Friday, January 27, 2012

Anpanman Children's Museum - Yokohama

Our latest visit to Yokohama was partially because we wanted to take our daughter to the Anpanman Children’s Museum. A Japanese friend had recommended this place quiet a few times. Our daughter is not a big fan of Anpanman, but when we asked her if she wanted to go to this place, she seemed excited.

Anpanman is a relatively unknown character series outside of Japan and South East Asia. In fact, we first heard of Anpanman, after coming to Japan. In Japan, Anpanman is a very popular character, especially among toddlers.

Anpanman, the“Red Bean paste filled Bread” man and his friends and enemies, which are also modeled after various kinds of bread were created by Japanese artist, “ Takashi Yanase” in a picture book series in the 1970’s. It was later converted into a TV series “Soreike ! Anpanman” and some 20 odd films. The series holds the Guiness World Record for the most number of characters in an animation series, 1768 characters as of June  2009 to be precise.

The multistoreyed museum has play areas and displays, which are popular among the kids.

A mall and restaurant area has various counters selling different kinds of franchise and food stuff.

Food stuff shaped like the various characters are available for sale.

Balloons of Anpanman characters for sale in the shopping area.

Children ( above 1 year) and Adult tickets are priced uniformly at 1000 yen per head. Children ticket comes with a free toy. 

Tickets: 1000 yen per head for Adults and children above age 1.  

Closing Days: New Year’s Holiday

Address: 4-3-1, Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama- 220-0012

Phone: 045-227-8855

Parking: Limited Parking available.

Website: (Japanese only)

Anpanman Museums are also located in Nagoya city ( Aichi Prefecture) and Sendai ( Miyagi Prefecture). 

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