To me it looks like a mixture between a slot machine and pinball. I
played it once with a friend of mine, it's not that easy to win, I lost
just in a few minutes (well I only put in ¥1000 haha), it's somehow
amusing and fun to play, but the noise inside the game arcade are
usually very loud and I don't know why.
How to play?
When you put in some money, the machine will give you
some silver metal balls. You control the speed of the balls fired by
the machine using the power dial that can be turned up and down, and
target them to the catcher, when the digital screen spin and you get
three number for the jackpot, you win and can collect the balls to
change with prizes. You can then sell the prize outside the parlor, it
said that each ball worth around 4yen.
You probably notice that
most people that go there are man, it doesn't mean that it's only for
man because I went in there too, well I believe woman prefer to used the
money for shopping instead ^^
In Japan, gambling is not
allowed by Japan's law, so you won't be able to find Casino here for
amusement, but pachinko is officially not considered gambling, you can
find pachinko parlor all over Japan. As of 2011, there are about 12,480
pachinko parlors in Japan! The law says you have to be 18 to play
pachinko or slots, but this is rarely enforced.
Well, if you come to Osaka, give it a try at least once, and if you stay at IM Guest House in Momodani, Osaka, you can find 3 pachinko parlors near by!