Pilgrimage to Nintendo HQ in Kyoto

So I’ve been a Nintendo fan for 30 years, and I’m in Kyoto for the first time. Well I have to go to Nintendo HQ don’t I?

First stop was very hard to find – the old (60s?) Nintendo HQ, buried in the backstreets of a now largely residential area of Kyoto.

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After a lot of Googling and research, I worked out it was somewhere near here, which was around 15 minutes walk from the apartment we were staying in.

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So we set off the next morning. After a lot of wandering in the freezing cold winter air, we found it!

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 A totally non-descript building, except for this:

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 And this:

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This was their playing card factory and distribution centre I believe, and I also believe it has stayed in company hands. It’s a fairly large ‘small business’ building.

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 I took a peek inside as well, clean but seemingly closed (it was a Friday).

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 So that done, off on another adventure. The next stop would be much easier to find. It was about 40 minutes walk away through residential and industrial areas, though we stopped in at a couple of temples

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Until it appeared…

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Mecca.

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A couple of blocks away, there’s also the new development centre:

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Not too much to see, you’re not allowed in either building. But they do have a nice big sign at the dev centre.

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Bonus: Konami HQ in Tokyo!

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