Kawasaki Warehouse
Kawasaki: Sports facility
Kawasaki Warehouse: Kawasaki
Kawasaki / Sports facility
Open 24 hours a day.
Free admission; pay as you go for games, billiards, ping pong and darts.
Average visit time: 10-30 minutes

Kowloon Walled City - once known as the most densely populated spot on earth - was a massive, extremely crowded Hong Kong housing settlement with more than 30,000 residents. Although the original complex was demolished in 1993, it lives on as the design inspiration for this five-story game arcade just a few minutes from Kawasaki Station.

As you come in through the main ground-floor entrance you'll be greeted by startlingly loud sound effects - banging metal, wood being sawed, rat-like squeaking, and random snatches of Cantonese conversation. The back entrance, from the parking lot, is quieter, but you have to step over stones that are set in an artificially flooded, garishly lit pool of green water, then make your way through a narrow stone tunnel that leads to an escalator.

Upstairs on the second and third levels is a recreation of a extremely lived-in apartment block - corrugated-metal canopies cover narrow balconies that are hung with laundry, while rusty shop signs and old posters decorate the walls. The remarkable decor is the work of Taishiro Hoshino, an artistic director with a background in Kabuki theater, along with a specialized team of artists and craftsmen who created the distressed walls, metal signs and faded posters that are artfully arranged alongside original artifacts sourced from Hong Kong.

The main section of the game arcade is on the second and third floors, and is open from 9am to 11:45pm. The fourth floor, which sports more conventional decor, is equipped with billiard tables, ping pong tables and dartboards, and is open 24 hours a day. Admission is limited to patrons 18 years old or over.

Kawasaki-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Nisshincho 3-7.
5 minutes from JR Kawasaki Station
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