Fujiko F. Fujio Museum
The Fujiko F. Fujio Museum (藤子・F・不二雄ミュージアム), also informally known as the Doraemon Museum, is a fanciful art museum found in the suburbs of Kawasaki. It is based on the work of Fujiko F. Fujio (nom de plume of manga artist Fujimoto Hiroshi) who is the creator of Doraemon, an influential series about a robotic cat from the 22nd century who travels back in time to befriend a group of kids. The museum requires advance reservations.
Doraemon has been around for decades and remains extremely popular today. So although the museum is aimed at children, it also appeals to adults who grew up with the series. While not large, it has a pretty extensive collection of Fujiko F. Fujio's work, including original artwork from Doraemon, 21-emon, Kaibutsukun, and several of Fujiko's other series. An excellent English audio guide is included with admission and has a lot of commentary on Fujiko's life and the various artwork on display.
The second, more hands-on half of the museum is aimed towards small children. It features a theater displaying an original short film, a manga reading room, and several activity and play rooms. A few life-size statues of Doraemon characters, that you can touch and take pictures with, are found outside around the museum grounds. There is also a cafe selling Doraemon themed dishes, and a well stocked gift shop with character goods from Doraemon and Fujiko's other series.
Getting there and around
The Fujiko F. Fujio Museum is most easily accessed from Noborito Station, which lies along both the Odakyu Odawara Line (20 minutes, 270 yen by express train from Shinjuku, frequent departures) and the JR Nambu Line (30 minutes, 320 yen from Kawasaki Station, frequent departures). A shuttle bus (10 minutes, 210 yen) operates every 10-15 minutes between the station and the museum.
Alternatively, the museum is about a 15 minute walk from either Mukogaoka Yuen Station on the Odakyu Odawara Line (20 minutes, 270 yen from Shinjuku) or Shukugawara Station on the JR Nambu Line (25 minutes, 320 yen from Kawasaki).
Hours and Fees
Tickets are not sold at the museum and must be purchased in advance:
Purchasing from within Japan
Tickets can be bought from Lawson convenience stores within Japan using their Loppi automatic ticket machines. Tickets go on sale one month in advance starting on the 30th of each month (i.e. tickets for March go on sale from January 30th). A specific entry date and time slot (10:00, 12:00, 14:00 or 16:00) must be selected when purchasing your ticket. While weekends and school holidays are popular and often sold out, weekday tickets are easier to get. Loppi machines are Japanese-language only; however, English instruction on how to purchase tickets are linked below.
It is possible to purchase tickets online to be picked up at a Lawson convenience store in Japan. This service is only available in Japanese. See the links below for more information. Alternatively, tickets can be purchased through travel reservation websites, such as Klook, but cost considerably more than the regular admission fee of 1000 yen per person.
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Hotels around Kawasaki
HOTEL METROPOLITAN KAWASAKIHOTEL METROPOLITAN KAWASAKI features a fitness centre, terrace, a restaurant and bar in Kawasaki. With free WiFi, this 4-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space. Miwa Itsukushima Shrine is 6.5 km from the hotel and Uramori Inari Shrine is 6.7 km away. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms with a wardrobe, a kettle, a fridge, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a bidet. At HOTEL METROPOLITAN KAWASAKI every room has bed linen and towels. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a buffet breakfast. Omori Hachiman Shrine is 6.3 km from HOTEL METROPOLITAN KAWASAKI, while Showa no Kurashi Museum is 6.3 km away. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 7 km from the hotel.View on Booking.com
Dormy Inn Kawasaki Natural Hot SpringSituated in Kawasaki, 5.6 km from Omori Hachiman Shrine, Dormy Inn Kawasaki Natural Hot Spring provides accommodation with a spa and wellness centre and private parking. This 3-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space. The accommodation features a sauna, hot spring bath, restaurant and free WiFi throughout the property. An Asian breakfast is available each morning at the hotel. Miwa Itsukushima Shrine is 5.9 km from Dormy Inn Kawasaki Natural Hot Spring, while Uramori Inari Shrine is 6 km from the property. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 7 km from the accommodation.View on Booking.com
slash kawasakiFeaturing 3-star accommodation, slash kawasaki is set in Kawasaki, 6 km from Omori Hachiman Shrine and 6.2 km from Miwa Itsukushima Shrine. With a terrace, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. Guests can enjoy American dishes at the restaurant or have a cocktail at the bar. All guest rooms in the hotel are fitted with a kettle. At slash kawasaki all rooms include bed linen and towels. Breakfast is available every morning, and includes ? la carte, Italian and American options. Uramori Inari Shrine is 6.4 km from the accommodation, while Tokujo-ji Temple is 6.6 km from the property. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 7 km from slash kawasaki.View on Booking.com
