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Model Railway Shops in Osaka

To make the guesswork easier, here's a list of terms that should help you on your never-ending-search-to-find-model-trains. To translate things, use Google Translate. To convert from Romaji, Hiragana, Katakana or Kanji use J-Talk's Kanji Converter

English Romaji Hiragana Kanji
Train resshya れっしゃ 列車
Electric Train denshya でんしゃ 電車
Steam Train kishya きしゃ 汽車
Diesel Train kidoushya きどうしゃ 気動車
Model mokei もけい 模型
Model Train mokei resshya もけい れっしゃ 模型列車
Railway Model tetsudou mokei てつどう もけい 鉄道模型
Gauge geeji ゲージ --
Shop shoppu/mise ショップ/みせ
?-Shop ?-ya ?-屋

Den Den Town, Osaka

Poppondetta (ポポンデッタ) (A)

One of the most well-known Osaka hobby shops. A place you simply must visit. Has everything.
(Note that there Tsurumi shop is closed!)

Super Kids Land (スーパーキッズランド本店) (B)

A large toy department store with a floor dedicated to model railways. A good selection of HO-scale too!

Hobby Land Pochi (ホビーランドぽち) (C)

A cute little shop with a good selection of consists. Also a good bargain-bin for second-hand items. Note that they will be graded from A-D where D is quite broken!

Volks Osaka Showroom(ボークス 大阪ショールーム) (D)

Another toy department store; you'll find the trains on level 6.

Shinsekai

Rail Workshop Higeshin (レール工房ひげしん)

A small store on the north-west corner of Shinsekai. I walked in and couldn't communicate, but there's glass cabinets of nice stock, both N and HO. The owner is usually there building models as well. Seems to have a 'club' atmosphere with regulars often hanging around to chat to the owner.
Note that Shinsekai is a relic of Osaka, planned/built as the 'suburb of the future' back from 1903.
Address: 大阪市浪速区恵美須東1-22-1

Uehommachi (East Osaka)

Ikoma (いこま工房)

There's a good story behind this shop. I visited it in 2010 with a friend from university; her uncle actually works there. Back then the shop was south-east of Kintetsu Osakauehonmachi Station and it was a confusing walk from the station to get to it. The shop was small, full of glass cabinets and cutting boards. It had a great selection of N-scale and HO, specialising in paper kits. I remember that there were a lot of full N-scale sets, some 'custom made' and painted to prototypical awesomeness. I bought a DE10 and a set of passenger cars, beautifully detailed.

The shop has now moved here and, although I haven't been back since it moved, it seems to be a bigger and better presence with full layouts for demonstrations. It also seems a lot easier to get to!

Umeda

Hobby Land Pochi (Umeda) (A)

Haven't been to this one, but can only imagine it's just like its brother in Den Den Town.

Yodobashi Camera (B)

Another department store... trains are somewhere up near the 4th level. I always end up going here since it's so close to Osaka Station and I can send my friends to other levels if they don't want to check out trains.

Mach mokei (マッハ模型) (C)

This shop actually seems to be pronounced ma-ha mokei; but for some reason they've translated that to 'mach'.

Shinosaka

Shinosaka Model Trains (新大阪模型)

Right outside the East Entrance of Shinosaka Station, but still quite hidden... would've walked past the entrance 40-odd times, never noticed it! Therefore haven't visited and will need a review!

Awaza

Hanakawa (North-East)

Hobby Land Pochi (Hanakawa)

Haven't been to this one, but can only imagine it's just like its brothers.

Toyonaka (North)

Ichifuji Model Shop

Review to come....

Takastuki

Recycle Shop (Ryouhin Kaikan) (HobbyDo!)

I accidently stumbled across this shop. I'd bought a bike for my 4-week stay in Shinosaka and had been riding east towards Kyoto. The Tokaido main line and Shinkansen are both out that way and can be seen up quite close. Anyway, this shop is walking distance from JR Takatsuki Station, but closer to Hankyu Takatsuki-shi Station. Head due-east from either and then north-east along 国道171号線 (Japan National Route 171).
The shop has a great selection of new and second hand goods. I especially loved rummaging through the box of B-Train Shorty odds-and-ends. It seems that they had many split up boxes of B-Trains and each component is individually priced. Just remember, when you get to the counter things always add up!

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Matsubara

Mokei-ya (Model Shop) (もけいや松原)

From the website, this place seems to have a lot of stock. Has anyone been!?

Kobe

Tamtam Hobbies (A)

(This used to be in Amagasaki, but that closed)
庫県神戸市東灘区青木1-2-34 サンシャインワーフ神戸1F

Hobby Land Pochi (Kobe) (B)

Haven't been to this one, but can only imagine it's just like its brothers in Den Den Town and Umeda.
2 Chome Sannomiyacho, Chuo Ward, Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan.

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  1. Thanks for these informations.
    I will soon go to Osaka (Chuo Ward) and I intend to bring some “souvenirs”. Without seeking specific model, where can I find the best price? In dedicated shops or on the shelves of department stores?
    Thanks again

    • Morbus,

      If you want brand new, then the price is usually the same in all stores. Sometimes you can get a discount at department stores.

      If you want second-hand (where the quality is usually 100% anyway), then check out Poppondetta and Hobby Land Pochi. Den Den Town is still my favourite area!

  2. Yodobashi Umeda – toys/trains are on B2 as of 2 Jun 2017. Thanks! Good to have found this site/article


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