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The 1/1 scale Gundam has disappeared from its spot in Daiba. But fear not. It’s not the only place a Gundam fan can visit in Japan to satisfy their inner newtype.

Since it first aired in 1979, Gundam has become one of Japan’s cultural icons. Gundam has fans the world over eager to drink in everything the series has to offer on the screen and off.

While there is an abundance of media and merchandise readily available for consumption, that may not be enough for the truly immersed fan who wants to experience all that is Gundam. Fortunately, we at Anime Now! have pieced together a list of places in Japan where you can visit and revel in all things Gundam.


RG1/1 RX-78-2 Gundam Ver. GFT

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Official Website
Place: Diver City Tokyo Plaza (1-1-10 Aomi, Koutou-ku, Tokyo, Japan)
Availability: On display until March, 2017.
English Guidance: No
Price: Free to view.

First erected in the summer of 2009, the full-scale Gundam statue has become a must-see monument for Gundam fans all over Japan. The statue has been moved twice since it was originally placed in Shiokaze Park. Last, it stood proudly in front of Gundam Front Tokyo (see below), welcoming all who visit. The statue was actually part of the Gundam Front Tokyo facility, but it’s so cool it pretty much deserves its own segment.

The statue itself had lights and motors that allow it to swivel its head and other gimmicks that it displayed every day at noon, 3:00 PM, and 5:00 PM. At 7:30 PM, 8:00 PM, 8:30 PM, 9:00 PM, and 9:30 PM, a short video presentation was also displayed.

The RG1/1 RX-78-2 Gundam Ver. GFT has been removed, but a full scale Unicorn Gundam statue is scheduled to take its place.

 


Gundam Front Tokyo

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Official Website
Place: Diver City Tokyo Plaza (1-1-10 Aomi, Koutou-ku, Tokyo, Japan)
Availability: Open year round. Free areas are open from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Paid admission areas are open from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM.
English Guidance: No
Price: 1,200 yen for adults, college students, and high school students (1,000 yen for reserved tickets). 1,000 yen for junior high and elementary school students (800 yen for reserved tickets). Admission is free for preschoolers. Free areas can be accessed without charge.

Gundam Front Tokyo contains stores, displays, and interactive attractions for every Gundam fan. Pretty much your one-stop Gundam facility.

Free access areas include the above-listed full-scale Gundam statue, a Gundam model–a.k.a. “Gunpla”–store, an official Gundam café, a Gundam apparel store, and a Gundam merchandise shop.

Paid admission areas include an indoor projection dome, a full-scale bust of Strike Freedom Gundam, a full-scale model of the Core Fighter craft, character photo spots, a model of the asteroid fortress, A Bao A Qu, an interactive archive, and interactive attractions for Gunpla builders. All in all, Gundam Front Tokyo is one of the best places to go to if you’re thirsting for some Gundam.

 


Project Room-G at the Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba Hotel

Official Website
Place: Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba (2-6-1 Daiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan)
Availability: Open year round (Gundam-themed rooms will be available until the end of March)
English Guidance: Yes
Price: Standard room starts at 15,900 yen per person for two people, 14,900 yen per person for three people. Jabrow-type room starts at 27,500 yen per person for two people, 24,000 yen per person for three people. Special-type room starts 34,800 yen per person for two people, 28,300 per person for three people. (All prices are for one night’s stay. Meals not included.)

Overlooking the Gundam Front Tokyo, the Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba Hotel offers three Gundam-themed rooms to choose from. Each room is furnished and decorated in ways only a Gundam fan dreams of.

There are three different styles of room to choose from, the base Standard room, the Jabrow-type room–which is themed after the Earth Federation headquarters–and the Special-type room. Sadly, the themed rooms are only available until the end of March of this year.

 


Gundam Café(s)

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Official Website
Place:
• Akihabara (Atre Akihabara 2, 1-1 Kanda Hanaoka-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan)
• Diver City Tokyo Plaza (1-1-10 Aomi, Koutou-ku, Tokyo, Japan)
• Gundam Square (2-1 Senri Bampaku Kouen, Suita-shi, Osaka, Japan)
• Huis Ten Bosch theme park (1-1 Huis Ten Bosch-cho, Sasebo-shi, Nagasaki, Japan)
Availability:
• The Diver City Café is open year round from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM.
• The Akihabara Café is open year round from 10:00 AM to 7:30 PM.
• The Gundam Square Café is open year round 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM.
• The Huis Ten Bosch Café is open year round from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM.
English Guidance: Yes
Price: Depends on what you order.

Currently, there are three official Gundam cafés. One is located in the above-covered Diver City Tokyo Plaza, another is located in Japan’s own otaku mecca, Akihabara, and the third is located in Osaka at the Gundam Square (more below). A fourth, temporary café is currently open in the theme park, Huis Ten Bosch, in Kyushu (more below) that is scheduled to be open until the end of February.

Each café features menus with Gundam-themed food and drinks as well as special souvenir items, like utensils, bowls, or cookies and biscuits for sale.

