Friday, July 1, 2016

Toy Shopping in Tokyo, Japan - Part 2 : Plarail Shop

This is the second part of our series on Toy Shopping in Tokyo.

After our visit to Tomica Shop, our next stop was Plarail Shop right next to it.  Tomica and Plarail are both made by Takara Tomy so it's no surprise they're right next to each other.  They actually even have playsets that let you connect them to each other via railroad crossings.



Similar to the Tomica Shop, the Plarail Shop carries almost the entire collection of their current models.  From complete playsets, to trains, to track pieces, and even miscellaneous collectibles like shirts, caps, towels, pens, socks and even shoes.
Great selection of Thomas & Friends trains at Plarail Shop
Great selection of Thomas & Friends trains at Plarail Shop

On there shelves was pretty much any Thomas & Friends engine and Chuggington train you can possibly want.  If you're not into the character trains, they also have a huge collection of replicas of actual trains - from the various JR trains, to Tokyo Metro, Keisei and Narita Express.

Track pieces at Plarail Shop
Track pieces at Plarail Shop
They also has what seemed like every track piece they ever produced.  If you're planning to expland your Plarail collection, this is definitely the place to get them.

Of course, like every other corner in Japan, they had capsule toys!

Capsule toys at Plarail Shop in Tokyo
Capsule toys at Plarail Shop in Tokyo

The display at the entrance of Plarail Shop
The display at the entrance of Plarail Shop

Various merchandise at Plarail Shop in Tokyo, Japan
Various merchandise at Plarail Shop in Tokyo, Japan



Plarail Shop in Tokyo Station
Plarail Shop in Tokyo Station


We weren't really planning to buy any of their playsets since we didn't want to lug them around at the airport. Plarail playsets have notoriously huge boxes, so we just got some trains instead.  We got a replica of Narita Express, the train we took from the airport to Shinjuku.  It was a wonderful replica complete with small details.  It also had a slight bonus of having variable speed, fast and normal.  It was the first time I saw this in a Plarail train.  We also got a Chuggington Die-cast and a few souvenir items.

Plarail Shop is located in First Avenue in Tokyo Station, Chiyoda, Tokyo Prefecture, Japan.






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