Hi, it’s Junko from Japan! Other than major theme parks such as Tokyo Disneyland and Universal Studios Japan, Japan has various anime and manga theme parks. In this post, I’ll introduce you to great anime and manga theme parks all over Japan!
- Nijigen no Mori (Awaji Island in Hyogo Prefecture)
- NARUTO x BORUTO FUJI Hidden Leaf Village (Fuji-Q Highlands in Yamanashi Prefecture)
- Ghibli Museum (Mitaka in Tokyo)
- Ghibli Park (Moricoro Park in Aichi Prefecture)
- Toei Animation Museum (Oizumi Gakuen in Tokyo)
- NAMJATOWN (Ikebukuro in Tokyo)
- Anpanman Children’s Museum & Mall (Yokohama, Nagoya, Fukuoka, Kobe, Sendai)
- Snoopy Museum (Minami Machida Grandberry Park in Tokyo)
- Gosho Aoyama Manga Factory (Hokuecho in Tottori Prefecture)
- The Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum (Takarazuka in Hyogo Prefecture)
- Chibi Maruko Chan Land (Shimizu in Shizuoka Prefecture)
Nijigen no Mori (Awaji Island in Hyogo Prefecture)
If you are a NARUTO fan, you can never miss Nijigen no Mori in Awajishima (Awaji island)! Nijien no Mori opened in the Hyogo Prefectural Awajishima Park in 2019. Several different areas with different themes are built inside the vast park premise. Since it’s a public park, the entrance fee is free, and you can play with playground equipment like in usual parks. The themed areas require payment, and you have to buy a ticket for each area.
Here are regular areas you can visit anytime. Sometimes collaboration events with Japanese popular animations such as Demon Slayer are held for a limited time.
- NARUTO & BORUTO Shinobizato (Hidden Ninja village)
- Crayon Shin-chan Adventure Park
- Godzilla interception operation
- Dragon Quest Island
In the NARUTO & BORUTO Ninja village area, you can play some adventure attractions, shoot photos at the photo spots with life-size figures of NARUTO’s popular characters, and enjoy shopping. They even have Ramen Ichiraku! There are no better theme parks for NARUTO fans!
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NARUTO x BORUTO FUJI Hidden Leaf Village (Fuji-Q Highlands in Yamanashi Prefecture)
Another NARUTO/BORUTO theme park is in the area of Fuji-Q Highlands. Fuji-Q Highlands is one of the most popular amusement parks in Japan. They have several roller coasters and the one named FUJIYAMA is particularly famous.
NARUTO x BORUTO FUJI Hidden Leaf Village opened in 2019 as the latest addition to the Fuji-Q with approx. 9,000,000 dollars of the construction cost. The area has some attractions and shops themed on the world of NARUTO. There are many life-size figures of the NARUTO characters and you can take photos with your favorite characters.
Ghibli Museum (Mitaka in Tokyo)
Do you love Neighbor Totoro? If so, the Ghibli museum would be a perfect place to visit. Ghibli museum is a reservation-required museum in Tokyo. It’s located near Inokashira Park, one of the biggest parks in Tokyo. It’s an indoor theme park and the entire building reproduces the world of Studio Ghibli films. Emblematic characters of Studio Ghibli such as Totoro, the Catbus, and a giant soldier-like robot soldier from Castle in the Sky will welcome you!
At the shop area, you can buy lovely limited Ghibli products at a gift shop and have some snacks at the cafe space.
Ghibli Park (Moricoro Park in Aichi Prefecture)
Ghibli park is a special area built in Moricoro Park in Aichi prefecture. It consists of three areas: Ghibli’s Grand Warehouse (indoor amusement park), Hill of Youth from Whisper of the Heart, and Dondoko Forest from Neighbor Totoro. Ghibli Park doesn’t aim for an amusement park but a natural park that produces space like the Ghibli world.
The Ghibli Park project is still ongoing. In 2023, new areas Valley of Witches (featuring Kiki’s Delivery Service) and Mononoke Village (featuring Princess Mononoke) are planned to be built. The park has become a new sanctuary for Ghibli fans!
Toei Animation Museum (Oizumi Gakuen in Tokyo)
Toei Animation Museum is a big exhibition room of the popular Japanese animations by Toei. It’s a part of the Toei Animation Oizumi Studio that creates Dragon Ball, One Piece, Precure, Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai, and other things. You can’t have a tour of the studio area but can learn how to develop animation and watch videos on a big screen in the exhibition space.
