Translated by Jay Issei Karslake
Visit Doraemon's Hometown! Takaoka City in Toyama Prefecture
Written by MATCHA
Doraemon is one of the most popular anime characters in Japan. If you like him or have grown watching Doraemon's adventures, you should definitely visit Takaoka city in Toyama prefecture, the place where Doraemon's creator, Fujiko F.Fujio, was born. We in
Takaoka - The Hometown of Doraemon's Creator
With the opening of the Hokuriku bullet train line in 2015, the Hokuriku region became a popular destination of many travelers. Did you know that Takaoka city in Toyama prefecture is not only a great sightseeing spot, but also the hometown of Doraemon's creator, Fujiko F. Fujio? In this town many places that appear in the manga are reproduced. The town is actually overflowing with Doraemon related things and spots. It's a must-go place for Doraemon fans!
Basic Information About Takaoka
Takaoka is located in the western part of Toyama prefecture, has an area of 20.57 km2, and a population of over 170,000. It is the second most populated city in Toyama behind Toyama city. It's the production site for various types of copper ware and has a Great Statue of Buddha, which is counted as one of Japan's three major Buddha statues. Also, it is the hometown of Fujiko F. Fujio, the creator of the popular manga and anime"Doraemon", as well as of many other series.
We are going to introduce the places in Takaoka where you can see things related to or inspired by "Doraemon".
1. Doraemon's Walking Road
This is a small walking road in Wing Wing Takaoka sqaure, right in front of Takaoka Station. Twelve bronze statues of "Doraemon" characters can be found on both sides of the road.
Each statue has a cheerful expression and is unique. When you enter the station, the characters welcome you on both sides. Before you even realize it, you'll be in a happy mood.
At the end of the walking road the characters are all lined up in a circle and see the tourists off. Everyone is dancing and it seems very fun.
Also, you can see the message left by Fujiko F. Fujio in July 1994!
Wing Wing Takaoka square
Address: 1-7 Suehiro, Takaoka city, Toyama prefecture
Access: 2 minute walk from Takaoka Station
2. Man'yo Line Doraemon Tram
Doraemon's birthday is on September 3rd, 2112. 2012 was exactly one hundred years before Doraemon's birthday, so various plans and events were held on this occasion. The Man'yo Line Doraemon tram was one of the projects. It started running in September 2012.
The Man'yo line Doraemon tram has two cars and the inside and outside of the cars are covered with images of Doraemon and his friends. The door is pink and designed in the shape of the "Dokodemo Door" ("The Door to Anywhere", one of Doraemon's tools). It's very cute.
The Man'yo line tram runs between Takaoka and Shinminato. Since it started running, it had over 100,000 passengers in a year. Its popularity is only growing!
It was originally supposed to operate for a limited time until the end of August 2013, but because of the great reviews it received, it was extended until the end of August 2018. All Doraemon fans who wish to ride on this tram should go to Takaoka before it stops running!
Reproducing Doraemon's Playground
One more place that you shouldn't miss is in Takaoka Otogi Forest Park. Made with the theme "Play with nature, learn from nature, and connect with friends", this is a reproduction of the vacant lot made into a playground that is the meeting place of Nobita, Jaian and their friends.
Not only that, but there are three statues of Doraemon and friends placed here, making it possible to come in contact with them from a close distance.
For all of you who like Doraemon, the next time you come to Toyama don't forget to visit Takaoka and its spots related to Doraemon!