AnakJajan are sure that many of you might be already familiar with Doraemon character rite?? Being a 90’s kids, we spent our Sunday morning watching cartoon, some of our favorite are created by Mr. Fujiko F. Fujio such as Doraemon, P-Man, etc.
Fujiko F. Fujio Museum is 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 the opening on 3rd September 2011 and our dream finally came true. We finally visited this place on 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 so we gave up and ask for the staff to help us. Just say “Fujiko Doraemon Museum Ticket” to the Lawson’s staff and he/she will help you immediately. More info on following link http://l-tike.com/fujiko-m/english/
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, what kind of characters he made, etc.
Two things I love the most are being able to see the original 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 with different items inside and each cost 200yen. Luckily AnakJajan managed to get the items we wanted, Doraemon and Handsome Giant ?
Each visitor can also 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 are usually playing together.
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 in 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 characters 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 thực đơn book already came with english description in it so you don’t need to ask for english version thực đơn 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 nicely. It will be more prefect with more meat inside the rice though, but other than that this dish was enjoyable and comforting.
Doraemon Tiramisu inspired by “Great Demon” 720yen
This dessert is a MUST ORDER!! It’s 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 together 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 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. It’s definitely the place to go at least once in a lifetime if you love Doraemon. Let’s travel!!
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