Kadokawa Culture Museum, Tokorozawa Saitama-ken – Museum, Team Lab and More

The Kadokawa Culture Museum and new TeamLab exhibit opened on August 1, 2020. The Kadokawa Culture Museum designed by Kuma Kengo is part of a new development called Tokorozawa Sakura Town in Saitama. Kadokawa is one of the largest Japanese publishers in Japan producing books, magazines, anime, and movies. Tokorozawa is located one hour from central Tokyo via car or train so best to combine a visit on a day trip to Kawagoe or sweet potato (Oct-Nov) or blueberry picking (July-Aug). Here are our other Saitama kids’ favorites.

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Kadokawa Culture Museum, Tokorozawa Saitama-ken – Museum, Team Lab and More

The Kadokawa Culture Museum facility holds a library, an art museum, a modern Japanese shrine and a natural history museum. Designed by Kengo Kuma it is an awe-inspiring stone building. Due to COVID the library and natural history museum are not yet open, but tickets to the Kengo Kuma exhibit are available.

Planned Exhibits

Kadokawa Culture Museum, Tokorozawa Saitama-ken - Museum, Team Lab and MoreKengo Kuma: The Birth of an Art & Space Connected to Nature – Transcendent Architecture in Stone and Wood (August 1, 2020 – October 15, 2020) Ticket page to buy tickets for the Museum (please note tickets to the Museum and TeamLab exhibit are different). A great exhibit highlighting the construction of the National Stadium for the 2020 Olympics and the Kadokawa Culture Museum. If you are an architecture lover this exhibit is a must. However, smaller children may have limited interest.Kadokawa Culture Museum, Tokorozawa Saitama-ken - Museum, Team Lab and More

Hiroru Aramata’s Youkai Fushimaden 2020 (Nov 6, 2020 – Feb 28, 2021) – This is an exhibit my kids will love. Already planning to attend in November. Are your kids intrigued by Japanese Youkai (ghosts)? Aramata is one of the leading experts on Youkai. The exhibit will explain all about Youkai – where they live in Japan, the most famous ones, and what they are up to! Fun, Fun, Fun!


Musashino Wood Park TeamLab Exhibit (Aug 1, 2020, until TBD) – TeamLab has installed about 100 one meter high glowing acorn or alien shaped eggs in the local park. During the day the objects are silver, at night objects change colors automatically or if a person touches the objects. You can walk freely along the path watching the objects change color. You are allowed to stay until closing, but 30 -60 mins is enough time to enjoy. If you are traveling from more than 45 mins away, I do not recommend traveling that far just for this exhibit. Combine with other plans. Also, use the bathroom in the Kadokawa complex because the public bathrooms in the park are the most disgusting I have ever experienced in Japan. TeamLab should be finding a renovation of the local park bathroom – give that back the community that now has glowing eggs in their local park. Cost depends on age and visiting time. The daytime is cheaper than night, weekdays cheaper than weekends. Range 300 – 1,2o0 yen. Details on this link.  Open 12:00 – 22:00 daily with a one hour break around 16:00- 17:00 depending 

Address: Located in Tokorozawa Sakura Town, 3-31-3 Higashi Tokorozawawada, Tokorozawa, Saitama 359-0023 (google map)

Hours: Closed Tuesday, open 10:00-18:00 Wed, Thurs, Sun, Mon; open 10:00-21:00 Fri and Sat

Website: www.kadcul.com 

Access: about a one-hour car ride from central Tokyo (longer if during late afternoon commuting time 4:00-7:00). 70 min commute by train from Ebisu or Yotsuya nearest stations Higashi Tokorozawa on the Musashino Line. The parking lot is available under the museum complex.on season. Tickets for the TeamLab exhibit.

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Kadokawa Culture Museum, Tokorozawa Saitama-ken – Museum, Team Lab and More

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