: Until a few years ago, the Bandai Museum was located much closer to Tokyo, near Matsudo Station
. On August 31, 2006 this building was permanently closed.
The old Bandai Museum in Chiba, this place has been closed
In 2007 a new museum opened in Tochigi prefecture about 100 km from Tokyo, more precisely in Mibu
Admission is 1000 yen (children 600 yen), open daily 10-16:30.
The Bandai museum entrance in Mibu and statues of famous Japanese characters (I can recognize only Kamen Rider in the middle)
The museum is divided into several areas.
In the main hall there is a life-size bust of Gundam
(6 meter high), In Addition Also there is a small section dedicated to Gundam with a 1/144 scale model of the historic spaceship White Base
and various other models belonging to all series.
the life-size bust of Gundam inside the main hall of the Bandai Museum
the giant model of the White Base
Then there are sections that exhibit toys of all kinds, there is the "from the world" section (World Toy Museum
) which exhibits about 7000 toys from all over the world (especially Europe), and the "japanese toys" section (Japan Toy Museum
), which includes about 20,000 pieces, ranging from the Edo period until the 70s and contemporary Japan, therefore including many models, dolls, action figures and other stuff of famous robots and other popular series, as well as an overview of consoles that made the history of videogames and some unknown sold only in Japan.
Some photos of of the interior of the museum
Another section, called Edison Museum
, is dedicated to the American scientist and exhibits several of his inventions.
inside the Edison Museum
How to get to the Bandai Museum in Mibu and map
With Tobu railways
The closest railway station to the museum is Omochanomachi station
, served by a line of Tobu Railways
, the Utsunomiya Line
To reach this station from Tokyo you have to go to Asakusa station
and there take a "rapid" train of the Tobu Nikko Line
(the same to reach Nikko
). Get off at Shin Tochigi station
and there change with the Utsunomiya line.
The whole journey costs 1160 yen
one way and it takes about 2 hours.
Once at Omochanomachi station, the museum is located 1 kilometer away, just print a simple map or ask around.
With JR (Japan Railways)
The closest JR station to the Bandai Museum is Ishibashi station
Reaching this station rather than Omochanomachi station (Tobu railways) is better in terms of time, in fact, you can reach it directly without any changes from Ueno station
in Tokyo taking the JR Tōhoku Main Line
, in about 75 minutes and paying 1620 yen, or paying the same 1620 yen with the JR Shonan-Shinjuku Line
from Shinjuku station
(it takes about 100 minutes).
However, the station is located 5 km
far from the museum and it is rather difficult (besides the fact that you lose the time gained by train) to be reached on foot, so you have to take a taxi, which costs about 1500/2000 yen each way.
If you have a Japan Rail Pass you might also consider this idea, because you don't pay the train and have to pay only the taxi, while if you haven't the pass I highly recommend the Tobu line from Asakusa (see paragraph above), much cheaper.
Guided tours, activities and other things to do
If you are planning a trip to Japan and you want to do something more than just visiting famous places and monuments, we suggest you to use Govoyagin
How to use Govoyagin
Govoyagin is a very useful website to enrich your travel experience
, especially if you are going solo or it's your first time in Japan.
Because of the language barrier (and more), in Japan it is very difficult to interact with the locals and to get off the tourist track.
Thanks to Govoyagin you can find a lot of interesting and sometimes unique guided tours and activities
all over Japan (and not only in Japan), that you would otherwise never be able to enjoy.
But there's more: on Govoyagin you can also buy tickets
for several famous attractions, events, transportation and other useful services for tourists. Last but not least, you can reserve a table
in hundreds of restaurants.