The Sendai Anpanman Museum & Mall opened in 2011 behind JR Sendai Station. In front of the entrance is a bakery selling baked goods modeled after characters from the Anpanman anime.
The first floor is admission free. It features various goods shops and restaurants all with Anpanman motifs. This is really the best place in Sendai to find Anpanman goods. From books and toys to children's fashion, you can find almost anything. There is even a portrait studio and children's barber and beauty shop.
It will be 1000 yen to enter the second floor. Anyone over 1 year old needs a ticket. On the second floor are a few play areas, a theater showing Anpanman anime shows, and some exhibitions. At an art corner, art project courses take place throughout the day. You can see the daily dance performances from the first or second floors.
The Anpanman Museum & Mall is extremely popular with family and children, so it is often crowded on weekends. With a parking lot, restaurants, shopping, and play area facilities, it is easy to spend a whole day here--for children at least. Don't forget your camera for all the cute photo opportunities.
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Justin Velgus (ジャスティン ベルガス) is a long-term resident and promoter in the Tohoku region. He has been a content producer for JapanTravel.com since 2012 and was the Miyagi Prefecture Regional Partner 2013-2015. Justin’s over 300 published travel and culture articles come from a background of studying in Akita, teaching English in Miyagi through the JET Program, and working for the government in Fukushima. He lives in the gyutan capital of the world, Sendai. Justin is an expert in local culture and history. He was the first foreign volunteer at Sendai City Museum and regularly advises the local volunteer guide group GOZAIN , which he is a veteran member, on guiding techniques and hidden locations in the city even locals don't know about. In his free time he enjoys delivering original walking tours, such as his Dark Sendai Tour (ghost tour) or Kokubuncho Mystery Tour (redlight district tour). Justin is also a Certified Sake Professional.