 


Gundam Square

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Official Website
Place: Gundam Square (2-1 Senri Bampaku Kouen, Suita-shi, Osaka, Japan)
Availability: Open year round 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM
English Guidance: Yes
Price: Free

A Gundam shop/café/special display. Gundam Square offers exclusive and unique Gundam items and menus as well as Gundam-related displays, including a 1/10 scale statue of Gundam Barbatos from Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans.

Out front, a large-scale diorama of the original Gundam fighting Char’s Zaku is on display. A must see for Gundam fans traveling to the Osaka area.

 


Gundam Event in Huis Ten Bosh

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Official Website
Place: Huis Ten Bosch theme park (1-1 Huis Ten Bosch-cho, Sasebo-shi, Nagasaki, Japan)
Availability: The theme park is open year round, with business hours varying from day to day. Details are on their website.
English Guidance: Yes
Price: 6,700 yen (adults age 18+), 5,700 yen (middle and high school students), 4,300 yen (children ages 4 and up, elementary students) for a one-day passport to use in the park

As part of the “House of Robots” event currently open in the Huis Ten Bosch theme park, a special Gundam Theater celebrating the series’ 37-year history is available to visitors. There is also a display corner with various dioramas and large-scale figures as well as other interactive attractions.

There is also a shop with gunpla on sale, as well as other souvenirs. The above-mentioned limited café is also open.

The attraction will be open until March 5. The café will be open until February 28.

 


Bandai Museum


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Official Website
Place: Bandai Museum (3-6-20 Omocha no Machi, Mibu Machi, Shimotsuga-gun, Tochigi, Japan)
Availability: Open year round from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM
English Guidance: No
Price: 1,000 yen (high school and up), 600 yen (middle school or younger), 800 yen (seniors over age 65)

A museum dedicated to toys, the Bandai Museum has various toys from within Japan and from around the world on display, as well as a collection of inventions by Thomas Edison on display. For the Gundam fan, there is also a hobby museum with a full-scale bust of the original Gundam, as well as a sculpture by the creator of Gundam himself, Yoshiyuki Tomino.

 


The Kume no Sato Zeta Gundam

Official Website
Place: Michi no Eki, Kume no Sato (563-1 Miyao, Tsuyama-shi, Okayama, Japan)
Availability: On display year round
English Guidance: No
Price: Free

Designed and built by a Gundam fan over the span of seven years, this Zeta Gundam is roughly a 1/3 scale of the actual mobile suit. The “figure”–if that’s what you can call it–is built with a cockpit and moving mechanisms in its legs. Built with a steel skeleton covered with a fiber-reinforced plastic frame, the legs each contain six moveable joints that are controlled by electric motors and oil hydraulic pumps.

The “figure” is designed to be piloted, and can move its legs, but currently cannot walk on its own. The creator hopes to modify it so that eventually it can actually walk and be automated.

 


Gundam Granite Statue

Place: 318-1 Myokoji, Yasu-shi, Shiga, Japan
Availability: On display as of July 2015
English Guidance: No
Price: Free

Four meters tall and weighing roughly ten tons, the Gundam-shaped statue was carved from granite and has been on display in front of a stone shop for nearly a decade now.

Originally, the store owner had the stone robot made out of granite pieces that he assembled as a store figurehead. The store owner himself was originally unfamiliar with the Gundam series when he had the statue built. Since then, visitors from far and wide have come to see the statue and have filled the store owner in on its origins.

(Note: The latest information on the statue we could obtain was from July, 2015. Presumably, unless something unfortunate has happened, it is still there.)

 


Kami-Igusa Station Gundam Statue

Place: Kami-Igusa Station (3-32 Kami-Igusa, Suginami-ku, Tokyo, Japan)
Availability: On display year round.
English Guidance: No
Price: Free

Located at the south exit of the Seibu Shinjuku Line station, Kami-Igusa Station, a bronze statue of the original Gundam stands reaching towards the heavens.

Kami-Igusa Station is also famous due to the fact that Sunrise, Inc., the animation company that created Gundam, has its head offices located there. The surrounding shopping district reflects this with images of Gundam on various store shutters.

 


Large-Scale Gundam Models and Sculptures at The Suzuki Barber Shop

Place: Along Route 338 in Aomori (4-6-30 Hitokawame, Oirase-cho, Kamikita-Gun, Aomori, Japan)
Availability: On display year round.
English Guidance: No
Price: Free (Haircuts are not free)

A barber shop in Aomori has on display one of the most impressive collection of large-scale models and sculptures. With some over 3.5 meters (11.48 feet) tall, the entire collection was hand-made by the barber shop owner, Mr. Toshimi Suzuki. The collection includes a Gundam, a Char Zaku, a Zeong, a Guncannon, a White Base, an Aggai, a Qubeley, and continues to increase every year.

You can also get your hair cut there too.

 


Ever since it first aired in 1979, Gundam has been going strong. You can catch the latest addition to the franchise, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, with English subtitles on Daisuki, Crunchyroll, and GUNDAM.INFO’s official YouTube channel.

Comments (6)
  1. I love you for this!!

    • Why thank you 🙂

  2. Thank you for this. Added to my bookmarks for when I can finally make my Gundam pilgrimage.

    • This actually doesn’t even begin to cover the sheer amount of unofficial cafes and bars. Hopefully we’ll be able to get to those in due time.

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