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Thomas the Tank Engine exhibition at the EJ Anime Museum

April 24, 2021 @ 10:00 May 16, 2021 @ 18:00


In celebration of 75 years of Thomas the Tank Engine, the EJ Anime Museum in Kadokawa Culture Museum in Tokorozawa Sakura Town will host a Thomas the Tank Engine exhibition from April 24th to May 16th 2021. The event is called “Thomas and Friends exciting festival”. The theme of the event is ‘Thomas’ world tour’ – there are six elements to the exhibit three of which are “set” in foreign countries and one in the fictitious Sodor island.

Thomas and friends exciting festival

It is a family friendly event with interactive exhibits. It is a traveling exhibition with its first stop here in Saitama at the EJ Anime Museum. The six areas of the exhibit are:

  1. Entrance area
  2. “Kenya”
  3. “China”
  4. “India”
  5. Sodor Island
  6. Wooden Thomas Diorama

None of the areas are particularly large. Kenya and Sodor Island are photo ops area and China has a very small interactive exhibit. The Thomas Diorama is a play area with wooden Thomas rails and trains. There is also a shop selling Thomas the Tank Engine goods.

EJ Anime Museum

The EJ Anime Museum opened in the Kadokawa Culture Museum (Kadcul) of Tokorozawa Sakura Town on November 6th 2020. EJ Anime Museum is located on the 3rd floor of the Kadokawa Culture Museum and is just one of dozens of entertainment facilities at Sakura Town. EJ stands for Entertainment Japan. There is also an EJ Anime Hotel at Tokorozawa Sakura Town. It opened for business on October 1st. Take a peek inside here.

A floor by floor guide of Kadcul:

Kadokawa Musashino Museum Hours

The museum is open from Wednesdays to Mondays, closed on Tuesdays. However, the EJ Anime Museum will remain open every day that the Thomas exhibition is visiting. The exhibit is open between 10 am and 9 pm daily.


Tickets cost 900 yen for adults and 600 yen for students, children under 1 years old can enter for free. Online ticket purchase (same day purchase) available on Lawson Ticket. Please note on top of the entrance fee if your children want to play a “play ticket” is also required. It costs 300 yen per person.

The phone number of Kadcul is 0570-017-396. The phone is manned from 2 pm to 5 pm on weekdays only.

Find even more anime events on the Saitama events calendar. You might also like:

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Ten minute walk from Higashi Tokorozawa station. Parking available – it costs 200 yen for 30 minutes, but capped at 600 yen on weekdays and 1800 yen on weekends.

Kadokawa Culture Museum

3 −31-3 Higashitokorozawawada,
Tokorozawa,, 〒359-0023 Japan
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April 24 @ 10:00
May 16 @ 18:00
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