Japanese Lego Town Kits

Buildiverse custom Japanese Lego town
OMG, look at the minifigs!

If you don’t have someone on your list who would kill for one of these, you need new friends.

Buildiverse custom Japanese Lego town

These Lego kits for building your very own Japanese town populated by Japanese minifigs from all walks of life are hilariously accurate, and they keep delivering the delight, right down to the tiniest details. For example…

Buildiverse custom Japanese Lego town sushi stand kit
The tamago egg omelet sushi is tied with a strip of nori
Buildiverse custom Japanese Lego town crab restaurant kit
The legs of the big crab on the front of the building move, just like the animatronic ones on real crab restaurants
Buildiverse custom Japanese Lego town ramen stand kit
The delivery bike is parked right outside the ramen shop
Buildiverse custom Japanese Lego town thatched hut kit
The pickle shop has giant daikon radishes hanging out front
Buildiverse custom Japanese Lego town yakitori shop kit
The yakitori restaurant has a crate of empty beer bottles that hasn’t been picked up yet
Buildiverse custom Japanese Lego town tea shop kit
The tea shop has an old-fashioned roaster that has to be turned by hand by the ne’er-do-well husband as he sits in the sun and chats to everyone walking by

These are just a few of the ones someone I know binge-bought (possibly not even as a gift DON’T JUDGE) but there are lots more. All the individual kits come with random minifigs (even if they’re not shown).

Buildiverse custom Japanese Lego town cherry tree viewing kit
And in case you’re still not convinced that these are the perfect authentic gift for your Japanophile, they even give you extra pink petal Legos so you can celebrate the end of cherry blossom season when they start to fall!

These awesome kits are the creation of UK company Buildiverse, but lucky for us, they ship worldwide. All photos are from their website.

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14 thoughts on “Japanese Lego Town Kits

      1. I bought a few pokemon dioramas that you put together yourself, for my nephew in Akiba, took them to him in Australia and tried to put them together but the instructions were in Japanese, haha what a fail that was! Thy costed a lot too, next time will get him something else 😉

      2. Arg, so sorry to be so slow here! And arg, the pitfall of Japanese instructions (><;;) Lego are usually OK, because the international standard is to use illustrations instead of words, but many a thrilled buyer of Japanese products has been dismayed when they got it home and couldn't use the #$%^#@%# things because there were no English instructions. I have high hopes for the Japanese town set, though, because the company that makes them is actually British, and although I know that I speak a primitive form of American English, I can usually decipher directions!

  1. But wait, these aren’t Lego kits … Lego is a company and these have nothing to do with said company …

    1. I’m so sorry to have disappointed you—I get your point. I’m a Japan writer who loves building Lego, not the other way around, but if I were a Lego fan first, I’d be annoyed by that inaccuracy too. But maybe you can help me with this? Lego is one of those things—like Kleenex and Google—that is now universally used to mean its whole category, even though when I type it with a small “L” to indicate it’s not the brand name product, it gets auto-corrected. Using a small “L” is also a little jarring when reading, because “lego” doesn’t immediately read as an understandable word. Would adding a few sentences at the end of the post clarifying that this is Lego-adjascent, not actual Lego, help? How would you handle it?

    1. Yikes, thank you for telling me! I do want to warn people about this! Was there a way to detect the higher price Aliexpress part before making the order, or was it an unpleasant surprise when you got charged more?

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