1. Ghibli Museum
Studio Ghibli is the best anime production film studio in Japan, which released numbers of award winning films, such as “My Neighbour Totoro”, “Princess Mononoke” and “Spirited Away”.
Its one and only museum is located in Mitaka, Tokyo, which can be accessed within 30 mins from Shinjuku Station.
Visitors must purchase tickets in advance which can be booked online. The last minute booking is usually hard to make as it’s pretty popular and only limited number of visitors can enter at once. So make sure to book your tickets in advance or some website provide last minute booking service if you haven’t got enough time.
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2. Fujiko·F·Fujio Museum
Fujiko F Fujio is the creator of the long-beloved Japanese manga/animation, DORAEMON, and his museum is located in Kawasaki, just outside of Tokyo. Fujiko F Fujio Museum a.k.a. DORAEMON Museum exhibits numbers of precious works of Fujiko, mainly DORAEMON and its original artworks and short films. English guide is also available.
The museum can be entered only with an advance reservation, so make sure to purchase tickets in beforehand.
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3. Pokemon Center MEGA Tokyo
Pokemon has been one of the most popular things on the planet for a couple of decades. It’s still pretty fresh in our memories that the whole world had gone crazy about Pokemon Go lately.
Pokemon Center is an official Pokemon store offering games and merchandise which every Pokemon fans would wish for, and currently located at 12 locations in Japan including three in Tokyo. Pokemon Center MEGA Tokyo is the biggest store located in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, and there is another store at Tokyo Skytree. In 2018, Pokemon Center TOKYO DX has opened in Nihonbashi, Tokyo with their first permanent Pokemon Cafe. (Related article: Tokyo’s New Pokemon Cafe is Opening in 2018)
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One of most popular districts in Tokyo, Akihabara is known as the paradise for electronic products and geek culture. They say anything related to Otaku culture can be found in Akihabara such as Anime, Gaming, Manga, figures, underground idols,etc. Stores like Mandarake and Animate are hugely popular as a wide variety of product range and many rare items can be found. (More info: Akihabara : 11 Best Things to Do in 2019)
Join a local guide tour “Anime and Gaming Adventure Tour in Akihabara” by Magical Trip to see the best highlights of Akihabara in a half-day! Explore the deep world of game and anime culture of Akihabara, and visit one of the famous Maid Cafes!
5. Nakano Broadway
Maybe it’s lesser known among foreigners, but just like Akihabara, Nakano is a popular area in Tokyo among Otaku and underground sub culture lovers. Nakano Broadway is a main hub of the area, which is a large shopping complex which houses numbers of shops including the famous Manga store, Mandarake, offering manga and anime related items. If you have already been to Akihabara, and could not get enough, Nakano Broadway is definitely your next stop. Nakano area is not far from Shinjuku area, only a few stops by train from JR Shinjuku Station. (More info: Nakano Broadway: Another Mecca for Japanese Pop and Sub Cultures)
If you are interested in the deep Otaku culture in Nakano area and keen on exploring hidden spots in this neighbourhood, I’d strongly recommend you to join the local guided tour! The “Visit Nakano Broadway, Home of Anime” tour by OTOMO offers an amazing half-day trip in Nakano area. Get into the core Otaku culture of Nakano by exploring manga, anime and gaming shops, and stop by local eatery for snack and drink! Check the link below for more details about the tour and use the discount code “50WYT3RA” to get 20% off only for my readers 🙂
6. TOKYO ONE PIECE TOWER
In the past two decades, ONE PIECE has become the best selling manga series in the history with over 430 million copies sold worldwide and the series is still on going.
One Piece’s only theme park, TOKYO ONE PIECE TOWER is located at the foot of Tokyo Tower. The indoor park offers various kinds of ONE PIECE themed attractions as well as live shows, special events, themed cafe & restaurants and shops. ONE PIECE fans can easily spend a whole day without getting bored.
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7. J-WORLD TOKYO
J-WORLD TOKYO is an indoor theme park by Shonen Jump, which is a best selling weekly comic magazine in Japan and has released numbers of famous manga, most notably, Dragonball, One Piece and NARUTO.
Numbers of themed attractions, photo spots, cafes, restaurants and shop as well as special events are available. It’s located at Ikebukuro Sunshine City.
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8. Odaiba Gundam
Gundam is one of most popular animations in Japanese history, which originally started its broadcast nearly 40 years ago.
The gigantic statue of Gundam has been standing in front of DiverCity Tokyo as a symbol of Odaiba area. The current statue is a second model which is replaced in 2017, called Unicorn Gundam. Next to the statue, there is a Gundam themed cafe offering special food and beverage in Gundam theme. (More info about Odaiba area: Odaiba : 8 Best Things to Do in 2019)
9. Sanrio Puroland
Hello Kitty, Rilakkuma, Pompompurin, etc.. Sanrio has created numbers of characters beloved in Japan and abroad. Sanrio Puroland is their one and only amusement park where visitors can enjoy themed attractions, games, shows, shops and restaurants. Several seasonal events are held through the year such as Halloweens and Christmas and you can find your favourite characters in special costumes as well as limited goods. (More info: Sanrio Puroland : Hello Kitty and Sanrio Characters Theme Park in Tokyo!)
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10. Tokyo Disney Resort
When we talk about animations, we can not just ignore the biggest animation studio in the whole world. Tokyo has two Disney themed parks: Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea which are located next to each other in Tokyo Disney Resort. Even if you are not fan of animation or Disney production, the park is absolutely entertaining. Numbers of themed attractions from roller coasters to kids-friendly rides, shops and restaurants are located in the spacey parks, and special events and shows are hosted through the year.
▼Event Schedule of Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea in 2020▼
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