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The Kitakyushu Manga Museum is located in the Aru-Aru City complex

The Kitakyushu Manga Museum (北九州市漫画ミュージアム) introduces the history of manga (Japanese comics) with a focus on artists who have affiliations to Kitakyushu City. One of the more famous artists featured at the museum is Matsumoto Leiji, whose best known works include the Space Battleship Yamato and Galaxy Express 999 series.

The museum occupies the fifth and sixth floors of Aru-Aru City, a mall devoted to all things related to manga and anime, games and idol group paraphernalia. A permanent exhibitions occupies the sixth floor of the mall, while temporary exhibitions can be found on the fifth floor.

At the entrance on the sixth floor, visitors are greeted with a large mural and figure of Captain Harlock from Galaxy Express 999. From there the route introduces the life and works of Matsumoto Leiji, and goes on to offer insights into the life of a manga artist and the rules of comic development. There is also a "Manga Time Tunnel" where manga written from as early as 1945 are displayed. The route ends at a comic book library where visitors are free to read any of the titles available. Note that the exhibitions are almost all in Japanese with limited or no English at all.

The Manga Time Tunnel that leads to the library

Access

The Kitakyushu Manga Museum is located in Aru-Aru City, a short, covered walk from the north exit of Kokura Station.

How to get to and around Kitakyushu

Hours & Fees

Hours

11:00 to 19:00 (until 20:00 during summer); admission ends 30 minutes before closing

Closed

Tuesdays (following day if Tuesday is a holiday), New Year holidays

Admission

400 yen (separate fees for temporary exhibitions)
Page last updated: June 1, 2017