For those who have missed the previous entry, you can click here to read “2016 Tokyo Day 14 Part 1: CUPNOODLES MUSEUM” before continuing with this post.
Continue from where I left off…
Right after we left the Cup Noodles Museum, we had to rush down to the Fujiko·F·Fujio Museum since our tickets were meant for entry at 14:00. According to the website, visitors must enter the museum no later than half an hour within the reservation time schedule. I was so worried that we might miss our time slot and refuse entry to the museum.
Upon arriving at Noborito Station, we then followed the signage to the pick-up point for the shuttle bus service. The museum offers a direct bus service from Noborito Station at JPY210/person (one-way).
It’s not hard to spot the bus since it’s plastered with Doraemon pictures.
Advance tickets bought from Lawson convenience store.
(also known as the “Doraemon Museum”)
Address: 2-chome 8-1 Nagao, Tama-ku, Kawasaki-city, Kanagawa Prefecture, 214-0023
Transportation Access: Shuttle bus service run from Noborito Station (Odakyu line or JR Nanbu line) / Approximately 16 minutes of walking from Mukougaoka Yuen station of Odakyu-line / Approximately 15 minutes of walking from Shuku-Gawara station of JR Nanbu line
Opening Hours: 10:00 – 18:00. Close on most Tuesday (refer to website for more details).
Admission Fee: Adults – JPY 1,000, Children (4 years and older) – JPY500
Thankfully, after all the rushing, we managed to reach just before the cut-off entry time.
Saw a staff stationed right outside the museum and a queue was formed near to the entrance. Upon enquiring, we realised the staff is there to check on your tickets and hand out the brochure before allowing you to join the queue to enter the museum.
Once we arrived at the Entrance Hall, we then have to exchange our printout for the actual tickets. Audio guides were also handed out to us for use in the exhibition area. We were also told where we could and could not take pictures. Taking a closer look at the bouchure, we realised photography/video filming was prohibited inside the exhibition area and Fujiko·F·Fujio Theater (except for Woodcutter Fountain).
Since photography was not allowed in almost half of the museum, I actually do not have that many pictures to share.
Below are some pictures I took at one of the exhibition rooms. I believe this is one of the few areas where they allow photography.
Coming out from the exhibition room, I then went to queue for the Woodcutter Fountain, located at a corner on Level 2.
📍 Woodcutter Fountain
There’s a handle in front, and we basically have to pump repeatedly for the figure to rise from the “fountain of woodcutter”.
📍 Manga Corner
📍 People’s Plaza
Not sure if these gachapon are exclusive to the museum; I just went ahead and got a few. JPY300 for one, which is equivalent to around SGD3.85.
To be honest, aside from visiting the exhibition area, there were only a limited number of things we could do in the museum. The fiancé and I then decided to join the queue for the Fujiko·F·Fujio Theater, where an original movie (that cannot be viewed anywhere else) is screened every 20 minutes.
Ticket to the show was included in our museum admission ticket and each ticket only allows one single entry to the theater.
The staff will punch a hole on your ticket to indicate that you’ve already been to the theater. That explain why each ticket holder can only enter once.
The show screened was in Japanese (with no subtitles) and lasted for 15 minutes.
Spotted Purikura at the People’s Plaza and decided to take a picture as souvenir. Surprising, it seems like no one else is interested in it aside from us.
JPY400 for two strips.
Went up to Level 3 for the Museum Cafe.
We managed to get a table with minimum waiting even though the cafe seems packed.
Before coming to the museum, I already checked out their website and I must admit the menu at the cafe is one of the reaons that make me want to visit the museum!
We ordered a Cafe Latte (JPY550), which comes with a random coffee art. There were several designs available (according to the menu), but we weren’t allowed to specify which design we want.
And while we can’t bring home the mug, we were told to keep the cardboard coaster as a souvenir.
