Tokyo Visit - Any Suggestions?

I am fortunate enough to be taking a trip to Tokyo soon.

Any recommendations for any must-visit *watch* related activities in the city?

My itinerary so far:

  • The Seiko Museum, Ginza - as a massive Seiko fan, this is essential
  • A bunch of On-Time and Move watch stores, to have a look at  Q&Q SmileSolars, hat tip to @Guyllheaume  
  • Mizutani Camera - great used watch store, as recommended by @cabarbhab
  • Mix of cheap and higher-end watch stores in Ginza, with a focus on JDM Seikos


Anything other suggestions for watch-related things to do?

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@Fieldwalker should have some great suggestions for you!

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You should go to Ginza to the Seiko factory and museum, they give a guided tour and a view of the creation of their dials and also to the Holou bar where the inspirations of the cocktail time have been born.

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thx for your post! i will be in tokyo in february. cant wait for all the watches!

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Greatgaspiwrist

You should go to Ginza to the Seiko factory and museum, they give a guided tour and a view of the creation of their dials and also to the Holou bar where the inspirations of the cocktail time have been born.

I can't wait for the Seiko tour - I will be in heaven!  And having a cocktail in Ginza, whilst wearing a Cocktail Time watch will be hard to resist 👌

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spyhunter1

thx for your post! i will be in tokyo in february. cant wait for all the watches!

Same! Heads up, you need to book the Seiko museum in advance. You can book up 30 days in advance: https://museum.seiko.co.jp/en/use/

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I think Kurono just opened a showroom, i saw the post on Instagram, it's a must see if you have the occasion.

Maybe some JDM Citizen worth the look too. Have a nice trip mate !

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Guyllheaume

I think Kurono just opened a showroom, i saw the post on Instagram, it's a must see if you have the occasion.

Maybe some JDM Citizen worth the look too. Have a nice trip mate !

Brilliant suggestion - yes, I'll definitely visit Kurono as I will be in that area on one day.  And I'll be checking out all JDM watches. Thanks!

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I've been planning to visit Tokyo and learned that Nakano Broadway is the place for pre-owned watch shops. It's 20-30 min from Ginza by subway. I hope to find a couple JDM watches there: the Grand Seiko SBGE213 spring drive GMT and Seiko Giugiaro Riders chronograph. 

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Ah, brilliant - I didn't know that.  I've found it on the map and I'll get out there for some JDM shopping.  That's a good pair of watches - good luck with finding them.

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I suggest that you buy as many watches as you can before the yen gains any more strength against the dollar.

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Yup Nakano is bonkers , it‘s shitty and gross and feels like you’re suddenly in a very grubby part of Asia.

It’s still worth one trip: get off at Nakano station and walk North into the nasty mall.  Walk past first 10 watch shops until you get into the high density of nicer shops in the Multi story building. 

Literally about 50 grey dealers and you’ll finds lots of stuff 20 to 40% off.  Also, if your kid likes Pokémon - Japan has no fake cards and you can buy bulk cards at Nakano if you have a Pokémon expert with you 

bring passport with you for buying tax free 

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The museum of nature and science at Ueno has a big watch and clock section, and Ueno is an interesting area to explore 

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The magic clock at Shinbashi is from Howl’s moving Castle, a Ghibli Classic.  Puts on shows every couple hours that are fantastic 

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Ginza has dozens of excellent watch shops that are fun to wander through.  Type watch into google maps and go bonkers

4 Seiko and 2 GS shops in about 300m square 

The GS Wako store is iconic and  sometimes has info sessions and experts give presentations.  It’s also just fun to browse 

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plannerphil

I've been planning to visit Tokyo and learned that Nakano Broadway is the place for pre-owned watch shops. It's 20-30 min from Ginza by subway. I hope to find a couple JDM watches there: the Grand Seiko SBGE213 spring drive GMT and Seiko Giugiaro Riders chronograph. 

Nakano isn’t especially JDM, it’s more international and Swiss. Tons and TONS of Rolex dealers.  But the cheap rent generally means it’s got the best prices on all watches there.  They don’t have new stock but do have lots of interesting and unique watches.

Jack and Betty was my favourite 

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Yodobashi Camera is riot as well 

Often has fantastic prices as well.  You might get some other fun things while you’re there, I got an amazing backpack for work