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Hello all! If everything goes well, I will be visiting Japan in a few months for the first time in almost 30 years!


I am interested in buying some N scale trains while I am there. I will be staying in Tokyo and Yamaguchi Prefecture. I did find the Hobby Center Kato store in the Shinjuku area and I really want to check it out.


I am looking for more train store recommendations and I hope that you all can give me some guidance. New trains are great and I have no problem buying used trains as long as they are in good working order. Does Japan even have any used train shops?


I know that I can search online.  But I am certain that some of you visit Japan or live there and have train stores that are your favorites. Anyway, any help / guidance / advice would be greatly appreciated!


Cheers! 😁

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Hi death,


we have a whole sub forum over here with discussions of where to find shops in japan, so I moved your post over here. Might look around at some of the threads.


lots of shops have used stuff and many times in excellent condition. 




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14 hours ago, cteno4 said:

Hi death,


we have a whole sub forum over here with discussions of where to find shops in japan....





Sorry about that Jeff......👀

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No worries! It’s a kinda buried sub forum. Figured there would be a lot there that will interest you and get you started! Post questions and I’m sure you’ll get some answers.





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Hello deathletter,


This is my train shop address book, i.e. the shops I usually visit when I travel to Tokyo (that's just my opinion, I am not promoting or affiliated with any of them 😀)

I'm sure that there are a lot more.

Currently, my preferred shop is Models IMON. Either in Yokohama, Shibuya (new flagship store) or Akihabara. They are tax free for foreigners, and usually offer good discounts. Check their store guide here: https://www.imon.co.jp/webshop/index.php?main_page=addon&module=mt_pages&page=shop

I also often buy products at Yodobashi (Yokohama, Shinjuku or Akihabara). Also tax free, plus extra VISA discount. 

Tam Tam also has a lot of products, but they don't sell tax free. I like Popondetta for second hand products, but also not tax free.


PART 1: Around Yokohama


220-0005 Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Nishi-ku, Nanko 1-11-2 Hamanishi building 5F
〒220-0005 神奈川県横浜市西区南幸1-11-2 浜西ビル5F
Very good. Very big. A lot of products. Seems like they have everything. Including Kato DCC. Tax free for foreigners. 5 minute walk from Yokohama station.
Weekdays: 10am to 8:30pm
Weekends and holidays: 10am to 8pm


Yodobashi Camera Multimedia
220-0004 Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Nishi-ku, Kitasaiwai 1-2-7
〒220-0004 神奈川県横浜市西区北幸1-2-7

Tax free + VISA discount. 5 minute walk from Yokohama station. Seems to have less and less products.


Popondetta Yokohama Marui City Store
open 10:30 to 20:30
〒220-0011 Yokohama City, Nishi-ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture, 2nd district 19-12 Marui City Yokohama 5F 
Quite large. Good selection. Purchased a lot of second hand cheap trucks and cars there. Not tax free.


Hobby Shop Tam Tam Sagamihara
1-5-5 Nishionumauma, Minami-ku, Sagamihara-shi, Kanagawa ken
business hours AM 10:00 ~ PM 9:00
Huge. Has everything. Bigger than Akihabara. Not tax free.


Tenshodo Minato Mirai store
220-0011 Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Nishi-ku Takashima 1-1-2 Yokohama Mitsui Building 1F
〒220-0011 神奈川県横浜市西区高島1-1-2横浜三井ビル1F

Small shop. Worth a visit if around.

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PART 2: Shinjuku area


Yodobashi Camera Shinjuku

ヨドバシカメラ 新宿西口本店ゲームホビー館
〒160-0023, 1 Chome-12-7 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0023, Japan
〒160-0023 東京都新宿区西新宿1-11-1
160-0023 Tokyo Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, 1-11-1
9:30am to 10pm every day
(Separate section (very close) for toys)


ポポンデッタ 京王百貨店新宿店
Popondetta Keio Department Store

〒160-8321 東京都新宿区西新宿1-1-4京王百貨店新宿店7F

160-8321 Tokyo Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, 1-1-4 Keio Department Store, Shinjuku 7F
10am to 8pm
Nice shop, pretty small. Not tax free.


Models IMON Shibuya
Weekdays 10: 00 ~ 20: 30
Sat / Sun / Fest 10: 00-20: 00
(Open on New Year's Day)
7-F Igendo Genzaka Building,
2-6-16 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku , Tokyo 150-0043
Best shop ever. Has everything. Tax free.



Hobby Center Kato Tokyo store
61-0031 Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo Nishiochiai 1-24-10
〒161-0031 東京都新宿区西落合1-24-10
Weekdays: 11am to 8pm
Saturday, Sunday and PH: 10am to 7pm
Big, can purchase anything. Definitely worth a visit. Tax free, but no discount.

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PART 3: Akihabara


TamTam Akihabara ホビーショップタムタム秋葉原店

〒101-0021 Tōkyō-to, Chiyoda-ku, Sotokanda, 6 Chome−14−2, サカイ末広ビル
〒101-0021 東京都千代田区外神田6-14-2 さかい末広ビル5F
Weekdays: AM11:00~PM9:00
Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays: AM10:00~PM9:00
Very nice, large selection. Not tax free.


Yodobashi Multimedia Akiba
1-1, Kandahanaokacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 101-0028, Japan
Nearest station: just next to Akihabara Station
Store hours: AM9:30 - PM10:00
Very nice, possibly largest product selection of all Yodobashi stores. Tax free + VISA discount.


Popondetta Akihabara ポポンデッタ秋葉原店
ポポンデッタ 秋葉原店
Japan, 〒101-0021 Tōkyō-to, Chiyoda-ku, 千代田区Sotokanda, 3 Chome−3−3, Rail Way ビル
〒101-0021 東京都千代田区外神田3-3-3 Rail Way BLD
Huge shop, five floors, lots of second hand products. Not tax free.

Store hours: 10am to 8:30pm. Closed at 8pm on Saturday and Sunday. 


Models Imon 秋葉原店 + Monta second-hand shop
〒101-0021 東京都千代田区外神田1-9-9 内田ビル3F
address    Uchida Building 3F, 1-9-9 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku , Tokyo 101-0021
business hours    Mon-Fri 10:00-20:30 
Sat / Sun / Holiday 10:00-20:00 (Open all year round)


Greenmax store - グリーンマックス・ザ・ストアー Parts pro shop 秋葉原店
〒101-0021 東京都千代田区外神田1-9-9内田ビル5F

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I am flying to Japan tomorrow for work. I will pay a visit to IMON. Let's see if the motivation to work on my modules comes back. RoundHouse has re-released the Tsunami line 205. That would be a nice addition to my collection.

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14 hours ago, Madsing said:

PART 3: 


Thank you for all three parts! This is great information to have for my visit. 



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I'm sorry for reviving this old thread but I thought that I would give you all an update. We were supposed to leave in two days (March 25th) but then we pushed that back to April 20, 2020. Because of the situation in regards to the virus, we went ahead and cancelled the trip. We plan on going next year if nothing comes up again that would affect our plans. My search for JNR/JR freight items will have to wait unless I get lucky somewhere. Stay safe everyone! 😊

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