The museum is located in Kawakami Town which is part of Takahashi City. It holds a collection of thousands of historic and modern as well as domestic and international comics. You can search for your favorite or discover something that you have never seen before.
The idea for the museum is said to go back to the late 1980’s whereas the structure that we see today opened in 1994. The concept is to bring positive attention to this lovely rural area through the shared genuine love of manga.
Of the towns around Japan who have chosen this path, some of which have locally born artists of note, Kawakami Town leads the way.
The walls of the museum are adorned with the drawings of renowned manga artists. With well over 100,000 books in its collection and over 60,000 on display in a well-appointed modern facility, you could literally spend hours just looking at covers, let alone actually reading the comics.
Once you find a comic you like, sit down in a comfortable chair or lie down on the floor the way you used to as a child.
The “Ebuta-kan” which takes its name from the famous Nebuta floats of northern Japan, displays Japanese-style carnival floats depicting some well-known international and domestic characters. Just a short walk from the main museum, it is definitely worth a look.
Takahashi City sponsors an annual comic competition with the work of selected winners later displayed at the museum.
The Manga Float festival is a summer highlight in Kawakami Town. Held in August, it is a great opportunity to meet the colorful people of the community.
About Kawakami Town
While on your visit to the museum and its adjacent park where festival paraphernalia can be viewed year round. Take the opportunity to explore this once independent municipality on the western edge of Okayama Prefecture.
This highland town is part of the Kibi Plateau, which is an area that was submerged beneath the sea roughly 20 million years ago. There is quite an extensive fossil record attesting to this fact within the town.
There is plenty to do in Kawakami Town, from nature trekking and camping to culture and agriculture appreciation at places like the Comic Museum and the Kawakami Water and Greenery Museum.
Access: Take the Hakubi Line from JR Okayama Station to JR Bitchu-Takahashi Station. Take a 30 minute bus ride from JR Bitchu-Takahashi Station to the Jito bus stop.
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