HOTEL EnmichiSituated in Kawasaki and within 5.6 km of Omori Hachiman Shrine, HOTEL Enmichi has a restaurant, non-smoking rooms, and free WiFi. This 3-star hotel offers luggage storage space. Miwa Itsukushima Shrine is 5.8 km from the hotel and Uramori Inari Shrine is 6 km away. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms with a desk, a kettle, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a bidet. At HOTEL Enmichi rooms include bed linen and towels. Tokujo-ji Temple is 6.2 km from the accommodation, while Gonsho-ji Temple is 6.3 km from the property. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 7 km from HOTEL Enmichi.View on Booking.com
Kawasaki King Skyfront Tokyu REI HotelLocated within 10 km of Yumemigasaki Zoological Park, Kawasaki King Skyfront Tokyu REI Hotel in Kawasaki provides a shared lounge, as well as free WiFi. The property is around 14 km from Kawasaki Todoroki Stadium and 15 km from Todoroki Arena. Guests can make use of a bar. The rooms in the hotel are equipped with a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Each room has a shared bathroom with free toiletries. All rooms will provide guests with a fridge. There is an in-house restaurant, which serves a variety of European dishes. You can play table tennis at Kawasaki Tokyu REI Hotel. When guests need guidance on where to visit, the reception will be happy to provide advice.View on Booking.com
Richmond Hotel Premier MusashikosugiConveniently located just a 5-minute walk from JR Musashi Kosugi Station, this hotel features free Wi-Fi, a 24-hour front desk and coin launderette for guests’ convenience. The station provides direct access to Shibuya, a 13-minute ride, and Yokohama, a 15-minute ride away. Each room at Richmond Hotel Premier Musashikosugi comes with modern facilities like a flat-screen TV and an air-purifier/humidifier. An electric kettle with tea bags and a mobile charger are also provided in the room. Special amenities for female guests and children are available at the front desk. Premier Musashikosugi Richmond Hotel offers drinks vending machines and in-room massages at an extra charge. Laptop can be rented from the reception for a fee. Todoroki Athletic Field is a 6-minute drive from the hotel. JR Shinagawa Shinkansen (bullet train) Station is a 10-minute train ride away. On-site Richmond Diners restaurant offers a Western/Japanese breakfast buffet. Various meals are also on offer for dinner.View on Booking.com
Hotel The Lotus Bali (Adult Only)Hotel The Lotus Bali is an adult-only accommodation located in Kawasaki. Rooms come with a flat-screen TV and DVD player. You will find a kettle in the room. Every room is fitted with a private bathroom. For your comfort, you will find bath robes, slippers and free toiletries. There is a 24-hour front desk at the property. Tokyo is 18 km from Hotel The Lotus Bali, while Yokohama is 11 km from the property. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 7 km away.View on Booking.com
Sotetsu Fresa Inn Kawasaki-HigashiguchiLocated on a 5-minute walk from Kawasaki Station, Sotetsu Fresa Inn Kawasaki-Higashiguchi offers comfortable rooms with a flat-screen TV and free internet access. The Sotetsu Fresa Inn Kawasaki-Higashiguchi is in close proximity to shopping areas. From Kawasaki Station it is a 10-minute train ride to Yokohama and Tokio Shinagawa. Haneda Airport is a 15-minute train ride away from Keikyu Kawasaki Station. Rooms are air-conditioned and feature a colourful contemporary decor. They are equipped with a refrigerator and an electric kettle. Sotetsu Fresa Inn Kawasaki-Higashiguchi features coin-operated laundry facilities. Services include luggage storage. Public parking is available near the hotel, at a charge. Sotetsu Fresa Inn Kawasaki-Higashiguchi offers a la carte breakfast options at Excelsior coffee shop on the first floor from 07:00 to 10:00. Drinks vending machines are available throughout the hotel.View on Booking.com
Hotel Balian Resort Tomei Kawasaki I.C.Hotel Balian Resort Tomei Kawasaki I.C. Is 5 km from Yokohama International Swimming Pool. With a garden, the 3-star hotel has a terrace and 24-hour front desk. The accommodation offers an open-air bath and stone sauna for private use as well as a foot bath. All guest rooms in Hotel Balian Resort Tomei Kawasaki are fitted with a microwave, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a shower. The property offers complimentary breakfast of breads at the lobby. Guests can relax on the garden terrace or enjoy darts and hot yoga at Hotel Balian Resort Tomei Kawasaki I.C.. Haneda Airport is 22 km from the hotel.View on Booking.com
JR-East Hotel Mets KawasakiFeaturing 3-star accommodation, JR-East Hotel Mets Kawasaki is set in Kawasaki, 6.3 km from Omori Hachiman Shrine and 6.4 km from Showa no Kurashi Museum. This 3-star hotel features free WiFi and a restaurant. Motosumi-Bremen Shopping District is 6.7 km away and Grandtree Musashikosugi is 6.9 km from the hotel. Staff at the hotel are always available to provide information at the reception. Miwa Itsukushima Shrine is 6.6 km from JR-East Hotel Mets Kawasaki, while Uramori Inari Shrine is 6.7 km away. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 7 km from the accommodation.View on Booking.com