How old do you have to be to play Pachinko in Japan?

How old do you have to be to play Pachinko in Japan?

I have had mixed results on the web saying that kids can’t play and then on the same page saying they are tolerated. Please Help. Also what do they consider Kids?

Question asked by: Klakman

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4 comments

  1. Most places I see do not allow under 18 play.

    Under Japanese law one is considered a minor until 20, however from 18-20 is a grey area of sorts in Japan. Because like in the US, there are some things you can do at 18 and other things you can’t do until 21.

  2. I used to work at one of those pachinko parlors, and we do not allow persons of 18 or under. And I am sure this is pretty much the same every where. We were trained to ask the suspicious ones to verify their age.

    I guess you found somewhat of confusing results because we do not ask the customers to show their IDs when they enter. (Unlike the american casinos)
    So, how would they know if you are older than 18? I guess they wouldn’t, if you don’t look 18 or younger…..
    And we don’t go around asking their age in those pachinko parlors either…. so that’s your grey area.

  3. I agree with angledust on this one. Pachi employees don’t make a practise of asking for IDs so it’s going to be case by case. I think a lot of under 18 Japanese would think of pachinko as “dasai” in any case, so it’s not a big issue. Uni students go to the pachi, but often that’s because they have the leisure to go on shindai day when it’s said to be easy to win.

  4. It has to depend on where you go. Like the one I went before in Fukuoka, whoever can play it as long as it is still early. It would be better if parent is there. It is prohibited to underage people only after 5pm.

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