- Anonymous10 years agoFavorite Answer
You see, Pachinko isn't gambling. (wink-wink) You don't get money for all those little balls. They give you all sorts of stuff. The one thing I remember the most was a package of lighter flints. Oh, aren't THEY useful!!!! Oh, but go outside the pachinko shop and there is this little booth. They just happen give you money for those lighter flints you just won. (wink-wink) But it is not gambling. That's illegal.
- michinoku2001Lv 710 years ago
No, aside from pachinko the hard-core gamblers in Japan seem to be at the bicycle track. Besides the bicycles there are boat, motorcycle and of course horse races to bet on. I don't think the government will go in for casino gambling because it is just going to take away from the handle at the tracks.
- 10 years ago
Well, kind of. There are these Pachinko parlors everywhere, which are a lot like slot machines except they require a little bit of skill. You win these metal balls that can then be traded in for prizes at the front desk of the parlor. Then, you go around the corner, and sell the prize for money. I think you might be able to sell the balls for money too. Anyway, although it's not technically gambling any more than getting tickets at a ski-ball machine is, you can easily get cash for the prize. I really doubt there are any Pachinko parlors that don't have a store next to them where you can convert your winnings to cash.
- Japan AustraliaLv 710 years ago
There are no real casinos like we have in the west, but a form of gambling called Pachinko is extremely popular. Pachinko is a form of gambling that involves dropping little steel balls into a machine. It is extremely popular among middle aged Japanese men. Prizes are awarded depending on where the little steel balls land. Pachinko is worth giving a try just for the unusual experience alone, but be aware because most pachinko parlours are full of ear splitting noise and a toxic cloud of nicotine smoke.Source(s): Japan Australia Blog http://japan-australia.blogspot.com/2010/10/amusem...
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- Anonymous10 years ago
It is illegal to gamble in Japan.
There are entertainment outlets that might have casino style games, but you cannot win money as an objective. There are no "real" casinos in the sense of Las Vegas.
- 10 years ago