Tokyo Toy Museum
- Museum: Yotsuya 3-chome [Open 10am-4pm (enter by 3:30pm). Closed Thursdays.]
Especially popular with younger children but suitable for all ages, the museum exhibits thousands of toys from around the world, with plenty of hands-on activity for enthusiastic visitors. The...
- Museum: Mitaka [Open 10am-6pm. Closed Tuesdays.]
When Hayao Miyazaki's spellbinding Spirited Away won the Oscar for best animated feature in 2003, it only confirmed to the world what Japan has known for decades: that the work of Miyazaki and his...
Advertising Museum of Tokyo (ADMT)
- Museum: Shiodome [Open Tue-Fri 11am-6:30pm; Sat, Sun 11am-4:30pm (enter by 30 min before closing). Closed Mondays.]
The Advertising Museum of Tokyo (ADMT) has a very cool entrance in shiny black metal and glass on the B1 floor of the Dentsu building in Shiodome. Walk in, pass the museum shop (which has a couple of...
Nakamura Keith Haring Collection
- Art museum: Yamanashi-ken [Open 10am-5pm daily.]
Located about two hours from Shinjuku, this is the world's only permanent exhibition dedicated to the works of the 1980s New York-based pop artist Keith Haring. The museum is the nucleus (and the...
- Art gallery: Shibuya [Open 10am-9pm (enter by 8:30pm) daily.]
This large department-store gallery organizes exhibitions with a pop-culture sensibility, generally focusing on graphic arts and illustration, toys and manga-related subjects. Note that it also...
- Art gallery: Harajuku [Open 1-8pm. Closed Mondays.]
Exhibitions here vary widely in content, but tend toward the edgy, underground end of the spectrum. The space is also used for live music and other events. On the ground floor is a bar-cafe with a...
- Retail: Yotsuya 3-chome [Open noon-6pm daily.]
A shop devoted to the bean-jam-pastry hero and immensely popular children's cartoon character Anpanman, with thousands of different character items on sale.
- Retail: Akihabara [Open noon-8pm daily.]
A Mecca for manga maniacs, Mandarake carries a huge selection of toys, figurines and other collectibles as well as new and used comics.
- Retail: Shibuya [Open noon-8pm daily.]
This conveniently located outlet of the comic-book specialty store carries action figures and toys, videos and music, and hundreds of thousands of comic books, both new and used.
- Shopping complex: Nakano [Open noon-8pm daily.]
The ground floor of Nakano Broadway looks like a typical neighborhood arcade - dozens of shops selling handbags, sneakers, pet supplies and so on. But step onto the escalator and prepare to enter a...
- Retail: Harajuku [Open 11:30am-7pm daily.]
A well-stocked shop devoted to the beloved Belgian comic-book hero and his dog, Snowy.
- Shopping complex: Akihabara [Open 11am-7pm. Closed Wednesdays.]
Officially known as "2k540 Aki-Oka Artisan," this is a complex of galleries, boutiques and workshops for artisans of both traditional and modern crafts. Lined up under the JR railroad tracks are...
- Museum: Yokohama Minato-mirai [Open 10am-6pm (enter by 5pm). Closed Tuesdays.]
If you love instant ramen and want to learn much, much more about the ubiquitous snack and its inventor, Momofuku Ando, you've come to the right place. Walk around inside a replica of the original...
Gundam Front Tokyo
- Attraction: Daiba [Open 10am-10pm daily.]
Located on the seventh floor of DiverCity shopping mall in Aomi, this mini theme park is devoted to the popular Gundam anime series, and will be of interest to hardcore fans. It features a panoramic...
- Attraction: Daiba [Open 10am-9pm (enter by 7pm) daily.]
The Legoland Discovery Center is a mini-theme park inside the Tokyo Decks shopping complex, offering fun activities and charming attractions for visitors of all ages. There are a couple of...
Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum
- Attraction: Yokohama [Open 11am-10pm (last admission) daily.]
A miniature historical theme park, Ramen Town, located on the bottom two levels of the Ramen Museum, is a recreation of a bustling urban neighorhood in the year 1958 (which happens to be the year...
Tokyo Anime Center
- Retail: Akihabara [Open 11am-7pm. Closed Mondays.]
Tokyo Anime Center might be worth a quick look for hard-core anime fans on their way to one of the specialty shops in the neighborhood. Most of the small space here is devoted to selling souvenirs,...