Magic the Gathering Stores in Japan
This will be a page devoted to the nerdy but popular card game by Wizards of the Coast. It will focus on shop locations in major cities, experiences, prices (both for buying and selling), and events to name a few things. If you have ideas or questions about anything, or want me to cover something in a future blog post, please leave me a message here!
I am also looking for contributors to this website. If you live close to a few hobby shops or card stores and want to share them with others who might be living nearby, please get in touch with me here and I will be more than happy to feature your articles on this website. Take some pictures, write down information about the store and directions on how to get there, and also write down your impressions and opinions about the place. It would be great to have a network of MTG gamers around Japan.
Interacting with Staff
Going into a store in a bigger city isn’t as hard as you think. The stores in Nagoya, Osaka, and Tokyo areas always have a good number of foreign customers coming and going (especially during GPs), but in smaller cities things feel a bit more personal, especially if the stores is the only one around for miles in each direction. Staff will usually say iirashimasei (いらっしゃいませ/Welcome to the store）when you enter the store, so don’t be alarmed when they say this to you. 99.9% of the time you can walk around a store in peace and walk out, but if looks like you’re actually in need of help and want to find something, the staff in the smaller stores might come up to you and ask what you’re looking for (なにかおさがしですか？/nani ka ohsagashidesuka?). If that happens you can say what you want in English or show them a picture and they should be able to help you find it. They’ll ask you to wait (しょうしょうおまちください/shoshomatchikudasai）and if their search comes back negative they’ll apologize and say they don’t have what you’re looking for and apologize (すみません。そちらはございません。/Sumimasen. Sochira gozaimasen).
Another situation you might run into is that you see a card locked away in a box or shelf and you want to either check it out or buy it. In this case, you should go up to the cash register or grab somebody on staff and ask them politely to get a card for you. You can do this by saying “Sumimasen. Showcase kudasai/すみません。ショウケースください。
You can also go up to the staff and ask for something you want. One way to do this is to use the card’s name, the other is to show a picture of the card in question. The most direct way to do this is to say “(card name)がありますか？ ((card name) ga arimasuka?) You can then follow this up with How much ((card name) wa ikura desuka/（＿＿＿）はいくらですか？）Once you make your decision on what cards you want to buy and go up to the register, they’ll ask you if this is all (kochira de yoroshidesuka?/こちらでよろしですか？）to which you can say yes (hai/はい) or no (iieh/いいえ).
If you’re looking to sell some cards while you’re over here in Japan, you can also do that but if you’re visiting from another country you’ll need a Passport to do so. If you’re currently living in Japan, you’ll need some form of ID like a foreigner card or driver’s license. Some stores will have their buy list prices posted somewhere on a wall, but other times they’ll have to check up the cards online and give you a price (and in some rare cases you have to have the staff check how much they can offer you which is time consuming if you have lots of cards). To start, say that you want to sell a card, and you want know if they buy cards at the store (card wo ooritai desu. Kaitori wo shitemasuka?/ カードをうりたいです。かいとりをしてますか？）. You’ll most likely have to fill out a form with your name and address, and while the form is in Japanese, if you ask what each blank means the staff should be able to help you.
If you’re making a big purchase or selling a lot of cards, it might be worth it to ask about a store’s point cards. Sometimes if you buy enough or sell enough, you can get points to use for a free card. Even if you’re just visiting but plan on spending a decent amount of cash, that can easily translate into a free $5-10 card. Not every store has one, but it doesn’t hurt to ask “point card ga arimasuka?/ポイントカードがありますか？”
But of course if you’re looking to play Magic the Gathering in Japan, the most important question to ask the staff is when they have Magic tournaments, as well as what formats they support at the store. You should start off by asking about the tournaments by saying “MTG no taikai ga arimasuka?/ MTGのたいかいがありますか？” then following it up with when “itsu desuka?／いつですか？”, what time “nanji desuka/なんじですか” and if they don’t say it, what format (nan no format desuka?/ なんのフォマトですか?).
NOTE: Closed stores can still be viewed, but have a line through the link to denote the change.
