I took my almost 3 year old daughter to the Anpanman Museum the other day since she is “in” the Anpanman character crazed period. All of my older three children had the same period between 2-4 years, however, the Anpanman Museum did not exist then so this was my first visit. The Anpanman Museum houses plastic characters sculptures of the Anpanman gang and has some play areas. There is also a stage with 2-3 performances a day. For those who may not know about Anpanman, there is a bit of an intro to the character at the bottom of this post.
Anpanman Museum, Yokohama
Now allow me to be very honest with you. If your child is between 2-4 years old, the Anpanman Museum is paradise; however, for parents it is a nightmare (think hundreds of screaming toddlers)! A nightmare that has moments of sheer bliss when your child looks at you with the biggest, happiest eyes and squeals of happiness. Days have past and she is still taking about her visit to Anpanman.
The Anpanman Museum is three floors. You enter the first floor to buy a ticket and get a small Anpanman toy if your child is elementary and below (Anpanman plastic rattle toy). The first floor has an indoor small play area and slide (recommend you hit this area on the way out). We took the elevator to the third floor and visited the characters all on display (you are not allowed to touch). Then went over to the interactive area where kids can pretend to make Anpanman bread and sit in Anpanman’s vehicle. There is also a display are on this floor where you can see miniature Anpanman sets displaying Anpanman on a farm or at a Japanese festival.
The 2nd floor is definitely the most crowded, and has a store set-up where kids can pretend to work in an Anpanman sushi or shaved ice store, cook rice and other activities.
There is also a craft area where the staff is available to help your little one cut and color paper. The second floor also has a rest area where you can sit and catch a breather while your little plays with blocks. Overall high energy, fast past and quite exhausting. Bathrooms are plentiful and child friendly.
If you have any energy remaining, you can exit the museum and enter the shopping centre to buy some bread at the Anpanman bakery, get your hair cut at the Anpanman salon or visit one of the many Anpanman stores or food booths.
Was it worth it? Yes. Would I go again? No. Like climbing Mt. Fujii, it is a once in a lifetime events.
Anpanman Museum Details
Address: 4-3-1 Minami Mirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa-ken (横浜市西区みなとみらい4-3-1)
Hours: Museum 10:00 – 18:00, Shopping Mall 10:00 – 20:00
Cost: All people over 1 year of age are 1.500 yen
Access: 7 min walk from the Shin-Takashima Station on the Minatomirai Line, or the Takashimacho Station on the Yokohama City Subway.
Website: http://www.yokohama-anpanman.jp/main.html (Japanese language)
English PDF brochure: http://www.yokohama-anpanman.jp/pdf/foreign_brochure.pdf
Background of Anpanman from Wikipedia (アンパンマン) is a Japanese picture book series written by Takashi Yanase, running from 1973 until 2013 following his death. The anime adaptation Soreike! Anpanman (それいけ!アンパンマン, Let’s Go! Anpanman) is one of the most popular anime series amongst young children in Japan. The show has been on the air in Japan continuously since October 1988. Also every toy imaginable has a licensed Anpanman character version.
Anpanman Museum, Yokohama
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