Visiting Sega’s Game Centers in Japan

Sega has been making video games for longer than you may think. The Japanese company began in 1960. And by the late 1960s, it had developed its first game, Periscope, which was a shooting game that simulated a submarine attacking warships.

For some time now, people have been able to visit Sega’s Game Centers in the company’s home country. If you are a devoted fan of Sega games and are planning to visit Japan, you will undoubtedly want to visit the exciting Game Centers. Here’s everything you need to know about them.

What is the local name for a Sega Game Center?

In Japan, a Sega video game arcade is known as a Sega Ge-Sen. “Ge-sen” stands for “Game Center.” But you will also find them commonly referred to as amusement parks. Most of them contain the latest consoles and games for you to play.

Where are Japan’s Sega Game Centers?

Seeing as Sega has been at the forefront of video games for decades, it’s not surprising that you can find dozens of Sega Game Centers in Japan. Games arcades are very popular in the country. That is perhaps partially due to the fact that there are no gaming establishments like casinos in Japan. At present, the law only allows betting on horse racing, some motorsports, the lottery, and football pools. But in 2018, Japan announced it was permitting some casinos to be built in the country. They will be built in Tokyo, Osaka, and Yokohama. So, at present, Japanese people either play games at a foreign オンラインカジノ (online casino) or non-gambling games at the country’s arcades. You will find Sega Game Center arcades across the country in places like Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagoya, Osaka, Kobe, Kyoto, and Hakata.

What types of games can you play at a Sega Game Center?

Whatever types of games you like playing, you should be able to find them at Japan’s arcades. Here is a closer look at what a Sega Game Center has to offer.

Video Games

From action-adventures to popular e-sports, you will find various video game genres at Japan’s Sega Game Centers. Many Sega arcades even hold weekly video game tournaments in which you can compete against other gamers in specific games.

Prize Games

Although local Japanese people cannot presently visit brick-and-mortar casinos to attempt to win money, they can win prizes at Sega Game Centers. Game machines that offer high-quality prizes to winners are one of the most popular types of games in the country. So, when you visit a Japanese Ge-Sen, check out the Prize Game Corner.

Music Video Games

Gamers love playing video games in time with the beat of their favorite music. And you can do that comfortably at Sega Game Centers’ Music Video Game Corners. Find the right music and the perfect volume, and you are sure to enhance your enjoyment of your chosen games.


A purikura is a photo sticker booth. Purikuras are very popular in Japan, and you will find them at most Sega Game Centers. You can take and decorate a photo to create your very own photo sticker. In some Sega arcades, you can even hire a cosplay costume. A photo sticker of you in cosplay attire is a fabulous souvenir to take back home.

Medal Games

Due to Japan’s current lack of casinos, medal games have become extremely popular in Sega Game Centers. You can win tokens by playing casino-like games with groups of people. But you can only use those tokens to play other games. You cannot exchange them for money or goods. Medal games are a great way to meet new people and have fun at Sega Game Centers throughout Japan.

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