Translated by Sandy Lau
Let's Go To The World Famous Yokohama Anpanman Children's Museum!
Written by かえで あやか
This article will introduce the Yokohama Anpanman Children’s Museum & Mall, an indoor interactive facility where children can play regardless of the weather.
Have you heard of Anpanman?
Anpan is a bread filled with anko and is a staple sweetbread in Japan. You will always be able to find it at a convenience store or bakery. In Japan, there is an extremely popular superhero that was designed using anpan as a motif.
His name is Anpanman.
Japanese picture book illustrator Takashi Yanase announced in 1969 that Anpanman would be a series for adults. It then subsequently became a picture book series, then an anime series, and gained explosive popularity among Japanese children.
This series is so popular that, now 28 years later, it is still being broadcast on TV. Not only that, but it also has earned a position in the Guinness Book of World Records for the number of characters that have appeared in the series - aside from Anpanman, there have been over 1700 other characters in the animation series!
Anpanman is an eccentric superhero that will give a part of his own head (which is made of anpan) to those who are starving to appease their hunger.
In 2000, the anime began its broadcast in Taiwan, resulting in the opening of Taiwan’s first official Anpanman shop in September 2015. The character has now grown into international levels of popularity as a result.
Visitors can meet characters from the world of Anpanman at any of the five museum locations in Japan (Yokohama, Nagoya, Sendai, Kobe, and Fukuoka). The official Anpanman museums are currently only located in Japan. Regardless of whether you are local or a tourist, this is a sightseeing location you can’t miss if you love Anpanman.
The Anpanman Children’s Museum is an indoor facility that can be visited regardless of the weather (with some exceptions). You will be able to enjoy yourself together with your children even if you don’t know of Anpanman at all.
This time, out of the five Anpanman Children’s Museums in Japan, we visited the Yokohama Anpanman Children’s Museum.
The Yokohama Anpanman Children’s Museum & Mall is separated into a museum and a shopping area. Let’s quickly buy our tickets and head to the museum.
Tickets are 1500 yen for those aged one year and older. Pamphlets are also available in three languages (English, Chinese, and Korean) at the ticket counter.
Children’s tickets come with a memento gift. The types of mementos available change every season, so be sure to check beforehand! Please check the official website (Japanese) for details.
You can deposit your strollers and belongings in the coin lockers located nearby the ticket counters.
We will now introduce this three-floored museum's attractions from top to bottom by starting from the third floor and making our way down to the first floor.
Third Floor: Nakayoshi Town
After handing in your tickets, the world of Anpanman will be before your eyes.
The third floor is the diorama display floor. There are many dioramas such as the Welcome Diorama where Anpanman and his friends are all gathered together or the rideable Anpanman-Go! These attractions are perfect for commemorative photos. This floor is sure to have your kids overflowing with smiles and laughter.
Second Floor: Fureai Town
SL-Man (Steam Locomotive Man)
Once you go down to the second floor, children can ride the Baikin UFO (*1), SL-Man (*2), or the Shokupanman-Go (*3). There is also an Anpanman Handicraft Classroom (first come first serve) where children can make crafts of Anpanman’s face together with the staff. The crafts that your children make can be brought home and are perfect for making memories on your trip and as a souvenir!
** Handicraft projects will change based on time period/season.
*1: Baikin UFO is the vehicle that Baikinman (Bacteria-man), a character that always causes mischief and inconveniences others, rides.
*2: SL-Man is a strong steam locomotive character that transports various things.
*3: Shokupanman-Go is a vehicle ridden by Shokupanman (White bread man), a superhero that helps those in trouble together with Anpanman. He drives the van and delivers bread for lunches to schools.
First Floor: Wanpaku Town
Takashi Yanase Theater
On the first floor is the Takashi Yanase Theater, where you can enjoy scheduled shows performed by Anpanman and friends; the Rainbow Slides, with popular characters drawn above their own respective lanes; and the Anpanman Hill, where children can play with large balls bearing Anpanman and Baikinman’s faces. On the day we visited the museum there were many children all over, completely engrossed in playing in the world of Anpanman.
Fun Foods and Merchandise at the Shopping Mall!
The shopping mall area is filled with many restaurants and Anpanman merchandise stores.
Anpanman & Pekos Kitchen offers a fun Anpanman plate (2500 yen) with Anpanman’s face drawn all over. Udon’s Food Stall offers a children’s sized portion of udon noodles (850 yen) that comes with a porcelain bowl that can be taken home as a souvenir once you’re finished eating.
You should also definitely stop by Uncle Jam’s Bakery.
The moment you take a step inside this bakery, where character breads are made to look like the characters from the Anpanman anime series (each from 310 yen and up), there is no doubt that you’ll become excited if you’re a fan.
Adults will also be able to have more than enough fun from the performances and shopping mall at the facility.
There are still plenty of events and adorable merchandise that we were unable to feature in this article. Please try visiting the Anpanman Children’s Museum where you'll see many happy, smiling children all enjoying themselves fully.
All prices mentioned in this article are written with tax included.
Photos courtesy of: © Takashi Yanase / Froebel-Kan, TMS, NTV
Yokohama Anpanman Children’s Museum & Mall
Address: Yokohama, Nishi, Minato Mirai 4-3-1
Hours: Museum 10:00-18:00 (final entry at 17:00), Shopping Mall 10:00-19:00
Closed: New Year’s Day (the facility may close for remodeling, maintenance checkups, and more) *Please inquire beforehand.
Credit Cards: Some accepted at the museum; in the shopping mall, depends on the shop (please inquire)
Other Languages: -
Other Menu Languages: -
Nearest Station: Shin-Takashima Station, Minato Mirai Line; Takashimacho Station, Yokohama Municipal Subway Blue Line
Access: 7-minute walk from Shin-Takashima Station or Takashimacho Station
Price: Entry Fee: 1500 yen (plus tax) (1 year and older)
* Tickets for elementary school aged children and younger come with a memento gift.
* Disability Discount: Disabled persons with a disability certificate (and up to one chaperone) that present their certificate will receive a 50% discount.
* Free to enter the shopping mall.
Phone: 045-227-8855 (Inquires accepted from 10:00-18:00)
Website: Yokohama Anpanman Children’s Museum & Mall (Japanese)