Wanna see Doraemon! Let’s go to the super popular spot Fujiko・F・Fujio Museum!
|About Fujiko・F・Fujio Museum||Only advance tickets are accepted and tickets are sold only at Lawson|
|How do I get there?||Reserve lunch at the cafe as soon as you get there!|
|Spots you can’t miss||Get unique souvenirs!|
|Access and basic information|
“Doraemon” is an animation loved by people from all over the world.
Do you wanna see Doraemon during your trip to Japan? If yes, you should definitely go to Fujiko・F・Fujio Museum.
This is such a popular museum within and outside of Japan because of their exhibition of original pictures and life-sized characters from Doraemon. A “museum” sounds like a serious place, but don’t worry! It is a theme park rather than a museum. You can enjoy spending the whole day here. It is really fun because Doraemon is everywhere in the museum not only in the exhibition area but also other places. Does’t that get you excited?
Besides Doraemon, they exhibit many articles from the comics created by Fujiko・F・Fujio. There are also many characters from “Perman”, “Obake no Q-taro” and “Kiteretsu Daihyakka”. Do you know Q-taro and Q-jiro from “Obake no Q-taro” in this photo? Even people who don’t know the characters, become fans because of the lovable touch.
Do you want to go to the museum? Then visit the convenience store Lawson first.
You can purchase the ticket for Fujiko・F・Fujio Museum only at Loppi, Lawson’s original ticket vending machine. Check out the Official Website to learn how to use it! If you have trouble with it, ask the clerk to help. Admission fees are 1,000 yen for adults and university students, 700 yen for high and junior high students, 500 yen for the children younger than 4, and surprisingly free for the children younger than 3!
Noborito Station, the nearest station to Fujiko・F・Fujio Museum, is located in Kawasaki city, Kanagawa prefecture. Don’t you think it’s far from Tokyo? Actually, Noborito Station is only a 20-minute train ride on Odakyu Line from Shinjuku. From there… you can ride on the bus that has illustrations of Doraemon and his friends! The direct bus from Noborito Station costs 210 yen for adults, and 110 yen for children.
In the bus, you can see Doraemon everywhere, even on the handrails, seats and stop bells! The excitement already starts in the bus while you are heading to the museum!
There are also other kinds of buses. Please note that there are some buses that have characters other than Doraemon!
Now you are in the museum! I know you want to see Doraemon as soon as possible, but there is something you have to do first. It’s making reservations for lunch at the museum cafe. Do you think you don’t have to reserve lunch at the museum cafe? That’s totally wrong! The cafe is popular because of the meals that uses adorable characters including Doraemon created by Fujiko・F・Fujio as a motif. Since the cafe is very crowded at lunch time, you won’t be able to get seats! Japanese regular visitors know that, so they reserve seats as soon as they get to the museum. But you have to be punctual because they will give someone your seat when you are late, even if you have a reservation!
Let’s see the example of the menu! Adorable dishes will make you want to try everything. It is very exciting since the illustration on the dishes and menus change every season.
☆Doriamon (doria) 1,230 yen
☆Jaian and katsudon (a bowl rice with a deep-fried port cutlet on top) 1,030 yen
☆Caffe latte 570 yen
☆Chocolate crepe of Suneo’s hair style 720 yen
☆French toast de Ankipan 930 yen
☆Harappa plate 1,200 yen
There are more adorable dishes!
The museum is filled with Doraemon and articles related to Fujiko・F・Fujio. Here are some spots you must see.
1. Take a look at the valuable original pictures in the exhibition room.
You can see many valuable articles such as the original picture of the first episode of Doraemon, loved by people from all around the world. Everything started here. In the other exhibition room which is called exhibition room II, they hold special exhibitions related to the movie currently playing.
2. Manga section where you are free to read all the comics by Fujiko・F・Fujio
You can find Doraemon who is reading a comic while he is eating dorayaki, his favorite Japanese confection, as a landmark. All the comics are written in Japanese, but you will understand the story by looking at the pictures. Come and take a look.
3. The original movie at “F theater”
At F theater, you can watch an original movie that you can’t watch anywhere else. You can see the collaboration of the characters who appear in Doraemon and other works of Fujiko・F・Fujio, which makes the movie very rare. But sometimes they show movies not of Doraemon but other works of Fujiko・F・Fujio. Since you can enjoy the other works even if you don’t understand Japanese, you should go check it out!
Doraemon and Perman, who never meet in the story.
4. Be a friend of Doraemon by sitting on the earthenware pipe
Harappa, or grass field in Japanese, is located on the roof top of the third floor. Doraemon and Nobita will welcome you with a dinosaur named Pi-suke, popular in the movie “Doraemon: Nobita’s Dinosaur”.
The earthenware pipe in the vacant lot is the synonymous with Doraemon. You can see this place in many scenes such as Jaian’s singing recital and conversation of Doraemon and Nobita. When you sit down on the pipe, you will feel like you become a character of Doraemon! Who would be the Jaian in your group?
5. Memorable Doraemon’s tools!
“Dokodemo Door” (Anywhere Door) and “Moshimo-box”. You can see the life-sized figures of Doraemon’s tools that you wished you had once in your life!
6. Very popular “beautiful Jaian”
There is a doll of the popular “beautiful Jaian”, that some people tend to miss because it is not in the route. This is based on the episode “fountain of woodcutter”. When Nobita tried to help Jaian who fell in the “fountain of woodcutter”, one of Doraemon’s tool, the robot goddess came and showed beautiful Jaian. Nobita said “Jaian is more ugly” and goddess said “I’ll give you beautiful Jaian because of your honesty”.
7. Indulge in the adorableness of the other characters
There are many characters besides Doraemon in Harappa! “Koro-suke” is especially popular among Japanese girls. He appears in “Kiteretsu Daihyakka”. In the animation, he is an adorable robot who speaks like a Ninja.
“Perman-2” greets you. In this story, an ordinary boy and a normal monkey turn into heroes when they put on masks and mantles. “Perman-2”, who is a monkey, he can only say “Ukki-“(describing monkey cry Japanese) even with the mask.
8. Have a relaxing time with Dorayaki and drinks at cart section
“Harappa” on the third floor is full of things to see. When you get tired, you can relax at the cart section with a bell as a sign, with Dorayaki, Doraemon’s favorite food, and their original drinks. In the summer season, “Dorayaki ice-cream”, Dorayaki which has ice cream in it, is sold.
The last thing you should do is souvenir shopping at the shop of Fujiko・F・Fujio Museum. The museum shop is filled with original items that will get Doraemon fans excited. These items will surely make you want to buy souvenirs for your friends and yourself.
Here is “Ankipan”, memorization bread, that Nobita ate the night before the examination. They sell Ankipan rusks. It may make you smarter. 120 yen a piece
Doraemon’s favorite food Dorayaki, has a picture of doraemon embossed. 200 yen for one piece
It is a little embarrassing to wear for adults? Kids love Takekoputa headband! Unfortunately, you can’t fly with it.
They also have items related to Jaian, that have a firmly rooted popularity. On the birthday of each characters, there are special sections in the museum shop.
9-min by direct bus (Kawasaki municipal bus) from Noborito Station on Odakyu and JR Nanbu Line
Adress: 2-8-1 Nagao, Tama-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa
Phone No.: +81-570-055-245
Credit cards: VISA, MasterCard, JCB, DinersClub
Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00
Closed: Tuesdays (Opened during Golden Week in Japan and summer vacation for students). November 30th to January 3rd. Closed irregularly
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IKIDANE NIPPON Editor Senior Travel Writers