AnakJajan sure that many of you might be already familiar with Doraemon character rite?? Being a 90’s kids, we spent our Sunday morning watching cartoons, some of our favorite cartoons were created by Mr. Fujiko F. Fujio such as Doraemon, P-Man, etc
Fujiko F. Fujio Museum also known as Doraemon Museum is located in the suburb area of Kawasaki. The museum was built in order to preserve Mr. Fujiko F. Fujio’s manuscripts of mangas he drew.
We’ve been wanting to visit this place since they open it 3rd September 2011 and our dreams finally came true. We finally visited this place on our trip last May 2014.
We went to Fujiko F. Fujio Museum on early May 2014, the weather was really nice that day (lucky us) around 18C, but it was quite windy so if you are going to visit on early May, I recommend you to wear thin jacket or cardigan.
WHERE IS IT?? HOW TO GO THERE??
Fujiko F. Fujio Museum is located in Kawasaki area near Yokohama. The reason they chose this location is because Mr. Fujiko F. Fujio used to live around there for years where he created countless manga characters for children to fall in love with.
The location is not that far from Tokyo, just like Japan version of ‘Bekasi’ from ‘Jakarta’. It took us around 54 minutes 460yen/person subway ride from Asakusa (2 times transfer from Asakusa Tobu/Subway – Tokyo Metro Ginza Line // Omote-Sando – Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line // Yoyogi-Uehara – Odakyu Odawara Line Express, Noborito Station)
The easiest way to get there is from Noborito Station because Kawasaki City provides shuttle bus between Fujiko F. Fujio Museum and Noborito Station (10minutes ride for 210yen adult or 110yen children).
After you reach Noborito Station, just exit the station and you will find a cute bus station with Nobita and Doraemon’s footsteps. The shuttle bus operates every 10-15 minutes between the station and the museum, just wait for while and a cute blue bus with Doraemon or P-Man picture will come. You can pay using cash or IC cards (Pasmo/ Suica/ etc), using IC Cards is slightly cheaper, 4yen adult or 7yen children.
Admission fee 1.000yen for Adults and University Students, 700yen for High School and Junior High School Students or 500yen for Children (4 years or older).
THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT INFO YOU HAVE TO READ! Reservation is 100% REQUIRED!
You have buy the tickets first from Lawson convenience stores using LOPPI automatic ticket machines. The tickets are on sale two months in advance starting on the 30th of each month.
We were planning to take picture and make a step by step guide about how to buy the ticket by yourself using LOPPI machine, but apparently all of the menus are full in Japanese only so we gave up and ask for the staff there to help us buy. Just say “Fujiko Doraemon Museum Ticket” to the Lawson’s staff and he/she will help you immediately.
Specific entry date and time slot must be selected when you purchase the ticket, there are 4 time slots 10:00, 12:00, 14:00 and 16:00. You can buy it at any Lawson stores within Japan, AnakJajan recommend you to buy the ticket as soon as you reach Japan because the tickets are often sold out during peak/holiday season.
You can stay as long as you want, but remember you must enter the museum no later than half an hour within the reservation time schedule so don’t be late okay??
WHAT TO DO?
As soon as we reach the museum, the staff will give you a gadget that will be used inside exhibition area, it’s an audio guide where you can play and listen to the story at every section of exhibition area.
There are two exhibition area displaying Mr. Fujiko F. Fujio’s original art work and collection also a lot of info about how comic book was drawn back then, how Mr. Fujiko F. Fujio started to draw comic books, what kind of character he made, etc.
Two things I love the most are being able to see the original comic drawing from him and the reproduction of Mr. Fujiko F. Fujio’s work studio. But unfortunately visitors are not allowed to take picture inside exhibition area so I can only show you the Audio Guide gadget.
Right beside the exhibition area, you can find handsome version of Giant from the hilarious Woodcutter’s Spring episode.
On the People’s Plaza area there are reading area with extensive comic collection, children playing area, gachapon machine and also photo box.
