10 Tokyo Attractions That Will Completely Change the Way You Look at Manga


Are you planning a trip to Tokyo? Instead of taking in all the sights, why not indulge in some manga-themed adventures? These ten must-visit attractions will utterly transform your perception of the beloved Japanese comic genre.

A Snapshot of the Culture and History of Manga

Even amid the bustling rush of urban Tokyo, there are countless sites throughout Japan that showcase the vast array satisfactorily.

Amusement parks, zoos and shrines offer a glimpse into Japan’s past, while museums display its artistry; from sumo matches to painterly landscapes – everything come together to create an edifying experience.

This is just a snapshot of the variety of sights one can encounter on their visit to Tokyo, with a multitude of options for people in all walks of life!

A Guide to Japanese Comics

Tokyo is one of the world’s most vibrant cities, and it boasts an array of comic book shops where fans can immerse themselves in a plethora of manga titles.

In Japan, there are some 200,000 different books published each year. Just think about that! There are a vast array of genres represented such as Shounen Jump: the premier superhero title for Japanese youngsters; Shoujo Genre; Manga for grown ups; Gag Manga for comic relief; and even Yaoi Manga – which combines boy love with hardcore sex scenes!

If you’re seeking out something more risqué, then visit Tokyo and venture into Akihabara. This district is often referred to as ‘Sick Kids’ due to its collection of adult-oriented shops and anime stores.

A Museum Dedicated to Japanese Superheroes

If you’re a fan of Japan’s beloved manga superhero genre, then you’ll be pleased to know that Japan has dedicated an entire museum to these characters. Nestled in the Tennoji district near Osaka Castle and Nara Park, this establishment is devoted solely to showcasing its celebrated heroes from across all genres from action movies to anime series – providing visitors with an immersive experience that truly brings these stories to life!

The Tennoji Peace Memorial Museum was created to commemorate the lives lost during the 1995 Aum sarin nerve gas attack on Tokyo Subways, which killed 12 people. As such, it must be said that this space is imbued with sacredness and solemnity; no mere collection can hope to adequately convey its significance when compared with such events as 9/11 or even the Holocaust. In fact, most visitors find themselves pausing for a moment of reverence at every corner before continuing onward!

With its tasteful design, not only does the museum provide a captivating look into Japan’s history but also conveys an optimistic message about society by showcasing individuals overcoming adversity in order to create peace for all mankind. In addition, it additionally symbolizes harmony between people who come together out of friendship and respect where each person plays their part in creating a united household regardless of race, class or creed.

The Sistine Chapel of Manga Artwork

Tokyo is well-known for its burgeoning manga art scene, but one of its most distinctive landmarks stands out above all others: The towering Bunkamura artwork!

By day you can visit this colossal masterpiece of manga artwork, which contains over 100,000 works by as many as 1,300 artists. Visitors can browse through the expansive exhibit and admire some truly remarkable pieces, including those displayed on floors two through six – complete with sections dedicated to such recognizable franchises as Dragon Ball Z, One Piece and Naruto – alongside more obscure titles!

At midnight each day except Saturdays and Sundays, the Bunkamura will transform into an awe-inspiring work of art that was unveiled in 2013. During the one-time event it will be illuminated from within and astound onlookers with its incredible palette of blues, oranges and purples creating a captivating display that instills visitors with profound feelings of admiration.

Tokyo’s Comic Book Museums

To be sure, it isn’t the most avant-garde of places, but Tokyo does boast a couple of well-established comic book museums. These prestigious institutions showcase exquisite examples of comics artwork alongside informative exhibits on their history and evolution; offering visitors an unparalleled opportunity to explore this unique medium from both a historical perspective as well as an artistic one!

If you’re traveling to Japan with no prior knowledge of manga or comics, consider visiting Tokyo’s premier comic book museum – Seiyu Osamu Gallery (Osamu Koyama Museum) located in Setagaya Ward. This historic site was established in 1996 by renowned anime director Osamu Koyama, whose collection of over 1,000 pieces is considered one of the largest collections in the world.

