinsaibashi, at the HOTEL NIKKO.

Hotel Nikko Osaka
Hotel Nikko Osaka

Step 6: Looking at the front of Hotel Nikko, turn LEFT.

Step 7: Walk two blocks to the APPLE STORE.

Step 8: Turn RIGHT following the front of the Apple Store.

Turn right at the Apple Store - there is a bank with an ATM here
Turn right at the Apple Store – there is a bank with an ATM here

Step 9: Walk around 250m and the BIG STEP shopping centre is on the right.

Step 10: Go right next to STARBUCK’S to the elevator.

The shopping centre floor listing
The shopping centre floor listing Click to expand

Step 11: Take the elevator to the THIRD FLOOR.

The elevator
The elevator

Go to the 3rd floor
Go to the 3rd floor

Step 12: Exit the elevator to the RIGHT.

Step 13: You have arrived at the SILVER BALL PLANET PINBALL ARCADE.

Stefan with the founder of the arcade, Yuske Namba
Stefan with the founder of the arcade, Yuske Namba

Inside the Arcade
Inside the Arcade

The favourite games of the founder of the Silver Ball Planet Pinball Arcade, Yuske Namba, are Capt. Fantastic & the Brown Dirt Cowboy and Rolling Stones – older games but with great original artwork.

The Capt. Fantastic game at the arcade
The Capt. Fantastic game at the arcade

Another of Yuske Namba's favourites
Another of Yuske Namba’s favourites

The seven machines marked as new arrivals at the Arcade are:

  • The Pabst Can Crusher (Stern)
  • Rob Zombie’s Spookshow International (Spooky)
  • Aerosmith Limited Edition (Stern)
  • The Hobbit Limited Edition (Jersey Jack)
  • Batman 66 Super Limited Edition (Stern)
  • Ghostbusters Limited Edition (Stern)
  • Transformers Limited Edition (Stern)

Batman 66 in the Batman collection
Batman 66 SLE in the Batman collection

Another new arrival - Ghostbusters LE
Another new arrival – Ghostbusters LE

Maybe another new arrival soon in the Star Wars collection?
Maybe another new arrival soon in the Star Wars collection?

Here’s a video showing all the games at the Silver Ball Planet Pinball Arcade.

 

 

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