There are two choices of gachapon machine with different items inside and each cost 200yen. Luckily AnakJajan manage to get the items we wanted, Doraemon and Handsome Giant 🙂
Each visitor also can watch Doraemon’s short movie in the theater.
Don’t forget to play at the outdoor garden area too where you can find a magic pink door a.k.a ‘Pintu Kemana Saja’ from Doraemon where he always uses it to go anywhere. I wish I have this magic door so I can travel to Japan everyday!! Make sure you take picture as much as you can!!
You also will find a playground area with three huge concrete pipes where Nobita and his friends always play at.
You can order heavy meal or some snacks/dessert at Museum Cafe inside the Museum. Their food are more expensive than usual cafe meal we had at Tokyo, but it is worth it, all of the menus are really appealing with kawaii cute and creative decoration, it’s definitely feast for the eyes and tummy.
You will find a lot of character in their dish such as a bowl of Ramen topped with nori that looks like Suneo, Pork Cutlet Rice Bowl with huge Giant face on top, etc.
Service there was also really good (I think this whole Japan trip we never experienced any bad service at all), don’t hesitate to ask the staff to help you taking picture okay??
Their menu book already came with english description in it so you don’t need to ask for english version menu anymore.
Because we were planning to visit Ramen Museum https://anakjajan.com/2014/08/04/japan-shinyokohama-ramen-museum-yokohama/ later, we need to save some space in our tummy, so we only ordered two dishes Doraemon’s Rice Casserole with Tomato Soup 1.230yen and Doraemon Tiramisu inspired by “Great Demon” 720yen and both dish were surprisingly delicious.
Doraemon’s Rice Casserole with Tomato Soup 1.230yen
Baked rice with generous cheese on top and served with tomato soup. AnakJajan really like the combination between creamy cheese from the rice and the acidity from tomato soup, both were complementing and balancing each other. We did hope there are more meat inside the rice though, but other than that this dish was good and comforting.
Doraemon Tiramisu inspired by “Great Demon” 720yen
This dessert is MUST ORDER!! It was super pretty and delicious at the same time. Mr. Jajan also enjoyed it very much.
A cup of light tiramisu served with thick matcha sauce and a scoop of coffee ice cream. It was soooo good especially when you pair the matcha sauce, tiramisu and ice cream in one bite.
Besides Museum Cafe, there is one stall in the garden area with several chair and table selling breads and drinks.
Souvenir shopping is mandatory thing to do, don’t you agree?? There are two places where you can buy souvenirs.
First is a small shop located at garden area literally beside the cafe, you can buy cute snacks as souvenir here such as Doraemon’s Ankipan (Memory Bread) that Nobita used for exam, or Doraemon’s favorite food that is Dorayaki, Dorami cookies, etc.
And second is a huge souvenir shop on the bottom floor where you can buy a lot of types of souvenirs, such as ‘Baling-baling Bambu’ aka Bamboo Propeller hair tie, t-shirt, snacks, keychain, DVD, etc.
Overall, our visit to Doraemon / Fujiko F. Fujio Museum was a memorable and nostalgic experience. We are so happy that our dreams finally came true. Btw, Stand By Me Doraemon the new movie of Doraemon has been released on 8 August 2014, based on Doraemon manga series the movie is made with 3D computer animated film technology, we saw the trailer at museum theater an it was suberb. Let’s travel!!
FYI: there are a lot of things that we want to share with you about Japan, all of the post will be listed in ‘Japan Series‘ post.
Meanwhile this is the list of travel Japan blogpost that have been published:
- Shinjuku Gyoen National Park – My Cherry Blossom Diary
- 246 COMMON
- Aoyama Flower Market Tea House
- Ramen Museum – Yokohama
- Ichiran Ramen [NEW]
- Nana’s Green Tea Cafe
- Ultimate Japan Travel Guide / TIPS
- Matsurokuya – Matsuroku House Roppongi おんぞうし まつろくや
- Exploring Harajuku – Omotesando – Aoyama Tokyo
- Matcha Green Tea Diary
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