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Bandai Museum

Premise: Until a few years ago, the Bandai Museum was located much closer to Tokyo, near Matsudo Station in Chiba. On August 31, 2006 this building was permanently closed.
old museum bandai in matsudo chiba 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.
entrance bandai museum in mibu statue kamen rider opposite the bandai museum in mibu 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.
gundam bust at the bandai museum in mibu bandai museum hall in mibu the life-size bust of Gundam inside the main hall of the Bandai Museum
giant model of the white base of gundam at bandai museum mibu 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.
inside bandai museum mibu robot models
inside bandai museum mibu showcases
inside bandai museum mibu toys models 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.
la sezione dedicata ad Edison 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.

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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.

Some examples

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