Light Up Your Imagination - 10 Fantastic Anime Museums in Japan

Anime is arguably Japan's biggest cultural export. From Doraemon and Sailor Moon to Naruto and One Piece, anime characters have swept the world and created a strong global fandom. 

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Are you one of anime fans? We have good news for you! As the birthplace of anime, Japan has some of the most exciting anime museums you can visit. Check out the list below!

1. Ghibli Museum

Located in the famed Inokashira Park in Mitaka, suburban Tokyo, Ghibli Museum showcases famous characters and sets from Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki. Meet Totoro and other related exhibits including the Catbus, toys, sketches, and even a sit-in café selling Ghibli-themed cakes and beverages. 

2. Fujiko F. Fujio Museum

Also known by fans as the Doraemon Museum, this adorable museum is located in Kawasaki. Fujiko F. Fujio Museum features life-size models of Doraemon characters, miniatures of Nobita's house, and also other films developed by Fujiko such as P-Man. Don't forget to try some dorayaki and other Doraemon-themed dishes in their café.

3. Toei Animation Gallery

If you're a fan of Dragon Ball, Sailor Moon, or One Piece you shouldn't miss this place. Toei Animation is the leading company behind these legendary anime series, and you can see their history in the gallery located in Nerima. Please notice that their information text is mainly in Japanese only. 

4. Sanrio Puroland

It's actually a theme park filled with all the cute characters from Sanrio such as Hello Kitty, Cinamoroll, Gudetama, My Melody, and Keroppi. Located in Tama New Town, the indoor theme park features rides, live shows, souvenir shop, and also Sanrio-themed café. 

5. Tokyo Pokemon Center

There are at least 14 Pokemon Centers in Japan, 5 of them are located in Tokyo. They are located in Nihonbashi Takashimaya, Ikebukuro Sunshine City, Tokyo Sky Tree Town Solamachi, Shibuya PARCO, and a Pokemon Store at Tokyo Station. Catch them all!

6. Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum

Meet the legendary characters created by Osamu Tezuka such as Astro Boy and Kimba the White Lion that paved the way for the global success of Japanese anime. Located in Takarazuka-city where Osamu spent his childhood, the museum is dedicated to Osamu's work and legacy. 

7. Gundam Front

Stare at the "life size" statue of Gundam Robot in front of Diver City Tokyo in Odaiba. Then go straight to seventh floor to explore the world of giant robots at Gundam Front. This permanent exhibition is divided into five different zones with unique experience for Gundam fans.

8. Conan Town

Take a trip to Tottori and visit the Detective Conan-themed town of Hokuei. As the hometown of Gosho Aoyama, Hokuei has been rebranded as Conan Town. You can stop by at the Conan-themed station and see the Gosho Aoyama Manga Factory with models of Detective Conan's characters.

9. Ishinomori Manga Museum

The museum located in Miyagi is dedicated to Shotaro Ishinomori, the creator of Kamen Rider and Cyborg 009. The UFO-shaped building displays some of the original drawings, posters, toys, and also the process of animation production. 

10. Museum of Attack on Titan

Come to Hajime Isayama's hometown of Hita in Oita Prefecture to see the giant creatures that haunt the world. Don't miss the statue of Captain Levi in Hita Station, original sketches of Hajime, and the iconic scene of Eren, Mikasa, and Armin at Oyama Dam.  

Which one do you want to visit? If you know other interesting anime museums in Japan, don't hesitate to tell us in the comment section.

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