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Board game cafe, Asobi Cafe opened in Jimbocho in April 2016. The store has a wide collection of about 750 types of board games collected from all over the world. Even beginners who have never played board games can rest assured that the expert staff will explain the rules. You can play games that suit your taste, from games with simple rules to speed contest games, and games to enjoy word play like Ogiri.
addressHorii Building 1F/2F, 1-32-42, Kanda-Jimbocho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
business_hourWeekdays 5:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)
Saturdays, Sundays, and National holidays 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:30 pm)
access・2-minute walk from Subway "Jimbocho Sta." Exit A5
・7-minute walk from JR "Suidobashi Sta."
Open all year round
Weekdays: Store entry charge 500 yen + game play fee 500 yen per hour
(1 hour game play is free if you order 1 drink or food)
Saturdays, Sundays, and National holidays: Daytime 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm Evening 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
2,000 yen (1 drink included)
In addition, a 3-hour course or 1-hour use is also possible
There are 5 tables on the 1st floor and 6 tables on the 2nd floor, which can seat up to 60 people. All seats on the first floor are sofas, so you can enjoy playing games while relaxing. The owner Ms. Date says, "There are many people come to the board game cafe, Asobi Cafe by themselves. In addition, there are also some inexperienced board game players who are brought here by experienced ones. If two people come, we will check if they want to share a table or not and then show them the games."
Apparently, Ms. Date herself is someone who was invited by a friend to play board games and got absolutely fascinated by them. "I came across a German board game called 'Catan' and realized the fun of board games. It's a game where you cultivate an island while collecting resources, but there are rules that allow you to exchange resources through negotiations. I really used my head, and it was a revolutionary experience for me."
Among the abundant variety of games, the most requested is a board game that looks like the title of a novel, "I'll give you the words of the proposal I just thought of." It is a romantic game where you think about words for a proposal by combining the words written on the cards in your hand. It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience you can only have with this board game.
The board game cafe Asobi Cafe, also features a special food menu for you to enjoy. The most popular is the 'Taiwanese Lu Rou Fan Braised Meat Ricebowl' (950 yen on weekdays/900 yen on Saturdays and Sundays), which has an authentic style, that reproduces local flavors using Taiwanese seasonings. 'Asobi Cafe Special Keema Curry' (900 yen on weekdays/800 yen on Saturdays and Sundays), which is made by thoroughly stewing tomatoes and onions to bring out the sweetness of the vegetables, is a dish that gets people addicted once they eat it and brings them back again and again. In addition, there are also light meals and sweets, so you can play games while filling your stomach according to your situation.