Classic Anime route, part 2

Museums, libraries and centers

Tohoku Region

Mr. Yokota – Manga Museum Masuda (Yokote Masuda Manga Museum)


The museum was founded in honor of the famous manga artist and native of Yokota – Takao Yaguchi, author of “The Fisherman Sanpei.” But the museum presents not only the work of the master: it held a variety of exhibitions on the history of manga, and all visitors can enjoy the reading room of the museum, where a collection of comic books of different genres and different periods, a book on Japanese animation and magazines.


Address: 258 Masuda Aza-shinmachi, Masuda-machi, Yokote-shi, Akita 019-0701

Hours: 9:00 – 17:00

Closed: Mondays (. Or the following day if Monday – nat holiday)


G. Shiogama – Manga Museum them. Katsuiti Nagai (Katsuichi Nagai Manga Art Museum)


Garo magazine was a rare edition, which has been supporting young artists and authors. Manga Museum Shiogama city was founded in honor of Katsuiti Nagaya, chief editor of the magazine Garo.On the permanent exhibitions of the museum visitors can get acquainted with the original manga series, published on the magazine’s pages, to learn more about the work of the nude, the other editors, as well as the development of manga in general.


Address: 9-1 Higashitamagawa-cho, Shiogama-shi, Miyagi 985-0036

Opening hours: 10: 00-18: 00 (on weekends – until 17:00)

Closed: Mondays, national holidays (open in Child and Culture Day), the last day of each month, New Year’s holidays.


Kanto Region

G. -Hall Manga Saitama (Saitama Municipal Manga Kaikan)


Hall of Manga or Manga Kaikan Saitama, – was built on the spot where once lived the famous painter Rakuten Kitazawa. Rakuten was born in 1876, the main period of his work took place in the Meiji and Showa. He became famous as the author of the graphic caricature of stories called ponchi-e and odoke-e, which later came to be considered examples of the classic manga. Kitazawa also actively participated in the creation of Japan’s first color manga magazine Tokyo Puck. In Saitama Museum, visitors can see many works of the famous manga and the creations of others.


Address: 150 Bonsai-cho, Kita-ku, Saitama-shi, Saitama 331-0805

Hours: 9: 00-16: 30

Closed: Mondays (. Or the following day if Monday – nat holiday), the day after a national holiday, New Year’s holidays.


Tokyo (Chiyoda district) – Tokyo Anime Center (Tokyo Anime Center)


Tokyo Anime Center is a three-minute walk from JR Akihabara station. The main task of the Centre – the dissemination of news about the latest updates in the anime industry – as a full-length work, and a TV series. As part of the permanent exhibition, visitors can see the collectible figurines Doraemon and Astro Boy, temporary exhibitions are updated once a month. At the exit, visitors can look into the official shop of the Centre with all kinds of anime and manga products.


Address: Akihabara Cross Field / Akihabara UDX, 4 th the Floor 4-14-1 Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku, of Tokyo, 101-0021

Opening hours: 11: 00-19: 00

Closed on Mondays


Tokyo (Shibuya) – GoFa


GoFa – acronym title «Gallery of Fantastic Art». Gallery distributes anime culture, manga and video games outside of Japan. The center works with contemporary popular writers and artists, organizes exhibitions and other events.


Address: Aoyama Oval Building, 5-52-2 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001

Opening hours: 12: 00-18: 00

Closed: the museum is open seven days a week during the exhibitions.


Tokyo (Shinjuku district) – Contemporary Manga Library (Contemporary Manga Library)


Tokyo is famous for its rich library of manga in Japan Archives: here are stored not only a variety of comic books, but also magazines and periodicals, books on art, collections of critical reviews and more. Catalog library has more than 180 000 books – the result of 30 years of work of the museum director, Toshio Naik.