- Hobby Station Osu No. 2 and Card Company/TCG 193 Osu – https://thejapanhobbyist.com/2016/08/13/nagoya-mtg-stores-hobby-station-osu-no-2-and-card-companytcg-193/
- Phase (Chikusa) and Card Brunch (Kanayama) – https://thejapanhobbyist.wordpress.com/2011/12/17/japanese-mtg-player-archetypes-and-hobby-profiles-ii/
- Amenity Dream (Osu) – https://thejapanhobbyist.wordpress.com/2011/12/14/hobby-shop-profiles-in-japan-i-nagoya-part-1/
- Hobby Station (Osu) – https://thejapanhobbyist.wordpress.com/2012/01/06/hobby-shops-in-nagoya-iv/
- Big Magic (Yaba-cho) – https://thejapanhobbyist.wordpress.com/2012/01/21/things-are-darkest-just-before-the-dawn-another-japan-hobby-store-profile/
- Mishimaya (Ozone) – https://thejapanhobbyist.wordpress.com/2011/12/19/hobby-store-profiles-iii-nagoya-part-3/
- Hobby Station (Sasashima Live, Near Nagoya Station) – https://thejapanhobbyist.wordpress.com/2012/04/04/attack-of-the-pod-people-and-playing-in-the-rain-off-the-beaten-path/
- Yellow Submarine (Osu) – https://thejapanhobbyist.wordpress.com/2012/03/26/new-hobby-store-opening-and-the-mutating-metagame/
- Hobby Station (Meitetsu Eki) – https://thejapanhobbyist.wordpress.com/2012/03/04/the-wrap-up-the-final-nagoya-hobby-store-profile-and-current-metagame/
- Advantage and Omocha Hayakawa (Kamimaezu and Rokuban-cho) – https://thejapanhobbyist.com/2012/09/12/off-the-beaten-path-magic-store-profiles-around-nagoya/
- Hobby Station (Yagoto) and Phase (Aratamabashi) – https://thejapanhobbyist.com/2012/11/10/off-the-beaten-path-magic-stores-around-nagoya-yagoto-and-aratamabashi/
Hobby Saloon (SEE Game Saloon) – https://thejapanhobbyist.com/2013/03/11/magic-in-the-wild-west-hobby-saloon/ Game Saloon – https://thejapanhobbyist.com/2013/10/31/gaming-cowboy-hanging-out-at-the-new-saloon/
- Trading Card Game Shop 193 – https://thejapanhobbyist.com/2013/06/26/the-193rd-card-shop/
Prinny Club Kanayama – https://thejapanhobbyist.com/2013/09/05/dood-its-a-new-card-shop-in-nagoya/
- Card Labo (Mei Eki) – https://thejapanhobbyist.com/2012/12/23/sneaking-in-a-new-hobby-store-profile/
- Advantage (Osu) – https://thejapanhobbyist.com/2013/04/09/dragons-maze-first-reactions/
- Card Brunch (Motoyama) and
Card Company“TCG 193 Osu (Osu) – https://thejapanhobbyist.com/2015/04/17/nagoya-mtg-stores-card-brunch-motoyama-and-card-company-osu/
LIST OF WEEKLY TOURNAMENTS IN NAGOYA
Nagoya has standard Magic tournaments almost every day.
— MONDAY: Card Brunch Kanayama, 6:30
— TUESDAY: Hobby Station Sasahima, 6:45 pm, Yellow Submarine Osu 6:30
— WEDNESDAY: Hobby Station Mei Eki, 6pm
— THURSDAY: TCG 193 Mei Eki, 6:45 pm
— FRIDAY: 6pm, FNM, Various locations, 8 pm & 11 pm Prinny Club Kanayama, 6pm Draft at Big Magic
— SATURDAY: Hobby Station Mei Eki, 2pm, C-Labo 1pm (sometimes)
— SUNDAY: Big Magic, 11 am. Usually a booster draft after standard tournament (3:30 or later depending on number of participants at the standard event), Hobby Station Osu 1pm
There are also Frontier, Legacy, and Modern events held around town during the week.
— Thursday: Advantage Kamimaezu, 7pm (Legacy), Card Brunch Kanayama 6pm (Modern)
— Friday: Hobby Station Mei Eki (modern) 6pm, Amenity Dream Osu 6pm, Advantage Kamimaezu (modern and legacy) 7pm, Prinny Club Kanayama 8pm
— Saturday: TCG 193, 7pm (Legacy), Hobby Station Osu 1pm (Legacy sometimes if there are enough people), Hobby Station Osu 5pm (Frontier)
— Sunday: Hobby Station Osu, 5pm (Modern, 16 people, 300 yen), Big Magic 4pm (Frontier)
There are also modern, legacy, EDH, and vintage events about one time a month at Big Magic and Amenity Dream as well. Check the “Magic the Gathering” tab on the top of my website to get more information about the locations of these stores.
