Best Anime and Manga Museums in Japan

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Doraemon, well known Japanese blue kitten is the star of the museum Kawasaki (Tokyo).

Doraemon, well known Japanese blue kitten is the star of the museum Kawasaki (Tokyo).

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Mazinger Z watches over the exhibition of storyboards, sketches, and original celuloides.

Front of the Ghibli Museum

Front of the Ghibli Museum

Tezuka Osamu Manga Museum

Tezuka Osamu Museum

Top Anime and Manga Museums

Manga and anime play a huge part in Japanese culture, and you can see its influence in everyday life throughout Japan. As a consequence, there are many museums dedicated to an artist, studio, and others with broader collections throughout the country. If you're a fan of Japanese anime and manga, here are our top museums to visit on your trip.

Fujiko F. Fujio Museum - Also known as the Doraemon Museum

Located on the outskirts of Kawasaki, the Fujiko F. Fujio Museum is dedicated to the work of Fujiko F. Fujio (the pen name of the artist Fujimoto Hiroshi). Doraemon is his most famous character, which he created under the name Fujiko Fujio, with his partner Motoo Abiko.

The museum includes Fujiko F. Fujio's original work, including Doraemon as well as his other series, a manga reading room, and a theatre that shows exclusive videos. After the visit, you can rest at the museum cafe, where there are lots of Doraemon themed dishes on the menu and a great gift shop.

  • Official website
  • Address: 2-chome 8-1 Nagao, Tama-ku, Kawasaki-city, Kanagawa Prefecture, 214-0023
  • Opening hours: 10 a.m - 6 p.m. Closed every Tuesday. 
  • Admission: Adults 1,000 JPY, Children 500 JPY

Ghibli Museum

One of the most popular attractions in Tokyo is the animation and art museum of Miyazaki Hayao's Studio Ghibli. The studio is well known for their feature films, including Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke and Ponyo, to name a few. The museum exhibits the history of the anime studio, has temporary exhibitions and a theatre showing some of the work from the studio. The museum also has a cafe, a roof garden, and a gift shop.

Due to its popularity, we would recommend getting tickets in advance to avoid disappointment. Tickets go on sale on the 10th of every month for the following month and sell out quickly. 

  • Official website 
  • Address1-1-83 Shimorenjaku, Mitaka-shi, Tokyo 181-0013
  • Opening hours: 10 a.m - 6 p.m. Closed every Tuesday.
  • Admission: Adults 1,000 JPY, Children (13-18) 700 JPY, Children (7-12) 400 JPY, Children (4-6) 100 JPY

Studio Ghibli Museum

Tezuka Osamu Manga Museum

This museum is dedicated to the work of the most famous manga artist, considered as the Godfather of Manga, Tezuka Osama. The creator of Japan's most iconic manga characters, Astro Boy. The museum is over three floors; there are permanent displays about the life and work of Tezuka Osama as well as temporary exhibits and a theatre showing his animation films. There is a cafe for a lunch break and a gift shop so you can pick up some Astro Boy souvenirs.

  • Official website
  • Address: 7-65, Mukogawacho, Takarazuka-shi, Hyogo, 665-0844
  • Opening hours: 9.30 a.m - 5 p.m. Closed every Wednesday. 
  • Admission: Adults 700 JPY Children 100 JPY


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The International Manga Museum in Kyoto, pause must for fans of pop culture.

The International Manga Museum in Kyoto, pause must for fans of pop culture.

Kyoto International Manga Museum

The Kyoto International Manga Museum is home to an extensive collection of manga, the majority are in Japanese, but there are also some available in English, French, Korean and Chinese. There are displays on the history of manga, as well as drawing demonstrations and workshops. You can even have your portrait drawn as a manga character.

  • Official website
  • Address: Kinbuki cho 452, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto city 604-0846
  • Opening hours: 10 a.m - 6 p.m. Closed every Wednesday. 
  • Admission: Adults 800 JPY, Children 300 JPY

Toei Animation Gallery

The oldest animation studio in Japan, Toei Animation, has been home to some of Japan's most famous animators Akira Toriyama, Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata who have all previously worked here. This studio has produced some of the most well-known animation, such as Sailor Moon, Dragon Ball, and One Piece. Toei Animation Gallery is a small museum focuses on the company's history with exhibits of promotional posters, storyboards and animation cells of their work and has a gift shop for all your Toei souvenirs.

  • Official website
  • Address: 2 Chome-10-5 Higashioizumi, Nerima City, Tokyo 178-0063
  • Opening hours: 10 a.m - 5 p.m. Closed every Monday.
  • Admission: Free

Suginami Animation Museum

Located in the Suginami area of Tokyo, considered the home of anime in Japan, this small museum is where you can find out more about the history of anime in Japan. In the permanent exhibition, there are life-size figures of popular characters, work from anime studios, a library of anime films, and temporary exhibits. Audio guides are available in English and French. There are also some interactive displays, including a sound booth and an animation studio for you to try out.

  • Official website
  • Address: 3/F Suginami Hall, 3-29-5 Kamiogi, Suginami 167-0043
  • Opening hours: 10 a.m - 6 p.m. Closed every Monday. 
  • Admission: Free

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