A Walk Through Tokyo’s Manga History in 2.5 Hours

Be sure to devote 2.5 hours for exploring Tokyo’s comic history! There are several shops worth checking out during your stay, each with a distinctive showcase or library that offers glimpses into the city’s rich pastime.

Begin your tour at Ueda Hirofumi Art Museum (上田良夫ギャラリー一号館), located in the Shimokitazawa district of Tokyo. With its rich collection of manga-related artwork and documents spanning more than 40 years; this unique attraction is ideal for fans of the genre! At its core lies an impressive gallery devoted exclusively to Nippon Gekiga – Japan’s pioneering independent press movement – which provides an unparalleled opportunity to explore these iconic characters’ lives and achievements over four decades.

Of course, it wouldn’t be complete without including some of its most celebrated artists. Take a look at Mitsutoshi Ishizawa’s ‘Gone with the Wind’, featuring the late Sei Shōnagon, creator of “The Pillow Book”, alongside one of her famous haiku; then go on up to Katsuhiko Hagiconji’s triptych ‘Manjiraka’ depicting James Joyce as well as Osamu Tezuka and Makoto Shinkai!

The Only Manga Museum in the World You Shouldn’t Miss

Tokyo’s manga museum is an unexpected destination, but do not let its location dissuade you from making a trip there. Fans of Japanese culture will savor the chance to immerse themselves in its rich legacy without leaving Tokyo – making this one the ideal way for tourists to explore Japan!

At Manga-Museum Tochigi Kamiyama, visitors can observe a collection of more than 4,500 items spanning 6 centuries of Japanese history. From Astana Hausawa’s depictions of feudal lords to Kenzaburo Oe’s tales of wartime devastation during World War II; as well as an array of Hiraide artworks and titles by famed manga creator Toshiki Yui – each display provides its own unique insight into a facet of the country’s rich past.

One of the Most Popular Anime You’ve Never Heard Of

If you’re an anime fan, chances are you’ve heard of One Piece. This popular franchise has inspired an international following that spans across several media platforms.

During its heyday, One Piece was the most watched anime in history. Nowadays it’s still widely popular; however, if you don’t have a clue what it is exactly, then it might be difficult to ascertain why this series has been so widely embraced by fans all over the world!

A Unique Tour of Tokyo’s Anime and Manga Art Scene

Tokyo’s anime and manga scene is a captivating one, offering unique insights into the world of Japanese comics. Though it may be difficult to find an engaging attraction like this in any other city, one can discover plenty during their stay if they venture beyond the usual sights and explore instead!

If you want to experience a slice of Japanese pop culture that’s not in English, we highly recommend visiting the Ghibli Museum. Designed by award-winning architect Sou Fujimoto and housed within a treasured 1850 original Tokyo mansion, this striking tribute gives fans the opportunity to appreciate some of Miyazaki’s most memorable creations without having to learn Japanese; it’s also possible to immerse oneself within Totoro’s world without even uttering its name in order for all guests to feel as though they are truly experiencing Japanese lives at its finest!

With such enchanting surroundings, it was only a matter of time before the Ghibli Museum became home to Japan’s foremost collection of anime art. This outstanding exhibition features exquisite pieces from Japan’s leading artists – all depicting the characters, scenes and settings from the Studio Ghibli films in masterful detail!

Where to Get Your First Taste of the Tokyo Manga Scene

Tokyo has a variety of manga cafes and bookstores, but there are only a handful of establishments where one can experience the ambiance before venturing out into the country’s capital.

Narcissus bar was founded in March 2015 as a place to savor well-crafted cocktails, sing along with karaoke machines and indulge in manga artworks. Just close by Hibiya neighborhood, this establishment provides an ideal introduction for travelers looking to get acquainted with its unique culture!


Each of these locations boasts a distinct history, and visitors can learn about them in detail as part of an optional tour.

Though it’s certainly possible to acquire an atlas before your arrival in Tokyo, it is not necessary! Instead, download the free Tokyo App (available for iOS and Android) for its comprehensive listings of over 500 attractions, restaurants and hotels.



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