Outside of Nagoya
- Smile King (Kariya) – https://thejapanhobbyist.com/2012/10/16/magic-stores-off-the-beaten-path-hamamatsu-and-kariya/
- Master’s Guild –
- Card Labo – https://thejapanhobbyist.com/2012/10/16/magic-stores-off-the-beaten-path-hamamatsu-and-kariya/
- Master’s Guild Hamakita – https://thejapanhobbyist.com/2013/08/22/magic-stores-in-japan-masters-guild-2-0/
- Master’s Guild Hamamatsu, TCG 193, Duel King – https://thejapanhobbyist.com/2015/02/12/shizuoka-mtg-stores-tcg-193-masters-guild-2-5-and-duel-king/
- Amenity Dream, Yellow Submarine, Card Labo – https://thejapanhobbyist.com/2012/02/20/kyoto-is-more-than-just-temples-and-tea-it-seems-more-store-profiles/
- Ikebukuro area – Amenity Dream, Big Magic, Yellow Submarine, Hobby Station – https://thejapanhobbyist.com/2014/10/22/tokyo-mtg-stores-ikebukuro/
- Hareruya and MINT – https://thejapanhobbyist.com/2014/10/31/tokyo-mtg-stores-hareruya-and-mint-shibuya/
- Akihabara Area – (Radio Kaikan) – C-labo, Hobby Station, Yellow Submarine, Big Magic – https://thejapanhobbyist.com/2016/04/26/magic-the-gathering-stores-in-japan-tokyo-akihabara-part-1-radio-kaikan/
- Tokyo MTG and Akihabara Area part 2 – https://thejapanhobbyist.com/2016/05/05/magic-the-gathering-stores-in-japan-tokyo-tokyo-mtg-and-akihabara-part-2/
- Yellow Submarine and Hobby Station – https://thejapanhobbyist.com/2013/11/14/mtg-stores-in-chiba-prefecture-yellow-submarine-and-hobby-station/
- Fireball, Yellow Submarine, and Card Labo (Fukuoka City and Kitakyushu) – https://thejapanhobbyist.com/2013/10/25/southern-hospitality-mtg-stores-in-and-around-fukuoka-city/
- Yellow Submarine, Card Pal, Dragon Star, Big Magic, Amenity Dream, Hobby Station (Nipponbashi) – https://thejapanhobbyist.com/2015/07/01/osaka-mtg-stores-the-magical-land-of-nipponbashi/
Some of these posts are a little old, so if you need some clarification or have questions about the stores, please let me know.
I’d also like to post a link to a useful article I did for those people who are new to competitive Magic. It’s up to date with the Return to Ravnica Block, and will be updated in the future depending on if the metagame changes.
Hey I stumbled across your blog and I was wondering if you know any good online sites to purchase sealed mtg products like booster boxes etc from japan. I’m currently living in the US but I love collecting foreign print cards.
If you’re just talking about boxes of Japanese booster packs, I know that places like Star City Games and a few of the other big Magic Websites sell boxes of Japanese cards (while supplies are limited). You might want to also try Rakuten (a Japanese website like Amazon). They might have a more ready supply of Japanese MTG products and I BELIEVE they ship internationally and accept US Dollars as well. Check it out. If I come across any other places that ship internationally, I’ll let you know.
Yeah I checked starcity first, but they mainly have boxes of older stuff. I am looking for current standard stuff as that is the only format I play. I did look through rakuten but I couldn’t find anything that ships to US and the prices for a box seem extremely high. How much do booster boxes sell for retail in Japan normally? They are normally $85 here so maybe it just costs less here since it is more abundant here? I might just have to find a proxy to pick me up a box at this point. Anyway thanks for your help, let me know if you find anything!
Boosters go from 330-450 yen ($4.10-5.60) depending on the set and place you buy them from, and most booster boxes are selling for around 12,000 yen ($150). Magic cards are expensive here. Might be better just to fly over and pick up a few boxes here ^_^. You could bring cards to sell then use that money to get a box.
Hi, how can I get to Shizouka for the GPT on December 20-22, 2013. Where will it take place? Do you know the organizer or event details? Thanks a lot
I will find out and get back to you. It might be on Wizards of the Coast’s website under event coverage. Look for future events and they should have one for Shizuoka. If not, I’ll post it as soon as I get the info.
I want to sell a lot of 1995/1996 mtg cards.
how much are the prices in america thank you
I have no idea. Your best bet is to check the big shops/stores online like SCG, CHannel Fireball, and TCG Player.
I’m guessing Hareruya and Tokyo MTG might be your best bet. You can find both of their buylists online if you want to get an idea of their prices or you can take them in store and have them price it for you.