Address: Birudensu Naiki, 2F, 565 Waseda, Tsurumaki-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162-0041

Opening hours: 12: 00-19: 00

Closed: Tuesdays, Fridays, during the New Year holidays


Tokyo (Nerima district) – Gallery Toei Animation (Toei Animation Gallery)


The gallery was opened in honor of the 40th anniversary of well-known Japanese studio Toei Animation (known in particular for the Dragon Ball and Sailor Moon series). The permanent exhibition presents many of the studio, the heroes sculpture in full growth, promotional posters and materials production period.


Address: 2-10-5 Higashi Oizumi, Nerima-ku, Tokyo 178-8567

Hours: 9: 30-17: 00 (last admission 16:30)

Closed on Mondays, New Year holidays, during the replacement of the exhibition.


Tokyo (Suginami district) – Suginami Animation Museum (Suginami Animation Museum)


Japan’s first museum, comprehensively considering the characteristics of Japanese animation.Located in Tokyo’s Suginami district where the headquarters of many major anime studios. The main exhibition hall dedicated to the history of animation and analysis of the process towards the creation of the anime, but in the museum cinema shows short films. The visitors also have the opportunity to learn more about the process of film scoring, and even to try yourself as a seiyuu. Suginami museum offers everyone a unique opportunity to study various aspects of Japanese animation, organizing the process of familiarization most interesting and informative.


Address: 3-29-5 Suginami Kaikan 3 the rd floor, Kamiogi, Suginami-ku, of Tokyo

Opening hours: 10: 00-18: 00 (last admission 17:30)

Closed: Mondays (or the following day if Monday – a holiday nat.), New Year holidays (28 December – 4 January). Closure is also possible on technical grounds.


G. Mitaka – Studio Ghibli Museum (Ghibli Museum)


The museum was designed by the studio director Hayao Miyazaki – master tried to create a place where every visitor will be able to once again feel like a child, and a pioneer in the world of animation Ghibli. The permanent exhibitions of the museum are devoted to the process of creating animation, often organizes temporary thematic exhibitions. Read more about Studio Ghibli Museum you can read on our website.



Address: 1-1-83 Shimorenjaku, Mitaka-shi, Tokyo 181-0013

Opening hours: 10: 00-18: 00 (date and time to book visits in advance required)

Closed on Tuesdays; additional days specify further.


G. akiruno – Shoujo Kan Manga (Shojo Manga Kan)


Or Shoujo Manga Museum – one of the largest libraries in the country Shoujo comics or manga for girls – in the archives collected about 35 000 volumes of the 1970s – 80s .. Unfortunately, the museum is open only on Saturdays, from April to October .


Address: 115-5 Ajiro, Akiruno-shi, Tokyo, 190-0155

Opening hours: 13: 00-18: 00 (times may vary)

Closed: from November to March, all the days, except Saturdays.

G. Kawasaki – Kawasaki City Museum (Kawasaki City Museum)


The museum has collected everything that somehow affected the contemporary artistic culture of the city of Kawasaki: photography, graphic posters, manga, movies and videos. The museum has a large collection of materials on the manga culture, and regular exhibitions.


Address: 1-2 Todoroki, Nakahara-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa 211-0052

Hours: 9: 30-17: 00 (last admission 16:30)

Closed: Mondays (. Or the following day if Monday – nat holiday), New Year’s holidays.


Kansai Region

Kyoto – Kyoto International Manga Museum (Kyoto International Manga Museum)


The joint project of Kyoto City and Kyoto Seika University. The museum has collected and a large collection of materials on the anime and manga culture, more than 300,000 comic books and magazines kept in the museum’s archives. 50,000 volumes of the manga and 3000 translated thematic books – to be shared. Regularly in the museum hosts exhibitions and workshops of popular manga and animation.


Address: Karasumadori-Oike-agaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 604-0846

Opening hours: 10: 00-18: 00 (last admission 17:30)

Closed: Wednesdays (. Or the next day, if the medium – nat holiday), New Year’s holidays, extra days – due to technical reasons.


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