Attractions for Anime and Manga Fans in Japan

Kaneda's bike from Akira
••• Kaneda's bike from Akira. taro fumizono/Flickr/CC BY 2.0

If you are anime and manga fans, Japan might be a destination you dream of visiting one day. Here are shops, museums, and fun attractions in Japan for Japanese anime/manga fans to visit.

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    The Studio Ghibli is famous for producing great animations. The Studio Ghibli Museum in Tokyo is filled with fantastic arts. Please purchase a reserved ticket with an appointed date and time in advance.
    Location: Mitaka-city, Tokyo
    Access: 15 minute walk from JR Mitaka Station

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    Kyoto International Manga Museum

    The museum collection includes manga publications and historical resources for manga and anime from around the world. 
    Location: Karasuma-Oike Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
    Access: Kyoto Subway Karasumaoike Station

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    Tokyo Akihabara

    It's known as the center of Japanese pop culture, and there are many shops selling Japanese video games, anime, and manga items in the area. Tokyo Anime Center is located on the 4th floor of the UDX building.

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    Mandarake Nakano

    Nakano in Tokyo is also a popular area for anime/manga fans. Along Nakano Broadway shopping street, there are many shops selling manga/anime related items. Mandarake is one of them which specializes in used manga and also operates many shops around the country.
    Access: 5 minute walk from JR Nakano Station

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    This museum introduces the history of Japanese animation and exhibits anime-making process. A selection of Japanese animations are screened at the theater.
    Location: Suginami Kaikan Hall 3F
    3-29-5 Kamiogi Suginami-ku, Tokyo
    Access: 5 minutes by Kanto Bus from JR or Tokyo Metro Ogikubo Station to Ogikubo Keisatsusho-mae stop.

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    The Pokemon Center in Japan sells a variety of Pokemon character goods in many locations.

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    It sells various character items, toys, interiors, figures, and lots more. It operates a number of stores across the country.

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    If you love the Neon Genesis Evangelion series, Fuji Q Highland, an amusement park in Yamanashi, operates a pavilion called Evangelion World.

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    Osamu Tezuka was a well-known Japanese manga artist. The permanent exhibition includes a timeline of Tezuka's life and his works.
    Location: 7-65 Mukogawa-cho Takarazuka-city, Hyogo Prefecture
    Access: Hankyu Line Takarazuka or Takarazuka-minami Station / JR Takarazuka Station

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    Mizuki Shigeru Museum

    Shigeru Mizuki is a Japanese manga artist who created GeGeGe no Kitaro which features Japanese yokai monsters. The museum is located in his hometown and houses his original drawings, yokai figures, and lots more.
    Location: 5 Hon-machi Sakaiminato-city, Tottori
    Access: About ​a 10 minute walk JR Sakaiminato Station
    Guide for Sightseeing from Sakaiminato City