Best Anime and Manga Attractions in Japan

Kyoto Manga Museum

Kyoto Manga Museum ©kento.ikeda/Flickr

Children probably associate Japan with the land of anime and manga. Nowadays these are important parts of Japanese art and culture. The term ‘manga’ refers to the comics created in Japan or in Japanese language. ‘Anime’ usually refers to the animated version of a manga.

In the 20th century, manga and anime had become popular all around the world. Manga industry is still expanding: many companies are preoccupied with these themes. Even museums are established to exhibit interesting things to anime and manga fans. Japan also has several kissatens (manga cafes), where people can read manga while drinking coffee.

Kyoto International Manga Museum

Kyoto Manga Museum

Kyoto International Manga Museum ©kento.ikeda/Flickr

It is the largest and most popular manga museum in Japan. The museum has a collection of 200,000 items, including Meiji Period magazines and other rare books. The interior walls of the museum are lined with shelves including thousands of manga books. Visitors are free to look at them and even reading is allowed. Most of the books are in Japanese, but a section including translated manga is also available.

Besides the permanent collection, temporary exhibitions are also featured. The date of the temporary exhibitions is always posted online on the museum’s page.

The museum is located near the Karasuma-Oike Subway Station. It is open between 10.00-18.00 almost every day; it is closed only on Wednesdays and on national holidays. The admission is 800 Yen.


Ghibli Museum


Anime Character exhibited in Ghibli Museum ©bm.iphone/Flickr

It is located in Inokashira Park, a western suburb of Tokyo. Ghibli Museum exhibits the anime works of Studio Ghibli. The museum itself transmits a jolly atmosphere. With its child-oriented, maze-like features it is very famous among children living in the region. Many of the studio’s famous anime characters are exhibited, including a huge robot from Castle in the Sky. On the first floor of the museum there is a small theater, showing films of the Studio.

Ghibli Museum can be visited from 10.00 to 18.00 every day, except Tuesdays and New Year’s Holidays. The admission is 1000 Yen, but the tickets should be purchased online, because there is no ticket clerk at the museum.


Toei Animation Gallery

Manga exhibition

Manga exhibition ©marsupilami92/Flickr

The gallery exhibits several works of Japan’s leading anime company, Toei Animation. Since its foundation, dozens of anime series were created here, such as Dragon Ball or Sailor Moon. The gallery is set up in Oizimi Studio, where the entire history of the company is presented. Anime scenarios, original drawings, storyboards, advertising posters and configuration data are exhibited.

Toei Animation Gallery is located in Tokyo, in the area of Oizumi-Gaukon Station. The business hours are between 9.30 and 17.00. It is closed on Mondays, on New Year and Bon holidays. The admission is free.


Tezuka Osamu Manga Museum


Anime characters designed by Tezuka Osamu ©teamaskins/Flickr

Tezuka Osamu is many times referred as the ‘God of Anime’ or ‘the Godfather of Anime’. His works had a strong influence on the forthcoming anime and manga creators. The museum is located in Takarazuka, where Tezuka Osamu had lived for 20 years. The attractions of the museum include short films, an exhibition of Tezuka’s works, Animation Workshop and a Manga Library where visitors can read Tezuka’s manga creations.

The museum can be accessed on foot, from Takarazuka Station. It is closed on Wednesdays, on New Year’s Holidays and usually between 21 February – 1 March. The admission to the museum is 700 Yen.

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