Tokyo Anime Guide

Tokyo is home to many anime related attractions and events:

Shopping

Akihabara (more details)
JR Akihabara Station
Hours: Store hours vary, typically 10:00 to 20:00
Akihabara is the center of gaming, manga and anime culture in Japan. With its electronics shops, maid cafes and anime stores, it is a paradise for any self-proclaimed otaku.

Nakano Broadway (more details)
JR Nakano Station
Hours: Store hours vary, typically 12:00 to 20:00
Nakano Broadway is a shopping mall with a large concentration of stores specializing in anime goods, including numerous specialized branches of the Mandarake store. Items on offer include a wide selection of figures, toys and costumes.

Pokemon Centers and Pokemon Stores
Ikebukuro Hours: 10:00 to 20:00
Lalaport Hours: 10:00 to 20:00 (until 21:00 Fridays and weekends)
Skytree Town Hours: 10:00 to 21:00
Selling all things Pokemon like trading cards, stationery, toys and games, including some exclusive items. They also have areas for playing with Pokemon cards. There are three Pokemon Centers in Tokyo, one in Ikebukuro's Sunshine City, one in the Lalaport Tokyo-Bay shopping mall in the eastern suburbs of Tokyo, and one in Tokyo Skytree Town. Additionally, there are Pokemon Stores at Tokyo Station and Narita Airport. Unlike Pokemon Centers, Pokemon Stores do not have card playing areas.

Theme Parks

Gundam Front Tokyo
5 minute walk from Daiba Station
Hours: 10:00 to 21:00 (entry until 20:00)
Closed: No closing days
Admission: 1200 yen
Gundam Front Tokyo is a small indoor theme park in the top floor of the Diver City Tokyo complex on Odaiba. It features various attractions and a shop centered around the anime series' robots. A "life sized" Gundam statue stands in front of the building. However, the Gundam statue is scheduled to be removed on March 5, 2017, followed by the closure of Gundam Front Tokyo on April 5, 2017.

One Piece Tower
Inside the base of Tokyo Tower
Hours: 10:00 to 22:00 (entry until 21:00)
Closed: No closing days
Admission: 3200 yen
Located directly below Tokyo Tower, this indoor amusement park is themed after the popular One Piece manga series. It offers a variety of shows, games and other attractions that feature the series' characters.

Sanrio Puroland
15 minute walk from Keio Tama Center Station
Hours: 10:00 to 17:00 (longer hours on weekends)
Closed: Irregularly on Thursdays
Admission: 3300 yen (weekdays), 3800 yen (weekends)
Centered around Sanrio's most famous creation, Hello Kitty, Sanrio Puroland is a theme park for younger children and features Hello Kitty's house, a boat ride and various theaters and live shows. There are also stores that sell Sanrio products.

Namja Town
In Sunshine City in Ikebukuro
Hours: 10:00 to 22:00 (entry until 21:00)
Closed: No closing days
Admission: 500 yen (entry only), 3000 yen (entry and unlimited rides)
Namja Town is an indoor theme park by Namco, the creator of Pacman and many other arcade games and leisure products. Namja Town was recently renovated and includes various small rides and attractions. There are two food corners specialized in gyoza and desserts, in a nice Showa Period town setting with recreated old alleys.

J-World Tokyo
In Sunshine City in Ikebukuro
Hours: 10:00 to 22:00 (entry until 21:00)
Closed: No closing days
Admission: 800 yen, rides cost separately
Located just above Namja Town is J-World Tokyo, another indoor theme park by Namco. J-World Tokyo was newly opened in July 2013 and is based on characters and stories from popular manga series. There are a handful of attractions themed on the hit series of Dragonball, One Piece and Naruto, as well as souvenir shops and carnival game stalls.

Museums

Ghibli Museum (more details)
20 minute walk from Mitaka Station
Requires advance reservations (more details)
The Ghilbi Museum is home to the favorite characters from Ghibli Studios films such as My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away. The museum features special animation exhibits and exclusive short films.

Suginami Animation Museum
25 minute walk from Ogikubo Station
Hours: Daily 10:00 to 18:00 (entry until 17:30)
Closed: Mondays (or Tue if Mon is national holiday), New Year holidays
Admission: Free
This museum is located in Suginami City Ward, a center of Japanese anime production. It features hands-on activities such as a dubbing booth and a digital workshop where you can bring your own creations to life.

Toei Animation Gallery
Closed for renovations from September 23, 2014 for about three years!
This gallery exhibits the history of Toei Animation, the oldest animation production company in Japan and producer of many popular movies and current TV animations.

Fujiko F. Fujiyo Museum (aka Doraemon Museum)
10 minute bus ride from Noborito Station
Requires advance reservations (more details)
The Fujiko F. Fujio Museum, informally known as the Doraemon Museum, show the work of manga artist Fujiko F. Fujio, creator of the influential and long running Doraemon series. The museum features a short film, life sized characters, and original artwork from Doraemon and several of Fujiko F. Fujio's other series.

Events

AnimeJapan (more details)
Late March
Venue: Tokyo Big Site in Odaiba
Hours: 9:00 to 17:00
Admission: 2000 yen
Formerly known as the Tokyo International Anime Fair, AnimeJapan is the world's largest anime exhibition. It is held every spring at Tokyo Big Site in Odaiba. In addition to the traditional trade fair, there are stage exhibitions, film showings and awards ceremonies.

Comiket
Twice a year in late December and mid August
Venue: Tokyo Big Site in Odaiba
Admission: Free
Comiket (an abbreviation of Comic Market) is the world's largest comic convention and is held twice a year, once in winter and again in summer, at Tokyo Big Site in Odaiba. It is the premier place to purchase dojinshi (self-published or unofficial works) and rare or limited items.

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