• News & Announcements
  • Theme 1: Pop Culture - Anime and Manga
  • Theme 2: Pop Culture - Experience History
  • Event Information
  • Did you know? Fun Facts About Tokyo

Declaration of Safe Travel to Japan
The outbreak of the H1N1 virus was indeed a serious matter affecting people all over the globe. Visitors to Japan can rest assured that due to vigilant nationwide countermeasures travelers need not take any special health precautions beyond normal preventative care for everyday illnesses. Japan and its many attractions are safe and enjoyable. We look forward to welcoming you soon!

JR East Pass Special (Sept. 1, 2009 to Dec. 1, 2009)
JR East Japan Railway Company is pleased to announce the release of the JR East Pass Special for late 2009. International visitors can use this pass for 3 days of travel in any month including unlimited use of reserved and non-reserved cars on any JR East train. (Please note some restrictions apply)
http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/press/20090601/20090601.pdf (PDF)

Hotel Ryumeikan Open (at Tokyo station)
As the Tokyo station area continues its re-invention it is quickly becoming another focal point of commerce, cuisine and couture in this great metropolis. Located close to Tokyo Station, the Hotel Ryumeikan has now opened and welcomes guests to its comfortable and convenient accommodations.

Sun Route Ariake Hotel Renewed and Open
With renovations now complete, Sun Route Hotels recently welcomed back their Sun Route Ariake Hotel to service. Conveniently located in the Tokyo Waterfront Area, near Tokyo Big Sight and other major sightseeing areas, the Sun Route Ariake Hotel looks forward to serving you soon!

Ome Art Jam 2009
Under the theme of "Weave and Infusion", twenty local and international resident artists will hold exhibitions and workshops from Sept. 20th to the 23rd at Rengado Akatombo in Ome City. An area already well known for it’s remarkable natural scenery, the Ome Art Jam will be a unique event for first time and repeat visitors to this locale.


Manga is the ubiquitous Japanese comic book, covering a wide range of characters and stories in a flurry of color and action. Anime are the frenetic, occasionally hyperactive, renderings of manga on screen. Both art forms have recently been attracting a swelling international audience.

Tokyo has often served as the source of inspiration for the stories, visuals and backgrounds and Anime and manga fans can enjoy seeing the actual sites and cityscapes that global audiences find so compelling. And no anime / manga inspired tour of Tokyo should begin without first heading to the hub of Japanese pop culture: Akihabara.

Amongst the throngs decked out in costumes of their favourite characters, visitors can find a wide variety of shops selling new, used and rare collectibles, films and books, as well as those aforementioned costumes. There are even themed cafes and restaurants around too.

We recommend checking out Akihabara’s Tokyo Anime Center. Visitors are welcomed free of charge. Keep up to date on the latest events at their website.

Below you will find some other must see locations for Anime fans!

Tokyo Character Street
Located in Tokyo Station’s underground shopping area.
http://www.tokyoeki-1bangai.co.jp/feature/characterSt/ (Japanese)

Nakano’s Broadway
Located west of Shinjuku, Nakano's Broadway offers shops regularly featuring rare finds and vintage studio goods.

Suginami Animation Museum

TOEI Animation Gallery
http://www.toei-anim.co.jp/tag/index.html (Japanese)

Pokémon Center Tokyo (Pocket Monster)
Shopping and souvenir center
http://www.pokemon.co.jp/pokecen/tokyo.html (Japanese)

An important part of the spread of manga and anime has been through the endeavor of its most talented artists and producers. "Comiket", or "Comic Market", is the world's largest handmade comic book fair, held twice a year in Tokyo.

As you can see, anime and manga fans taking a pop-culture tour of Tokyo will find the city to be a paradise of shops, souvenirs and sightseeing!

More information:





Anime and Manga trace their origins back to the Japanese art of ukiyo-e or “floating world” woodblock prints. Scenes were depicted with a sharp realism and were the manga of their time, as artist and publisher alike sold ukiyo-e throughout Japan.

Works such as 100 Famous Views of Edo (by Hiroshige), 36 Views of Mt. Fuji (by Hokusai, which included The Great Wave) or The Kabuki Actor (by Sharaku) would go on to have a profound influence on painters such as Van Gogh, Monet and Degas.

Meanwhile, of particular interest to managa fans will be the Hokusai Manga series. These volumes have been a major source of inspiration for generations of animation and manga artists. The series was comprised of thousands of simple 3 tone sketches drawn from everyday life and the natural world. Though simple in appearance, modern manga artists even today strive to capture a similar impact in a single picture or frame.

Visitors can find ukiyo-e exhibitions at museums throughout Tokyo including:

Edo Tokyo Museum

Ota Kinen museum

The Adachi Institute of Woodcut Prints

Ukiyo e Musuem in Toyosu

Visitors can also explore this list of bookstores and galleries where ukiyo-e prints and books are available:




Tokyo Marathon (Feb. 28, 2010)
Over 35,000 people will wind their way from the sky-scrapers of West-Shinjuku, through dynamic Ginza and historic Asakusa, on their way to the finishing line in modern Odaiba, passing by famous landmarks such as the Imperial Palace as they run (or walk!). Good luck to all participants in 2010!

Takao-san Hiwatari (Mar. 14, 2010)
At Mt. Takao’s Yakuoin Temple the dramatic Hiwatari (fire-crossing) takes place every Spring as Takao-san’s mountain priests walk on hot coals in an ascetic display. Visitors are welcome to participate!
http://www.takaosan.or.jp/hiwatari/index.html (Japanese)

Tokyo International Anime Fair 2010 (Mar. 25 to 28, 2010)

And More!


Mention white, sandy beaches to a resident of Japan and almost inevitably they will mention Okinawa. Yet, one of Tokyo’s best- kept secrets has to be the pristine white beaches of Ogasawara, Shikine,and Niijima.


Surfers, water-sports enthusiasts and campers may want to look towards the Izu Island Chain and Niijima Island.
http://www.outdoorjapan.com/ (Niijima article coming at the end of August)

A short ferry or flight takes the visitor to some of Tokyo’s most spectacular scenery.


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