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Pon! Himeji Ekimae Store – Enjoy over 750 capsule toy machines |What will come out of the little capsules?

“Pon! Himeji Ekimae Store” is a 5-minute walk from JR Himeji Station. It is a capsule toy store located in a corner of Omizo-suji Shopping Arcade. Insert coins into the vending machine, turn the rotary lever, and a capsule with a small toy falls out. What will come out of the little capsules? The capsules are full of “excitement” and “surprise” as you do not know what is inside until you open the capsule.

・Directions to “Pon! Himeji Ekimae Store”

<Train> 5 minutes’ walk from JR Himeji Station

“Pon! Himeji Ekimae Store” is a 5-minute walk from the North Exit of JR Himeji Station. It is in the Omizo-suji Shopping Arcade on the east side of Miyuki Street, which leads in a straight line from the station to Himeji Castle. Enjoy sightseeing in the Omizo-suji Shopping Arcade has about 70 unique stores for lunch, dinner, souvenir shops, etc.

・The largest capsule toy machine specialty stores in Himeji

More than 750 capsule toy machines are lined up on the floor like a forest or a maze! In those machines are various products; figurines, knick-knacks, accessories and miniature toys. Once you find your favorite machine, prepare 100 yen at the exchange machine in the store and get started!

・Get several of the most popular figures!

『Capsule Toy』from 300 yen

The figurines range from popular Japanese anime such as “One Piece,” “Attack on Titan” and “Dragon Ball” to Marvel and Disney characters. More recently, a series of sleeping Pokémon from “Pokémon Sleep” game app is now available! Check out the lineup of seasonal products.

・High-end capsules with plastic models are popular!

『Premium Gashapon』1,500 yen each

The most popular item among foreigners is the premium capsule, which costs more than 2,000 yen. Inside are plastic models, such as “Ayanami Rei” from “Neon Genesis Evangelion,” which are surprisingly elaborate. Pre-painted, no other tools required. Just assemble the parts to complete the product.

・Unique Japanese miniature toys as souvenirs

『Capsule Toy』from 300 yen

Miniature toys like sushi and other Japanese foods, hanafuda (Japanese playing cards), daruma dolls, which symbolize Japanese culture are also great as souvenirs. Look for some of these unique products, such as rings of salmon roe, plums and other ingredients in onigiri-shaped cases.

・How to play

Prepare 100 yen for the price. Slowly insert the required number of coins into the machine, one at a time. Turn the handle to the right 360°. After confirming that the capsule has fallen, remove it from the extraction slot. There’s an information board with instructions on how to play. You can find staff at any time, so ask questions.

The prices are reasonable, starting at 100 yen, so you can try again and again until you get what you want. Check  their “X” account for new arrivals as they are updated on a regular basis.

The official X of “Pon! Himeji Ekimae Store”>>



Pon! Himeji Ekimae Store

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Arai Building 1F, 60, Higashiekimae-cho, Himeji, Hyogo
Business hours
Monday - Friday: 11:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Sunday and National Holidays: 10:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Admission free
Cash only
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This article is current as of Dec 8, 2023. It may differ from the latest information.