I went to the Fujiko F. Fujio Museum! Fujiko F. Fujio is the manga artist who created the famous character Doraemon. So It may be known as the Doraemon museum to some, but the place actually also pays homage to all the characters and manga belonging to the maestro.
The journey into his world starts even before getting near the museum, thanks to the special bus that takes you there.
The only recommended way to get to there is by bus, because there’s no parking! But you wouldn’t want to go there by any other means because the shuttle buses that come to pick you up are adorable. My bus had Doraemon characters on it
The bus service can be used from Noborito Station, which is about 40 minutes by train from Tokyo Station.
Inside the bus, there’re tiny details to look out for like the Doraemon buzzer!
Or some trusty straps for you to hold on to when the road gets bumpy. The ride gets you more and more excited for the actual place
When you enter the museum you start with the exhibitions dedicated to Fujiko F. Fuji’s life and work, and there all sorts of displays from original illustrations to a reproduction of his work desk. This is the section where no sort of photography is allowed at all, so you should just wander around and appreciate his creations
Anyway that’s why I have no pictures for that first part at all. But right after that I went on a photo-taking spree of every inch of the museum grounds
If you’re hungry there’s a cafe that serves themed food and drinks! If you’re not hungry, you should still go there because it’d be a waste to miss it.
Doraemon sleeping on a pillowy chiffon cake with matcha ice cream, dusted with a sprinkling of kinako and drizzled with syrup.
I thought this was really funny haha. You have a smiling Suneo on the plate in front of you, with hair made of chocolate cake.
The drinks are just as good! I asked for hot cocoa because it was cold and rainy outside, and it came with the cutest latte art. It was a pity to ruin it so I spent the longest time being careful while sipping away at the straw.
Once you’ve finished a good amount, you’re rewarded with a hidden picture on the inside of the mug! Which was…handsome Gian haha.
There are lots of original dishes and desserts that can’t be found elsewhere, so even though I could only have a bit of it I still liked looking through the menu
The cafe also gave every customer a sample portion of their original character dorayaki! Here’s a slice of Doraemon winking up at me.
After all that yummy goodness at the cafe, we went for a walk outside to explore Fujio F. Fujiko’s world in realityIt was pouring, but they provide umbrellas for the visitors to use freely when they want to go out and explore the grounds. It’s so thoughtful of themThanks to this I could still properly enjoy the museum in the outdoors.
The iconic Dokodemo Door (one of Doraemon’s many convenient gadgets) was right there! Though I walked through it but still came out onto the same place.
Perman relaxing on the grass (even in the rain)! I didn’t actually know the character Perman by name until after coming to the museum; he was created much earlier and is a lot more low-profile compared to the Doraemon and friends that everyone knows.
Heading back inside for some warmthThis part of the museum is a reading room where you can just sit down and relax with any of the comic books on the shelves. Doraemon keeps you company and reads along with everyone too!
Even the bathroom signs were cute—the characters get more and more urgent the nearer you get to the bathroom. It’s a good indicator of distanceThey used Shizuka for the females and Nobita for the guys.
The last bit before leaving is the souvenir shop! There was so much Fujiko F. Fujio character merchandise, especially Doraemon, so I spent a long time choosing what to buy. There was something for everyone, whether it was figurines or comic books or kitchen tools or sweets (definitely an all-purpose winner).
These Dorami-chan cookies were so sweet
In the Doraemon series Gian is notorious for his terrible singing, so I found it really funny when I saw this row of CD records. But instead of real songs it turned out to be chocolates insideHow thoughtful of them.
Every corner of the museum was special. It was impressive by how diligent they were in putting in all sorts of special details even if they’re not easily noticeable, like this tiny carved brick in the wall. Seeing all the care and love that was put into this place made me appreciate Fujiko F. Fujio’s works even more
Since I was a kid I read lots of Doraemon manga and watched the series on TV. For a while the bookshop at my primary school even sold mini comic books for a dollar each, so that term I ended up buying one every week. It’s a part of my childhood
But whether you grew up knowing Doraemon or not, it’s fun enough to get to know the artist’s characters and step into a storybook world for a little bit. And of course, foooood. Going to the cafe is absolutely necessary.
Tips when visiting the Fujiko F. Fujio Museum
Go only at the specific time slot you reserved with your ticket. You can’t enter before that, and everything (from the cafe to the exhibition to the shops) is inside the museum itself so if you end up going early you wouldn’t have anything to do.
Eat at the cafe with more friends, so that you can try different items on the menu!
On weekdays, it’s a lot less crowded so you can walk around in peace and quiet.
Don’t worry about going through the museum in sequence. It starts with the exhibition of Fujiko F. Fuji’s works from the entrance, but since it’s a self-guided tour you’re free to explore at your own pace. So if you want to take pictures with the sculptures or eat at the cafe first, or go back to an exhibit again, that’s fine! But once you leave the shop at the exit you can’t re-enter so make sure you’ve done everything you wanted to.