Tucked away in a basement in Roppongi (easily the sleaziest neighborhood I went to in Tokyo, as it's the one that caters to foreigners) lies Hollow Point, a bar with a twist. Sure, you can get drinks and bar food here, but down at the end of the narrow space is a shooting gallery. You can rent any number of realistic-looking air guns (ranging from pistols with laser sights, like the one I'm using, to big semi-automatic and automatic rifles), buy a clip or three, and go to town on either the bottles set up or a zombie-headed target. Who knew that drinking and shooting guns would be such a fun combo?
Japan has very restrictive gun laws, so you probably won’t even see one on a police officer while you’re here. If you get nostalgic for more heavily armed locales, there’s always HollowPoint. The only bar of its kind in Japan, HollowPoint let’s customers fire up in their special shooting range. Not to worry though, they’re just air guns, so they can’t do much damage. You’ll also get to choose from various targets to go all Jack Bauer on, including empty cans.
It’s pretty much a dream come true. Beer, not too badly priced for Roppongi. Rockin’ ’70s and ’80s music. And guns. That’s right. A childhood passion for toy models gave Yoshihisa Takahashi the idea for a new Roppongi bar about six years ago. To stand out from the legions of other bars in the area, he thought man’s fascination with guns, and especially the kinds that go “pop,” would be a nice niche.
For some expats, the lack of guns and violence in Japan can be really unsettling. And for Japanese office workers, being limited to shooting off at the mouth when drinking can only relieve so much stress. So Hollow Point has combined the American fascination with firearms and the Japanese passion for alcohol in a safe environment. The establishment could pass for a typical bar, except for the guns on the walls and posters of icons like Dirty Harry.