Please check my "Card Shops in Japan" page before planning a trip to this store to verify that it's still where it was when I visited.
I've written recently about several stores that are a bit of a haul away from central Tokyo. This post is about two stores in the heart of Tokyo - Shibuya specifically. The two stores are Mint Shibuya and Card Fanatic.
I will admit up front that I didn't spend a lot of time in either store. I went to Shibuya on a Saturday night and it was packed with people. I had low expectations for both stores and the crowds just made me want to check out the two stores quickly and then get out of the area. So treat this post as more of a "here's where these stores are" post rather than a "here's what to expect at this store" post.
Mint Shibuya is located just west of Shibuya Station on Bunkamura Dori. It's on the second floor of a building with a store called Mevius on the street level*. It's basically an upscale "mall store" featuring mostly recent releases and hits. It also has a large selection of gaming cards - especially Magic - The Gathering. One unique feature of the store is that it contains a bar - so you can order a drink while you bust boxes or play trading card games.
*I didn't get a picture of the outside of the building because I was a bit confused as to where the shop was at first and the crowded sidewalk wasn't helping. And there was some sort of repair/refurbishing being done to the outside of the building next door which kind of added to the confusion.
The store takes credit cards. I feel I should mention that this was the 14th and final Mint store that I visited in on this trip.
Here's a map showing the store's location:
Card Fanatic is located on Meiji Dori to the south and east of Shibuya Station about a half mile from Mint Shibuya. It is an area that is mercifully much less crowded than the area immediately around the station. The store is located on the third floor of another building that features a Mevius store on the first floor:
Here's the store entrance:
It's the larger of the two stores although it doesn't have a bar. My impression was that the store carried more cards from the US than it did from Japan. The store also seemed to be the only one I saw that carried memorabilia other than cards - they had figurines and autographed photos, balls and jerseys. I don't think any of the memorabilia was for NPB players though - mostly NBA and European soccer stuff along with some Shohei Ohtani MLB items. They take credit cards.
Here's the obligatory map showing their location: