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Kadokawa Musashino Museum: The Must-Visit Spot in Saitama

The coolest spot in Tokorozawa City is Tokorozawa Sakura Town. It was built by the city and Kadokawa Corporation, a Japanese media company. In particular, the Kadokawa Musashino Museum (角川武蔵野ミュージアム) is an awe-inspiring building. Not only does it have a magnificent appearance, but the museum’s interior is equally amazing.

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About Kadokawa Musashino Museum

Just a 10-minute walk from Higashi-Tokorozawa Station (東所沢駅), a gigantic rock will suddenly rise from the ground. The 30-meter tall structure was designed by the famous architect Kuma Kengo (隈研吾). Approximately 20,000 pieces of granite were used to construct the hexadecahedron building.

This building was opened in November 2020, filled with contemporary elements and is a perfect fit for Japan’s largest pop culture base, Tokorozawa Sakura Town.

The Bookshelf Theater (本棚劇場)

If you love art and books, you can easily spend a whole day in this modern and innovative museum. Aside from the periodic art exhibitions and a local historical museum, the must-see in the museum is the Bookshelf Theater on levels four and five. While the name doesn’t sound too exciting, wait until you see the 8-meter tall hall with all the walls covered by bookshelves filled with more than 20,000 books!

You might wonder why the shelves are uneven and of different heights. Some books are even placed horizontally instead of in the normal vertical position.

These are all parts of Kuma Kengo’s design, making the bookshelf seemingly float up to the ceiling. In addition, it is a space that reflects how Kengo imagines a human brain’s structure. An impressive light show is also projected on the books about every 30 minutes.

Bookshelf Theater isn’t the only library in Kadokawa Musashino Museum. All flours have a space dedicated to books. Whether it is novels, comics, or other categories, you can surely find a book of interest to you. They are also many English options for you to explore and read.

Other Highlights in Tokorozawa Sakura Town

What an anime lover would enjoy the most is the EJ Anime Museum on the third floor. This is where exhibition events for famous animes are held.

Lastly, don’t miss out on the designer-designed shrine in the courtyard. The Musashino Uruwashiki Yamatono Miyashiro (武蔵野坐令和神社) was also designed by Kuma Kengo and other well-known artists.

If you are a fan of Final Fantasy, the ceiling should particularly appeal to you as it was designed by Amano Yoshitaka (天野 喜孝), who produced conceptual design pieces for the game series. Retaining the essential elements of a Japanese shrine, these designers created an amazing modern praying space for those seeking internal peace.

Tip: Download the audio guide app HERE for a more detailed understanding of the museum when you get there.

Kadokawa Musashino Museum’s Opening Hours, Admission Fees, and Access Information

  • Kadokawa Musashino Museum is open from
    • 10 am to 6 pm from Sunday to Thursday
    • 10 am to 9 pm on Friday and Saturday
  • The last admission is 30 minutes before closing time.
  • The museum closes on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Tuesday. If Tuesday is a public holiday, the museum will close on the next business day.
  • The KadoCafe and SACULA DINER have different business hours.
  • Almost all areas of the museum require an admission ticket, refer to the official website HERE for more information and pre-purchase your ticket.
  • You can also purchase Manga & Light Novel Library admission ticket through kkday HERE.
  • Kadokawa Musashino Museum is a 10-minute walk from JR Higashi-Tokorozawa Station (東所沢駅).

Tip: You can also purchase the admission ticket through kkday or klook.

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