Our recent trip to Japan was filled with all sorts of historical and modern adventures. One such adventure was kind of a silly one, but while we were in Kyoto we decided to seek out the original Nintendo headquarters. There was nothing to do there, nor at the current Nintendo headquarters, but the challenge appealed to me and the nerdiness appealed to Jaiman, so on we went!
We referenced this blog post "How to Track Down Nintendo's Original Kyoto Headquarters" which made it seem relatively straight-forward, especially because we were able to plug in coordinates from this post to get it on Google Maps. However, in trying to take a bus to the proximity, we went the wrong way around a loop and then got off at the wrong bus stop, and we spent an excessive amount of time wandering the streets in the wrong area. Not hard to do, when so much is in Kanji and we're in an unfamiliar city. (Note: On the day of said adventure, I was positive that Google had led us to a bus stop that didn't exist. In reviewing the maps and pictures to write this, I see now that the stop that Google had listed was in fact on the route, so I can no longer blame Google for our wandering.)
We left from Green Rich Hotel and took the 205 bus line. As I mentioned, we went the wrong way; having crossed the street to get to that bus stop. I think the bus stop right outside that particular hotel is the correct one to go the right way. So we should have gone 6 stops according to Google Maps, but the stop was listed only in Kanji for us on the map. The name in Romanji is Kawaramachi Shomen.
Instead, we got off at Nanajo Kawaramachi. The stop before it would have been Shiokoji Takakura. (Going the wrong direction, the Kawaramachi Shomen was the one before where we got off; based on Google that stop would have worked too.)
If you go this route, head in the same direction as the bus was going (which should be north if you went the correct way). At this corner, turn left, as indicated by my pointing finger.
Cross this little bridge and keep going straight.
Pretty soon, you should see this cute little unassuming building.
Bam! There's the place! If you're having trouble finding it, and you have GPS, enter these coordinates into Google Maps: 34.99168, 135.76628
For the record, we also went to the current Nintendo Headquarters. Nothing to do at either place but stand outside and take pictures. Might I recommend that you try to top my Mario jump pic? (In all fairness, I was still very sore from a hike we had done in Miyajima, so jumping itself was incredibly painful, let alone moving into the strange position in mid-air.)