They don’t have an English site, but English text is added beside the Japanese sentence for the important information.
NAMJATOWN (Ikebukuro in Tokyo)
NAMJATOWN is an indoor amusement park set in a large building named Sunshine City in Ikebukuro in Tokyo. It’s run by BANDAI NAMCO and different 5 amusement areas over 2 floors. It’s like a huge arcade. They often have collaborated events with popular Japanese anime such as Chainsaw Man, Demon Slayer, Tokyo Revengers, The Prince of Tennis, etc. During the events, newly created products and limited food menus are offered.
Also, the Sunshine City mall itself is like a big amusement area. It has almost 250 shops and restaurants, and even an aquarium and a museum are in the same building. I think you can spend the whole day here if you want. Ikebukuro city is known for having many famous anime shops like ANIMATE, Rashinban, Mandarake, Mellon Books, Surugaya, and Evangelion Store Tokyo. It’s an ideal place for your Otaku shopping too!
J-World Tokyo Was Closed Down as of 2019
J-World Tokyo is an anime theme park for Shonen Jump works. It was in the same Sunshine City building as NAMJATOWN but was closed in 2019. What a shame for Jump fans!
Tokyo One Piece Tower Was Closed Down as of 2020
Tokyo One Piece Tower was closed down in 2020 due to the pandemic. If you want to buy One Piece products in Tokyo, there’s an official One Piece Mugiwara store in Shibuya and Ikebukuro. More than 10,000 original One Piece goods are available!
Anpanman Children’s Museum & Mall (Yokohama, Nagoya, Fukuoka, Kobe, Sendai)
Anpanman is a hero who has a bread head. He’s surprisingly popular among Japanese little kids. Every boy and girl falls in love with Anpanman. No exception. There are 4 Anpanman theme parks in Japan. Each park has an indoor theme park and shopping mall. I’m not sure if Anpanman is popular in foreign countries too, but if your kids love it, the Anpanman museums will surely entertain them.
Snoopy Museum (Minami Machida Grandberry Park in Tokyo)
Snoopy Museum in Grandberry Park is the only official annex of the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in the US. It’s in a huge shopping mall and has some exhibitions and workshop events in which you can create Snoopy goods. At a cafe and gift shop, you can buy unique Snoopy snacks and products available only here.
Gosho Aoyama Manga Factory (Hokuecho in Tottori Prefecture)
Gosho Aoyama Manga Factory is a manga and anime amusement museum that features the author of Case Closed. Many Case Closed products and documents are displayed for Conan fans. From 10 minutes distance on walking, there is the Beika shopping street where you can visit Conan’s house and the Cafe Poirot. At the Poirot, you can have some snacks like Kogoro.
On the way from the nearest station to the Manga Factory, you can find many bronze figures of the Case Closed main characters.
Though Hokueicho is a small town and you can’t expect flashy amusement park attractions, it’d be a unique place for enthusiastic Conan fans.
The Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum (Takarazuka in Hyogo Prefecture)
The Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum is a place to learn everything about Tezuka Osamu and his works. Astro Boy, Jungle Emperor Leo, Princess Knight, Phoenix… Familiar manga characters from the Tezuka world are waiting for you. At the museum, you can see valuable documents about Tezuka’s works and watch short movies newly created only for the museum.
Sorry I couldn’t find the English site.
Chibi Maruko Chan Land (Shimizu in Shizuoka Prefecture)
Chibi Maruko Chan Land is an indoor amusement facility themed Chibi Maruko Chan. It has life-sized reconstructions of the most emblematic scenes in the Chibi Maruko Chan anime such as the Sakura family house, and the school classroom of 3rd year class 4 of Maruko and her friends. You can feel the good and old Showa period in Japan described in the anime.
The Maruko Chan Land is located on the premise of S-Pulse Dream Plaza, a huge shopping mall that has many stores and restaurants. There is even an outdoor amusement park with some attractions. You can view Mt. Fuji from a Ferris wheel!
Many theme parks and museums have started reservation systems or set a limit on how many people can enter at a time since the pandemic. Please check the latest entrance system of each facility from the official information source in advance!