Doraemon Museum With Kids

Our experience of the Fujiko F. Fujio Museum

By Sherilyn Siy    - 3 min read

We love Doraemon. My kids, aged 7 and 9, could sit and read Doraemon comics for hours. We could all relate to the mischievous Nobita-kun and wish we had a friend like Doraemon with his pocketful of amazing gadgets. I purchased tickets to the Fujiko F. Fujio Museum a.k.a. the "Doraemon Museum" at a nearby Lawson (Japanese only, which was a bit stressful for me as I was afraid of making a mistake). Information online was helpful for me to prepare to go there but I'd like to share our actual experience of the place:

1. The bulk of the exhibit are pages and pages of original art

Yes, we love Doraemon, but we were expecting something other than wall after wall of framed comic pages, and row after row of glass encased drawings. The first exhibit upon entering -- a hologram video of how comics are produced -- was both informative and captivating. But what the website touted as the "heart" of the exhibit, that is, the original artwork, is a bit boring for my kids who were looking for something more interactive. Adults, however, would probably not mind slowly walking through this two-dimensional exhibit and appreciating the art.

2. The indoor interactive play area is limited and requires extra fees

I was looking forward to the People's Plaza, an indoor area where "Slightly Strange Experiences" can be enjoyed. Unfortunately, the only two free experiences were a wall mounted pinball-like set-up and a miniature model of Nobita's house with iPads you could point at with to view Doraemon. Much like a game arcade, you have to pay as you go for the other experiences.

3. The outdoor play area is disappointingly small

From photos, the outdoor play area looked huge so we were hoping to spend some time here running around. In reality, the outdoor play area is only as big as the extent of the building, which isn't much. There are three major photo ops (the iconic pink Dokodemo door, the dinosaur with Nobita and Doramon on it, and the concrete pipes where the gang plays. The museum is almost always crowded so it is quite impossible to play freely.

That said, my kids spent the most time reading in the comics library. Also, the short film that can only be viewed at this museum and nowhere else is worth the ticket cost.

Getting there

The museum is at least a 15 minute walk from any of the closest stations (Noborito Station on the Odakyu or JR Nambu Line, Mukougaoka Yuen Station on the Odakyu Line, or Shuku-gawara on the JR Nambu Line). There's a shuttle bus service from Noborito Station. There are only a few paid parking lots nearby so visitors are encouraged to take public transportation.

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Sherilyn Siy

Sherilyn Siy @sherilyn.siy

For Sherilyn Siy, Asia is home. Born in Hong Kong, Sherilyn spent time in the Philippines, China, and now lives in Japan. She speaks English, Filipino, Chinese (or putonghua), and Hokkien, her family's local dialect. Running is one of her favorite ways to explore Japan. She proudly finished the 2015 Tokyo Marathon -- her first ever full marathon -- in 4 hours and 37 minutes. She was absolutely psyched when she got selected again to run the new Tokyo Marathon route in 2018. She hopes to complete other races in Japan. 

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Elizabeth S a month ago
This is a good heads up for visitors. The museum is a bit out of the way. I guess the consolation is Nihon Minkaen nearby.