Nagahama City, Shiga Prefecture is located in the north part of Shiga Prefecture, a little north of Hikone city famous for having Hikone Castle.
In the surroundings of JR Nagahama station, unique shops such as restaurants and glass shops are dotted in the old good streets living in the Edo period such as town houses and the built in godown style.
“Kurokabe Square” (Black Wall Square) is an area where glass shops, workshops, cafes, etc. centered around “Kurokabe Glasshous” gathered. “Kurokabe Square” has now become a major sightseeing spot where nearly 2 million people visit each year. It is a sightseeing spot where the old-fashioned atmosphere of Nagahama City and its glass crafts are the main attractions. Many tourists are visiting from outside the prefecture on holidays.
There is “KAIYODO FIGURE MUSEUM” in such Nagahama city. “Kaiyodo” is a modeling work company including trading figure character. At this museum, you can watch figures of “Kaiyodo”, which draw attention with precision and wonderful coloring. There, it is displayed in the theme of dinosaurs and marine life, theme such as animation and special effects hero. The richness of the expression of figures, elaborate techniques are masterpieces.
The inside of the museum is full of life-sized figures and animal figures, dioramas reproducing the natural environment, etc. Anime character figures are also abundantly exhibited. The experience class is also popular. You can make your own original figure, not only children, adults will be crazy.
“KAIYODO FIGURE MUSEUM” was the world’s first museum specializing in figures and opened in 2005. It is not an exaggeration to say that the exhibits in the facility are the largest in Japan. This is a spot that can be enjoyed by all generations with characters loved by children and nostalgic characters.
Most of the anime characters are on display. This is definitely a spot for anime fans to enjoy. Because it is powerful and cool, even adults can enjoy it enough. If you find a character that you like when you were a kid, you will be able to enjoy it like a childhood. Nostalgic feelings may overflow from the bottom of your heart. Even those who are not interested in figures can enjoy it slowly.
A dinosaur with a full force will welcome you. It doesn’t move, but it’s a powerful force that seems to move and rampage. Because it is so realistic, small children may be scared. It raises visitors up before entering.
The cool red dragon is a symbol of KAIYODO FIGURE MUSEUM. A roaring dragon with a magma in the back is threatening.
Here are a collection of famous character figures that are known to all Japanese people. Everyone’s heroes such as Kamen Rider and Ultraman will welcome you as a real figure. With realistic modeling, wrinkles etc. are also reproduced beautifully.
There are also dark hero and villain figures such as Alien, Venom, and Godzilla. All of them are realistic, so if you shoot well, you will be able to take pictures with a sense of reality. There is also a scene diorama that is violently destroying the city.
Characters that boys like are mainly displayed here. Not only that, figures such as “Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon” and Sanrio that girls like are also on display. The Sailor Moon in a well-known pose, and Kitty and the apple on the balance are irresistible for the fans.
The symbolic existence of Pokemon, Pikachu and Mewtwo are also on display. Not only old-fashioned characters but also characters loved by modern children are on display, so you can enjoy them with your family. Let’s visit with parents and children.
It is not only anime characters that are on display. Naturally themed figures, cute animals and dinosaurs are also on display. The diorama that reproduces the era of dinosaurs is also very real, so be sure to visit.
Introducing access to “KAIYODO FIGURE MUSEUM”. Take the Tokaido Shinkansen from Tokyo Station or Shin-Osaka Station to Maibara Station. From Maibara Station, transfer to Japan Railway Hokuriku Main Line and get off at Nagahama Station. It is about 5 minutes on foot from there.
“Kaiyodo Figure Museum” is a museum exhibiting cartoon figurines and models produced by Kaiyodo, a planning and production company of character figures. Here, various works such as dinosaurs, animals, animation characters are displayed. At the entrance of the museum, life-sized figures of “Kenshirou” of “Hokuto No Ken” (Fist of the North Star) and “Daimajin” (great devil) stand, and it becomes busy as shooting spot. In addition, in the section tracing the history of Kaiyodo, it introduces the history of Kaiyodo with figures and pictures from old work to food toys which are attached as sweets extras. In addition, there are various sections like “reproduced history of life with diorama”, “figure section of Manga, animation and superhero character”, “figure section of beautiful girl” etc. This is a museum that can be enjoyed beyond generations.
A lot of cartoon figurines and models which seem like it’s gonna move are displayed in the exhibition space.
And new and old animation and superhero TV shows characters are on display in three-dimensional.
It is a museum only for first Japanese figures to display and sell.
A miniature toy called the cartoon figure is a lot of in the hall. The figures that modeled a dinosaur and nature, a hero and a robot presents the world full of dreams.
The various experience-based lessons are offered in the KAIYODO figure museum. You can challenge to make of work only for yourself in commemoration of a visit.
From JR Hokuriku Main Line, Nagahama Station of Shiga a 10-minute walk. There is an image of life-sized “Kenshiro of Hokuto No Ken” in the corner. It is a landmark.
You can take a commemorative photograph with life-sized figure, meet a nostalgic character again, and you will be impressed by their beautiful work, it is the pleasant museum which wants to stay too long even how many hours. How about visiting this museum once?
|Name:||Kaiyodo Figure Museum|
|Adresse:||Motohamacho 13-31 Nagahama, Shiga 526-0059 Japan|
|Access:||JR Hokuriku-honsen Line “Nagahama-eki Station” (5 minutes walk)|
|Price/Charge:||800 yen (Adult)|
500 yen (Junior High School Students or Under)
*One preschool child is free for one parent.
Please refer the official web page.