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Visiting Animation Museums

An Invitation to an 'Otaku' Tour

Heroes and heroines, filling us with excitement, have been the target of admiration for fans of all eras. Here are some spots where you can enjoy the charm of these heroes and heroines, find out how they came to be created, and also learn about the history of Japanese anime. Although Japanese is the only language spoken at many of the facilities, it is quite a thrill just gazing at the exhibits.

Toei Animation Gallery

Toei Animation, famous for its numerous hits including "Dragon Ball", "Sailor Moon", and "Precure", is the leading anime production company in Japan, having launched many popular works over the 50 years since its foundation. A gallery is set up in the Oizumi Studio where you can see the entire history of this company (only in Japanese). Among the valuable items displayed are anime scenarios, storyboards, configuration data, original drawings, celluloid pictures, advertising posters, etc. Please do the entrance procedure at entrance guard when you enter.

Place:2-10-5, Higashi-Oizumi, Nerima-ku, Tokyo 178-8567 (No parking zone)
Tel: 03-3978-3111
Business hours: 9:30-17:00 (enter by 16:30)
Closed: Mondays, year-end through the New Year holidays, and during the Bon holidays (mid-August).
Free admission

Access:About 15 minutes' walk from the North Exit (Kita-guchi) of Oizumi-Gakuen Station.
Oizumi-Gakuen Station is approx. 16 minutes from Ikebukuro Station on the Seibu Ikebukuro Line (Local Express Service).




Suginami Animation Museum

Suginami-ku, Tokyo, the location for many companies related to animation production, is known as an 'anime town'. The Suginami Animation Museum, which opened in March 2005, is a center that provides a fun and systemized way to learn, experience, and understand anime. In addition to diverse exhibits on the history of Japanese anime, an anime production workplace, and the latest digital production technology, the museum also invites professional creators to give talks, and organizes workshops where you can actually experience producing anime. Moreover, in the library filled with a rich collection of anime-related materials, you can browse through books and watch DVDs.

Place:3rd Fl., Suginami Kaikan, 3-39-5, Kamiogi, Suginami-ku, Tokyo 167-0043
Tel: 03-3396-1510

Business hours: 10:00-18:00 (enter by 17:30)
Closed: Mondays (or the following Tuesday if the Monday falls on a National Holiday), December 28th - January 4th
Free admission

Access:About 5 minutes' ride to the "Ogikubo Keisatsusho-mae" (Ogikubo Police Station) bus stop on the Kanto Bus.
The Kanto Bus departs from the North Exit (Kita-guchi) of Ogikubo Station.
Ogikubo Station is approx. 10 minutes from Shinjuku Station on the JR Chuo Line (Rapid Service), or approx. 14 minutes from Shinjuku Station on the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line.

*Photo (C) TOEI ANIMATION GALLERY
*Photo (C) SUGINAMI ANIMATION MUSEUM

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