My first visit to the Kato Hobby Center in the Shinjuku ward of Tokyo was in 1999. I went again in 2005 and both those times I took the Sebu-Shinjuku line from Shinjuku as I was not yet comfortable with the subway system. This required a bit of walking up hill from Araiyakushimae Station. The past couple of trips I used my shopping time to explore some the the hobby shops in other parts of town such as in Akihabara. On this trip I was aware that the shop had been complety rebuilt since the last time I have visited and was better than ever. Also I needed to find a replacement for a broken coupler on one of my Japanese Shinkansen trains so this was high on my list. By now being more comfortable with the subway system, I took the subway this time only needing one transfer.
It's a short walk on level ground from exit A1 of the station to the Kato store.
This was an entirely new building since the last time I had been here. Only the railcar in front is the same.
As these seem to be positioned in the aisle by part number, it's helped that I had the part numbers for what I wanted written down.
As they did with the old shop, there are also operating N scale and HO scale layouts. I will show something of that in my next post.