I’ve found the following on a dozen trivia websites:
The Tokyo World Lanes Bowling Center is the largest bowling establishment in the world. It has 252 lanes and one very tired pinsetter.
I was interested in seeing a picture of the place (which some of the sites say has now shut down) since I spent many nights working and bowling at a 40 lane house and the biggest bowling center I’ve ever been in was 72 lanes.
Does/did this place really exist or is it just urban legend created by some trivia site that’s been repeated all over the place?
Alright, I found a thing saying that “Nagoya Toyo Bowl” was the largest ever in Japan at 240 lanes. I don’t get the feeling that it exists anymore. Apparently there was a “Bowling Boom” at some point in time.
This is just from some random posts to a bulletin board though. They also say that there was (supposedly) some place in the US at one time that had over 200, and a rumor of a 252 place in Tokyo.
I wish someone could find pictures of this place…or even some of the others mentioned.
I know there was a huge bowling boom in Asian countries about 10-15 years ago. It quickly went out of style bankrupting most of the bowling alleys.
A few years back, we bought 22 almost-brand-new AMF pinsetters from Korea where these new state of the art bowling centers had opened and closed within a year. Even after being removed, put into those big intermodal containers and brought to the US and then installed, it cost about 1/4 what AMF would’ve charged us for brand new machines.
The 141 lane record-holder that someone mentioned interests me…what’s with the odd lane? I’ve heard of “stub lanes” being installed…basically an odd lane used by the pro shop so that people can test the drilling of their balls.