The objective of this chapter
Up to now, we have described the methods of playing Pachinko in the chapters “How to play Pachinko” and “How to close Pachinko.”
In this chapter, we would like to explain where in Tokyo you can play Pachinko.
As we have written before, because Pachinko is a form of popular entertainment in Japan, it is possible to play in any major town of Tokyo.
However, each parlor has its own unique features.
In this chapter we would like to focus on the following features.
The size of the parlor is an important factor. It’s easier to find the machine you want in a large parlor.
In addition, simply put, a large parlor will provide more individual space, and is likely a more comfortable experience.
Here we describe the cleanliness of the inside of the parlor.
Here we talk about the cleanliness of the floors and walls, and how little(or how much) a parlor contains the “smell of tobacco” – a major hurdle for foreigners.
Modern parlors are making an effort to keep the air clean inside their walls, so this is an important point for foreigners who are playing for the first time.
3. Open mindedness towards foreigners
It’s important to know whether the staff speak foreign languages, or whether there are signs in the parlor written in foreign languages.
Parlors that can keep the “smell of tobacco” low(as mentioned earlier) can be said to have a high level of open mindedness towards foreigners.
4. Winning percentage
We will give a more detailed description of winning percentage in the forthcoming “How to win Pachinko.”
Put simply, a “high winning percentage,” signifies a machine that gives out a large number of \1,000 (about 10＄) winning lotteries.
Pachinkois a game of percentages.
The chance of scoring a jackpot is fixed for each machine, but the number of lottery chances(= Attacker) for a jackpot will actually vary for each machine.
(Please refer to this article to find out which portion makes up the Attacker.)
A parlor which contains machines with a high number of lottery chances = “a parlor with a high winning percentage.”
What will be made clear in this chapter
You will understand the following in this chapter
- Which pachinkoparlors located in major cities have a low threshold of difficulty for beginners and foreigners.
- Which pachinko parlors have a rather high threshold of difficulty, and which parlors frequented by Japanese customers have a high winning percentage.
- How to fully enjoy the pachinkoexperience by knowing about all the facilities provided by a parlor(especially the free Wi-Fi).
What do you think? There truly are a lot of pachinko parlors in Tokyo.
However, we believe that because there are so many places to go, and because it’s hard to know where to go, and with nobody around to explain things, many people often have a difficult time figuring things out.
As a result, we end up with many people thinking, “there’s such a high threshold of difficulty that I can’t go and enjoy myself.”
In this chapter, we will feature some unique parlors and describe them, so that you can understand in advance the kinds of pachinko parlors that can fit your specific needs(out of all the many different types available), and help you focus on playing pachinko.
So then, we’ll move on to introducing the parlors.