Japan, a popular tourist hotspot especially if you love anime! The country of the rising sun is famous for its culture and the beautiful aesthetic vibe of the country. Today, anime and manga have become a big part of japanese culture. From the studio that brought the ideas of Hayao Miyazaki to life, games, comics, animation attract a lot of fans to their country. If you love anime then japan must be on your wishlist as the country can provide you an anime-esque experience with its cafes, museums and theme parks. Here we list the best places for you to unleash your inner weebness and enjoy what japan has to offer.
Studio Ghibli Museum
Not a fan of museums? What about a museum dedicated to the famous Ghibli Studios that brought us heartwarming animations, such as spirited away and My Neighbor Totoro ? Yes, please ! Located in Mitaka, Tokyo, it is the only museum that showcases the work and history of Hayao Miyazaki as well as Studio Ghibli. The Studio is the most famous animation film studio in japan that released a number of award winning films along with some of the most memorable and adorable memorable characters. It will take around 30 mins if you are from Shinjuku station.
The Ghibli Studio museum is a tourist hotspot, with tickets selling like hotcakes! So if you want to mesmerize yourself in Hayao Miyazaki’s works, make sure to book the ticket early. Moreover, only a few people can visit the museum at once, and if you did not reserve a ticket early then you would not be able to get into the museum. Certain websites do provide last minute reservation service but buying them in advance is recommended
Fujiko F Fujio Museum
Another museum that we recommend is a museum dedicated to Fujiko F Fujio, the writer of the beloved Doraemon series. It is located outside of Tokyo, in Kawasaki and the adorable Doraemon museum showcases the works of Fujiko F Fujio, mainly the precious Doraemon, his original artworks and shortfilms. Throughout the museum, you will learn about the history of Doraemon and its animation, created by Fujio with an english guide made available for those who don’t know japanese.
Same as the Ghibli Studio museum, you have to book your tickets so make sure to buy them beforehand.
Did you know that there are real life pokemon centres in Japan? Yes ! Unless you have been living under a rock for the past two decades, then you will know that pokemon is one of the popular series in the world. The pocket monster series is beloved by all because of its charming nature and if you are a big fan of them, then feel free to explore the many centres that japan has to experience what your ingame trainer experienced.
If you are looking to buy souvenirs to bring home then you are more than welcome. These pokemon centres are an official Pokemon store approved by Nintendo offering games and a huge selection of exclusive merchandise. You can find 5 pokemon centres in Tokyo with the one in Nihonbashi being the biggest and even have its own pokemon cafe.
If you are a weeaboo and are looking to buy some anime merchandise, then look no further than in the Akihabara district. One of the most popular ones in Tokyo, the district is known for being the main hub for Japanese geek culture. You can easily find stuff related to Otaku culture here be it anime, manga games, action figures etc. There are a lot of stores that you can explore making it a haven for anime lovers around the world.
There is also a local tour to see the best highlights of the Akihabara district during the day. Learn the world of games and anime as you explore Akihabara and if you are looking for refreshments, why not stop by one of the maid cafes?
If Akihabara is not enough to quench your thirst for anime related stuff, Nakano Broadway might scratch that itch. Just like Akihabara, Nakano is famously known among otakus and underground subculture lovers. The centre of the area features a large shopping complex with a huge numbers of shops offering anime and manga related stuff. Nakano is not that far from Shinjuku and you can get there from the JR Shinjuku station. The neighborhood also offers guided tours to the deep otaku cultured district and it is recommended if you like exploring hidden spots.