I used to play alot before am looking to get into it again but I live more towards Tokyo, do you know any places around that area???
There are some places in Akihabara for sure, but if you don’t live close to Akiba, I would just to do a Store Locator search on Wizards website. Just type in your area or station name and it should be able to find something close to your place. I’m sure they’re all around Tokyo!
Hey Ryan, i am heading down to nagoya soon. i was wondering if there are any price difference between different cities interns of buying and selling cards?
As I was told by one of the managers of a chain Magic shop (Hobby Station), it’s all about supply and demand. You could go to the same city (like Nagoya) and find different buy/sell prices at each place. I’d recommend hitting up Big Magic and Amenity Dream first to see about selling cards because they have an easy to read buy list, and the usually offer the highest amount. If you live close to Nagoya and visit regularly, you can get more money by selling them up at Mishimaya, but it takes longer since it’s on consignment up there.
If you’re buying stuff, I’d check out the prices at those places first, but I’d go to Mishimaya near Ozone station to buy things. Most of the time you find amazing deals up there (like a Zealous Conscripts for 200 yen). It’s also the best place to stock up on commons and uncommons you need.
If you plan on hitting up all of these places, I’d definitely ask a subway person for an all day pass (weekdays) or a DoNichiEco (Saturday/Sunday all day pass) in order to save money on travel. It’s about 790 yen on weekdays, and 600 yen on the weekend. Be sure to check the links I posted on directions on how to get there!
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I just stumbled across your blog, and as an MTG player that recently moved to Japan I had a few questions. First off, I am living in the small town of Shichinohe in Aomori prefecture. Any suggestions on how I can find a card shop relatively close? Also, how do the Japanese tend to take to foreigners wanting to play with them. With Theros coming out soon I would love to go to a prerelease.
You’ll probably have to travel a little to find shops in your area, but there should be a few trading card places up in Aomori I’d think. What I did when I first arrived in my city was to check out Wizards of the Coast’s store locator on their main website (under the planeswalker points tab). It will give you a rough list of stores in your area. I think the players are largely welcoming over all, but it really helps to have a knowledge of the MTG terms in Japanese. On the top of my blog I have a tab devoted to Magic terms in Japanese, so print it out and get to studying! You can actually get by without saying anything else as long as you understand the cards you’re playing with and against (I used the iMTG app on my iphone whenever I needed to check the English for a certain card). I’d do some exploring right now and try to meet some friends, maybe even play some casual matches. That way you’re not a total stranger when the Theros release comes around. Let me know how things turn out! Good luck!
Thank you for the quick reply. The store locator shows two stores in Aomori with the closest one being in Hachinohe, about a 50 min. drive from Shichinohe. I will definitely add those terms to my Japanese flashcards. Thank you for the advice and I will be sure to keep up with your blog.
Yikes, that’s far, but it’s better than nothing. Hopefully you can make it a weekly thing and go out there for FNM or if they have it, a weekend tournament.
Hi, I will participate in the upcoming GPT Shizouka on December 20-22 2013, I don’t know yet the event details. Can someone help me? Have a nice day. Thanks a lot
The details haven’t been posted, but I think they should be up before the end of this month. As soon as I find out about the event, I’ll let you know! Until then, trying doing google searches to find more information.
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Hello I’ve been reading your blog for a couple years now or so and I am going to be coming to Japan in a couple of weeks. I was wondering what you thought my chances would be at selling English version magic cards in Japan (staying in Suginami ku) or even hard to get magic collectibles like the boxed plainswalkers sets that were only sold at the San Diego Comic Cons?
I think your could find some buyers in bigger cities like Tokyo and Osaka, especially at places like Hareruya or TokyoMTG. I’ve noticed that Nagoya gives you somewhat better prices than Tokyo by the way due to the fact that the market in Tokyo is over saturated. It’s also worth taking them to major events If you’re going to be here for a while.
Cool, thanks for the advice. Also, is there anything like a craigslist website for Japan that I can list specific items that I will have for sale/barter while i’m in Japan?
Other than yahoo auctions I can’t think of anything else. There might be some Facebook groups that deal with that though. Do a search and see if anything is related to MTG.
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do you know of anything near kushiro? also any mail order sites in japan that are english friendly?
Where is Kushiro? Which prefecture is it in? As for mail order sites (online you mean, right?), TokyoMTG.com and Saitocardshop.com are good places to look. TokyoMTG is a little bit easier if you have no Japanese skills though. Saito’s shop has a larger selection I think.
I will be playing in the grand-prix.chiba (Yay 🙂 )I was wondering, in your opinion, if i will get better prices at the grand prix or by going to the stores in Tokyo directly?.
