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A complete guide for Kadokawa Culture Museum

As a part of the biggest Japanese Pop cultural complex, Kadokawa Culture Museum (KCM) is newly opened in Tokorozawa, Saitama. This is my experience and a guide for you at this multiple museum attraction!

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Le Honganhh

Published on 01 May, 12:00

Designed by the talent architect Kengo Kuma

Kengo Kuma - one of the most influential architects in Japan, the Kadokawa Culture Museum is an impressive 5-story building.

Its uniqueness comes from the fact that it is a Monolithic structure, entirely covered by Granite stone slabs. The building is a harmonious mix between art, nature, books, reality and illusions.

It is said the the outside of the museum is created from 20.000 stone blocks weighting from 50 to 70kg. The stones were carved from the mountains in Shandong province, China, and transported to Japan by sea.

As a museum lover, I was so excited and ready for my trip to this place as soon as I heard about its opening.

The luxurious design of the museum name plate
The luxurious design of the museum name plate

How to get here?

On a beautiful day with no traffic, I departed from 8 AM from the center of Tokyo for a trip to the museum. It only took me 1 hour by car to get to this grand, "unique" stone structure located on a secluded stop of a hill.

Entrance to the Kadokawa museum
Entrance to the Kadokawa museum

I was immediately attracted to the scenery before me. The first thing that came to my mind was the absolute grandeur of this place. The structure seemed to urge visitors to lift their heads and behold its impressive scale.

The stone slabs were cut, polished, and arranged to fit together perfectly. Although this was an artificial building, the unique roughness of the museum and the rustic stone slabs made this a gigantic natural wonder

Ticket price and purchase method

The museum was newly opened, and tickets must be bought before coming so I bought it beforehand through the web. The museum is famous for its 8-meter-tall bookshelves with 50.000 titles, as well as the anime library with 250.000 titles of all genres for you to enjoy.

  • The ticket price for visiting the 1st floor with library and art exhibition is ¥1600
  • For visiting the manga library: ¥600
  • One-day ticket from Sunday to Thursday is ¥3000
  • One-day ticket on Friday and Saturday is ¥4000

The price is fixed so just book the tickets before your visit!

The towering, majestic museum
The towering, majestic museum

The museum was just opened in early August 2020, so not many people know about it yet. There are many themed events organized here, and the details can be checked through the museum's website: https://kadcul.com/.

In this article, I will walk you through the first three floors of the museum!

First and Second Floor: The signature Manga and Light Novel library

The first floor had a small library and a 1.000 square meter area for themed exhibitions, the themes include: nature, science, art, natural history, fashion, environment and society.

The library was neatly organized and arranged by specific areas, and the manga's bright colors always caught the eyes of everyone walking by.

The children book area was decorated with many pretty things and the children loved to stare at them in adoration.

The exhibition area was decorated with 2 shirts made from colorful pieces of newspaper
The exhibition area was decorated with 2 shirts made from colorful pieces of newspaper

The second floor also had a cafe and a souvenir shop. Here you can learn more about the Japanese art of brewing coffee and the architecture designs made by Kengo Kuma.

The second floor's book area were open from 10AM so I visited the second and third floor from 10 - 11:30. Since I didn't have the time and was more interested in the third floor, I just quickly walked by here. But if you are interested in brewing coffee and want to buy cute souvenirs then you definitely can't pass up the second floor!

Pictures I took at the exhibition area:

Many cameras were on display
Many cameras were on display
The exhibition room was tightly secured in order to protect the artworks
The exhibition room was tightly secured in order to protect the artworks
Introduction about the history of the museum as well as artists
Introduction about the history of the museum as well as artists
A complete guide for Kadokawa Culture Museum
Exhibition on the first floor
Exhibition on the first floor

Third floor: Japan's anime culture

The third floor was where the unique anime culture of Japan was promoted. The EJ Anime Museum on this floor introduced you to the history and culture of manga - the charming point that Japan is famous for.

The EJ Anime Museum especially showcased original manuscripts, studios, characters, artists, actors, books, films, games, figures, and many other anime-based products to the public.

A large artwork showcased in the museum
A large artwork showcased in the museum
I was especially attracted to books with haunting, antiquated, and somewhat scary style of illustrations. They really lured you in and made you want to see even more.
I was especially attracted to books with haunting, antiquated, and somewhat scary style of illustrations. They really lured you in and made you want to see even more.
There were many books and novels of many genres from famous writers around the country.
There were many books and novels of many genres from famous writers around the country.

A beautiful anime figure
A beautiful anime figure

After walking for a while, we were quite hungry and stopped to get some food and rest before continuing to explore the museum. There were two more floors, both of which were very unique and could not be missed so we definitely had to go there.

Come explore with me in my up-coming article!

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