I know of a ton of good places to eat but it depends on your budget. If you can’t spend that much cash on food or would rather spend it on games you’re better off going to something like Yoshinoya or Matsuya because they’re cheap and filling. Bars/clubs… I used to go to Vanilla and Muse but I heard Vanilla closed down a long time ago but I dunno about Muse. I think most of SRK Japan will be able to help people coming to SBO out and/or hang out with them too. I’ll be coming in from Osaka so I’ll be down for chillin too.
How about the local Tokyo SRK guys “adopt” the US and EU guys, show them around the place and where they hang out to play games etc…much better in Tokyo with locals around than not, easier to order things in restaurants too
If you like Akihabara, then yeah, go to it, but it’s not a must if you’re really not looking for anything there, or if you have no interest. Depending on the game, the shinjuku and shibuya arcades might be better anyways.
Nintendo cultural retreat is in Kyoto, not near Tokyo/SBO at all. I haven’t been there so I can’t judge on whether it’s even worth visiting or not
For internet cafe’s, they’re decent if you’re looking for a place to sleep for cheap, however, if SBO weekend is the same as comiket weekend again, you’re not gonna be able to find one that isn’t booked unless you go in hella early. Just get a capsule hotel. If you really need to use the internet for an hour or so, they’re helpful, free drinks. I like them, but I can usually entertain myself without them. It’s mostly on a “if-i-need-to-use-one” basis, rather than somewhere you SHOULD go.
Arcades, duh. Depends on the game you wanna play. The main arcade for Guilty Gear is way diff than the main arcade for say, TvC, i’m sure. Hey is good, but not necessarily the absolute best. I remember I was in Akihabara and went to HEY to play Arcana, and I got a 24 win streak with a side character. As far as competition goes, that was pretty weak, I’d have to say. The good players were probably at Joybox.
Nintendo house - it’s a friggin building and it’s nowhere near anything. See that picture? Wow, you saw it, you didn’t need to waste money going to see a building. Cool. Next.
Super Potato - See Akiba, if youre into retro stuff, it’s cool, but if you have no interest in retro games, then don’t waste your time.
Game Store Warehouse - If you’re looking for a game, just go to Akihabara if you’re there anyways. SE Tokyo is kinda near the SBO place, but prolly a decent detour for one store with high prices (as the article said).
8 bit cafe - That seems like it might be interesting. I’ve never been there, so I would ask the Tokyo people if they recommend it.
Sony Showroom - That’s up to you, I don’t personally see the appeal.
Not that it’s a bad list, but you’re better off just asking the SRK Tokyo/Japan crew where the best places to go are depending on what you want to do.