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Welcome to the Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum page. This page is the result of my personal experiences during trips to Japan in 2002 and 2005. The scope of this page is to give useful information to people that want to visit the Museum while making a vacation in Japan.
Last update: 10/27/2009 accesses since 08/19/2002
The Museum, opened in 1994, celebrates the god of manga Osamu Tezuka. Attractions
includes the screening of short films, the exhibition on Tezuka's
life and work (with original art), the Manga Library, where you can sit down
and read as many Tezuka's work as you have time (some foreign editions are also
present), the Animation Retrieval Machine, the reproduction of Tezuka's Studio,
and the Animation Workshop, where you can try to become an animator.
The building itself is interesting, with its castle-like shape and a tower covered by a glass dome, evocative of Tezuka's posthumously-published work, Our Earth of Glass.
In the permanent exhibition section, you can see a series of showcases that tell the story of Tezuka using texts, photos, objects and original drawings.
|Takarazuka's Tezuka Osamu Memorial Hall|
The Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum
7-65, Mukogawa-cho, Takarazuka, Japan
The Museum is in Takarazuka, where Tezuka was raised. That city, located
about 20 km northwest of Osaka, is important also for its hot springs, and
for the Takarazuka Grand Theatre,
where performances of the theatrical genre that takes its name from the city itself
take place. Those shows involves only women, even in male roles, and are generally
musical comedies. Takarazuka was founded in the city of the same name in 1913 by
Kobayashi Ichizo, the president of Hankyu Railways.
Famous mangaka Rumiko Takahashi wrote a short story about the Takarazuka Theatre; you can find it in the 1 or W book.
If you are planning a visit to the Tezuka Museum, hopefully you are in the the Kansai region (that surrounds Kyoto and Osaka), so make sure you visit also the Kyoto International Manga Museum and some other interesting spots about Tezuka located in the Kyoto station, see home page for details.
9:30am ~ 5:00pm
Between July 20th and August 31st, open until 7:00pm.
Admissions are allowed until 30 minutes before closing.
Closed on Wednesdays (it will be open if a national holiday falls on Wednesday).
Closed between February 21st and the end of the month and between December 29th and December 31st.
Depending on the year special holidays, there can be extraordinary closings and openings; details can be found in any of the following pages.
Updated english pages are not available, but it's possible to translate the original ones using Google:
|Adult||Yen 500||Yen 400|
|Student||Yen 300||Yen 240|
|Child||Yen 100||Yen 80|
Takarazuka is on the JR Takarazuka Line. The train from Osaka takes from 25 (rapid service) to 35 minutes (local service) and costs 320 Yen. There are also LEX (limited express) trains called Kitakinki, that takes 21 minutes and allow to reserve a seat for additional 1140 Yen.
If arriving at JR Takarazuka station, go to the Hankyu terminus and department store,
that is on the other side of the street (if arriving with Hankyu Railways, you're
already there), then exit and walk on the Hana no michi (Flower Avenue).
At the end there is a crossing; follow the right street and you'll arrive at the
NOTE: at the Hankyu department store there is a tourist office; look at the desk: there should be some english Tezuka Museum pamphlet (with map).
Please note that the information above was collected during summer 2002 and updated on summer 2004, so prices and availability may not be the same as the time of your visit. With your collaboration (contact me), I can keep this page updated.
The Museum logos, images and names reproduced here are all copyrighted (C) by Tezuka Productions. Other logos are copyrighted by respective owners. All material here reproduced is aimed at informational, non-commercial purposes.