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Updated: April 2, 2018

Tokyo Polytechnic University Suginami Animation Museum 東京工芸大学 杉並アニメーションミュージアム

3F Suginami Kaikan Building 3-29-5 Kamiogi Suginami-ku Tokyo

Explore the rich legacy of Japanese animated arts at the Tokyo Polytechnic University Suginami Animation Museum

Though animation first came to Japan in the early 1900s, it didn't boom until the mid-century. In the 1970s, influential manga comic book artists such as Osamu Tezuka inspired a unique giant robot genre known as "mecha," which focuses on detailed mechanical designs, complex sci-fi plots, and themes recalling Japan's nuclear past and the implications of technology on future humanity.

Starting with the likes of Tezuka's Astro Boy, the Tokyo Polytechnic University Suginami Animation Museum provides a comprehensive look into anime's past, present, and future, while also curating hands-on workshops, talks from industry professionals, and screenings in the museum theater. Though smaller than the renowned (and incredibly difficult to reserve) Studio Ghibli Museum, Tokyo Polytechnic University Suginami Animation Museum is free to enter, and even offers an audio tour in English.

How to Get There

  • Ogikubo Sta. | North Exit | 20 mins on foot
    JR Chuo Line | JR Sobu Line | Marunouchi Line

Contact

Opening Hours

  • 10:00–18:00 Tue–Sun, holidays
  • Last admission: 17:30

Price

Free

Facility Info

  • Restrooms |
  • Japanese | English |
  • Automatic doors | Wheelchair accessible elevator | Baby changing facilities | ostomate restrooms | Breast feeding room |

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