The Fujiko F. Fujio Museum located in Kawasaki City, is an art museum filled with the creations of the iconic mangaka, Hiroshi Fujimoto from Doraemon to Kiteretsu Daihyakka and so on. The most popular work is Doraemon, an influential series about a robotic cat from the 22nd century who travels back in the time to befriend a group of kids that is known around the world until today.
On the entrance, visitors are given a brief explanation of how the museum works. The museum is spread over three floors, starting with a very interesting and informative interactive history area.
There is also a theatre that plays a short Doraemon film at various times throughout the day, an outside play area with various life-size replicas of Doraemon comics and a cafe. There is also a manga reading room, several activity and play rooms.
There are a few life-size statues of Doraemon characters, that visitors can touch and take pictures with, are found outside around the museum grounds.
* NOTE: An excellent English audio guide is included with admission and has a lot of commentary on Fujiko's life and the various artwork on display.
The Museum can be accessed from Noborito Station, which is just along the Odakyu Odawara Line and the JR Nambu Line. In addition, you can take the shuttle bus that operates every 10-15 minutes between the station and the museum.
Moreover, the museum is about a 15-18-minute walk from either Mukogaoka Yuen Station on the Odakyu Odawara Line or Shukugawara Station on the JR Nambu Line.
The museum opens at 10:00 to 18:00. *Note that advance reservations is required. It is closed during Tuesdays (Wednesday if Tuesday falls as a National Holiday), December 29 to January 3. No closing day during Golden Week. Admission fee is 1000 Yen for adults, 700 Yen for 12-18 y/o, 500 Yen for 4-11 y/o and free admission for children under 4.
NOTE: Tickets are not sold at the museum and must be purchased in advance through the following:
- It can be bought from Lawson convenience store using their Loppi automatic ticket machines. A specific entry date and time is required when purchasing the ticket.
- Visitors can also purchase online and can be picked up at Lawson convinience store in Japan. This service is only available in Japanese.
- Alternatively, tickets can be purchased via Voyagin but cost considetrably more than the regular fee.
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