Doraemon's Time Machine

A trip back in time at Fujiko F. Fujio Museum

By Vicky Amin    - 2 min read

As a hardcore fan of Japanese 90s cartoons, a visit to Fujiko F. Fujio Museum was something that I really looked forward to. Ever since I succeeded in buying the ticket online (because the ticket is not sold at the museum itself), I never stopped imagining the day when I'd really arrive at the museum and how I would let myself enjoy my childhood. And when that day actually came, well, it was as good as I thought: entering Fujiko F. Fujio Museum was like a real journey back in time.

Even from the first second when I exited Noborito Station, I was surprised to see the museum's shuttle bus was so fully decorated by the elements of Doraemon characters. Then, arriving at the museum, more memorabilia of the artist besieged me, in a good way of course, and made me smile. The museum's main building was filled with everything related to the maestro's life, complete with his iconic characters that became the best friends to Japanese and international kids alike (including me, an Indonesian kid) even from the 50s. Pages of original copies of hand-drawn comics, glass boxes with hologram projections, mini screens playing cartoon scenes, even replicas of Doraemon's gadgets, all succeeded to making me stay inside for hours. It was a very fulfilling time, despite the fact that visitors were restricted from taking photographs inside.

After the journey down the nostalgic collections within the building's two-storied exhibitions, I headed to the other rooms where there were interactive games featuring more of Fujiko F. Fujio's creations, a mini theatre showing short movies, and the people's go-to area, the comic corner! Just next to this area was a spacious outdoor park which became the home to many of the artist's characters statues. And yes, this was the museum's favourite section, because everyone could take revenge by taking as many photographs they wanted, with characters they have always loved since they were little.

Getting there

Fujiko F. Fujio Museum is just 10 minutes away from Noborito Station using shuttle bus that leaves in every 10-15 minutes (¥210). Noborito Station itself can be accessed by express trains on Odakyu Odawara Line (20 minutes from Shinjuku) or JR Nambu Line (30 minutes from Kawasaki Station).

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Vicky Amin

Vicky Amin @vicky.amin632

A traveler, budding travel writer, and amateur author. Writing is my way to redo my amazing journey all over again. I started "Cheating the World" project and with it, I've made two of my annual trips in a form of a book: "Cheating Southern Vietnam", and "Cheating Hong Kong & Macau" (still in Bahasa Indonesia, sorry...). Japan? Of course it's on top of my writing list. It was too good to not be recorded.

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