In Brazil we don't have a casino, many games of chance and slot machines are prohibited, but what about in Japan? Are there any casinos in Japan? Do we have something like Las Vegas in Japanese land?
Casino rooms are usually banned in Japan, the only means of betting we have in Japan are lotteries, horse racing, sports betting and the famous traditional pachinko.
At one time or another we've received some news that some billion dollar company is investing billions in casino resorts in Japan, but so far nothing has materialized between us.
In this article, we'll look at some alternatives that resemble casino rooms for those looking to play poker and other traditional games of chance for fun without putting their bank account at risk.
Pachinko are casinos, but not
When we talk about casinos in Japan the first thing that comes to mind are Pachinko, ball-operated slot machines, which can be exchanged for prizes, usually Otaku products.
The Pachinko are ubiquitous in Japan and are huge and well-publicized buildings, but they can't be called casinos, though many trade their marbles for cash in clandestine places.
The definition of casino in this article mainly refers to houses where we have games with craps, cards and poker, as well as slot machines that involve chips and money. We will not include pachinko in our guide, so we recommend reading our guide about pachinko to understand more.
Alternatives to Casino Lounges
Since casino gambling is banned in Japan, the only alternatives are clandestine forms or legal means of betting such as horse racing. Besides these you can play online casino via apps or websites.
There are hundreds of thousands of casino websites and apps, you can see a ranking of the most popular online casinos clicking here. It is noteworthy that it is necessary to be careful against possible Scams.
Another option would be to leave the country, you don't have to go far, you can take a cruise that usually has gaming rooms for betting money.
Pooljam Shinsaibashi and Luck 29
In the Chuo Region of Osaka we have two locations that can relive your Las Vegas experiences. pooljam is an amusement casino designed to simulate the Las Vegas experience here in Osaka. Poker is available every week.
Lucky 29 is the first foreign-owned casino and amusement bar in Kansai. Gambling is illegal in Japan and Lucky 29 does not promote any illegal activities.
It is a fun and relaxed learning space for people who would like to learn the rules, manners and customs of popular casino games.
As players cannot be awarded prizes, Luck 29 provides a unique environment for eating, drinking and playing. There is no need to play any games, but we organize daily Texas Hold' tournaments.
Most customers choose the 3000 yen all-you-can-eat beverage package and have a fun night out without breaking their bank account. What better?
Below is a list of other Casinos Bar in Japan:
- Umeda Casino Bar All In
- Casino Venus in Koto
Nagoya Guild Casino
In Nagoya there is a kind of coffee maid focused on casino games like poker and craps called Guild Casino. Dealers are dressed as maids and prepared to teach you how to play, prizes can be exchanged for food on site.
It can be a good experience for those who want to play cards and dice in Japan without having to visit a resort or play repetitive pachinko games.
Another location that resembles the Guild is called the Niigata Guild, where Dealers often wear sexy or traditional yukata clothing.
IR Gaming Institute JAPAN
“IRGIJapan is the only gaming school in Japan where you can learn the 'real' knowledge and skills used in real casinos, classes available in live English and Japanese.
The school was created by Hiroshi Katagiri who resells casinos in Japan, known as the best Japanese in Las Vegas, with over 15 years of experience in casino games and 8 years of experience teaching students.
The school is partnered with CEG, the largest gaming school in Las Vegas, upon graduation you can receive a certificate of completion from CEG as an IR professional.
illegal casino in japan
The license to operate cash games in Japan is quite strict and few resorts have such permission. This does not mean that the casino is in other parts of the country.
Yakuza is known for operating illegal casinos in Japan. In addition to traditional casino games, Mahjong is one of the most popular in arcades working in conjunction with Yakuza.
Another illegal gambling opportunity is offered by mobile gambling sites. There, Japanese players can play rock-paper-scissors and win cash prizes.
In 2010, the owner of one of these sites was arrested and confessed to earning more than US$ 1 million. Players purchased betting tickets for ¥315.
They could win ¥1,000 if they won three times in a row, while ¥10,000 was the prize for those who won five times in a row.