We will be updating this blog post from time to time so we can provide enough info about Purikura machines in Tokyo.
In Japan, purikura (プリクラ) refers to a photo sticker booth or the product of such a photo booth. The name is a shortened form of the registered trademark Purinto Kurabu (プリント倶楽部). The term derives from the English print club. Jointly developed by Atlus and Sega, the first purikura machines were sold in July 1995. (source)
These are just a few of hundreds of purikura places out there (for now, we only have info about 3 locations) but we do hope that you will still find this article useful!
♥ Purikura in Harajuku (Along Takeshita Dori) ♥
These are the Purikura clubs in Harajuku that we usually frequent to. These are all located near the Takeshita Dori Banner.
I just want to share our travel itinerary when my friend Abbey visited me here in Japan. We roamed around Tokyo during her visit! : )
If you are a creative person / an artist, maybe you will love our list of places. We would leave at around 9-10AM from Saitama to go to Tokyo. Most of the stores are still closed by 10/11AM so if you want to go temple-hopping, do it in the morning.
Arrive from airport
Rent wifi from Narita Airport (there are a lot, you just have to ask around: “Sumimasen, wifi rentaru / poketto wifi wa doko ni arimasu ka?”)
Keisei Skyliner -> Ueno
Leave bags inside rental locker (located inside the station)
Extra: Akihabara is just a station away. You can also walk from Ueno to Akihabara. : )
You can also rent meido-san / cosplay costumes here haha.
KINOKUNIYA bookstore in Shinjuku. Go to 7th floor for the English books. They do have the rare ones! : )
Sekaido = heaven for those who love hoarding art materials (like Abbey lolol)
Takeshita Street (first-timers might get overwhelmed because there are lots of stores to shop from!!)
Recommend shops: WEGO, TUTUANA, MOMO Wonderrocket, etc.
Recommended cafe: Nescafe Cafe (Abbey and I are both fans of cafes with superb interior design. We did some brainstorming here haha)
To go to Shibuya, you can either take Yamanote Line (1 stop away) or just walk from Harajuku to Shibuya. Abbey and I love enjoy walking (double purpose: sight-seeing and burn fats / get tummy space for more eating lolol)
I brought Abbey to Shibuya Crossing (forgot to see Hachiko though haha), LoFT (a paradise for notebook / pen / stationery / things-we-don’t-need lovers like us), and other places that I’ve forgotten. Woops!
Just roam around this area and discover homey cafes on your own. We loved
Extra: Nakano / Kichijoji
Asakusa for more traditional Japanese kawaii
If you can’t get enough of Harajuku, you can go back to Harajuku like what we did haha.
Extra: Tokyo Skytree (this is just near Asakusa, but you have to take the Tobu Skytree Line)
There are also a lot of rental lockers in Asakusa (though you must come early to reserve yours, as there are many tourists going to this area). I also suggest that if you are going to take the train from Shinjuku (like Narita Express / NEX) to the airport, you might consider leaving your stuff there first before you spend your last day to explore in Asakusa / elsewhere. If your flight is later in the evening, you can spend a short time around Asakusa and then go back to Shinjuku again. Please be mindful of your time, so that you won’t be late for your flight! : )
If you are looking for a snack stores to buy / hoard greentea KitKat & #OnlyInJapan omiyage / pasalubong for your friends, look for an Okashi no Machioka stall. They sell these chocolates / snacks cheaper than the ones in convenience stores. Okashi no Machioka has a branch in Shinjuku, Asakusa, and Nakano Broadway (and so much more). : )
Great news for this who are following the Sailor Moon cult, アニON (ANION) Café collaborated with Sailor Moon Crystal to bring you another event that you’ll go crazy about. As if all these new Sailor Moon merchandises, gachapon/s are not enough. This pop-up café is actually created for the celebration of the success of Sailor Moon Crystal. Just be careful, advance reservation is necessary to get in.
For more information: http://www.namco.co.jp/anion/collabo/
アニON (ANION) Café is pretty close to Shinjuku station, along Don Quijote and Cat Café Calico. Pretty good neighbours, don’t you think?