I think Tokyo stores will have great prices. Check around Akihabara and Ilebukuro for good deals. There are many stores there
Thank you. My girlfriend got some friends in Inuyama and we plan to visit them in 2016. Now I know that I can take me Yu-Gi-Oh! cards with me =D.
I can’t speak japanese (my girlfriend can!) but I’ve always wanted to play against a japanese player
Lots of yugi oh in the area so you should have no problem finding/selling them at stores around town!
Hi, I’m not a MTG player, but I’m visiting Japan and planning to buy one or two Japanese booster packs for a friend who is a player, as a souvenir, just for fun (his cards are English). Are booster packs in Japan mostly in Japanese? Or English?
They are usually both English and Japanese. It’s very rare that a store doesn’t have English as well as Japanese.
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I know you focused on mtg but did you see any pokemon in these shops being played? I’m picking a place to move too and I’d like some card shops nearby to play pokemon tcg
Yeah, I’d say about 60% have Pokemon cards. You should find cards in every other shop you visit, especially in the bigger cities. It’s not as big as Yugi oh and MTG, but there are a good number of stores that sell it
hI, i would like know where is the best place buy japanese foil cards.
Where will you be? It really all depends on what you’re looking for. The places with the largest selection will be Big Magic and Hareruya, but the prices are usually a little bit higher. Checking out other places like Tokyo MTG and the other stores might net you some good finds here and there though. I’d say that 80% of the stores I’ve listed on my website have foils you can look through. Amenity Dream and Hobby Station usually have decent selections too, but the price is really hit or miss.
Hi there. I’m from the US and will be traveling to Tokyo in April and would like to attend atleast one event while there. Any recommendations?
You best bet will be both Tokyo MTG near Suidobashi and Hareruya near Takadanobaba. Both have tournaments every day, but Tokyo MTG has more English staff which will be more comfortable for travelers who don’t speak much Japanese.
You can find various formats at both though, so I’d recommend checking out my listings for them or sending them messages on Twitter if you have questions (@TokyoMTG and @HareruyaEnglish)
Awesome. Thank you. I think I’ll be attending commander at mtg tokyo on the Wednesday I’m there. Just to decide which deck to pack
Perfect. I will be at tokyo mtg on April 12th for commander. My wife who speaks Japanese is leaving new to my own accord that evening. I’d be more then happy to buy you a pint after if you make it.
Don’t think I’ll be in Tokyo during that weekend, but if I can make it I’ll let you know
Hi. Can i ask if there is an japanese online magic shop other than hareruya that ship in the philippines? I work onboard a ship and have a 300mb of internet that why i cant read all you article to find one. Some card in hareruya are expensive or out of stock that why im finding other alternative.
Thank you very much
You can order from other websites but most of them are in Japanese. The only 2 I know that ship overseas are TokyoMTG.com and Hareruya.
Thank you very much sir!
Hey I am in the Atsugi area and was wondering if there was a good store in Yokohama or nearby me that has decent prices on sealed boxes. Thanks.
If you’re going to Yokohama I’d compare Full Conp, Mint, and Amenity Dream. I’ve usually gotten good prices from them.
Thanks for your work.
I have a huge VINTAGE collection including ALPHA P9 to sell. Any idea on how I could proceed?
The high market buyers will probably be Big Magic, Tokyo MTG, and Hareruya. Tokyo MTG has a buylist online you can read in English, but you’d probably have to go in person to the other stores and get a quote. If you time your selling to before the next eternal weekend in Japan you could probably make the most.
Is there any new updates for MTG stores. The card shop in Iwakuni closed and I’m looking for a closer one to visit. I already know of the stores in Hiroshima. Any help would be awesome!!!
I haven’t been to any stores in Kyushu/Chugoku area outside of Fukuoka and Kita Kyushu. If you find any in Hiroshima and want to do a write up on them it would help out my blog a lot!
There is a Yellow submarine card shop in Hiroshima and card a Hobby station. They both sell a mixture of different trading card games. I am not able to travel there and due to language barriers I haven’t tried to enter into any tournaments. I always find cards that are priced under TCG prices. I have attached links to the stores below.
If you check Magic the Gathering Saitama Japan on Facebook I am starting up a page for people who still want to play. It is hard times for everyone right now but we can still keep our community going even if it is playing online.
You’re welcome to join our Cardboard Samurai discord for players all around Japan if you want! You can find the link on my Twitch page if you want (TheJapanHobbyist), otherwise I can send you the link!