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The birthplace of Gundam

The neighborhood of Kami-igusa (click here to see the map on google maps) in the western suburbs of Tokyo, is the neighborhood where Gundam was born.

manifesto gundam a kamiigusa
In fact in this neighborhood there are the headquarters of the Sunrise Animation, the studio that created the popular first series in 1978 (Gundam 0079) and that in the following years will release several other TV series, OVAs and whatnot, making this series one of the most popular of all times in Japan.

The nearest station to get to this neighborhood is precisely Kami-igusa station, along the Seibu Shinjuku line
(Pay attention: not all trains of this line but only local trains, 各停, stop at this station).
To take this line from Shinjuku, you have to head to the Seibu Shinjuku station, which is located just north of the main Shinjuku station, exactly under the Prince Hotel (a red building) near Kabuki-cho.

Just outside the south exit of Kami-igusa station you will immediately see a statue of Gundam:

statua monumento di fronte la stazione di kami-igusa tokyo
To reach the headquarters of the Sunrise start to walk towards left (east), along the way you could see things like that:
saracinesca con dipinti robot di gundam a kamiigusa tokyo saracinesca con dipinti robot di gundam a kamiigusa tokyo
Barely 100 meters far from the south exit of the station there is this small building, the headquarters of the Sunrise Animation. If you expected some kind of impressive high-rise building, perhaps you'll be a little disappointed, but it seems that you need just a few rooms to create an anime famous all over the world!
edificio sede sunrise animation a kamiigusa tokyo
sede sunrise animation a kamiigusa tokyo la testa di Gundam scolpita davanti l'ingresso della Sunrise Animation a Kamiigusa tokyo
On the ground floor of the building there is an automatic sliding door, unguarded but monitored by cameras, where you can freely enter.
Inside there is a room with some giant model and a hundred models from the various Gundam series into a showcase. This room is all is possible to visit, you can't go beyond the door on the left because it is accessible only by authorized personnel.

un gundam e uno zaku gigante dentro l'edificio della sunrise a kamiigusa tokyo dentro l'edificio della sunrise a kamiigusa tokyo modellini gundam dentro l'edificio della sunrise a kamiigusa tokyo dentro la "stanza" visitabile presso la sede della Sunrise Animation a Kami-igusa
Here below a video of the whole itinerary on foot from Kami-igusa station up into the Sunrise building. I speak italian in the video but I don't say anything important.

Guided tours, activities and other things to do

If you are planning a trip to Japan and you want to add something special besides the visit of the different monuments and famous places, we suggest you to use the site Govoyagin. This is a very useful site to enrich your travel experience, especially if you are going solo or it's your first time in Japan and, for language barriers and more, and you will not have many opportunities to interact with the locals and to enjoy something different from the famous places marked in the tourist guides.

What Govoyagin is

Govoyagin is a website where you can find many particular activities all over Japan (and not only in Japan).
You can buy tickets online for some famous attractions, but also book tours and really special experiences with locals ready to guide you and take you to places outside the tourist circuits that you would hardly ever find by yourself. Last but not least, you can reserve a table in hundreds of restaurants.

Some examples

On Govoyagin you can buy tickets in advance to visit the Tokyo Tower or the Tokyo Sky Tree, but also book guided tours of Kyoto temples accompanied by a samurai, or to go around the streets of Osaka on a go-kart dressed as Super Mario, or even play videogames against an unbeatable Japanese otaku at his place.
Last but not least, if you need to reserve your table in some restaurants, such as the legendary 3-star Michelin, also in this case you can find this kind of service for sale on Govoyagin. Take a look at Govoyagin

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