A floor by floor guide of the Kadokawa Musashino Museum, also known as the Kadokawa Culture Museum or Kadcul for short. Tokorozawa City, Saitama Prefecture.
The Kadokawa Musashino Museum is a fusion of museum, art gallery, culture and library. It opened on August 1st 2020. The museum is from one of Japan’s largest publishing companies: Kadokawa Corporation. Kadokawa are known in particular for their manga magazines. For this reason, it is no surprise that Manga features greatly in the new complex. In addition, the “Musashino” in the museum’s name refers to the name of the geographic region. It is named Kadokawa Culture Museum in English and nicknamed Kadcul for short.
Kadokawa Musashino Museum
The architecture of the museum is as impressive as the contents and interior design. Moreover, the museum was designed by the multi award winning Kengo Kuma and Associates. It was designed to convey the image of a rock floating on water. An incredible 20,000 pieces of granite, weighing 50 to 70 kilos each, were used in the impressive creation.
The museum has five floors and the library has nine areas including a “forest of books”. I took the above image from the 2020 Kadokawa Tokorozawa Walker Mook, which also has a complete guide to Sakura Town.
The museum by floor, from the top:
The fifth floor will open on November 6th. It has the Musashino Gallery, a restaurant and cafe as well as the much anticipated Bookshelf Theater:
Part of the museum opened yesterday, but the eight meter high bookshelf in the photo above will not open until November 6th. That is the date the rest of the Sakura Town development will have its grand opening too. You can read more about that here. The giant bookshelf holds approximately 50,000 books.
The fourth floor houses Edit Town, Edit and Art Gallery and also the “Aramata Treasure House” (pictured above). The latter, Aramata Treasure House, (or a literal translation from the Japanese: Aramata Hidden Wonders Museum) is divided into two rooms. The Wonder Room and Science Art Room. Aramata’s Hidden Wonders Museum as well as Edit Town and Edit Art Gallery are all scheduled to open on November 6th.
The opening exhibition in the Edit and Art Gallery will be Ken and Julia Yonetani’s first grand-scaled exhibition. The exhibition will be held at Kadcul (Kadokawa Culture Museum) from the opening on November 6th until March 7th 2021. Moreover, there will also be workshops and talks held at the event. As a local, I will be updating this post frequently with the latest news for the Kadokawa Museum.
The plan had to be open the EJ Anime Museum in early Autumn, but the opening got delayed. Eventually they decided to open it on the same day as the grand opening of Sakura Town. EJ stands for Entertainment Japan. Within the Sakura Town there is also an EJ Anime Hotel which will open October 1st.
The EJ Anime Museum aims to introduce the history and culture of Japan’s famous manga culture. Moreover, it will have a collection of 2.5 million comics and light novels. Furthermore, the museum will showcase by collections. For the opening of the museum the event will commemorate the 35th anniversary of the monthly magazine publication Newtype. Event information here (linked). Following Newtype there will be a Thomas the Tank Engine exhibition in spring of 2021. After which the Trigger and Good Smile Company will hold an exhibition from the 29th of May to June 27th 2021.
The manga and light novel library is on the second floor. The Kado cafe is also on this floor. Both opened yesterday, Saturday August 1st. In keeping with the architecture of the museum, there is also a rock museum on the 2nd floor. It will open on November 6th.
The manga and light novel library stretches from the first floor up to the second floor. There is also a gallery on this floor: the grand gallery where the current ““Kengo Kuma | The birth of an art space connected to nature” exhibition is being held. More on the that exhibition here.
Kadokawa Musashino Museum Information
|Kadokawa Musashino Museum|
|Address:||3 Chome-31-3 Higashitokorozawawada, Tokorozawa, Saitama 359-0023|
|Phone:||0570-017-396 (2 pm to 5 pm on weekdays only)|
|Hours:||10 am to 6 pm, except for Fridays and Saturdays when it opens until 9 pm. Closed on Tuesdays. The museum will be closed between February 1st and 5th for “maintenance”.|
|Cost:||Tickets cost 1,600 yen for adults, 1000 yen for students and 700 yen for elementary school aged children. |
Booking is now open on their website (quick link). It is strongly advised that you book in advance.
Opening event information in English
All images from the Sakura Town official website unless otherwise stated.
The museum is located within walking distance of the Higashi Tokorozawa station. It takes about ten minutes on foot.
By car: the resort is about an eight minute drive from the Tokorozawa Interchange of the Kanetsu Expressway. Parking costs 200 yen for 30 minutes. However, the maximum you pay on a weekday is 600 yen and 1,800 yen on the weekend. The Sakura town main car park closes at 8 pm from Sunday to Thursday and at 10 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. “Dai Ni” and “Dai San” car parks are open 24 hours.
Kadokawa Musashino / Culture Museum is just one of the many offerings at the new Sakura Town Shin Tokorozawa. It is part of the Cool Japan Forest Project, an initiative between Kadokawa Corporation and Tokorozawa city. Other shops, facilities and services opening at the complex also include:
- TeamLab “Acorn Forest” permanent outdoor exhibition
- EJ Anime Hotel opening October 1st
- Current exhibition at the grand gallery of the museum
- Kadokawa Restaurant opening tomorrow August 3rd
- Musashino Jurin Cafe opening in September
- Da Vinci Store, Tokorozawa Sakura Town opening November 6th
- Cool Japan Shrine (more information coming soon)