Visiting a Gacha-gacha (Capsule Toy) Specialty Store
In Japan, you can find capsule toy vending machines or gacha-gacha in Japanese (refers both to the toy and the vending machine) mostly everywhere. It’s usually located near the entrance at supermarkets, restaurants, department stores, and other places.
Gacha-gacha (Capsule Toy) Specialty Store in Okayama City
Recently, I have learned that there is a gacha-gacha specialty store called “Gacha-gacha Museum Yume-koro” in Okayama City. This store does not only offer a huge collection of gacha-gacha items, but also sells vending machines. In their website, you can see their list of vending machines, from new ones to recycled and second-hands. You can even buy empty capsules, coins, keys, display containers, and parts of the machine.
Few weeks ago, I had the chance to visit the place. As expected, there were many children with their parents. This is the front of the store.
This store opened in March 2003, located at Imabo, Kita-ku, Okayama City. It is owned by Dream House Co., Ltd. I passed the area many times before but I didn’t notice it at all. The place looks like a huge storage container turned into a store. It’s actually spacious inside. The store has two floors. Boasting its 300 vending machines inside, it showcases wide range of capsule toys from anime characters, animals, plants, even miniature version of appliances like electric fan, and many more.
Inside the Store
Button to call for assistance
There is a button installed that you can press to call the staff in case you encountered any trouble or if you have questions to ask. You need to come over to the reception window in the first floor, the staff will show up there.
Recycled capsule toy vending machines
Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan)
(This one costs 400 yen. The size is bigger and more detailed design.
This is already part 2 of the Shingeki no Kyojin gacha-gacha character series.)
Some scary and weird items
Same with the first floor, it is also jam-packed with vending machines. More display for animals, plants, mini cars, sculptures, etc. There is also a table and bench where you can take a seat.
Animal and Plant Capsule Toys
Mascot Characters and more
If you have tried watching a movie in the theater here in Japan, you maybe familiar already with these characters. A short movie is usually shown at the start featuring these two characters to discourage movie piracy.
I was surprised to see this Olympus Pen camera capsule toy item. I couldn’t help myself but to get one! This one costs 200 yen.
How to operate capsule toy vending machine step-by-step
Enter coins into the slot.
This one costs 200 yen so I need to enter two 100 yen coins.
Turn the knob clockwise until you hear the capsule toy falling down.
Take out the container and get yourself ready to check your “price”!
Twist the container and open up!
I can’t wait to see what’s inside. (Just ignore the hairy hands :P)
Throw the empty container to designated bins.
If you don’t want to keep the container, you can leave it in the basket/bin installed nearby.
In one vending machine, it usually contains selection of items. For example, different characters of Shingeki No Kyojin or different pose of a dog. You don’t know which one of the items you will get. You could get the same item you already have or one of your least favorite. This adds up to the excitement. Also, it’s a good strategy to buy capsule toys together with your friends, so you can exchange items.
Even if you can’t think of anything in particular to buy, just visit and check the items. I’m sure you’ll have fun even by just looking around.
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