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Go visit Doraemon at the Fujiko F. Fujio Museum

Enter the magical world of Doraemon at this Kawasaki museum near Tokyo, dedicated to the blue cat-robot and his friends

By Kaila Imada
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Located out in Kawasaki, about an hour’s train ride from Shibuya Station, you’ll find a museum dedicated to Fujiko F. Fujio, one of Japan’s most iconic manga artists, who’s also the author, illustrator and creator of Doraemon. The space is a treasure trove for fans of both the manga and animation, as it delves into the artist's early years, inspiration and creation behind Doraemon, as well as his other characters.

Not only does the museum have a café serving Doraemon-inspired dishes, it also offers a rooftop playground that's perfect for Instagram. If you’re planning a visit, here are just a few things you shouldn’t miss. Meanwhile, you can download our latest summer issue now for free – it features Doraemon on the cover. 

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Fujiko F. Fujio Museum
Fujiko F. Fujio Museum

See Fujiko F. Fujio's original works

The museum offers a rare insight into Fujiko F. Fujio’s manga legacy, especially his original works and illustrations. Browse through both the permanent and temporary exhibition rooms with the free audio guide, which is available in English, Chinese or Korean. 

Fujiko F. Fujio Museum
Fujiko F. Fujio Museum

Interact with Doraemon

The exhibition space, known as the People’s Plaza, is an interactive treasure trove for fans of both Doraemon’s manga and anime series as it delves into the inspiration and process behind the creation of Japan’s favourite mechanical feline. Start off at the stamp machines to personalise your own Doraemon stamp. Then move on to the mini replica of the house of Doraemon’s family member, Nobita Nobi, for an augmented reality experience. Don’t miss the two giant capsule toy machines where you can get a souvenir for just ¥300. Further down at the Manga Corner, you can flip through Doraemon comics to your heart’s content.

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Fujiko F. Fujio Museum
Fujiko F. Fujio Museum

Catch a special movie screening at the museum theatre

After visiting the exhibition rooms, sit back and relax at the museum’s in-house theatre where a short, original movie plays every 20 minutes. After the film is done, the screen opens up to an outdoor green space (closed in the event of rain). Which brings us to...

Fujiko F. Fujio Museum
Fujiko F. Fujio Museum

Take a selfie with Doraemon at the rooftop playground

This lush, rooftop space is the perfect spot to take a photo with Doraemon and his gang. Here you’ll find life-size figurines of, among others, Doraemon, Nobita, Nobita’s dinosaur (from the 1980 film ‘Doraemon: Nobita’s Dinosaur') and the ‘Anywhere Door’, a popular gadget from the series that can transport its user to any location they want.

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Fujiko F. Fujio Museum
Fujiko F. Fujio Museum

Dine out with Doraemon

No visit to the museum is complete without a pitstop at the Museum Café. The spacious eatery looks out to the Rooftop Playground and features food and drinks inspired by Doraemon and friends, which are both adorable and tasty. Sip a Doraemon latte while you dig into taco rice, pasta and even sweet roll cakes all styled after our feline friend. Before you leave the museum, swing by the museum shop and take Doraemon home with you.

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