I ordered a French Toast (JPY980) mainly because of the way it looks. It’s created to resemble like an Anki-Pan / Copying Toast / Memory Bread. How adorable!
The fiancé, on the other hand, ordered a Baked Rice (JPY1,600).
Done with our lunch, we headed out to the Rooftop Playground, just before the sky turns dark. Here, we found several characters which we could take pictures with.
Picture with Dorami – the younger sister of Doraemon.
Got someone to help us take a picture with Doraemon!
Right at the corner of the Rooftop Playground, there is also a Gift Corner where you can find selected food items. I ended up getting the Anki-Pan Rusk (JPY880 for 6 pieces / JPY1,650 for 12 pieces) for my sister. They were biscuits that shape like Anki-Pan and came individually packed in a round plastic container.
It was getting dark, so we went back inside and found the relatively empty People’s Plaza. Perfect opportunity to take pictures without being photobombed.
Lastly, we concluded our trip with a visit to the Museum Gift Shop located at Level 1. There you can find original goods and Fujiko·F·Fujio manga.
Leaving the museum, we once again took the shuttle service to Noborito Station, before boarding the train back to our hotel (Higashi-shinjuku Station).
Spotted this at the train station.
Having been to both the Cup Noodles Museum and Doraemon Museum on the same day, I realised I do prefer the Cup Noodles Museum more. From learning the origin of ramen to checking out the Noodle Bazaar to designing and creating our very own cup noodles. It sure is an experience that I couldn’t have gotten from anywhere else. So even though the museum wasn’t the easiest place to get to, I still think it’s worth a visit.
The Doraemon Museum, on the other hand, seems to pale in comparison. Perhaps because I wasn’t a fan of manga (so I can’t fully appreciate the exhibition) or because there just weren’t much interesting “activities” we could do at the museum, I don’t think I’ve fully enjoyed my visit. The only thing that stood out to me that day was perhaps our meal at the Museum Cafe. But even that could only get me excited for a short while. (Afterall, we’re still paying for overpriced food that though looks cute, tastes mediocre.)
I would most certainly love a second visit to the Cup Noodles Museum, but I don’t think I will say the same for the Doraemon Museum. Is more like a been-there-done-that kind of thing? One visit to the Doraemon Museum is good enough for me. Not to mention, I also don’t like the fact that we must purchase our tickets in advance and only allow to enter the museum during the specified time slot. It makes planning the itinerary difficult especially when it was our first visit and we couldn’t gage how much time was needed to get to the museum.
Overall, while I wouldn’t not recommend you to visit the Doraemon Museum, I wouldn’t particularly recommend you to visit either. I suppose it depends on how much you love Doraemon / enjoy manga and how much time you have on hand. If you wouldn’t mind the trouble, then sure, plan it into your itinerary. Just go there without high expectation, and I think you will be good!
After unloading our belongings at the hotel, we then made our way out to look for dinner. Went over to Shinjuku area, and somehow ended up spending both our time and money on one of the claw machines. In the end, we managed to catch a Pikachu plush at just slightly over SGD20.
After that, we continued to walk around Shinjuku but couldn’t decide what we want for dinner. Eventually, we settled down at a Japanese restaurant near to our place where I finally tried my first chirashi-don!
Usually, I would stay away from raw fish (except for salmon). I’m not sure why I decided to take the plunge and ordered a chirashi-don that day. But, I must say, it turns out to be a fairly good meal and I actually enjoyed it more than what I expected.
For JPY1,480, the “Deluxe Chirashi-don” comes with 13 assorted rawfish and shellfish over a bowl of seasoned rice.
Likewise, the fiancé isn’t a fan of raw fish, so he went for some sushi instead.
Paid JPY2,662 for our meal and it was worth every penny! I have since come to realise that every overseas trip I took made me want to step out of my comfort zone and try new stuff. Be it going out on my own or trying new food that I would normally avoid. That’s perhaps the beauty of travelling, isn’t it?